Every day, thousands of Ontarians rely on professional police officers, 9-1-1 dispatchers and other police service personnel to keep their families and communities safe.

Now, the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) is introducing the first PAO Police Services Hero of the Year Award to provide the public with an opportunity to nominate and recognize a hero for the work they do for Ontarians. This nomination can be related to a specific event, whereby a Police Officer or a Civilian Police Services Employee went above and beyond the call of duty, or it can be in recognition for their ongoing support and involvement within their particular community.