24 Shades of BlueNov 28, 2023
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: Rochelle Bobb
In this episode Anime is sits down with Acting Detective Sergeant Steve Smith, to discuss the case surrounding Rochelle Bobb's murder. While driving a friend home one night Rochelle's and her unborn son Kyrie fell victim to gun violence in the area. A tragic loss that to this day is still felt by her friends and family. Take a listen to learn more about Rochelle's case and how you can help the TPS get justice for Rochelle and Kyrie.
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: Lin Tao
In this episode Anime is sits down with Acting Detective Sergeant Steve Smith, to discuss the case surrounding Lin Tao's murder, one that has remained unsolved for years. Lin Tao, was a bright young university student when her life was tragically take from her 21 years ago just shy of her 20th birthday. Take a listen to this case and find out more about who Lin Tao was and how you can help gain justice for her and her family she leaves behind.
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: Justin and Lefranc
In this episode Anime is joined by Acting Detective Sergeant Steve Smith to discuss the double homicide that tragically took the lives of Justin Bokma and Lefranc Mathews. These two men leave behind families who joined by the Toronto Police are seeking justice for their lost loved ones. Take a listen to learn more about the case and what you can do to help TPS solve the case.
A Look Inside the Missing Persons Unit
In this episode Anime sits down with Acting Detective Sergeant Steve Smith and Detective Shona Patterson to discuss how the Missing Persons Unit operates and the advancements recently added to the growing unit.
Together, they explore the intricacies of missing persons cases and the new steps they are implementing to help them find those who have gone missing in the City.
Unraveling the Web of Financial Crimes
In this episode we delve into the world of financial crimes with Detective David Coffey. We explore the intricate techniques used by financial criminals to exploit vulnerable people and how they orchestrate elaborate schemes. Take a listen to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to financial crimes.
Unmasking Hate: Investigating the Surge in Hate Crimes
In this eye-opening episode Anime sits down with Detective of Intelligence Services Kiran Bisla, to discuss the topic of hate crimes and hate incidents. As our society grapples with a concerning surge in hate crimes, Detective Bisla offers a unique perspective on the factors contributing to this alarming trend. As well as prevention tips and ways to report hate crimes if you have ever fallen victim to one.
Breaking Barriers with Joey Cabral and Joseph Shangi
In this episode, Anime is joined by ETF Clerk Joey Cabral and Staff Sargant Joseph Shangi and learns about the inspiring and extraordinary story of Joey's career as a blind member of the police force who has shattered stereotypes and redefined what it means to serve and protect.
Join us as we explore the incredible journey of this remarkable individual and the invaluable contributions he has made to his department and community.
The BOLO Program: Strengthening Community Safety
In this episode Anime sits down with the Director of the Bolo program Max Langlois and Inspector Ken Taylor, to discuss the the BOLO Program's goals, and the tangible impacts it's had on enhancing public trust, communication, and crime prevention.
Embracing the Badge: A Journey of New Recruits and Constables
In Season 3 episode 1 our brand new host for the series Anime delves into the world of law enforcement through the eyes of two remarkable individuals at the beginning of their careers. Join us as we follow the paths of Police Constable Julianna Krusky and Cadet Andrew McLean as they embark on their respective journeys into the law enforcement profession.
24 Shades of Blue Missing Persons Edition: Nicole Morin
Take a deep dive into the case of Nicole Morin with Andy and Detective Sergeant Steve Smith. On July 30, 1985, 8 year old Nicole left her apartment to meet up with her friend to go swimming and disappeared before she reached the lobby. While her case was among the biggest search in Toronto's history, her absence still remains a mystery.
24 Shades of Blue Missing Person's Edition: Nancy Liou
Andy sits down with Detective Shona Patterson, to delve into the mysterious disappearances of Nancy Liou. On January 27 1999, 15 year old Nancy left her apartment to meet someone. She then disappeared without a trace. The surveillance camera in the building has captured her waiting at the entrance, then running out with a smile on her face. The mystery of her disappearance prevails to this day.
24 Shades of Blue Missing Persons Edition: Mabel Wong
The mystery of Mabel Wong's disappearance has yet to be resolved. On October 2nd 1990, at 10:30 in the evening, Mabel Wong received a call from her client and rushed to go meet with them. That night, she informed her sister that she will be back soon but did not mention who she was meeting with.
