Nominations Invited for the Bank of Canada's Law Enforcement Award of Excellence for Counterfeit Deterrence



    OTTAWA, Dec. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Beginning today, the Bank of Canada is
inviting nominations for the fifth annual Law Enforcement Award of Excellence
for Counterfeit Deterrence. This award recognizes police officers, employees,
or volunteers of a Canadian law-enforcement agency who have demonstrated
outstanding commitment and initiative in counterfeiting deterrence and
prevention.
    Nominations may be submitted by any serving member of a Canadian
law-enforcement agency and must be received at the Bank of Canada by 31 March
2008. Award recipients will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of
three representatives from the Bank of Canada and two from the Canadian
Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and will be honoured at the 2008 CACP
conference to be held in Montreal in August.
    The Bank of Canada, in collaboration with the CACP, established the Award
of Excellence in March 2004 to recognize the efforts of Canadian
law-enforcement personnel in deterring the counterfeiting of bank notes.
    In 2007, Acting Detective Brian Wintermute and Detective Tom Warfield,
and Constables Steve Poplawski, Scott Besco, and David Bauer of the Peel
Regional Police Service in Ontario received the award for their relentless
efforts and innovative investigative techniques in a major investigation
dubbed Project More Money. The tireless work of these officers led to the
shutdown of a significant counterfeiting operation, the arrest of 30 suspects
on 469 criminal charges, and the seizure of sophisticated printing equipment
that was linked to many counterfeit $20 and $50 notes circulated in Canada
during 2005 and 2006.

    For more information on the award, as well as the nomination process,
application procedures, and forms, visit
www.bankofcanada.ca/en/banknotes/law_award.html. You may also contact Michael
Duncan at mduncan@bankofcanada.ca or by calling 613 782-7057.




For further information:

For further information: Jeremy Harrison, (613) 782-8782


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