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 your local police personnel 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 officer who has gone above and beyond the expectations of the job while on-duty)
    • On-Duty Difference Maker - Civilian Police Service Employee (A civilian police service employee who has gone above and beyond the expectations of the job while on-duty)
    • Community Role Model (A police officer or civilian police service employee who has made a difference in their community while off-duty)
  • Submissions for 2022 are now closed
  • 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 June.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Police hero award 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 Police Association of Ontario, nominations will NOT be accepted for police officers or civilian police personnel with the Toronto Police or 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 indicate which of the three Police Services Hero of the Year Awards categories they are nominating a 'police hero' for.
  • 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.
  • 2022 nominations are now closed.

Award Process

  • The 2022 Police Services Hero of the Year awards nominations period ran from February 1 - March 14, 2022, during which time the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) accepted 'police hero' nominations from the public (nominators).
  • Nominations can be submitted through an online form on PoliceHero.ca, emailed to [email protected], or sent via direct message on the PAO Facebook or Twitter pages.
  • A nominator is able to nominate more than one police services personnel.
  • In April 2022, all nominations will be compiled and provided to the PAO Awards Committee to deliberate and select finalists and winners for each award category.
  • The 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 PAO's Annual General Meeting in May 2022.