TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Tonight at the Toronto Board of Trade, Constable
Ann-Marie Tupling of 55 Division was named Toronto's Police Officer of the
Year for 2009.
Constable Tupling's investigative sleuthing last September led to the
cracking of an east-end drug dealing and child prostitution ring, and to the
safe return of a 16-year-old girl to her parents - after figuring out her
location through cell phone records.
Constable Tupling was chosen from among 20 other nominees by a volunteer
panel of judges. The event is organized every year by the Toronto Board of
"This is the biggest night in the police calendar - it's our Academy
Awards," said Chief Bill Blair. "Constable Tupling's commitment to her
investigation is a shining example of the commitment all Toronto police
officers make to keep our city safe. I congratulate Constable Tupling, and
thank the Toronto Board of Trade for their continuing support."
These awards honour the officers of the Toronto Police Service who have
demonstrated bravery, humanitarianism, superior investigative work,
outstanding police skills and a deep commitment to making Toronto one of the
safest cities in the world.
"As a parent I was touched by the story of Constable Tupling's
determination to track down someone's missing daughter, and I congratulate her
on her exemplary work," said Board of Trade President and CEO Carol Wilding.
"The Board is proud to honour the outstanding work and bravery of all our
officers every year."
This year's event was hosted by Dwight Drummond, CityNews Crime
Specialist and featured a keynote address by Paul Dennis, Player Development
Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
About the Toronto Board of Trade (www.bot.com)
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chamber of commerce, connecting more than 200,000 business professionals and
influencers throughout the Toronto region. The Board of Trade advances the
success of its members and the entire Toronto region by facilitating
opportunities for knowledge sharing, networking, business development and city
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