The Toronto Raptors championship trophy and ring were on display on February 20 at 14 Division.
John Altilia and Bill Bevan, retired TPS officers who are in charge of the team’s security, brought the prized possessions to the station to thank officers for their assistance during the parade that attracted thousands of people last June.
“This is a great opportunity for us to give back to the people who were with us on the day of the parade,” said Altilia, who had a 30-year career as a Toronto officer. “There’s that brotherhood of law enforcement that brings us back as well.”
Both Altilia and Bevan worked with the National Basketball Association league office in New York before joining the Raptors, who won their first title last season that brought the trophy north of the border for the first time.
“The team’s focus was unbelievable,” Altilia added. “From the front office staff to the players, our job is to help them with that focus so they can do their jobs to the best of their abilities.”
Insp. Stacy Clarke said officers were excited to have the trophy and ring displayed at their workplace.
“We felt like we were celebrating with the rest of the city,” she said. “It was an exciting time of us to be part of the parade and the whole historical event. Having the trophy to come to our Division was very uplifting for our officers.”
The trophy and ring will also be shared with 51 and 52 Division Service members.