HOLIDAY EDITION: NL #2—2007
On behalf of the men and women of the Toronto Police Service and the
citizens of Toronto, I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to all of the
volunteers who have provided, through their dedication and service,
such a tremendous benefit to the City of Toronto over the past year.
The 2007 Community Police Consultative (CPC) Conference took place on Saturday
November 17th at Queen’s Park. It was an excellent opportunity for CPLCs, the Chief’s
Advisory Councils and the Community Consultative Committee members to partner with the
members of the Toronto Police Service and learn about youth engagement both as a
concept and practice.
The CPC Conference was a volunteer-driven event. I would like to acknowledge and thank
members of the Conference Planning Committee, the CPLCs and Chief’s Youth Advisory
Council members who worked together to put on a workshop of best practices on youth en-
gagement, and the Adult & Youth Corps volunteers and Auxiliary Officers who assisted on-site
with registration and behind the scenes logistics.
Our volunteers continue to give this holiday season. The 14th Annual Auxiliary Police Toy Drive,
which is run by 41, 42 & 43 Division Auxiliaries, is scheduled for December 15th. Auxiliaries will
deliver the toys on December 15th to local women’s shelters and to community groups serving
children from at-risk communities. This drive assists over 1500 children in the Scarborough area.
Please remember to help support the annual Auxiliary Police Toy Drive by dropping off a new,
unwrapped toy donation to 41, 42 or 43 division or to the Scarborough Town Centre Mall
In 2006, Toronto Police Service volunteers contributed more than 73,000 hours in their commu-
nities. This does not include the work of the CPLC and Consultative Committee members. As
we wrap up 2007, we are confident that this amazing amount of volunteered time will have
been exceeded. These hours represent the significant role that volunteers play in building
strong and diverse communities, a role that is integral to enhancing the service that the
Toronto Police offers the community.
Best wishes for a safe, enjoyable holiday season and a healthy, prosperous New Year.
Chief of Police
Auxiliary Officers team with East End Police
Stations for the Christmas Toy Drive.
The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Scarborough where police and auxiliaries are
hoping to make the upcoming holiday season bright for needy children. Police divi-
sions in the city’s east end are once again accepting donations of toys to benefit the
over 1,000 children who will be spending their holidays in shelters.
“Our goal is to ensure that every child experiences the magic and joy of Christmas,”
Toy Drive chairperson Auxiliary Insp. Marg Miklas said at the Auxiliary Police Toy Drive
kickoff at 42 Division on Nov. 3rd.
“Without the support of our sponsors, we could not fulfill these special needs in our
community.” The Auxiliary Police Toy Drive was started in 1993 by Auxiliary officer
Carrie Malin who identified a need in the community for children who were in various
women’s shelters and community centres and would not be receiving a gift at
New and unused unwrapped toys or cheques (made payable to “ Police Toy Drive”)
are being accepted at 41 Division ( 2222 Eglinton Ave. E.), 42 Division ( 242 Milner
Ave.) and 43 Division ( 4331 Lawrence Ave. E.) or at the Scarborough Town Centre se-
curity office ( 300 Borough Dr.). On Dec. 15th, Auxiliary officers and volunteers will
make their rounds, with Santa in tow, to deliver the busload of toys to the awaiting
(Story and photo is courtesy of the TPS intranet)
THE TOY DRIVE DELIVERY SQUAD 2006
The Holiday Season is upon us!
Hanukah and Christmas are only two of several major culturally significant days
celebrated across Toronto. But, did you know that there are other culturally significant
holidays that are celebrated throughout the year across Toronto?
We have listed other culturally significant holidays below that should be remembered
and recognized. Volunteers are reminded to take these days into consideration when
scheduling meetings and events involving the community.
