Media Release - CHAMBER HONOURS LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS
May 23, 2013 – 12:00 noon
CHAMBER HONOURS LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS
Sault Ste. Marie - Several local police officers were recognized as Officers of the Year at the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce 16th annual Police Services Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 23rd. Officers from each of Sault Ste. Marie’s four area police services received the distinction.
The recipients included:
Constable John Boyle of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.
Constable Damien Morin of the Ontario Provincial Police – Sault Ste. Marie Detachment.
Constable Al Montgomery of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Sault Ste. Marie Detachment.
Detective Constable Chris Thibodeau (RCMP) seconded to the Anishinabek Police Service – Garden River Detachment.
Criteria for the Officer of the Year awards include:
continued efforts in the pursuit of excellence as a police officer.
a high standard of performance and dedication in the day to day duties of a police officer.
any performance that is over and above the call of duty.
any incidence of bravery, life saving or attempted life saving or rescue.
community-mindedness and overall service to the businesses and citizens of our community.
Each award is sponsored by a local business or agency that recognizes the efforts of our local police services and the important role that they play in the overall betterment of our community. 2013 award sponsors included: the Station Mall Merchants Association, Brookfield Renewable Power, Northwood Funeral Home, and Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc. – a United Way member agency. Ironside Consulting Services Inc was a contributing sponsor of the luncheon.
Peter Berlingieri, Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member and master of ceremonies for the event drew attention to the fact that Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area is fortunate to have four exceptional police services safeguarding our citizens and our communities. He noted that it is very important that we take the time to honour the hard work and commitment of the police officers safeguarding Sault Ste. Marie and area and extended thanks to the hundreds of additional officers who work in-and-around our community.
Tuesday’s luncheon featured a presentation by Detective Constable John Schultz of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre, who discussed Identifying, reporting and dealing with Mass Marketing Fraud. Detective Constable John Schultz is a 28 year member of the OPP and has served in several locations across the province. His experiences have involved a variety of Criminal Investigations from General Law Enforcement to serious criminal occurrences and 7 years in the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit. He has been the OPP Intelligence Analyst at CAFC since May 2006.
On behalf of those in attendance and the 800 plus member businesses of the Chamber of Commerce, the ceremonies concluded with congratulatory remarks and a sincere thank you to all of the police officers of Sault Ste. Marie and area was extended "for making the community a safer place to live, to work and to raise our families.”