By Mark Tenagha (CPLC Civilian Co-Chair CPLC)
On Saturday June 11, Toronto Police 31 Division Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) held its Open House and Student Leadership Award Bursary Ceremony after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The event was a great success in part attributable to the attendance of over 500 community members.
The attendees enjoyed bbq, pizza, cookies, music, press-on tattoos, popcorn, cotton candy, and tours of the police station. They also interacted with the
Mounted Unit, Emergency Management and Public Order Unit, Traffic Services, and Court Services.
The event had two special guest speakers: Chief James Ramer and Mayor John Tory, who announced the expansion of the Neighbourhood Community Officer (NCOs) program into 13 neighbourhoods.
The Open House is a special event for the community. It allows the community to meet and develop relationships with local officers. The TPS also had representatives from the construction trades attend and give information about employment opportunities.
It was also a time to present eight Student Leadership Award Bursary recipients who attend secondary schools in 31 Division and were the recipients of a one-time $1,000 bursary award toward their post-secondary education tuition fees. By way of these types of events our officers and CPLC aim to develop and
nurture meaningful partnerships with our communities and the Toronto Police Service through trust, transparency, understanding, and shared knowledge, to improve safety and security within our communities.
We are grateful to have many community partners who continually support us in our work. A special thanks
to our community partners:
International Union of Painters
and Allied Trades Ontario Council
Finishing Trades Institute of Ontario (FTI Ontario)
Ontario Construction Secretariat
LiUNA Local 183 Training Centre
ProAction Cops & Kids
For more information about Toronto
Police 31 Division Community Police Liaison Committee, please visit:www.31division.ca