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24 Shades of Blue

24 Shades of Blue

By Toronto Police Services
24 Shades of Blue is a podcast that gives the Toronto community a behind the scenes view of the Toronto Police Service's activities.
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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.
20:26
May 19, 2022
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.
20:09
May 06, 2022
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.
33:14
April 22, 2022
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.
44:11
April 08, 2022
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.
28:33
March 25, 2022
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. 
46:18
March 11, 2022
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.  
26:35
February 25, 2022
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. 
20:22
February 11, 2022
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.
45:16
January 28, 2022
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. 
27:52
January 14, 2022
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.
17:11
January 14, 2022
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.
22:29
January 07, 2022
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.  
25:02
January 07, 2022
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.
16:36
October 29, 2021
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.
22:20
October 29, 2021
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.
25:33
September 24, 2021
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.
23:58
September 24, 2021
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.
30:36
September 17, 2021
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.
41:17
September 11, 2021
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.
31:05
August 10, 2021
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.
28:03
August 06, 2021
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.
27:02
July 23, 2021
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.
29:10
July 02, 2021
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.
36:50
May 28, 2021
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!
45:22
May 07, 2021
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.
31:41
May 07, 2021
How Toronto's Black Communities Work With The Toronto Police
While Ax learns a thing or two about engaging with police, he hears from two women, Stacey Clarke and Audrey Campbell, who led the Know Your Rights campaign on behalf of the Toronto Police and Toronto’s Black communities.
33:46
February 17, 2021
Sex Trafficking And How To Be A Detective With Pauline Gray
We speak to Superintendent, Specialized Criminal Investigations, Pauline Gray about everything from human trafficking, how to be a "bad ass" detective and how the law enforcement industry has changed for women everywhere.  
36:02
February 02, 2021
Crime Prevention, Porch Pirates and Relay Rascals
Dan Ramos, police constable, crime prevention coordinator and TROOP coordinator, sits down with Axel to talk about crime prevention in a COVID environment. He gives some helpful with tips how to keep your packages safe from any porch pirates. Keep your packages safe!
36:02
December 15, 2020
Police Reform With Rob Johnson
Rob Johnson, Toronto Police A/Staff Superintendent - Unit Commander of Strategy Management, sits down with Axel to speak about police reform, his experience with equity and inclusion training along with how he can sport a mean jean jacket. 
41:15
December 15, 2020
What It Takes To Catch Killers
Hank Idsinga, head of Canada's largest homicide squad, sits down with Obie & Ax to talk about serial killers, working with the community, and the nostalgia of 1980s horror movies.
40:17
November 12, 2020
Chief Ramer On Positive Change In Law Enforcement
James Ramer is the Chief is the largest municipal police service in Canada. Listen to Obie & Ax get him talking about mental health, how Covid-19 has impacted policing, and why he loves coming to work every day.
38:55
November 12, 2020