Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Justice Minister Hands out Award of Excellence to Law Enforcers

ovember 16, 2011


Police officers who have made an outstanding contribution to the community and public safety will be recognized by Justice Minister Andrew Swan with the presentation of the 2010 Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards this evening at a meeting of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police.
“Every day, police officers are out there protecting us and our communities,” said Swan.  “It is a privilege to pay special tribute to those whose efforts go beyond their already vital role in making our neighbourhoods safer and better places to live.”
Nominees considered for the award have made significant contributions to police service, law enforcement or the community.  The recipients are:
     Patrol Sgt. Sandra Martin, Winnipeg Police Service
Martin began her career with the Winnipeg Police Service in 1994 and her diverse assignments have included working in uniform and as a spokesperson, and being the vulnerable persons co‑ordinator, a traffic accident reconstructionist and a commercial crime investigator.  She is a regional director of the International Association of Women Police, an organization dedicated to improving the role of policing for women across the world.  As an officer and a mentor to others, she has made significant contributions to policing in Winnipeg.
     Sgt. Patrick Olson, RCMP
A 23-year member of the RCMP, Olson is currently the operations head of the Integrated Gang Intelligence Unit.  He is an original member of the unit and through his leadership and guidance it has become one of the most effective and responsive street gang intelligence units in the country.  Work completed under his supervision includes some of the largest and most-successful operations focused on anti-gang and drug activity.  His efforts in developing the unit have had an impact throughout the province, playing a pivotal role in combating the spread and influence of street gangs in Manitoba.
     Chief Const. Glen Robinson, Altona Police Service
Robinson’s policing career began in Brandon in 1976.  In 1991, he became the chief of the Altona Police Service.  Under his leadership, the Altona Police Service has met high standards in its training, equipment and employment practices.  He is deeply committed to the community, serving two terms as a school board trustee and helping to organize an annual bike rodeo for the Special Olympics.  Recently retired from policing, his commitment continues as he now serves as a councillor for the Town of Altona.
     Const. Kirby Sararas, Brandon Police Service
A member of the Brandon Police Service for 10 years, Sararas exemplifies excellence in policing through commitment to her duties and dedication to the community.  She is a criminal investigator and has served on numerous community committees including the child-abuse committee.  For the past five years, she has volunteered with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and was instrumental in creating the Halloween Haunted House, which is a major fundraising event for the organization.
     Patrol Sgt. Edith Turner, Winnipeg Police Service
Turner is a dedicated 17-year member of the Winnipeg Police Service who has successfully taken on some of the most demanding assignments the job can offer.  She has worked as a constable and investigator in the Divisional Crime and Community Support units, and has served in the Organized Crime, Drug and Gang units of the Criminal Investigations Bureau where she specialized in undercover operations.  She developed an undercover technique now taught to police officers across Canada.  She grew up in the Misipawistik Cree Nation and, as a child of a residential school survivor, is keenly aware of the value of positive role models for Aboriginal youth.  Her outstanding commitment to numerous initiatives has worked to strengthen the relationship between the Aboriginal community and the police.   
Award recipients were selected by a committee consisting of representatives from Manitoba Justice, the Brandon Police Service, Winnipeg Police Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police and were approved by the justice minister.
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