Honouring Sacrifice of Officers, Supporting Their Families

Photo of the blog author By Kevin Masterman,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 4:44 p.m. November 5, 2021
Updated: 4:45 p.m. November 5, 2021

Toronto police officers fundraised to help honour the memory of fallen officers and support their families.

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Hold Up Squad officers present a donation to the National Peace Officers Memorial Run

Members of the Hold Up Squad donated $2,000 they raised through their annual golf tournament to the National Peace Officers Memorial Run .

Hold Up Acting Inspector Richard Harris said it’s a charitable organization that all his officers hold near and dear to their hearts because it honours a lasting legacy left behind by officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. 

“They do incredible work honouring the memory of the officers we have lost and they do great things for the families left behind,” said Harris, who presented the cheque alongside Detective Sergeants Mike Mullen and Terence Kelly to Peel Regional Police Superintendent Rob Shearer and Detective Sergeant Bob Hackenbrook. 

Started 2005 by a group of 24 Peel Regional officers, the Run to Remember was designed to bring awareness to the Canadian Peace and Police Officers Memorial ceremony in Ottawa on the last weekend of September each year. At this point the run draws hundreds of officers running the 460 km relay from the Ontario Police Memorial at Queen’s Park to Parliament Hill as well as family members of fallen officers.

The run now draws the participation of 30 organizations and spawned memorial runs from British Columbia to Nunavut to Newfoundland.

Peel Regional Police Detective Sergeant Bob Hackenbrook, who accepted the donation, said the NPOMR has donated $148,000 to trust funds for children of officers as well as help fund memorials to officers. 

“We love to donate to community initiatives in the name of fallen officers so that their sacrifice can be remembered,” Hackenbrook said.


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