Recognizing National Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Day

By Robert Hale, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:01 p.m. September 27, 2020

Interim Chief Jim Ramer and the Chief's Ceremonial Unit took part in a ceremony to honour those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice to mark National Police and Peace Officers Memorial Day.

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A wreath laid at the ceremony to mark National Police and Peace Officers Memorial Day at the Toronto Police College

The last Sunday of each September is proclaimed by the Government of Canada to be Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day. Normally, Toronto Police Officers would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow officers from across the country at Parliament Hill for the ceremony, but because of pandemic restrictions that ceremony was held virtually. 

Click here to Watch the Parliament Hill ceremony held September 26 in Ottawa.

This year, because of pandemic restrictions, Interim Chief Jim Ramer and the Chief's Ceremonial Unit participated in a small scale ceremony recognizing the Toronto officers would made the ultimate sacrifice at the Toronto Police College. 

"The event provides us all with an opportunity to reflect on the tragic losses that have occurred, but also to recognize the great work that is done each and everyday, and the positive impact that we are making in service of the public," Chief Ramer said. "Please join me, and others from across the country, in taking a moment to remember those who have lost their lives and, also, those who have had family and friends taken from them... They Are Our Heroes. We Shall Not Forget Them."

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Toronto Police Chaplain Wendell Gibbs offered a prayer during the College ceremony and Chief's Ceremonial Unit Commanding Officers S/Sgt. Tyrone Hilton read the names of the fallen.

Chief Ramer said Toronto officers should be proud of their contribution they make to society in their work.

"Be proud of the important work that you do each and every day as members of the Toronto Police Service. Be mindful of the impact you have on others, and get home safe at the end of your day." 

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