“To strengthen the mind, you must harden the muscles.”Constable Leithland Lyon has been living by this mantra every day for nearly three decades and it has paid off.
In his 25th year with the Service, Lyon made history by becoming the first Toronto Police member to be awarded a 25-Year Ontario Police Fitness Pin.
“The Wellness Section here at the College supports all members in their physical fitness endeavours,” said Sergeant Jon Ling. “We are all proud of Leithland’s accomplishment. It is a great example to follow.”
The Toronto Police Wellness Section is responsible for providing programs and training to support the TPS global wellness initiatives that include organizational health, fitness, nutrition, fatigue management and work/life balance and co-ordinating the provincial fitness pin testing for the Service.
Toronto Police Service applicants are required to complete the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test. If successful, they are obligated to do the test again during their Basic Constable training at the Ontario Police College.
This award is a provincial incentive program developed to motivate Ontario police officers and other Service members to remain physically fit throughout their law enforcement careers.
The 65-year-old Lyon started a stringent fitness program three years before joining the Service.
“I go on the treadmill and lift some weights for about an hour every day during the week with very few days off,” he said. “I just have kept going without realizing that I have been doing this for such a long time.”
Based at the Collision Reporting Centre-East since 2007, Lyon was assigned to 22 and 42 Divisions prior to his current posting at Traffic Services.
“I joined this job because policing is very appealing,” he said. “This is a people’s business and I like helping people. That’s a perfect fit.”