About four dozen members of the GTA’s ethnic media recently got some face-to-face time with Toronto’s top cop. The guests included a number of CEMA members.
Journalists, broadcasters, photographers, videographers, authors and webcasters were invited to the annual Ethnic Media meet-and-greet reception in the Senior Officers’ lounge on Feb. 12 to get a little up-close and personal with Chief Bill Blair.[CLICK PICTURE TO ENLARGE]
“We’ve seen a considerable increase in the interest taken in the Toronto Police Service by the ethnic media across the city … Thanks to you, there are many more newspapers, radio and television stations who now report regularly on the excellent work we do,” said the Chief, who was joined by Deputies Tony Warr, Jane Dick and Keith Forde, as well as Supt. Ken Cenzura and Insp. Nick Memme, of the Community Mobilization Unit.
The Chief said the Service has made a significant effort to attract the best and brightest candidates from every community, ethnic and cultural group.
“It’s paying off,” said the Chief, nothing that more than half of the latest graduating class was made up of women and visible minorities.
“The Police Service is becoming more and more representative of the people we serve and protect.”
Through the sea of flashing cameras and tape recorders, the Chief chatted and mingled with his guests, including members of The Afghan Post, the Chinese-based World Journal, Russian Express Weekly Newspaper, Balita newspaper and Persian Shahrvand Publications.
Chief Blair also praised the efforts of the media in assisting the Service in protecting public safety on a variety of levels.