|Nine years ago, when he completed police college, Constable Raphael Waugh, now 42, returned to Regent Park, his childhood neighbourhood as a cop. Laura Pedersen/National Post|
There were times growing up in Regent Park, the country’s largest and oldest social housing project, when Raphael Waugh brushed too close to violence, poverty and fear. When a troubled childhood friend was shot dead by police as he goofed around with a sword on the street. When he saw kids selling drugs to other kids. Or when his mother, a Jamaican immigrant raising the family alone, leaned on food banks to feed him and his two siblings.
|Toronto Police Sgt. Daniel Vega (left) and Toronto Paramedics tend to a homeless man who required hospital transport at the corner of Church Street and Queen Street in Toronto, on Friday, June 19, 2015. Laura Pedersen/National Post|
Under Byrne’s command is a labyrinth of people and machines.