The event holds special meaning for Saunders, who noted it was the first big dinner he attended after assuming his role as chief.
“So every time I come in here, I do recall day one and how I felt, and how special it is to be surrounded by so many people who support Toronto Police for what they do,” Saunders said during his address. “And that is something that is critical. I often state that what makes our city so great is the police service we have, but it is also the men and women and members of the community who understand and give back to help make it great.”
Toronto Police Service’s Human Trafficking Team was honoured with the Bill Hancox Award of Excellence. Other award winners of the evening included Amiya Reis for the Crime Stoppers Student of the Year title and St. Marcellus Catholic School took home the John Mungham Award.
Fellow Annex Business Media publication, Canadian Security, presented Toronto Crime Stoppers with a cheque for over $13,000 to be funnelled towards the youth programs. The money was raised from the third annual Mission 500 Hockey Classic.
“We’re extremely proud to be able to donate to a truly worthwhile cause like Toronto Crimestoppers’ youth initiatives,” said Paul Grossinger, group publisher, SP&T News and Canadian Security.
Toronto Crime Stoppers tips over the past year have been responsible for solving “murder, sexual assault on children, people involved in child pornography, people that are dealing in guns, people that are dealing in fentanyl, and people that are just making lives miserable for others in our community,” said Gary Grant, founder and chair of the Toronto Crime Stoppers board of directors. “So that’s why it’s important to keep this dinner going to raise funds to support Toronto Crime Stoppers.”
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