Tuesday was Sgt. Dave Purdy’s last day with the Moose Jaw Police Service.
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Sergeant Dave Purdy of the Moose Jaw Police Service receives a plaque from Mayor Deb Higgins commemorating his 31 years of service.
Purdy made a stop at the Board of Police Commissioners meeting in the Scoop Lewry Room before he removed his uniform before the last time.
Mayor Deb Higgins presented Purdy with a plaque commemorating his “31 years of very dedicated service to the community.”
Deputy Chief Randy Fuhr also presented Purdy with a bar as part of the Police Exemplary Service Medal. For twenty years of service, officers are recognized for their service with a medal. Fuhr explained for every ten years after that, officers receive a bar.
“I’m glad I’m not getting another bar,” Purdy said, causing the mayor and the rest of the board to laugh
The rest of the meeting, before going in camera, was devoted to paperwork.
There was a last-minute item added to the agenda: a request for input regarding a review of regulations associated to the Police Act.
The window for submissions or suggestions will close at the end of November 2013.
“These have been in development for quite some time,” said Rick Bourassa, Chief of Police. “There are some housekeeping, clean-up items there, but there are some significant ones as well, built into there.”
The chief and deputy chief have been asked to review feedback.
Walt Yakiwchuk, a member of the board, said the review has been ongoing for three or four years.
“I think, as a board, we should have a look at it and make any comments and express those to the chief and the executive,” Yakiwchuk said.
Mayor Higgins clarified that the review is specific to the regulations of the Police Act, not the legislation.
The other matter of correspondence business involved the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners assessing itself.
Yakiwchuk suggested all the members of the board work on the self-assessment document together.
“It’s something that should have some discussion and (we’ll) place some of the checkmarks in the proper areas so that a year from now, or whenever the next board wishes to deal with this, they can do so,” Yakiwchuk said.
The motion was tabled for the next available board meeting with all members present. The self-assessment will be conducted internally.