Durham Regional Police Staff Sergeant Eva Reti won top honour at the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement awards recently. S/Sgt. Reti was awarded Law Enforcement Professional of the Year. The award is given to an officer with a history of excellence, which includes leadership, community service, mentoring and excellence in performance. S/Sgt. Reti was chosen from over 30 nominees and received the award at the 7th Annual OWLE Awards Banquet on May 6 in Mississauga.
“The award is a great honour for me. When I first started on the force, there were only 16 female officers, and now there are close to 200. It’s gratifying to see the growth and progression of women in the police service and it’s also nice to see female officers balance their professional and personal lives,” said S/Sgt. Reti.
S/Sgt. Reti was nominated in four categories: Leadership, Mentoring, Community Service and Excellence in Performance. There is no category for Law Enforcement Professional of the Year. Instead, the advisory council selects a winner from the pool of nominees from the other categories. The advisory council is comprised of eight senior officers from various police services and a judge from the Ontario Court of Justice.
S/Sgt. Reti joined the Durham Regional Police Service in 1985 as a uniform patrol officer in Pickering. In 1998 she became the first female detective assigned to the Homicide Unit. A few short years later, S/Sgt. Reti was promoted to the rank she currently holds and is now the Patrol Services Leader at the Oshawa Community Police Office.
“Personally I’ve had wonderful mentors,” said S/Sgt. Reti. “Almost all of them have been men. They didn’t put up barriers for me and they supported me throughout my career. The women who came before me had much bigger barriers to overcome. I try to honour their work by mentoring the women who come after me.”
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