Much has been said about what the Auxiliary program can do to benefit those who join but Jayford Belardo APC #52053 was able to draw upon his background and experience in law enforcement in the Philippines to help catch a violent offender.
For his keen observation skills, determination and courage in going above and beyond the call of duty to assist in the arrest of a violent offender, APC Jayford Belardo was honoured as Auxiliary Officer of the Month for September and presented with a framed certificate and a gift card on October 10th.
As A/Supt Dave Rydzik of Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit (CPEU) said, “These monthly awards are just one of the ways our unit is trying to encourage and motivate our Auxiliary officers."
Sergeant Sheila Richardson and PC Andrew Rosbrook, the CPEU Auxiliary program co-ordinators with responsibility for approximately 400 members, presented the award.
The uniformed auxiliary officers volunteer approximately 70,000 hours annually to assist the Service’s community engagement initiatives, crime prevention programs, special events, parades, searches for missing persons and emergency call outs.
Although APC Belardo only recently joined the TPS Auxiliary program, he was a police officer with the Philippine National Police for almost 12 years before immigrating to Canada in 2015. His law enforcement instincts kicked in during his second detail since joining the service.
The incident unfolded on Sunday, August 19th, 2018 when Aux PC Jayford Belardo and his partner were detailed to the annual "Taste Of Manila" event in the Bathurst Street and Wilson Avenue area. While on foot patrol with his partner, he observed a group of youths chasing two males. Aux PC Belardo could hear someone from the group yelling "Help! They stabbed our friend!". He saw several suspects, with a third suspect holding a knife.
Believing that a violent offence had just occurred, Aux PC Belardo gave chase. Despite being in a high stress situation, he remained composed enough to broadcast the events on the air. The foot pursuit continued a full block Southbound before he lost sight of the suspects.
Refusing to give up, Aux PC Belardo jumped a fence that led back out to Bathurst Street at which point he observed one of the males remove his jacket and walk Southbound. Aux PC Belardo alerted nearby police officers who engaged in their own foot pursuit, eventually apprehending the suspect.
Aux PC Belardo then led officers to the spot where the suspect had ditched his jacket together with the knife believed to be used in the offence. He then led officers to where this event began and they found a victim suffering from stab wounds. Paramedics tended to the victim and transported him to Sick Kids with non-life threatening injuries.
Meanwhile the two remaining suspects were arrested by plainclothes officers conducting surveillance in the area.
“Jayford is to be commended for his heroism in the face of danger — he was instrumental in bringing the suspects into custody,” Sgt. Richardson said.
As a result of his brave actions, Sergeant Jonathan Collin Badge #8591 of 32 Division, forwarded APC Belardo's name for a TPS commendation, "We really appreciated all that APC Jayford did as a TPS volunteer in helping apprehend the suspects."
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