Toronto Const. Jeffrey Northrup died after being struck by a vehicle in the parking garage at city hall early Friday morning, police say. He was remembered as a gentleman who was “very proud of the job he did.”
In a news release confirming the death of the constable, “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.”A preliminary investigation indicated that he and his partner were conducting an investigation in response to a priority deliberate act.
Jeffrey Northrup Family
According to CBC News Canada, Northrup leaves behind his wife, three children, and mother. His actual age remains unknown but estimates indicate that he was around 50 years. Northrup started his 31-year career with the Toronto Police Service with court services and was then assigned to the 11 Division when he became a police officer in 1999. He had been a member of the 52 Division since 2008 and was also a member of the Chief’s Ceremonial Unit.
Toronto Police Chief Ramer stated that Northrup had been training new officers until April when he requested to return to the major crimes unit.
“It goes without saying that it will be most devastating to the family, colleagues, and friends of Constable Northrup,” Ramer said.
It is a very sad day in policing for our members, the policing community & the citizens of Toronto that DC Jeffrey Northrup bravely served, as we mourn his on-duty death. Our thoughts & heartfelt sympathies are with his family. https://t.co/kHf2oaLccj
— Toronto Police Association (@TPAca) July 2, 2021
Jeffrey Northrup was Murdered in a Deliberate Act
Police believe that the murder was intentional and deliberate via a Twitter post, the Toronto police said,
Chief James Ramer's statement on death of Detective Constable Jeffrey Northrup, 99201.
— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) July 2, 2021
Toronto Police Chief Ramer said, “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 the emergency run to the 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.” Chief Ramer added.
Tributes from Other Departments
Jeffrey Northrup has been eulogized by other police departments. According to MyKawartha.com Peterborough police Chief Scott Gilbert says the Toronto officer killed in the line of duty early Friday morning (July 2) was a gentleman, well-respected, and a professional who will be missed by his colleagues.
Gilbert, who joined the Peterborough Police Service three years ago, says he got to know Northrup when they worked together in Toronto’s 52 division.
“He worked for me while I was there,” he says. “He was a great person to work with and I’m very proud to have known him… I just wish I could have known longer.”
Gilbert says the slain officer worked inside a fair amount when he was in 52 division. “He had a great way of dealing with people who would come in at the front counter. Often, they had issues that they were very upset about, and he always had a way of helping them feel good by the time they left. He is certainly going to be missed as a police officer.”
British Columbia Sheriff Service also offered their condolences via their official Twitter account.
Our condolences to the family, friends & our colleagues with the @TorontoPolice Service today as we learn of the loss of Cst. Jeffrey Northrup in the line of duty. Our thoughts & prayers are with each of you.@TPAca pic.twitter.com/Qyy0ORtnHo
— British Columbia Sheriff Service (@BCSheriffs) July 2, 2021
London Police Service Ontario also eulogized the hero,
The London Police Service extends our deepest condolences to the @TorontoPolice, Chief @jamesramertps, family, friends, and colleagues on the tragic on-duty death of Constable Jeffrey Northrup. Our flags will be lowered to half-mast in his honour. @HeroesInLife #HeroesInLife pic.twitter.com/V5pZ3himiU
— London Police Service ON (@lpsmediaoffice) July 2, 2021