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Chief James Ramer's Statement on death of Constable Jeffrey Northrup

Broadcast time: 10:27
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021
Unit: Corporate Communications
Phone: 416-808-7100

It is with profound sadness that I confirm the death of Constable Jeffrey Northrup, of 52 Division.

Constable Northrup was killed while responding to a call downtown in the very early hours of this morning.

Our preliminary information is that he and his partner were conducting an investigation in response to a priority call in an underground parking lot here at Queen and Bay. During the course of this dynamic event, Constable Northrup was struck by a vehicle. We believe this was an intentional, deliberate act.

He was attended to by other police officers and Toronto Fire Services before he was rushed by emergency run to hospital and was pronounced shortly after. His partner was taken to hospital where she was treated and released.

I, along with his Unit Commander Superintendent Greg Cole and the Toronto Police Association, attended Constable Northrup’s family home overnight to deliver this devastating news.

Constable Northrup proudly served the Toronto Police Service for 31 and a half years. He started his career with Court Services and was assigned to 11 Division when he became a police officer in 1999. He has been a member of 52 Division since 2008. He was also a proud member of the Chief’s Ceremonial Unit. He is survived by his wife, his three children and his mother.

One man is in custody and Homicide is leading the investigation into this tragic event. An update will be provided when the appropriate charges have been laid.

This event will have a profound impact on our Service, on our city, and on all members of the policing community.

It goes without saying that it will be most devastating to the family, colleagues and friends of Constable Northrup. We are doing everything we can to support them at this time.

I wish to thank the community for its support. The strength, character, and resilience of our members, and the entire policing family, will be needed and I have every confidence this will be the case as we navigate our way through this senseless and devastating tragedy together.

Thank you.

An image of Constable Northrup will be released later today.

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