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  Celebrating Excellence in Policing

Oct 27, 2014 09:20 ET

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:

  • Retired Chief Mike Ewles, for his tireless dedication to the community. The Mike Ewles Community Builder Award was created to acknowledge Mike's outstanding efforts to build relationships across our diverse region, so the DRPS can better meet the needs of our communities.

  • Constable Christian Pottle, of West Division, who responded to a report of a distraught female wanting to harm not only herself, but her son and the father of her child. The female entered her sons daycare, armed with a 12" kitchen knife and a replica handgun. Constable Pottle entered the building and was able to disarm the female before she could harm anyone inside.

  • Members of the investigative teams involved in Project Spencer and Project Armstrong, dedicated to ending human trafficking in our region. These officers work tirelessly to not only arrest the controllers who put these females at risk every day, but to get the victims the help they need to turn their lives around.

  • The Project Pilot team, who spent five years bringing two murderers to justice during the investigation into the homicides of Harjinder Singh Sandhu and Puneet Singh Chhina. Involving more than 280 people, from policing and justice organizations across the country, teamwork and dedication were instrumental in the successful conclusion of this case.

    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 Kelly

    Below 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)