On this episode, Andy consult's Detective Shona Patterson to learn about the events that led up to Mabel Wong's disappearance.
24 Shades of Blue Missing Persons Edition: Holly Painter
The baffling mystery surrounding Holly Painter's disappearance has led the investigation unit to suspect that they have been met with foul play. Information discrepancy from different leads has risen suspicion and doubt in Holly's friends. To uncover the story about this case, Andy is joined with Detective Sergeant Steve Smith to discuss in details the actions that had led to the disappearance of Holly Painter.
24 Shades of Blue Missing Persons edition: Eva Ho
On this episode of 24 Shades of Blue, Andy sits down with Detective Shona Patterson to discuss the staggering disappearance of 3 young teenagers Eva Ho, Jackie Li, and Kevin Lim on August 14, 2006, just 5 days after the discovery of their friend's remains, Philip Sit. A very strong friendship tied the four together. This case has evoked many coverage calling the public to come forward with any information, yet there hasn't been one lead that the police received.
24 Shades of Blue Missing Persons Edition: Amber Potts
It has been over 30 years that Amber Potts has went missing. She was last seen in her hometown Etobicoke in late November 1988, hitching a ride with a stranger. Her mother shortly after reported her missing. There has been no sign of her since. On this episode, Andy sits down with Acting Detective Steve Smith to discuss the disappearance of 16 year old Amber Potts.
Toronto Beyond the Blue with Kristal Jones
In this episode Axel sits down with Kristal Jones, the cofounder and president of Toronto Beyond The Blue. As a spouse of a police officer and a mother of boys that would like to follow in their father's footsteps, she is determined to work on breaking the stigma today surrounding mental health for police officers to create a better future for them and their families. Toronto Beyond The Blue, is a non-profit organization that offers support to police service members both serving and retired and their families by connecting them with the right resources and the help they need for them to thrive. Find out more, in this episode.
Exploring the ETF with Officer Team Leader Craig Ashmen
In this episode, Axel is back on location discovering the Emergency Task Forces premises and talking to the ETF Training Officer Team Leader Craig Ashmen along with different subject-matter experts of the unit to discover some of their trainings, tactics, tools, and strategies that they use during their operations. The ETF Unit has been created to assist the Toronto Police in special emergency responses and operations. Anything from acts of terrorism, barricaded suspects, suicide interventions to persons in crisis, they are mandated to deal with potential violence with a skillset that puts emphasis on de-escalation, communication and peaceful resolutions first. Uncover the stigma and learn more about this high intensity job in this 24 Shades of Blue episode.
A day in the life of a Toronto Police College Officer
Axel is back on location this time at the Toronto Police College. He is put through the test of endurance that every officer to be must pass in order to graduate. See and hear the in's and out's of what it takes to become an officer in the city and across the province. It takes skill, patience and a whole lot of understanding to get to the final stage where all the trainee officers gain their badge and use the skills they learned in the real world.
Who Polices the Police with Ryan Teschner
The Executive Director & Chief of Staff for the Toronto Police Services Board, Ryan Teschner, shares with us the role of the Police Board and and its objectives. Whether, to set the priorities, hire the Chief and the Command Officers or set the budget and the plans, it's role encompasses more than that with the objective of offering adequate and effective policing to get the best results for the public.
"The police is doing what is encumbered on all of us as a society to do, and that is to create safe communities. The role of the board, on the other hand, is to build, enhance and repair trust between the public and the police so they can see each other in one another. "- Ryan Teschner
Connecting Communities with NCO's Sergeant Natasha Zver and Constable Anthony Alexander
It takes a certain personality to be a Neighbourhood Police Officer, and that is what Sergeant Natasha Zver and Constable Anthony Alexander will be discussing in this episode along with the role and the duties that comes with it. One of the primary functions of their role, is to connect and bridge the police with communities to inspire a positive influence all while fighting crime and disorder. When crime rates are down and when service calls are low, this is when you know that the Neighbourhood Officer Program is working and bringing these parties together to create healthier communities.
Gang Prevention: Creating Safe Spaces with Shawn Geris
An empty park, a tranquil playground, or a splash pad not being used, cast doubt to a Gang Prevention Task Force Officer. Axel sits down with Detective Constable, with an integrated Gang Prevention Task Force, Shawn Geris, to discuss the preventative efforts and strategies that are being implemented in our neighborhoods that help prevail a safe environment while preventing gang activities.
