Deputy Pogue Recognized for Leadership

By Brent Smyth

Brent Smyth

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Community Safety Command

For the second year in a row, a member of the Toronto Police Service was honoured by the Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI) in thanks for serving the community.

This year’s dinner was held in partnership with Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE) to honour Deputy Chief Lauren Pogue, for her support of inclusive policing throughout her career.

“We have had the incredible opportunity to honour Lauren Pogue as a long-time supporter of women in law enforcement, an advocate for equity, diversity, and mentoring,”  Superintendent Kim O’Toole, who also serves as the President of OWLE said.

“She really pushed the boundaries and she set the stage for so many people to come behind her.”

Pogue was honoured at the sold-out event with speeches by members of the RCMI, OWLE and TPS and was presented with a video tribute. Former Chief James Ramer was honoured last year.

Adrienne McLennan, a member of the RCMI Board of Directors, said Pogue was also nominicated for the honour by the Toronto Police Military Veterans Association.

“She is a shining example of leadership and I have seen her display the compassionate side of herself, she’s a wonderful example of women in policing.”

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Deputy Chief Lauren Pogue with RCMI President and Executive Director Michael Clarry Photo: Brent Smyth

While the RCMI had been hosting Police Appreciation nights pre-COVID, it was last year they decided to change the format to honouring officers who have created a large impact throughout their careers.

This year's theme was 'Inclusive Policing', specifically focusing on the Deputy’s commitment to mentorship.

“Lauren is that person for so many. And really so many she probably doesn't know she was that person for,” Kim O’Toole continued. “I wish I had a Lauren Pogue as a mentor for me, 29 years ago.”

And although the night was celebrating her achievements and journey in policing, the Deputy reiterated the importance of her own mentors in providing her with career growth opportunities.

“It was truly an incredible honour to be recognized, and given the opportunity to share how progressive, inclusive leaders helped shape my career.”

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Deputy Chief Lauren Pogue watches a special video tribute Photo: Brent Smyth

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