How it Works

  • Nominations need to include a written or verbal description (through a PAO web form, email, Facebook DM or post, or Twitter DM or post) as to why the candidate should be awarded the PAO Police Services Hero of the Year.
  • Deadline for submissions is March 25, 2019 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. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be one of the following – a 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.)
  • Nominations must identify a specific ‘Hero’ to be recognized.
  • Nominations must include reference to an occurrence where the '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.
  • No member of the Awards Committee can be nominated.
  • Nominations must be submitted by no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 25, 2019, EST.
  • 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 or OPP.

Award Process

  • The PAO is accepting nominations from the public (nominators) from February 11 to March 25, 2019.
  • Nominations can be submitted via policehero.ca, e-mailed, or sent via social media on the PAO Facebook or Twitter pages.
  • A nominator is welcome to nominate more than one police services personnel.
  • In April 2019, 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 Ottawa during the week of May 13, 2019.