It was a beautiful fall evening as members of the community came together to recognize the heroism, dedication and bravery of the men and women of the Durham Regional Police.
The 12th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN) took place at Deer Creek Golf & Convention Centre in Ajax on Oct. 23 to a packed house. For the 12th straight time, this gala event was sold-out.
The theme this year, 40 Years of Excellence, was celebrated as the Durham Regional Police Service remembered their proud history.
The Co-chairs of the community organizing committee, Moe Pringle and Blair McArthur, thanked every member of the police service for making a difference in the community. They also thanked all of the corporate sponsors who have made the event possible. More than $1 million has been raised over the past 12 years and the proceeds are reinvested into policing programs or community outreach programs involving police officers.
This year, awards were presented to:
A special presentation also took place to honour CTVs W5 and Sandie Rinaldo, for their assistance in raising awareness of Internet luring during their production of Predators Playground. The piece is focused around a case in Durham that saw a local school teacher, arrested and charged with numerous child pornography offences.
Another highlight of the night was a speech from nine-year-old Victoria Broomer, a Grade 5 student at Hillsdale Public School in Oshawa. Full of energy and enthusiasm, she delivered her award-winning essay, much to the delight of the audience. When she was sworn in as Chief for a Day on Oct. 21, she received a custom-made Chief of Police uniform and toured various units across the service.
The DRPS would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night committee for recognizing our members and for the contributions they have made over the past 12 years to the Durham Regional Police.
*Photos courtesy of Kaptured by KellyBelow are attached files.
Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence (JPG file, 304.4K bytes)
Chief Ewles thanks the PADAN committee for the honour (JPG file, 70.0K bytes)
Chief Ewles accepts the award from Co-chairs Blair McArthur, Moe Pringle, Chief Victoria and Chief Martin (JPG file, 172.4K bytes)
Chief Victoria wows the crowd with her winning essay (JPG file, 55.6K bytes)
Sgt. Ron Kapuscinski and Cst. Phil Groenveld accept the award for Projects Spencer & Armstrong (JPG file, 49.2K bytes)
Our bagpiper welcomes the guests as they arrive at Deer Creek (JPG file, 160.0K bytes)
Some of our host officers enjoy the event (JPG file, 188.1K bytes)