Bringing Community Into 12 Division

By 12 Division,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 2:02 p.m. June 24, 2019

Officers from 12 Division hosted their community at their station on June 9.

A group of people with steel drums
The York Steel Lions Band entertained at the BBQ
  • A group of people with steel drums
  • A woman and girl with two TPS officers on horseback
  • A group of people near tables
  • A group of people in a parking lot

The day drew in hundreds of community members who took part in the free BBQ and fun activities for kids including a bouncy castle, games and face painting. 

Crime Prevention Officer Patty Retsinas says the community participation makes the day possible.

“The success of this event falls on the entire community. Everyone plays a vital role and It’s impressive to see everyone come together.  It’s like baking a cookie. You need all the right ingredients to mix together and at the end you have something that is delicious, otherwise the cookie will crumble," said Retsinas, also crediting volunteers from the 12 Division Community Police Liaison Committee.

Parking Enforcement Officer Tom Monroe put on an impressive show playing the bag pipes and The Iconic Dance Studio had a group of girls all under the age of 10 showing off their hard work with a dance performance. The York Lions Steel Band performed throughout the day.  

“The way these youth express themselves through music is such a joy to watch”, said Hari, a long-time community member.

We also had a couple of special Superheros that made a grand appearance behind the Wheel of a Toronto police Heritage Car.  Spiderman and Super girl were a big hit with the kids posing for pictures while cooling off with ice cold freeze’s.

For Solmeltha, and her three kids ranging from 8 – 18, it was their first time attending.  

“For me it was my first time attending the event and I had a blast. There was a lot of good information such as the CAA (Canadian Automobile Association), Crime Stoppers, RCMP, Fire and EMS. I loved the police horses and I learned a lot about them. My kids had fun competing in various competitions, playing basketball and floor hockey with the police officers and the donut-eating contest."

The Eglinton Business Improvement Area, Stanchester Eco Pirates and the Spice Isle Association sponsored the day. 

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