The GREAT program, Gang Resistance Education and Training, is one effective way to mitigate gang involvement and reduce gang subculture participation at an early age.
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: The Case of Margaret McDonald
Andy and Acting Detective Steve Smith cover the dreadful homicide of Margaret McDonald. On June 24th 1994 at South boulevard near Chaplin Crescent, 80 years old Margaret was taking an afternoon nap, when someone broke into her house, ransacked her home, attacked her, sexually assaulted her and killed her. Neighbours reported seeing two strangers knocking on peoples door earlier that day. Her death struck chords with everyone as the level of violence is uncanny.
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: The Case of Margaret McWilliam
Andy and Acting Detective Steve Smith gather to cover the unsolved mystery of Margaret McWilliams' murder. On august 27, 1997, 21 years old Margaret left her apartment in the evening to go for a run around the park of Warden subway station. The following day, Margaret didn't show up to work. After a large scale search conducted by the police, Margaret's body was discovered in the woods along the trail. Traces of violent trauma were reported.
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: The case of Richard Clements
Andy and Acting Detective Steve Smith talk through the horrific death behind Richard Clements case. On December 3rd 2008, at 73 years old Richard was pronounced dead in his apartment at Coin Street, after suffering from multiple stab wounds. An argument transpired between Richard's friend Edge and their landlord couple days prior to the scene. The peculiar circumstances surrounding the murder are still unknown.
24 Shades Cold Case Edition: The Case of Lisa Anstey
Andy and Acting Detective Steve Smith discuss yet another unsolved mystery in the 3rd episode of 24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition surrounding Lisa Anstey, a 21 years old Indigenous woman. The morning of Monday May 12, 1997, police found her body on Front Street East, a location that was known to get a lot of foot traffic in the area. Lisa Anstey was allegedly killed in another location and dragged out to the crime scene she was found in.
24 Shades Cold Case Edition: The Case of Richard Moore
Andy and Acting Detective Steve Smith sit down to discuss the second episode of 24 shades Cold Case edition that surrounds 28 years old Richard Moore, who had become a victim of stabbing and passed away from his wounds. The last time he was seen was late evening leaving with a female from one of the bars he visited that night. He was found the following morning deceased in the park of Colborne Lodge Drive.
24 Shades Cold Case Edition: The Case of Peggy Smith
Andy and Acting Detective Steve Smith are back for the first episode of 24 shades of Blue Cold Case Edition. The first episode surrounds Peggy Smith, a 61 year old grandmother, who was visiting her family for a barbeque on a summer evening. On that day, she was struck by a stray bullet from a random shooting aimed at the residence next to her. Two young suspects were caught by a security camera walking towards the neighborhood and fleeing the scene shortly after the incident.
Inside the mind of a Military Veteran with Aaron and Jeremy
Military Veteran Wellness Program Coordinator Aaron Dale and Police Constable Jeremy Burns, military veterans now serving with Toronto Police Service, address the real emotional battle that follows after leaving the armed forces. After their homecoming, they were faced with difficulty readjusting to civilian life while dealing with PTSD and survivor's guilt. Tormented with the societal standard that one must shoulder their own burden, they found healing through professional help which led them to create the Veteran Wellness Program. The program offers information, resources, and treatment options to help returning veterans stay emotionally and physically healthy.
Sharing the Vision with Chief Ramer
Axel is back with the Chief of police James Ramer to dive into the plans and priorities the Toronto Police have put in place for 2022. Some of which include the plans to raise awareness and combat the rise of hate crimes within the city, the importance of the Neighbourhood Community Officer program, plans to strengthen the Vision Zero program and more.
Tips To Protect Your Kids Online with Zac and Lindsay
With the growing advancements of technology there is no doubt kids are spending more time online these days. In schools, at home, at a friends house, and even within the last few years online conversations were the only way to see friends and family as the pandemic didn't allow in person gatherings at times. With this rise of technology use also comes a rise with potential ways for children to fall victim to exploitation. With in this episode Axel is joined by Detective Constable, Toronto Police, Sex Crimes- Child Exploitation Section Zac Firth and the Senior Support Services Manager at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc. Lindsay Lobb to discuss the different trends that children are falling victim to. As well as what parents and guardians can do to keep their kids safe from online predator's.
