Toronto Police Service 13 Division officers hosted their 2nd annual Education Summit at the Oakwood Library for educators, community members, fellow police officers, and anyone interested in the success and safety of our community, in particular our youth. The event was organized by Sergeant Jimmy Browne, Staff Sergeant Michael Matic and an entire team of dedicated police officers working collaboratively with community partners. The day started with opening remarks from Staff Inspector Mary Lee Metcalfe, and featured a special greeting from Member of Provincial Parliament Mike Colle. The topics discussed were as follows:
1. Detective Lynda Hilborn 13 Division Family Violence Unit “How Youth Bureau Officers And School Administrators Can Work In Partnership In Relation To School Investigations”
2. Constable Martin Douglas Toronto Crime Stoppers Community Youth Officer “The Role Of Crime Stoppers Within School Administrations”
3. Constable Scott Mills Toronto Police Service Corporate Communications “Relationships, Technology and Social Media For Success And Safety”
4. Joel Gardner Toronto East Detention Centre “What It Is Like To Spend A Day Incarcerated”
5. John Ilika Field Intelligence Officer Ontario Corrections “Project G.R.A.N.T. Gang Reduction After Neighbourhood Traning”
The day finished with closing remarks from Staff Sergeant Michael Matic.
A number of photos from the event will be posted on the official 13 Division Toronto Police Service Facebook Page Facebook.com/TPS13 as well as on the Project G.R.A.N.T. Facebook page Facebook.com/ProjectGRANT.
The presentations on Crime Stoppers, Prisons and Gangs were live streamed on the Toronto Crime Stoppers official LiveSTream.com account. The archived videos are included here.
I must say, as the author of this post, a 21 year police officer, an Executive Board Member of the Ontario Gang Investigators Association, and the Social Media Advisor of Crime Stoppers International, that the education provided at this event was the absolute best information on gang prevention and awareness I have ever seen presented. Congratulations to all the people who were in attendance, and to all the organizers for a very well done event. It is hoped that the content shared here will be used by others freely to achieve our collective community safety goals.
Introduction by MPP Mike Colle:
Crime Stoppers Presentation by Constable Martin Douglas:
Prison Life: What It Is Like To Spend A Day Incarcerated by Joel Gardner of the Toronto East Detention Centre:
Gang Reduction After Neighbourhood Training Project G.R.A.N.T. by John Ilika Field Intelligence Officer Ontario Corrections
For the key messaging of the presentation on social media for success and safety by Constable Scott Mills see the slides below:
For more information please visit the following social media sites:
Hash tag #ES13Div