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Police association looking for local police heroes

Nominations for the Police Services Hero of the Year Awards are open until March 25
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The Police Association of Ontario wants to hear about police officers in your community that have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

PAO launched its fourth annual Police Services Hero of the Year Awards on Monday.

An additional category has also been added this year to recognize civilian employees of police services and the important work they do.

They would fill such roles as 911 dispatchers and forensic analysts.

The other awards are for: On-Duty Difference Maker - Uniform/Sworn Police Officer and Community Role Model (open to both sworn officers and civilian police employees).

Constable Elizabeth Skelding of the Waterloo Regional Police Service was named the On-Duty Difference Maker in 2018.

Skelding was stabbed during a domestic abuse call, managed to shoot the suspect and keep her gun on him until back up arrived. You can read her story here.

"Every day, police officers across Ontario put their lives on the line for the people they serve, and police service employees work hard to keep their communities safe in various ways," PAO President, Bruce Chapman said in a release. "At meetings with police associations across the province, I regularly hear police officers and civilian personnel recount stories of how a potentially negative situation was avoided because of what they did during a seemingly routine day at the office," said Chapman. "Each day, our members leave their homes to start their shifts not knowing what adverse and life-threatening circumstances lay ahead of them," he added.

You can submit nominations online at or via direct message on Facebook or Twitter. 

Nominations are open until March 25 and the winners will be announced at the PAO's Annual General Meeting in Ottawa during the week of May 13.


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