How To Catch A Fugitive with Ken Taylor
On this episode Axel is joined by Inspector of the Fugitive Squad Ken Taylor. The two dive into true stories of Ken's experiences on the job with the Fugitive unit and the work it takes to catch a criminal who is on the run.
Squad Goals: The Hold Up Squad with Richard Harris
Have you ever wondered what exactly it entails to be part of Toronto Polices Hold Up Squad? Or been curious about the work they do? Well in this episode Axel sits down with Acting Inspector Richard Harris of the Hold Up Squad to give us details about how this Unit operates and everything you might be unaware of when it comes to this Squad. For example how accurate is Hollywood's depiction of this unit, and valuable information of how to protect yourself in dangerous situations like robberies and car thefts.
Crime Stoppers and it's Community Connection with Marc and Sean
Axel kicks off the first episode of Season 2 with two members with in the Crime Stoppers organization, Detective/TPS Coordinator for the Crime Stoppers program Marc Madramootoo and Chair of the Toronto Crime Stoppers Board Sean Sportun. This episode dives into topics such as the new format Crime Stoppers Toronto is using to give back to the communities they serve. As well as what the anonymity process truly looks like when calling the organization to report a crime.
Bridging the Communications and Media Relations Gap with Meaghan Gray
On the last episode of Season 1 of 24 Shades of Blue Axel is joined by Corporate Communication Manager Meaghan Gray. They discuss her experiences creating the 24 Shades of Blue podcast while working with a team of professionals and handling media relations and crisis communications for the largest municipal police service in Canada.
Catching Fugitives and Creating Safer Communities with Lauren Pogue
Axel is join with Staff Superintendent Lauren Pogue to discuss her experiences investigating street-level drug dealers and capturing fugitives to becoming the first woman to lead the Hold Up Squad Unit and co-chairing the Service's Aboriginal Community Consultative Committee. Her extraordinary career so far has lead to some interesting stories, as she has paved her way through the force.
How to Train a K-9 Unit Dog With John Massey
Axel is on the road again this time he visited Training Constable John Massey at the K-9 Unit Headquarters. Ever wondered what it's like to train and get in to the mindset of a Police dog? Well John takes Axel through multiple training modules to help the public get an understanding of the day to day duties these special dogs take on. Some of the learning techniques include how detector dogs find suspects or the bite and hold technique is used for. A special bond and incredible training goes into creating some of the best Police with Paws that we have in the city.
An insiders look in to the Toronto Police's Marine Unit
In this episode Axel traveled to the Marine Unit headquarters and met up with Community Service officer for Toronto Police Marine Unit Kevin Lee. Kevin breaks down the different sections of the Marine unit and gives an insiders look into what day to day is like for this unit. From patrolling the waters during all seasons to under water diving missions this team works relentlessly to keep the City of Toronto and it's water ways safe.
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: Donna Oglive
The host of the Cold Case Series of 24 Shades of Blue Andy O’Brien is joined with Sergent Detective Stephen Smith from Toronto Police’s homicide department, as they discuss the case of Donna Oglive. March 8, 1998, Toronto Police responded to a 911 call at 130 Carlton Street. 24 year old Donna Oglive's injured body was found, she then passed away from her injuries later in a hospital. With DNA evidence left at the scene of the crime the homicide division continue to investigate who committed Donna’s murder.
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: Osyp Kawun
The host of the Cold Case Series of 24 Shades of Blue Andy O’Brien is joined with Sergent Detective Stephen Smith from Toronto Police’s homicide department, as they discuss the case of Osyp Kawun. 28 Years ago on January 21, 1993 Toronto Police responded to an 911 call at 238 Annette Street. Where Osyp Kawun’s body was found in Annette Food Market the Kawun’s family owned store. With DNA evidence left at the scene of the crime the homicide division continue to investigate who committed Osyp’s murder.
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: Florence Harrison and Therese Melanson
The host of the Cold Case Series of 24 Shades of Blue Andy O’Brien is joined with Sergent Detective Stephen Smith from Toronto Police’s homicide department, as they discuss the case of Florence Harrison and Therese Melanson. Twenty-four years ago on January 5th 1997 first responders received an emergency call at 274 Sackville Street, where the bodies of Florence Harrison and Therese Melanson were found. With the help of DNA evidence the cold case unit actively investigates this double homicide, to not only get answers but justice for the Melanson and Harrison family.
