Constable Niran Jeyanesan told CP24 that Walmart staff in Toronto, Ontario apprehended an 18-year-old for attempting to steal a dress shirt, tie and socks.

The officer said when he arrived at the scene, he realized the offender had been stealing the items for a job interview,  so rather than arrest him, the officer decided to release him and purchase the items for him.

"This young person has been facing his own difficulties in life and he was looking to straighten out all that by providing for his family and trying to get a job," Mr Jeyanesan said.

"This individual didn't have any resources. He wanted to go get that job. That was in his mind. I think he truly made a mistake. Arresting him wouldn't have been in the best interests of anyone," he said.

This is just one example of the MANY ways police officers serve our communities. Often times, they don't get recognition, but I think the officer did the right thing. The man knew that stealing was wrong, but arresting him wouldn't have helped anyone. Bravo, sir. 

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