Christmas Day (Eastern) 2008 January 07
Lunar New Year 2008 February 07
Mawlid al-Nabiy 2008 March 19
Good Friday (Western) 2008 March 21
Easter (Western) 2008 March 23
Eve of Passover 2008 April 19
First Day of Passover 2008 April 20
Holy Friday (Eastern) 2008 April 25
Orthodox Easter (Eastern) 2008 April 27
National Aboriginal Day 2008 June 21
Eve of Rosh Hashanah 2008 September 29
Rosh Hashanah 2008 September 30
Eid al-Fitr 2008 September 30
Yom Kippur 2008 October 09
Diwali 2008 October 28
Eid al-Adha 2008 December 08
Christmas (Western) 2008 December 25
Kwanzaa 2008 December 26
Members of the Toronto Police Service were recently involved in the Diwali Celebra-
tions. Check out Page 6 for more information!
Service members joined the Hindu community in celebration of Diwali and the New
Year recently. Chief William Blair, (S/Supt.) Peter Sloly and (Insp.) Kim Greenwood
were among the thousands who poured through the doors of the BAPS Swaminara-
yan Complex on Nov. 10.
Chief Blair brought greetings to the Hindu community for Diwali on behalf of the
entire police service and expressed his sincere gratitude for having had the opportu-
nity to participate in the celebrations.
“The Chief and members were exposed to many Hindu traditions, including the An-
nakut - consisting of an elaborate display of over 1,000 food items, each traditionally
prepared and arranged on steps or tiers in front of the sacred images of God. They
also visited the Canadian Museum of Cultural Heritage of Indo-Canadians, part of
the new complex.
February 19th—Deadline for Volunteer Voice Submissions!
March 12th—New Volunteer Orientation
May 1st— Volunteer Appreciation Night
May 5-7th - Volunteers Needed for the Emergency Management Through
Community Mobilization Symposium—A Restorative Approach. This is going
to be hosted at Humber College. For more information, please contact
Denine via email at Denine.Dempster@TorontoPolice.on.ca.
(NOTE:This opportunity is limited to current Toronto Police Service volunteers)
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the 47 Officers
that recently graduated on November 7th.
I was very impressed with their level of professionalism and dedi-
cation to the program. I wish each of these new Officers a safe
and successful career with the Toronto Police Service- Auxiliary
The new raincoats have been ordered and will be available for distribution very shortly.
Unit Commanders will be advised when they are ready and of the procedure that will be in place
for the distribution and exchange of your old raincoats for the new ones.
NEW AUXILIARY PROGRAM MANUAL
A new Auxiliary Program Manual has been approved by our Police Services Board and is avail-
able for all members electronically on the Community Mobilization Unit Intranet Site under
“Resources”. I urge all Auxiliary members to make themselves familiar with the new policies and
service procedures that govern the Auxiliary Program.
There will be promotional processes commencing in January 2008, starting with the rank of
Inspector, followed by S/Sgt and Sgt. The program needs these officers to lead this
exceptional program into the future.
There have been a couple of training sessions that were offered to the Auxiliary Officers:
- September- Crime Prevention
- October- Graffiti Eradication
I am in the process of planning more evening training sessions. I encourage Auxiliary Officers to
contact me with suggestions for training topics. I am ensuring that a TPS649 is completed for
each training session an officer attends. A copy will then go into your personnel file and will serve
as an acknowledgement that you attended and participated.
Training is a vital component in not only the success of this program, but it also enhances your
knowledge and skills. Initiatives involving our Service priorities, including programs such as Rob-
bery Reduction, are for the benefit of the community. Participating in the training programs that
will be offered will assist in the ability to deploy and engage our Auxilia-
ries in a more effective manner with emphasis on priority neighbour-
hoods. I encourage all of you to participate in these training opportuni-
ties and look forward to seeing you there.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your dedica-
tion to the Auxiliary Program. Your contributions of hundreds of volunteer
hours are invaluable to the Toronto Police Service. I wish all of you and
your families a safe and happy festive season.
By Aux. Cyndi Barron, #51347
Graduate of the 2007 Class
The latest graduates of the Auxiliary program
(Nov./07) have now joined the Toronto Police Service
– Auxiliary branch and are eager to share their skills
and knowledge within the various communities of To-
The class of Nov. /07 is a diverse group of individuals,
of many ethnic backgrounds and ages who bring
unique talents to their new volunteer position.