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: Christine Prince
The host of the Cold Case Series of 24 Shades of Blue Andy O’Brien is joined with Sergent Detective Stephen Smith from Toronto Police’s homicide department, as they discuss the case of Christine Prince. On July 22nd, 1982 First responders were notified about a body that was found in the Rouge River. Christine Prince was believed to be last seen on a street car near St Clair Avenue W at Bathurst Street. The 25 year old Welsh Nanny’s case still on going and with the help of the DNA evidence that was retrieved at the scene of the crime, the homicide division is working steadily to give closer to Christine’s loved ones.
The Forensic's Scene with Bradley Donais
Acting Unit Commander of Forensic Identification Service Bradley Donais sits down with Axel to discuss the Forensics Identification Services unit. Working in the Forensics Unit contains multi-tier level of expertise from investigating a scene of a crime to working with community members to help lay out the crime scenes. This episode gives you an insiders look at what it really takes to be a Forensic Specialist as well as the obstacles these officers are trained to endure while working in this unit.
A 20 Year Look Back and Reflection of 9/11
Axel is joined by Acting Staff Superintendent of Detective Operations Peter Code and Retired Inspector Steve Irwin to discuss their experiences working in Toronto when the tragedy of September 11 occurred 20 years ago today. This discussion dives into the course of actions that the Toronto Police Services takes when a threat like this is detected.
What It Takes To Be A Toronto Police Officer with Kim O’Toole
Unit Commander Superintendent of Toronto Police College Kimberley O’Toole joins Axel in this episode to give us the inside scoop of what it really takes to become a police officer in Ontario. She dives deep in to the curriculum of an officer in training and describes the unique courses that the Toronto Police College offers to give their officers that additional knowledge before they graduate and begin their careers as Police Officers.
911 Dispatcher talks with Communications Operator Madison Turner-Bob
Communications Operator Madison Turner-Bob sits down with Axel to discuss what a day in the life of a 911 dispatcher really looks like. As well as the different sections of the job that aren’t well known. In this episode Madison gives first hand advice of the do’s and don’ts when calling 911. Along with some interesting experience stories of phone calls she has received in the past.
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: Cassandra Do
The host of the Cold Case Series of 24 Shades of Blue Andy O’Brien is joined with Sergent Detective Stephen Smith from Toronto Police’s homicide department, as they discuss a series of 6 cold cases. August 23rd 2003, first responders received a call surrounding 32 year old Cassandra Do’s murder. Her body was discovered inside her apartment residence on Gloucester Street. Cassandra’s investigation is still ongoing and the suspect for her murder remains unknown. With DNA evidence present the homicide division is working to bring closer to Cassandra’s family and friends.
24 Shades of Blue Cold Case Edition: Patrick Santos
The host of the Cold Case Series of 24 Shades of Blue Andy O’Brien is joined with Sergent Detective Stephen Smith from Toronto Police’s homicide department, as they discuss a series of 6 cold cases. Almost 15 years ago first responders received a call surrounding 21 year old Patrick Santos murder. His body was found outside his residential home on Bridlington St and to this day his killers remain unknown. Patrick leaves behind his grieving family who continue to search for the answer of who’s responsible for taking the life of Patrick Santos.
Asian Heritage Month with Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen
Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen talks to Axel about what it’s like to work as an asian officer in Canada. He shares his harrowing experience on the force that became life changing. The Deputy Police Chief has paved a way for many Asian officers in the force today and continues to do so by being a mentor to multiple communities. This episode we celebrate Asian heritage month and the work many Asian officers do everyday to keep our streets a safe place.
How To Stay Safe From Scammers, Cyber Criminals and Fraudsters
Detective Constable Valerie Dahan and Detective Shawn Marshall join Axel to uncover information on cyber crime and fraud. They both share tips and tricks to help you get into the mind of cyber crime and fraudulent criminals, as well as insider information of how to protect yourself from falling victim to crimes that can be avoided. So don't forget to stop and think before you decide to click!
Traffic In The City, Road Rage and How To Be a Safer Driver
Sergeant Brett Moore the traffic media relations officer joins Axel to discuss all thing related to traffic and our roads. He dives into what the major issues and violations are that many people make while driving. Such as letting your road rage get in your way of making proper decisions while driving. He also gives some great tips of what you can do to keep the roads a safer place, as well as the amazing things the organization Vision Zero is doing keep the roads safe for everyone.