How it Works

  • Nominations need to include a written or verbal description (through the online nomination form, email, Facebook direct message, or Twitter direct message) as to why the candidate should be considered for the PAO Police Services Hero of the Year award in one of the following three categories:
    • On-Duty Difference Maker - Uniform Officer (An individual or group who has gone above and beyond the expectations of the job while on-duty)
    • On-Duty Difference Maker - Civilian Police Service Employee (An individual or group who has gone above and beyond the expectations of the job while on-duty)
    • Community Role Model (An individual or group who has made a difference in their community while off-duty)
  • The deadline for 2020 submissions was March 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • All submissions are kept strictly confidential. No names will be disclosed without the expressed written consent of the nominator. 
  • Winners will be announced during the Police Association of Ontario's Annual General Meeting in May.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be one of the following – an active sworn/uniform police officer or an employee of a municipal police service in Ontario (such as a 911 Dispatcher, Communications personnel, Court Services personnel, Forensics ID personnel, etc).
  • Please note, as they are not members of the PAO, nominations will NOT be accepted for police officers or civilian police personnel with the Toronto Police, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), and RCMP.
  • Nominations must identify a specific ‘police hero’ to be recognized and identify whether they are a uniform or civilian member of their police service.
  • Nominations must include reference to an occurrence where the 'police hero' has gone above and beyond the call of duty while on the job or in their community.
  • Nominator must identify themselves in the submission for the purpose of verifying validity of content.
  • Nominations must come from members of the public - police personnel cannot nominate each other for these awards.
  • PAO Awards Committee members are ineligible for the Police Services Hero of the Year awards.
  • 2020 nominations were due by no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on March 13, 2020.

Award Process

  • The 2020 Police Services Hero of the Year awards nominations period was open from February 3 - March 13, 2020, during which time the PAO accepted nominations from the public (nominators).
  • Nominations could be received on PoliceHero.ca, emailed to communications@pao.ca, or sent via social media on the PAO Facebook or Twitter pages.
  • Any nominator is able to nominate more than one police services personnel.
  • In April 2020, all nominations will be compiled and provided to the PAO Awards Committee to deliberate and select a winner.
  • The PAO Police Services Hero of the Year Awards for On-Duty Difference Maker (Sworn/Uniform), On-Duty Difference Maker (Civilian), and Community Role Model will be announced at the Annual General Meeting in May 2020.