55's Got Talent

By TPSnews Staff,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 3:17 p.m. June 6, 2017
Updated: 3:20 p.m. June 6, 2017

High school students took to the stage to show off their talents at a police-community event.

A group of people, two hold trophies
Constable Curtis Celestine, the talent show winner Malvern’s Stephen Smith, first runner up St.Patrick’s Jahmiliah Moore, Raptors TV's Akil Agustine, Staff Sergeant Saleem Husain and Constable Nelvin Forde
  • A group of people, two hold trophies
  • A group of people wearing matching t-shirts on stage
  • A group of teenage boys playing instruments on stage
  • A teenage girl at a keyboard

The first ever 55 Division's Got Talent competition was staged at Riverdale Collegiate Institute on June 1.

The Pro Action Cops & Kids event is based on the hit television show that puts talent on display for judges. In this case, students from 55 Division schools including St. Patrick’s Catholic Secondary, Greenwood Secondary School, Malvern Collegiate, Eastdale Collegiate and Riverdale Collegiate Institutes had the chance to show off their skills on stage.

The competition showcased some of the best and up and coming talent including dance groups, solo artists, bands, a choir and a guitarist.

Constables Curtis Celestine and Nelvin Forde put together the talent competition.

"It was just phenomenal talent on display," Forde said.

The judges comprised of Raptor TV’S Akil Augustine, 55 Divison’s own Staff Sergeant Saleem Husain, Pro Action Cops & Kids Program Manager Neelofer Samaroo and Durham Project Coordinator Lore Piccolo.

During the intermission the crowd was entertained by the Muhtadi World Drummers who got the crowd participating in their high-energy act.

It was a tough competition for the judges as there were no mediocre acts on the list. After tallying the scores it was the Riverdale Collegiate Choir, St. Patrick’s soloist Jahmiliah Moore and Malvern’s guitarist Stephen Smith that pulled ahead of the crowd.

55 Division plans on another competition next year.

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