Media Release – by Sarah Kennedy
Acting Staff Sergeant Pamela Ashcroft started at the Toronto Transit Commission in 2006 as a transit bus operator. Quickly being recognized as a leader, she moved into a supervisory role and then training.
In 2016, S/Sgt Ashcroft transferred to the TTC Special Constable Unit as the Sergeant of Training and Logistical Support and in 2020, assumed the role of Acting Staff Sergeant. The TTC Special Constable Department has grown continuously since she joined in 2016, and this year, she is in charge of hiring 58 new Special Constables.
S/Sgt Ashcroft is a mentor, trainer, recruiter, and innovator who works countless hours and goes above and beyond to find and train the best possible people. S/Sgt Ashcroft works hard to go out into the community and post-secondary institutions to speak about the role of Special Constables and help aspiring Special Constables understand and prepare for the process.
S/Sgt Ashcroft also oversees the Special Constable Community Engagement Unit, which provides outreach to vulnerable people and sections within the TTC community.
In 2018, S/Sgt Ashcroft received the Innovation Award from CUTA (Canadian Urban Transit Association) for the assisting in the creation of the first annual Transit Special Constable Women’s Symposium, which serves to educate women interested in a career in law enforcement on the role of the transit special constable and provide the tools to assist them in becoming successful candidates.
S/Sgt Ashcroft graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and in 2012, completed the Adult Teaching Certificate from Humber College.
Editor’s Note: Pamela is the daughter of Bonnie Ashcroft, who resides in Lion’s Head, ON.