Constable Martin Douglas was recognized by Toronto Crime Stoppers for making a difference in the school community.
The veteran Toronto officer was recognized with the John Mungham Award for his work as the Crime Stoppers School and Youth Engagement Officer, at the annual Chief of Police Dinner at the Liberty Grand May 10.
“Martin has been in position since 2010 and, despite delivering his message literally thousands of times, he delivers it each and every time with patience, passion, gravitas, humour and most importantly effectiveness,” said master of ceremonies Z103.5 FM host Scott Fox. “Martin’s take on social responsibility and seeing the school as a community has resonated with countless youth over the last seven years.”
For his part, Douglas said he’s inspired to work even harder at a job he loves.
“I see it time and time again with the students I work with. They’re going out and getting involved in their communities in unique and amazing ways. They’re volunteering and seeking jobs to help their community,” Douglas said. “If you can say something to inspire young people to be a better version of themselves, I say put in the work, because they are our future.”
Douglas said his message for young people is to remember they are citizens of their school and to ask themselves if they are taking a positive role or a negative one in their school.
“It’s asking are they going to use that social responsibility and moral obligation and do the right thing when they’re called upon and if they know something they are saying something,” Douglas said. “It’s not about snitching, it’s about doing the right thing.”
He encourages kids to take a role in making schools a safe place where bullying, inappropriate sexual behaviour and drug trafficking are never tolerated.
“It should be a safe space to learn and have fun and build relationships with other human beings,” Douglas said. “Hopefully, that transcends to their post-secondary education and into the broader community where they are growing their lives.”
Toronto Crime Stoppers also honoured Toronto Drug Squad officers with the Bill Hancox Award of Excellence for the unit that goes above and beyond in investigating the tips provided by the public.
“Crime Stoppers send tips to the Drug Squad and they return with consistent results and arrests,” Fox said.
Anyone with information about a crime that has occurred or about to happen can make an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.