It’s not often that a daughter follows her mother footsteps in policing.
When Charlotte Morehouse received her badge last year, Rita Morehouse was beaming with pride.
“This is something she wanted to do and I am so happy that she will be in the uniform serving with pride when I leave the job,” she said.
Morehouse retired on January 29 after 34 years with the Service.
A few days earlier, she and her daughter rode in a police vehicle in 52 Division as fellow officers.
“My mom certainly inspired me to become a police officer,” she said. “Just growing up seeing her work the job made me want to do the same thing. I am so glad to I am able to be running with the torch she has passed on.”
While employed at a fitness equipment centre near Yonge & Wellesley Sts. in 1987, Morehouse was surprised when two officers walking the downbeat beat strolled into her workplace and started a friendly conversation.
“They described what a great job policing was and told stories, some funny and some sad,” she recalled.
Inspired by what she heard, Morehouse applied and was hired the following year.
She served with pride and distinction for over three decades.
“My goal each and every day was to wear my badge with integrity, honesty and commitment and to honour the profession, my family, my agency, my city and my community,” she said. “I have had the sincere pleasure to work beside men and women who are the most courageous, dedicated, compassionate and selfless people I have ever known.”
Starting her policing career at 2 Traffic where she spent two years, Morehouse was assigned to 52, 55 and 51 Divisions for nearly two decades. When promoted to sergeant., she did stints with the Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Community Response, Street Crime and Mobile Units.
She said those were some of the best years of her career.
“These years were quite tumultuous, both in a positive and negative way,” said Morehouse. “I remember when Skydome opened and the Jays won the World Series in 1992 and 1993. But I also recall some terrible incidents that shook the city to the core, including the Just Desserts shooting in 1994 that claimed the life of Vivi Leimonis, the Ottey sisters’ murders the following year and Farah Khan in 1999 and the murder of Cecilia Zhang in 2003 where I worked the search detail with the Public Order Unit.”
Morehouse also assisted at the scene of the Holly Jones and Jane Creba murders in 2003 and 2005.
As a member of the Public Order Unit, she was assigned to several important events, including G8s, the G20 Summit in Toronto in 2010, two visits by former American President George Bush and the 2015 Pan American Games in the city.
She was also a member of the Chief’s Ceremonial Unit for over a decade.
“In that capacity, I was able to attend several police memorials and funerals in provinces throughout Canada to show respect and honour those that sacrificed their lives in the performance of their duties,” Morehouse said.
Her last two years on the job were spent at 42 Division as a Detective Sergeant.
“It was the utmost pleasure to be at that Division in Scarborough as my career winded down,” she noted. “I would like to thank the guys and gals for their professionalism, their excellent work ethic and camaraderie and also for the laughs we shared with one another.”
With an undergraduate degree in Justice Studies from Guelph-Humber University and a Master’s in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, Morehouse left policing to become the new Associate Dean of the Police Foundations program at Centennial College.