New Police Services Hero of the Year Award Launches Today: PAO

New Award Calls for Public to Nominate Police Services Hero

TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - The Police Association of Ontario (PAO) is launching the first ever public-driven Police Services Hero of the Year Award starting today, February 1. Ontarians are encouraged to submit a nomination/story to the website about how their police services hero went above and beyond the call of duty during a specific event, or why they should be recognized for their ongoing support and commitment to their community.

"Every day, police officers put their lives on the line for the people they serve, and every day civilian police service employees assist members of their communities during challenging events," says PAO President, Bruce Chapman. "Sometimes we forget these police service personnel are moms, dads, and neighbours that go to work like everyone else, and they end up doing some incredible things every day – we would like to know those stories."

Chapman indicated the idea of the Police Services of the Year Award was started by the community. He said they are fascinated by the fact that what we do as police officers every day is part of our job, and sometimes we forget it has a direct impact on lower crime rates and the lives of so many Ontarians.

"At every meeting with police associations across the province, I hear police officers and civilian personnel recount stories of how some potentially negative real-life situations was avoided as a result of what they did during a seemingly routine day at work," says, PAO Executive Director, Stephen Reid. "As a civilian that has not worked in a police setting for long, I constantly ask the question to myself and others – why don't we talk about this more?!"

The campaign encourages Ontarians to submit their nominations either by a nomination form found at; through PAO's Facebook page, Twitter account or Instagram account. PAO welcomes nominations in written, video and voice recorded formats.

Founded in 1933, the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) is the official voice and representative body for Ontario's front-line police personnel, and provides representation, resource and support for 53 police associations.

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SOURCE Police Association of Ontario

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For further information: Bruce Chapman, PAO President,, 905.599.4813; Stephen Reid, PAO Executive Director,, 416.435.4455


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