Most times when officers invite the media to headquarters to show off items, it’s normally illegal guns, cash, drugs and other illicit or stolen items seized during search warrants.
What they had to show off on October 2 was not what they’ve taken off the streets to keep the city safe, but what they’re putting in the hands of students that can have a positive impact on their lives.
Books, binders and other school supplies donated by Service members will go to the City of Toronto for distribution to young people in some of the city’s priority neighbourhoods.
Conceived by Superintendent Bryce Evans, the project was implemented by uniformed and civilian staff members attached to Specialized Operations.
“In law enforcement, in order for us to be successful, we have to have the tools to do it right,” said Chief Mark Saunders. “…In the world of education, you need unique tools to be successful like binders, books and stationery. Yet, in the City of Toronto, there are so many of our young men and women who do not have those tools and do not have a fair chance to get that education that is so necessary to provide that opportunity to break through and be successful.
“…This is a true testimony of who we are as law enforcement and who we are as a Service. This, to me, separates Toronto from the rest of the world…This is what TPS members are giving back to the community. It will allow young men and women to balance the scales a bit and be successful in school.”
Specialized Operations Command Executive Assistant Freda Lochhead said the plan is to fill the Service’s bus with school supplies in the next two weeks.
“We are almost there,” she said. “In addition to Service members, we have had some other donations. We are almost there in reaching our goal of filling that bus.”