Each year for the past 35 years, The Whitby Lions Club has presented an award to a deserving police officer as nominated by his or her peers. This year Constable Rick Flynn was awarded “Police Officer of The Year.”
Rick joined Durham Regional Police in 1993 at 17 Division. He has been a member of the Special Enforcement Team, Homicide, Drug unit and two BLAST projects. Rick has proven to be a very dedicated Officer in our community. He has earned the respect of his peers for his energy and willingness to assist whenever he can. One of his greatest strengths is the ability to mentor young officers. The Lions Club says Rick was selected for exhibiting love for his job, the community and its residents.
This year’s winner of the Terry Ryan Memorial Scholarship “Rookie of the Year” is Constable John Johnson of 16 Division. John is a retired professional hockey player who played most of his career in Europe.
John was hired by the DRPS in August 2005 and while at the Ontario Police College he volunteered his time with a local youth hockey camp. Upon returning to the Durham Region, he volunteered by coaching minor hockey in Whitby. John is a natural leader and was the DRPS class leader while at the Ontario Police College. His Sergeant indicated that John demonstrated integrity, honesty and a strong moral character that the late Terry Ryan would have been very proud of.
Congratulations to Rick and John!
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