Known as a mentor, role model and skilled police officer, Inspector Sherry Whiteway was recently honoured by the YWCA for her determination to make a difference in her field and in the lives of women.
Whiteway was one of four women to receive the YWCA Durham’s annual Women of Distinction Award at a ceremony held last Thursday, May 13th at the Holiday Inn in Oshawa.
As the highest ranking female police officer in the DRPS, Whiteway’s impressive career and her quiet determination to support female advancement has inspired both police officers and the public. The 24-year police veteran currently heads the Ajax-Pickering Community Police Office, one of the busiest in the region. Whiteway is also active on the service’s multicultural Community Liaison Committee and promotional process team, and took the lead developing DRP’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policies. She has been an incident command coordinator, officer in charge of Professional Standards and frontline supervisor.
Policing runs in the family for Whiteway, and her inspiration has rubbed off close to home. Whiteway’s daughter, Nicole, joined the OPP and then the Durham Regional Police Service in 2002. Her father, Herb LeGard is a retired Staff Sergeant with DRP and her husband, Tom, currently leads the service’s Traffic Services Branch.
The Durham Regional Police would like to congratulate Inspector Whiteway on her distinguished award.
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Insp. Whiteway leads the Ajax-Picking Community Police Office (JPG file, 30.5K bytes)
Insp. Whiteway assists with emergency planning for area (JPG file, 27.8K bytes)