I am so proud to be a part of the Toronto Police
The author is shown here with
Service, after having gone through the Auxiliary
Chief Blair at the Auxiliary Graduation,
training process. I applied to the Auxiliary program held at CO Bick College in November.
after learning about it through a senior officer at 54
Division who directed the various volunteer activi-
ties in which I was involved. I participated in various community graffiti eradication
events, even organizing one in my own neighbourhood with community youth with
whom I work in my job at an area middle school.
I think it’s important to take pride in where you live, which is why I decided to look into
the Auxiliary program. It offered me another opportunity to give back to my community
by getting involved in local initiatives, through the Toronto Police Service.
The Auxiliary program involves much more than just learning about local crime
prevention initiatives. The comprehensive training program included theoretical and
practical training to enable us to confidently serve the public. We learned about the rich
history of the Toronto Police Service, and the many services they offer to the community.
It was an enriching, exhilarating and sometimes exhausting experience, which I found
fascinating. The program provided us with many useful tools to bring to the communities
we want to serve and it opened my eyes to the range of opportunities available to us as
Auxiliary police constables.
We attend important public events such as parades and information booths, and are
involved in crowd management, crime prevention and response, canvass and search
initiatives and foot patrols. We also have a chance to contribute to the well being of our
communities by promoting positive interaction with the public.
I believe that the Auxiliary program is an important part of the Toronto Police Service, of-
fering me a rewarding career, rich with diverse opportunities for personal growth and
positive community interaction. I look forward to serving as an Auxiliary member of the
Toronto Police Service.
By Aux. PC Mark Henderson
I suppose the world over , people will say "sheesh, why do it for free?" 46 other people and
I recently POUNCED on the opportunity to walk with paid officers of Toronto Police Ser-
vices. Walking beside that officer , is also a chance to walk beside a dream. This involves
taking moments to assess the concept of policing from the closest conceivable vantage
point , all the while having the opportunity to "serve and protect" on even the smallest
From a young boy, being the shortstop that the baseball team held in high regard for
never letting a ball go by and a "throw" that nailed any runner , to today being the face
on a crime prevention booth wearing a TPS uniform , the motive is the same. I remember
talking with my peers in training at C.O.Bick College about their motives or intentions.
Some came to the Auxiliary program fully aware of their limitations , talents and enthusi-
asm; others came to discover these things. I witnessed a transfer of these values among
students, a sponsorship and team format that caused a democratic movement. This same
sponsorship of fostering , encouraging and enhancing came from the instructors and pro-
gram leaders, naturally infecting the class with the thrill of discovery.
On my first real day of service , I was radioed and suited up standing proudly at a health
and safety conference , handing out pamphlets on crime prevention. I remember the first
interactions so clearly. People saw the uniform, walked up and began to enquire about
apartment safety, internet fraud and drug related activity impacting their neighbour-
hoods. My rookie anxieties escaped their detection. These people needed information
and trusted me , in my spit polished shoes to be there. There was an interesting shift in my
spirit as I both settled and rose to the occasion. The Auxiliary tag on my sleeve and the
expectations of full police constable were a blurred irrelevance to the public eye. I was
much more than a shortstop drilling a throw to first base. As the only Auxiliary member of
TPS, there I WAS, the face of policing in that room.
In response to comments from a sometimes critical public I can often empathize with feel-
ings of distrust and caution with policing; however I too can recognize that having con-
cerns and taking actions towards being a part of the solution was among my chief goals
in service. Being part of any solution is a good thing , leaving one with good feelings. Do-
ing it on a voluntary basis , often buys some time from that same doubting member of the
public. That is a powerful PR card that ONLY a volunteer officer has to promote.
I am a volunteer at the opera too, but no one asks about that one. It seems there is a spe-
cial fondness for many people in analyzing the Police Services. Maybe we all have a need
to weigh out the scales of right and wrong. Certainly as an Auxiliary Constable this has
been a topic brought to me many times a day. Of all my volunteer work this is the one
that challenges and thrills me the most.
