2021 Nominees

Aaron Tompkins

I would like to nominate Smiths Falls Police Constable Aaron Tompkins for the 2021 Police Services Hero of the Year Award. Constable Tompkins is our Community Service Officer. Not only does Constable Tompkins serve and protect our town of Smiths Falls, he is involved with many programs in our town.
Constable Tompkins is very involved with our Special Olympics athletes. For years, he has helped with organizing the Law Enforcement Torch Run that goes through our town of Smiths Falls. 

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Sarah Groenewegen

We see Kingston Police Service's Sarah and Horse Murney often on our walks downtown and in the parks. My grandson is autistic and loves to see them together. Sarah always stops and chats, giving out stickers. I think it’s important also that police officers are approachable and kind, especially for children. Sarah is a great role model.

Image credit: https://www.kingstonist.com/news/local-officer-nominated-for-police-services-hero-of-the-year/ and Kingston Police Service.

Mark O'Connell

I follow the Guelph Police Service daily bulletin of events. I have read numerous articles about the great work Mark does and the positive impact he has on the people and businesses of downtown Guelph. His daily presence in the community along with his honesty and fellowship with the people on the street are the things that truly set him above your average law officer. What Constable O'Connell does every day on the job is simply be himself and allow the people he meets get to know, respect and trust him as a friend. Whether he wins the award or not, I feel sure he feels very proud to be nominated... Good luck, Mark.

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Hamilton Police Service Team

On February 1, 2021, shortly before 5 am, a concerned crisis centre staff member contacted the Hamilton Police Service regarding a suicidal male. This male had advised that he was situated inside his vehicle which was parked at the front doors of the Limeridge Mall. He had further advised that he wanted to commit suicide with his homemade pipe bomb that he had situated in his hand inside his vehicle. Hamilton Police Service officers and a Sergeant responded to the area, located the subject, and set up an inner perimeter containment team around the subject’s vehicle.

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Jeff Elvish

Thunder Bay Officer Jeff Elvish was assigned to my family's case. In the midst of a tragic and heartbreaking event, Jeff and another officer came to my mother's apartment where the family gathered to answer any questions he could and to provide his calm, professional support. Jeff made a lasting impression on my family and I am proud to nominate him for this award.

Amy Birtch

I am nominating Sgt. Amy Birtch for this award because of the difference she makes in the lives of the vulnerable women that she works with. Amy creates a safe space for the communities most vulnerable to feel like they can ask her for help which is incredibly important for those at risk. I have had the honour of working with Amy through our program that partners with London Police (PAR) and all of the women that she works with trust and respect her, along with all of us staff. Amy’s ability to connect with the communities most vulnerable is life changing and life saving and I couldn’t imagine a better officer to receive this award.

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Ian Forde

Cst. Ian Forde with the Waterloo Regional Police Service has made a tremendous difference in his community. Before COVID-19, he was an amazing officer who talked to me professionally about his experiences as a police officer (during an open house event) and connected with me on a human level. He also recently highlighted his experiences as an officer of colour on the Black History Month series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CjN39Lc31M

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Elaine Batt

Elaine is a very dedicated supervisor in communications with the Hamilton Police. She has been in the communications room for almost 30 years and a member of the Hamilton Police Service for almost 33 years. She was a dispatcher for most of her career and has been apart of some horrible things over the years. She never brings her work home with her. She is my hero and I think she deserves this award!

Erin Cormier

Constable Erin Cormier is a recruiter for the Halton Regional Police Service - her enthusiasm and passion for the profession of law enforcement is palpable. Her desire and drive to recruit and develop the best possible talent is clear to anyone who knows her. Erin goes out of her way, regularly on her own time, to take time to develop programs that will make a difference and help to identify and acquire the best possible talent for the law enforcement profession. 

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Carolyn Pennie

Carolyn works as a civilian police service member in direct entry at the Sarnia Police Service. She started a not-for-profit organization called Bare Necessities Little Lunches. When COVID-19 hit and closed schools last year, children who previously had breakfast clubs and nutrition programs to enjoy at school suddenly didn’t have these programs. Her aim was to bridge that gap during the pandemic and offer this program to children in their homes. The program took off and has provided nutrition to children over the last year.