Constable Pat Judges is a familiar face to many school children and community groups across the region and this year the Oshawa Central Lions Club acknowledged his exemplary service to the community by naming him Police Officer of the Year.
The 30-year police veteran has spent the last 14 years teaching safety and crime prevention to children from kindergarten to high school. Street proofing, drugs, bullying and VIP (Values, Influences and Peers) are just some of the topics Cst. Judges has addressed with kids and concerned parents over the years. He is also well known to school safety patrollers for his lively instruction on road safety and for organizing the annual weeklong safety patroller course at Camp Samac.
Cst. Judges currently works as a Crime Prevention Officer, offering presentations to community groups and business associations on issues such as fraud, personal safety, self-defence, and seniors’ safety. He is also a certified CPTED officer (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) who reviews building blueprints to ensure that new structures are better designed to deter criminals.
Cst. Judges was nominated for the award by his peers and selected by the Oshawa Central Lions Club at the annual Durham Regional Police Association Retirement Dinner held November 1, 2003. After 30 years of policing, Cst. Judges is scheduled to retire from the Service at the end of this year.
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