Thank you to all of the Adult & Youth Corps Volunteers that Marched:
Volunteers that marched at the 125th Annual TPAAA
Police Games March Past! The games were held at Lead, Russ D
the Rogers Centre on September 22nd, 2007. Second Lead, Thelma C
Nancy K, Headquarters Cadre
Jenny C, Headquarters Cadre
The TPS and the Canadian idols paid a fitting tribute David C, Headquarters Cadre
to the Canadian Military. All 10 of the 2007 Cana- Daniel Z, 43 Division
dian Idol finalists were there and lit up the Rogers Milanie D, Headquarters Cadre
Centre with their performances. The Chief’s March Michelle G, 33 Division
Past formed up on the field for an emotional visual Maui B, 43 Division
and musical presentation featuring a combined TPS Marc C, 43 Division
Pipes and Drums and Canadian Military Brass and Joe W, 12 Division
Reed Band. Chief Blair and Brigadier General A. Jason J, 42 Division
Howard exchanged gifts and the General expressed Jan G, 12 Division
Gerald M, 32 Division
his appreciation to all Emergency Services personnel
Desiree T, 41 Division
for their support in the repatriation of their members Charmaine T, 41 Division
killed in action in Afghanistan. Alysha D, 33 Division
Cailan M, 42 Division
It was an excellent night and we are proud that the
Adult & Youth Corps Volunteers were represented!
Marilyn H., 43 Division CPLC Co-Chair, and
a member of the Conference Planning
Committee, is shown here accepting a gift
The 11th Annual Community Police Consultative of thanks from Staff Superintendent
Conference took place at Queen’s Park on Federico and Staff Sergeant Steve Pipe.
Saturday November 17th, 2007.
A special thanks goes out to the members of the
Conference’s Planning Committee:
Marilyn H, 43 Division CPLC Co-Chair
Fiona J, 41 Division CPLC
Ben L, Chinese Consultative Committee Co-Chair
William M, Chief’s Youth Advisory Council
Tiffanie C, Toronto Youth Cabinet
Abdul Hai P, Muslim Consultative Committee
Zul K, Chief’s Advisory Council.
Early Birds! These Headquarter based
volunteers were up bright and early to lend
a hand at the 2007 Community Police
Consultative Conference. (Shown left to
right) David C, Nancy K, Russ D & Bob B.
Youth Consultative Committee Members, Tiffanie &
William, present in a workshop on Best Practices of Chief William Blair shown here after opening
Youth Engagement. ceremonies with youth attendees and
some cast members of the Mirvish
Production “We Will Rock You”.
Submitted by Robert B, Headquarters Cadre Volunteer
It is the middle of the afternoon, somewhere around 2:30. A variety of bottles and tins
are placed in the cooler. Now we must hurry to get ice from the cafeteria—a new
closing time of 3:00 pm you know. Next comes the complex operation of making the
coffee and making sure the cream, sugar and stir sticks are on the trolley.
I’ve been waiting all day for my routine battle with the photocopier. This takes much
longer than it should with more than one rescue being required. Collating the materi-
als and placing these into the folders is a breeze by comparison!
After locating other “high tech” items such as tape recorder, paper and tape we now
proceed to the seventh floor.
Next comes getting the room in order and assisting in arranging the food which is al-
ways kindly offered to us. We now proceed to the duty desk and wait for familiar faces
What’s going on you ask? Why the monthly board meeting of CRIMESTOPPERS of
A talent amongst us!
This image was submitted for the Volunteer Voice by 33 Division Adult Volunteer Sevan.
Sevan is also a graphic artist and a talented one indeed!
No. 41 Division utilizes their Adult & Youth Corps
Volunteers in both a creative and practical
One of the main components of the volunteer
program is the Child Seat Installation Clinics.
These pictures show volunteers working diligently
to ensure that each child seat is installed correctly.
Road safety is the number one priority of these
Clinics. Volunteers are trained in proper seat in-
stallations by a certified trainer.
The 41 division volunteers do an excellent job!
