Over 30 citizens of Durham Region were recognized for their quick action and bravery at the Durham Regional Police Service's annual Citizen Awards.
Award recipients were recognized by Chief of Police Kevin McAlpine and DRP Board Chair Doug Moffatt, as well as police inspectors and members of regional council, for their assistance to police. The ceremony was held in the Council Chamber at Regional Headquarters.
Among the recipients were CIBC employees Marilyn Northey of Pefferlaw and Jodie Buck of Uxbridge, who cleverly detained a customer attempting to commit fraud until police arrived. Their actions lead to the arrest of the suspect and three accomplices. Police were then able to connect the suspects to other frauds in Barrie and York Region.
Marlene and Randy Elliott of Courtice were recognized for their efforts in getting an impaired driver off the road. The couple followed a suspect vehicle and updated police on its direction until officers were able to stop and arrest the driver. Their quick thinking and concern for public safety averted a possible serious collision.
“The actions of these extraordinary people says a lot about our community.” says Chief McAlpine. “Durham Region remains one of the safest places in the GTA because we have citizens who get involved. We, as a police service, couldn’t operate without the assistance and support of concerned citizens like those being honoured here today.”
Citizen awards were also presented to many outstanding men and women who helped others in the community stay safe during the 2003 Blackout. Others were honoured for extraordinary fundraising efforts to help local food banks.
Members of the Durham Regional Police Service nominate citizens for the award each year.
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Bank employees receive Citizen Awards (JPG file, 55.5K bytes)
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