A Toronto police officer carried out a potentially life-changing act of charity for a man he was called to arrest.
Constable Niran Jeyanesan and his partner were called to a Walmart to respond to a reported theft on Sunday night.
Upon arrival, Niran found an 18-year-old who had stolen a dress shirt, tie and socks.
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The young man had been apprehended by the security guard, but Niran talked to him and discovered that he took the clothes because he needed them for a job interview at a restaurant.
So, to help make sure the man had the opportunity for a second chance, he not only released him without charge – he bought the clothes for him!
Niran told CP24:
This young person has been facing his own difficulties in life and he was looking to straighten out all that by providing for his family and trying to get a job.
This individual didn’t have any resources. He wanted to go get that job. That was in his mind. I think he truly made a mistake.
He said this was an opportunity to help the man, rather than punish him and prevent him from getting to that job interview.
Police officers do this every day and they don’t get recognised for it. We don’t look for any recognition.
A core part of policing is helping people and I think we do that every day.
As a result of his actions, Niran has been commended by both his supervising officers and the public alike.
Speaking to CP24, Niran’s Staff Sergeant, Paul Bois, said:
I think the officer did a fantastic job. He exercised his discretion and definitely showed some humanity in dealing with this particular individual.
Every circumstance is different and in this particular case the individual had undergone some personal difficulties and the officer wanted to help him out with that and I think collectively that’s why we are all here doing this job.
We need to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I think he did.
What an amazing story, it’s nice to see sensitivity being applied in the law to make sure this 18-year-old doesn’t end up on the wrong path.
This world needs more Niran Jeyanesans.