How it Works

  • Nominations need to include a written or verbal description (through a PAO web form, mail, email, Facebook post, Instagram 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 was April 3, 2018. Check back in early 2019 for details about the 4th Annual Police Services Hero of the Year.
  • All submissions are kept strictly confidential. No names will be disclosed without the expressed written consent of the nominator. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominee must be one of the following – a sworn police officer, 9-1-1 Dispatcher, or any other employee of a municipal police service in Ontario (with the exception of Toronto Police and OPP).
  • 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 5:00pm on April 3, 2018, Eastern Standard Time.

Award process

  • The PAO accepted nominations from the public (nominators) from February 23 and April 3, 2018.
  • Nominations were submitted via policehero.ca, mailed, e-mailed, or posted via social media on the PAO Facebook or Twitter pages.
  • A nominator can nominate more than one police services personnel.
  • In April, all nominations were compiled and provided to the PAO Awards Committee to deliberate and select a winner.
  • The PAO Police Services Hero of the Year Award will be announced at the Annual General Meeting in Kitchener-Waterloo during the week of May 7, 2018.