Police Week 2021
Message from the Toronto Police Services Board
From May 9-15, Ontario honours Police Week. Celebrated each year, this important annual tradition in our province focuses on increasing community awareness and acknowledgement of the important work police services do to serve and protect our communities, while strengthening the ever-critical partnerships between the public and police.
The theme for 2021 is “Working Together to Keep our Communities Safe,” and without a doubt, our police services view sustained and enduring collaboration as the key to meaningful community safety. The Toronto Police Service demonstrates its commitment to this critical principle every day, as it partners with our city’s communities in the development of collaborative engagement initiatives, innovative crime prevention projects, and in the Service’s general enforcement efforts.
This time during the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and difficult in a multitude of ways. The pandemic has created novel and complex challenges, and, more than ever, the role of our police service has been critical in keeping our communities safe and healthy. In the midst of such difficult times, where all of us are concerned about our health and that of our families, our Service Members willingly face risk and uncertainty, committed to doing their duty every single day, diligently, and with incredible dedication.
At the same time, this year, we have heard from members of the public that policing must shift to better align to the evolving expectations of the public, with police and community partners coming together to support a holistic approach to service delivery and response efforts.
Chair Jim Hart states, “Our Board very much believes that community policing is a joint endeavour and that partnerships, which include a wide variety of stakeholders, are the cornerstones upon which strong and vital neighbourhoods are built. We have seen that, together, through our joint and sustained efforts, we can develop action-based strategies and meaningful initiatives that are powerful, multi-faceted and responsive to the changing times. Doing this important work, in partnership with Toronto’s diverse communities, enhances our collective community safety and well-being and keeps Toronto the best and safest place to be.”
This year, due to the impact of the pandemic, we must observe Police Week in a different fashion, virtually, instead of in person. But this difference in no way diminishes the tremendous importance of observing this occasion.
During Police Week 2021, we honour all members of Ontario’s municipal, provincial and self-administered First Nations police services that contribute to keeping Ontario’s communities safe and resilient, no matter the circumstances, no matter the risk, no matter the danger. We thank them for their courage, for their compassion, and for the outstanding job they do with us and for us, each and every day.
Contact: Sandy Murray