Games Pay Tribute to Returning Officers

A tribute to the last batch of Toronto Police Service officers to complete a tour of duty in Afghanistan will highlight this weekend’s Police Games.

On their return home last August, after being away for nearly a year, the officers were greeted at Lester B. Pearson International Airport by family and colleagues, including Chief William Blair and Deputy Chief Peter Sloly who, in 2001, was the first TPS senior officer to take part in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo.

A clip of their return will be shown on the Daktronics ProStar screen (it replaced the JumboTron five years ago) at Rogers Centre on Sunday.

Competitors representing the TPS and other law enforcement agencies will take part in tug-o-war, obstacle course, relay and other events in the 128th annual multi-sport showcase that will also feature the Cabbagetown Youth Centre hip hop dancers, the disc dogs, the police pipes and drums and talented singer/songwriter/producer Valerie Shearman, who is a member of the 54 Division Community Police Liaison Committee.

The TPS women’s relay team will be seeking to keep its lengthy unbeaten streak alive, having won the event the last 11 years. This year’s team comprises Andrea Dagonas and Cory Butler of 54 Division, 52 Division officer Carla Johnson and Lissa Waters of the Emergency Task Force.

The Games’ proceeds go to the Toronto Police Widow & Orphans Fund, which has helped over 8,500 families in their time of need since 1952.

The activities start at 2 p.m. and the price of admission is $15. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets.

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