How it Works

  • Nominations need to include a written or verbal description (through the online nomination form, email, Facebook direct message or post, or Twitter direct message or post) 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
    • On-Duty Difference Maker - Civilian Police Service Employee
    • Community Role Model
  • Deadline for 2019 submissions was 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. 
  • Winners are announced during the Police Association of Ontario's Annual General Meeting in May.

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).
  • 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 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
  • 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.
  • No member of the PAO Awards Committee can be nominated.
  • 2019 nominations were due by no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 25, 2019, EST.

Award Process

  • The 2019 Police Services Hero of the Year awards nominations period is now closed.
  • The PAO accepted 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 were 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 were announced at the Annual General Meeting in May 2019.