"You don't become a hero because of what you do, but because of who you are!" Constable Akhil Mooken not only is an incredible, hard working and dedicated police officer but a fantastic role model for the youth in Peel Region. Constable Mooken needs to be recognized for his ongoing involvement, dedication, support and commitment within Peel Region both on, and off duty.
Cst. Mooken was in the Neighbourhood Policing Unit at 12 Division, and was assigned to the school I worked at. It was evident to administration, colleagues, parents of the community and myself that he loved this unit because of the positive relationships he was able to build with the youth of Peel Region. He is an excellent role model for students and, although no longer working in the NPU unit, continues to establish an excellent rapport with students and their parents. Constable Mooken builds positive and long lasting relationships with youth, and he makes sure they know he is approachable on the street, in a shopping mall or at the movie theatre if they are in need of help, or just to say hello and engage in conversation.
As the popularity of social media continues to develop, Officer Mooken ensures that youth are using the social apps in a safe way. He reminds students to use kind words when tweeting, and to think before they post, ensuring the photos being posted online are appropriate. He has a strong, positive, online presence, and is well known and liked both on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @OfficerMooken.
Cst. Mooken, now assigned to C Platoon at 12 Division, always goes above and beyond the call of duty. He has been loyal and dedicated to his job and to the community in which he serves, for over ten years. He continuously supports individuals and groups throughout Peel Region, as evident in the many community programs he volunteers with, such as the Brampton Santa Clause Parade.
Constable Akhil Mooken is a very intelligent individual who has many talents and skills that he brings to the police force. He listens to the concerns and issues members of his community have, considers different viewpoints and alternative perspectives to problems at hand. He is a man of honour and integrity. Cst. Mooken is truly a unique individual, a hard working and dedicated police officer and most importantly a role model for the youth in Peel Region. I highly recommend Constable Akhil Mooken to be the recipient of this years Police Hero of the Year award.