McGuinty Government Applauds Cross Of Valour Rule Change



    Slain Cobourg Police Officer Now Eligible For Award

    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government applauds the federal
government for enabling the late Constable Chris Garrett of the Cobourg Police
Service to be considered for the Cross of Valour, Community Safety and
Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci said today.
    "I applaud the dignity and determination of the family, friends and
colleagues of Constable Garrett who lobbied the federal government to do the
right thing," said Bartolucci. Now Constable Garrett can receive the
acknowledgement he so deeply deserves as we honour the memory of this brave
police officer who selflessly gave his life to protect the community."
    Constable Garrett was killed in May 2004 while responding to reports of a
robbery. His actions prevented the man convicted of his murder from carrying
out further crimes. The application for Constable Garrett to be awarded the
Cross of Valour, submitted after the criminal trial of his accused killer
ended in February 2007, was denied because it did not meet the two-year
deadline stipulated in the rules.
    That decision was greeted with widespread outpouring of public support
for the cause of the slain officer. Premier Dalton McGuinty wrote to the
governor general and Bartolucci wrote to both the governor general and the
prime minister urging them to allow consideration of the application.
    The federal government has now changed the rules to extend the time limit
in cases where investigations or trials take longer than two years from the
original event.
    "Constable Garrett was a brave officer and a pillar of his community.
There should be no time limit on our recognition of his sacrifice," Bartolucci
said.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Laura Blondeau, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4973, (416) 938-9757 (cell); Anthony Brown, Communications Branch, (416)
314-7772

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