Chief: Police Week About Working in Partnership

By Chief James Ramer, Toronto Police Service Published: 9 a.m. May 9, 2021

From May 9-15, Police Services across the country are celebrating Police Week, an important annual tradition to acknowledge the important work that police do to serve and protect the public.

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Neighbourhood Community Officer Kathleen Peterson connecting with a community member

The theme for Police Week 2021 is ‘Working Together to Keep Our Communities Safe’ in recognition that public safety involves a collaborative effort within police agencies and between police services, first responders, as well as social and community organizations.

With the continuation of the pandemic, we will once again be observing Police Week in a virtual fashion, while recognizing that the ongoing challenges associated with COVID-19 mean that police and community partners are playing a critical role in protecting our communities.

The Toronto Police Service is dedicated to delivering policing services in partnership with communities, to help ensure that Toronto is one of the best and safest cities in the world. 

The police reform initiatives that we have committed to are helping to strengthen public confidence and trust, which will in turn create increased cooperation and partnerships, and improved public safety.

We are focusing on the issues that mean the most to our communities, such as expanding our Neighbourhood Officer Program, enhancing our response to mental health calls, and working with the reconstituted Police and Community Engagement Review Committee (otherwise known as PACER 2.0) to help identify and address the needs of our communities and how best to serve them.

At the Toronto Police Service, we remain committed to ongoing collaboration with all members of Toronto’s many communities, emphasizing transparency and accountability in all we do.

I want to recognize and thank members of the Toronto Police Service, and members from police services across Canada, for the courage and compassion you show while keeping our neighbourhoods safe; and for the tireless work you do to establish critical relationships with our valued community partners.

Follow #PoliceWeekON to learn more about how police services are working with community partners to keep our neighbourhoods safe.

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