Honorary Ithaca Police Officer Colin Toland reported for duty this week, attending the 3-11pm shift briefing on Wednesday afternoon. Just a couple of weeks ago, 9-year-old Colin was sworn in by IPD chief John R. Barber.
“As much as he enjoyed the swearing-in ceremony, this is the day he was really looking forward to,” says Colin’s mom, Tamiko Toland, as she shared a video of the shift briefing, where Colin got to speak to the shift officers.
Colin talked during the shift briefing about his goals for serving on the IPD police force, and the challenges he faces. Then, Colin got a tour of IPD Headquarters on Clinton Street, “before heading over to the Mobile Command Center to show us his skills in maneuvering the robot,” according to IPD public information officer Jamie Williamson.
Chief Barber spent lots of time with Colin, and according to Colin’s mom, “You can see how connected they really are.”
“I think people might imagine the swearing in was a ‘one and done,’ but there’s a real relationship with John and the whole department,” Tamiko told 14850.
The young man has been “battling brain cancer for the majority of his young life,” according to a statement from IPD last month. A malignant brain tumor was discovered when Colin was two, and he has had several brain surgeries and other treatments. He and his family have traveled to Augusta, Boston, Dallas, Rochester, and Memphis for treatment since a relapse in January 2015, “always returning home to Ithaca.”
Colin has always wanted to be a police officer. “He is anxious to return to do his part to give back to others,” Colin’s mom adds.
Colin’s briefing video courtesy of Tamiko Toland: