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article imageOp-Ed: Toronto Crime Stopper Ball took place Wednesday night Special

By KJ Mullins     May 9, 2013 in World
Toronto - Last night at the Liberty Grand in Toronto the Toronto Crime Stoppers Ball with Police Chief Bill Blair took place, one of the largest fund raisers for the charity.
The celebration of over 25 years of crime fighting in Canada's busiest city was an amazing event, but it was more than good food and entertainment.
I could write about the lovely entertainment, the police exhibits that showed guests what our police do everyday to protect us, the amazing meal but that's not what the night is really about.
Jarvis Montaque was just 15 this February when his life was ended with a bullet. The young boy was what you would want in a son or a little brother. He was sweet and kind. Jarvis didn't venture out much, his neighbourhood isn't the kind that you can do that with unless you hang with the bad kids. He wasn't a bad kid. Today his family grieves without answers said one of his sisters. Her little brother has nine sisters who are left to carry on. Some have started to live again while others spend their days in tears questioning why. They all don't question why the killer has been found. They know. In Toronto's Jamestown community you don't talk to the police. Only one murder of a young man has been solved in the community in recent years and that was because the community, including Jarvis' sisters spoke up naming the ones responsible.
Toronto Crime Stoppers is for the Jarvis families of the city. It's a way for people to speak up about who is hurting their neighbourhoods without the fear of the bad guys finding out. It's a way to stop a crime before it takes place. Crime Stoppers is one way that the city of Toronto remains as safe as it is for the majority of its residents.
The Toronto Crime Stoppers Ball is one of the ways that the program raises the funds to continue. The funds raised from the event go towards the operation costs, programs like Student Crime Stoppers and cash rewards for tips that lead to the arrests of criminals.
Gary Grant  founder of Toronto Crime Stoppers
Gary Grant, founder of Toronto Crime Stoppers
Toronto Crime Stoppers
Toronto Crime Stoppers begin when a police officer was asked to launch the program. Gary Grant took the bull by the horns in 1984 and has continued to this day to work with Crime Stoppers. Today Toronto Crime Stoppers has grown to include Social Media as a way to get the word out for those who have any information that will assist investigators about a crime or planned criminal activity that has yet to take place can make a difference by calling Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Last night was also Grant's 65th birthday. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair made him an honorary Chief of Police during the event, a fitting gift for this man who has dedicated his life to serving the city of Toronto.
Crime Stoppers is a civilian, non profit, charitable organization that brings together in a triparte relationship, the police services of a community, the media and the community in the fight against crime.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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