Officer Honoured For Reaching Out To At-Risk Youth

    Toronto Police Veteran Honoured For Dedication Above The Call Of Duty

    TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Ontario has honoured a 19-year Toronto police
veteran for his work with at-risk and disadvantaged youth.
    Constable Ojo Adeniron Tewogbade is this year's recipient of the Bud
Knight Award, which recognizes commitment and dedication to youth, above and
beyond the call of duty.
    Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci
presented Tewogbade with the award at the <a href="">Committee of Youth Officers</a> for the
Province of Ontario's annual conference today.
    Established in 1990, the Bud Knight Award honours the career of Herbert
'Bud' Knight, a retired Ontario Police College instructor who was instrumental
in establishing a youth officers' training course at the Ontario Police
College and creating the Committee of Youth Officers.
    "I'm proud that we have dedicated police officers like Constable
Tewogbade who are building on Bud Knight's inspiring legacy," said Bartolucci.
    An ordained reverend, Tewogbade is a community relations officer assigned
to Toronto Police Service 13 Division. He joined the ranks as a constable in
1989 after beginning his career as a parking control officer in 1979.

    Tewogbade has founded programs to engage youth in their communities,

        -  A program to help young people with homework, reading and life
           skills by tapping into their love for basketball and other
           physical activities. The program is funded by <a href="">ProAction Cops &</a>
           <a href="">Kids</a>, one of the largest private sponsors of <a href="">Toronto Police</a>
           <a href="">Service</a> programs for youth at risk
        -  Programs offering computer skills, tours and field trips to
           connect youth with their cultural heritage
        -  An annual Christmas dinner for disadvantaged youth and their
           families at a local church.

    "We received an overwhelming number of nominations for the Bud Knight
Award from police services across Ontario.  The nominees were all worthy of
recognition for the time and energy they have invested into our province's
youth," said Robert MacNeil, president of the Committee of Youth Officers.

    Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Laura Blondeau, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4973, (416) 938-9757 (cell); Anthony Brown, Communications Branch (416)

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