Officer Honoured for Work with Youth



    McGuinty Government Congratulates York Region Police Officer

    TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    A York Regional Police officer is being recognized for his work with kids
and his programs aimed at engaging youth.
    Detective Constable Garry Vosburg, a youth coordinator and community
liaison officer, is this year's recipient of the Bud Knight Award, recognizing
commitment and dedication to youth, above and beyond the call of duty.
    Vosburg was chosen for his many contributions to the community, including
work in developing several programs to benefit youth:

    
    -   A Law Enforcement Education program that reaches out to suspended or
        expelled youth
    -   York's first bicycle patrol unit targeted at making sure kids were
        riding safely
    -   The Great Maple Cart Derby, working with parents and kids to make
        safe race carts using primarily scrap materials.

    Vosburg, a black belt in judo, has also engaged youth in a variety of
sport activities including baseball, soccer and hockey.

    QUOTE

    "I am proud we have officers like Garry Vosburg, who dedicate their
    careers to building long lasting bridges between our youth and the
    police."
     -  Rick Bartolucci
        (http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about_min/bio/bio.html),
        Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

    "My congratulations to Constable Vosburg for his work with at-risk youth.
    When we help Ontario youth unlock their potential, we create a stronger,
    more prosperous future for our communities."
     -  Deb Matthews
        (http://www.gov.on.ca/children/english/ministry/minister/index.html),
        Minister of Children and Youth Services

    QUICK FACTS

    -   Community Liaison Officers are a critical element to making schools
        safer. These officers work with students and others to develop
        innovative solutions to local problems including gangs, drugs,
        bullying, Internet safety and domestic violence.

    -   Research has shown that a connection to a caring adult is an
        essential part of student engagement.

    LEARN MORE

    To read more on the Committee of Youth Officers (http://www.coyo.on.ca/)
or the Bud Knight Award (http://www.coyo.on.ca/budknight.html).

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For further information:

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

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