Hey, who can argue with one of their satisfied
Written by: Pat Wolstenholme, Manager of the Victim Services Volunteer Resources
As we come to the end of 2007, we can be assured that the 20,000 calls to assist vic-
tim’s of crime were done with compassion and care. Thanks to our dedicated staff
and roster of 125 extremely dedicated volunteers.
We have many positive things to look forward to in Victim Services in the future. We
have started a program in 23 Division called Project P.A.I.N (Promoting Access in Im-
pacted Neighbourhoods). This program is being run by Crisis Counsellor Andrew Bryan.
It compliments another program in 31’s area called San Romanoway Revitalization
Program. The Victim Quick Response Program is also underway, managed by Crisis
Counsellor Lindsay Upton. This program is to assist with financial needs of individuals in
very specific situations. We are grateful to the many people who invest their time,
knowledge and commitment to meeting the needs of our community.
A very successful Silent Auction was held on October 30th. November 15th was our
AGM and Volunteer Recognition Event held at George Brown College. This event is
sponsored by the Toronto Police Services Board. Chair Dr. Mukherjee was there to assist
handing out awards. During the evening, we saw some of our Board Members leaving;
however, new one’s were climbing “on- board”. We look forward to once again ex-
periencing new ideas and new happenings with the program.
I have received feedback that the sit down dinner was outstanding. We were hon-
oured to have Detective Cameron Fields as guest speaker. Also during the evening,
we received donations from the Dunmore Baseball Committee. Det. Vickers spoke
about a golf tournament that was held in the summer as well as a donation from Com-
munity Mobilization Unit. Thank you. The evening concluded with our Sandy Cappado-
cia Volunteer of the Year award going to Stephanie Haas for her outstanding dedica-
tion and commitment to our program. Our 2007 class of Volunteers also graduated
and received their certificates. We welcome 17 new volunteers to our team. Prize win-
ners that evening for home theatre systems, a cordless phone, a DVD player and digi-
tal cameras were Volunteers Pat E, Sean B, Donna PS, Delores C, Sophia P and Chris S.
We will be collecting toy donations in the month of December. We will then make de-
liveries to families and individuals throughout December. Recruiting for Volunteers will
begin in February 2008 when we will hold an Information session, followed by inter-
views. Applications can be found on our web site www.victimservicestoronto.com. We
strive and continue to meet our community needs with the assistance of volunteers
who come to us with many different backgrounds and experiences. If you or anyone
you know would like to be a part of such a fantastic team, please apply or call if you
have any questions.
Congratulations is in order for Auxiliary Acting Inspector Tom Manley!
Manley is one of 45 recipients of the Governor Generals Caring Canadian Award. In
selecting Manley, the Governor General’s office stated:
“For almost 25 years, Thomas Manley has demonstrated exemplary leadership and
dedication through his work with children and with the Toronto Police Service. He has
also served as a Big Brother in Scarborough and did extensive committee work in sup-
port of this organization. In 1992, he joined the Toronto Auxiliary Police as a volunteer
police constable and has assisted with many community events, including parades
and street festivals. With his team, he has undertaken many essential tasks, including
evidence collection and searches for missing persons. For three years, Mr. Manley also
chaired the Toy Drive, which has helped to raise thousands of dollars in food vouchers
and toys for women and children at risk.”
The Caring Canadian Award was created in 1996 by then Governor General Romeo
LeBlanc to honour individuals and groups who have made a voluntary contribution to
improve their community.
Other notable awards!
In 1989 Manley was named the Big Brother of the Year in Scarborough and in 1989-90,
he was named Big Brother of the Year for all of Toronto.
In 2004 he was the winner of the Toronto Police Service’s James Carnegie Award.
From all of us here at the Community Mobilization Unit—Congratulations!
(Can you hear the round of applause?)
COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION UNIT
“Excellence Through People and
The Newsletter is published by the Community Mobilization Unit. The Community Mobilization
Unit is part of the Human Resources Command within the Service.
The Unit is located on the 6th floor of police headquarters and is mandated to assist all Service
Units with initiatives that mobilize the community. For more information relating to this
newsletter, please contact Melanie Minor @ 416.808.7283.