Many Look For Second Career to Serve and Protect

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 3:57 p.m. October 31, 2018

At age 27, Ajay Singh is ready for a career change and life as a Toronto Police officer.

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Officers had the chance to talk one-on-one about their job experience with potential recruits
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  • A man in TPS uniform speaks to a small group of people

The customs broker manager was among dozens that attended a TPS recruiting session on October 27 at Agincourt Collegiate Institute.

“I have a university degree and in my current role, I deal with clients and drivers in pressure situations, which are some of the requirements to be a law enforcement officer,” said Singh. “While I was living in Vancouver for two years, I volunteered with their police service. I have always wanted to serve and protect and I feel this is the right time for me to make a move now that Toronto Police is hiring.”

Deputy Chief Peter Yuen said the Service will capitalize on the city’s diversity during its recruitment campaign.

“Toronto is the most diverse city in the world and that’s why we are reaching out to every community to make sure our police service is reflective of the community that we serve,” he said. “We need new people to come and join the best police service in Canada.”

A/Insp. Jack Gurr and his Talent Acquisition team were on hand to provide interested candidates with general information.

“The opportunities are endless,” said Gurr, who joined TPS in 1999 after two and a half years with Peel Regional Police Service. 

Inspector Greg Cole of the Specialized Emergency Response Unit said the Service is seeking recruits that reflect its core values.

“We want people out there that are able to grow with the organization as we move forward,” he said. “They must have integrity and honesty and be community-oriented. Right now, we are at a point where we need to re-populate the Service and there are great people in the community that we can tap into.”

Cole joined the Service 35 years ago, first as a civilian before becoming a uniformed member four years later.

For more information on careers with the Toronto Police Service, including Court and Parking Officer positions as well as Communication Operators, visit

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