2018 Police and Peace Officer of the Year Award Winners
May 23, 2018 – On Friday, May 18, 2018, Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers presented the 2018 Police and Peace Officers of the Year Awards (POYA). The ceremony was held at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre with finalists and family members, executive from the respective executive organizations and invited members of the community in attendance.
Presented annually, these awards recognize outstanding officers in the community. Once again, three awards were be presented at this year’s awards ceremony, one to the police officer from each of the two the provincial police forces as well as a peace officer employed for the preservation and maintenance of the public peace or for the service or execution of civil process. The three awards winners for 2018 are:
- Police Officer of the Year, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary – Constable Shawna Park, Corner Brook Region ( pictured with The Honourable Judy Foote, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador )
- Police Officer of the Year, Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Constable Paula Strowbridge, Springdale Detachment ( pictured with The Honourable Judy Foote, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador )
- Peace Officer of the Year – Superintendent Barry White, Enforcement and Resources, Department of Fisheries and Land Resources, Eastern Region ( pictured with The Honourable Judy Foote, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador )
“For over 22 years, Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers has taken pride in honouring officers in our province that go above and beyond the call of duty to make our communities and province a better place to call home. Again this year, the awards program represents all the enforcement entities in the province, police and peace officers and we are delighted to recognize these outstanding enforcement officers,” said Mark Brown, Chair of NL Crime Stoppers.
Nominations for the 2018 awards were accepted from the general public, provincial organizations as well as any provincial police or peace officer. This year, the number of nominations more than doubled. “We received nominations from across the province, representing a candidate pool of diverse demographic representation, geography, gender, and experience,” said Brown. “We are extremely pleased with the volume and calibre of the nominations received this year, and we thank everyone who took the time to nominate a deserving officer.”
The 2018 Police and Peace Officer of the Year Awards are proudly supported by the VOCM Cares Foundation.
Started in 1992, Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers is a community-based program and registered charity that brings the public, the media and law enforcement agencies together in cooperative effort to help solve crime. This is accomplished by offering cash awards and guaranteeing anonymity to persons who furnish information leading to the arrest of or laying of charges against criminal offenders.
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Mark Brown, Chair
Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers
709 325 0423 or email@example.com
The 2018 Police and Peace Officer of the Year Awards is proudly supported by the VOCM Cares Foundation.