YIPIs Making a Difference

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 5 a.m. July 23, 2015

A west end officer has appreciated the youthful new hires this summer and in return has exposed them to ways to help their community.

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Malik Blair, Fatma Mohamed and Sureya Ali and Constable Rich Diodati tackling a graffiti paintover

The  Youth in Policing Initiative Students (YIPI) at  22 Division have been quite busy since reporting for duty two weeks ago.

Led by veteran Constable Rick Diodati, widely known as Officer Rich, the high school students have volunteered at the Daily Bread Food Bank, day care facilities and seniors’ homes in addition to being engaged in a few graffiti eradication projects.

Sureya Ali, Fatma Mohamed and Malik Blair are the students assigned to the Division.

This employment initiative focuses on hiring diverse youth between the ages of 15 and 18 years, who reside in our priority identified neighbourhoods.

The aim of the Youth in Policing Initiative is to promote youth participation in and exposure to the work environment and policing through diverse, educational, and productive work assignments. The program gives young people an opportunity to develop job skills while fostering positive partnerships with the Toronto Police Service.

They are a great group of hard-working students who care about this community and are willing to do anything to improve it

“They are a great group of hard-working students who care about this community and are willing to do anything to improve it,” said Diodati, in his 29th year with the Service. “We are keeping them busy here and they are not backing down from the tasks they have been given.”

The Community School Liaison Officer in the Division, Diodati reaches nearly 12,000 kids from the kindergarten to Grade Eight levels in 51 schools.

A group of people in white coats and aprons putting food in a pan in a commercial kitchen
Preparing food at the Daily Bread Food Bank: Sureya Ali, Constable Rich Diodatit, Fatma Mohamed, Malik Blair and Chevon Taylor (of Divisional Policing Support Unit)
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