Building Blocks with Cops

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 10:30 a.m. August 19, 2021

Using the basic fundamentals of woodworking to build trust with the community, 43 Division officers engaged young people in Scarborough Village in a hand-on crafting experience on August 14.

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Sgt. Zenon Costa-Correia presents a Certificate of Achievement to one of the participants

A total of 22 youths, ranging in age from three to 12, turned up at the Scarborough Village Recreation Centre parking lot for the exercise with their Neighbourhood Officers.

Sgt. Zenon Costa-Correia co-ordinated the event with assistance from and Consts. Shayne Worsdale and Todd Parker.

“Our main goal was to reach out to the community in an effort to build trust and confidence,” said Zenon-Correia. “What better way to do that than by teaching the young people the basics of building using tools while communicating with them in a positive setting.”

Group of men in police uniforms with school children sitting at a desk in a parking lot
Officers engage the youths in building blocks

Neighbourhood businesses made significant contributions to the event.

Home Depot at 2911 Eglinton Ave. donated the building blocks, Tim Hortons at 3270 Eglinton Ave. E. supplied coffee and donuts and Bilal Pizza at 3218 Eglinton Ave. E. contributed five large pizzas.

Good Guides-Inner City Youth Mentoring, a non-profit organization with a passion for making positive change in the community, volunteered at the event.

“Having businesses and organizations as partners in initiatives like this demonstrates their commitment to their community and their desire to work with police to uplift young people,” Zenon-Correia noted.

Neighbourhood Community Officers  are assigned to communities in order to build long-term relationships to improve community safety.

“This event couldn’t have taken place without the great work of Shayne and Todd who have engaged Scarborough Village community members in a very meaningful way,” added Zenon-Correia.

Man in a police uniform is sitting at a table with a young schoolboy building a model wood house
Const. Todd Parker looks on as a youth constructs his blocks
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