Black History Month Trailblazer

Black History Month Trailblazer

Mike Hayles

Mike Hayles has been a member of the Toronto Police for 27 years.  The first-generation Canadian is a proud descendant of Jamaican heritage. Additionally, his maternal Grandfather was a member of the Jamaican Constabulary Force, retiring at the rank of Corporal.

Growing up in the North-West corner of Toronto, he is familiar with the challenges communities face interacting with Police.

Prior to joining the Toronto Police Service, he was introduced to A.B.L.E members Doreen Guy and Terry James. They mentored him and helped him achieve his goal of becoming a police officer.

Starting his career in 1995 in the neighbourhood he grew up in was the realization of a childhood dream. He moved through various units at the station level, which led to various assignments in Citywide investigative squads.

Mike was promoted to Sergeant in 2009 and Staff Sergeant in 2021. He has held every role in each rank and is most proud of his contributions while attached to Intelligence Services combating gun violence and activities with the Community Response Unit in the Downtown East core, where he was part of conversations with communities that directly impacted public safety on a grassroots level.

A proud member of the Association of Black Law Enforcers since 1995, Mike is a former member of the executive and reflects fondly on the relationships he has built and the impact he has had on the delivery of Policing Services in Toronto.

Recently promoted to the rank of Inspector, Mike is currently assigned to Priority Operations as a Dury Senior Officer attached to the Toronto Police Operations Centre, representing his organization on a daily basis and contributing to police reform.