The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) will present four awards on Wednesday.
The service will hold its first annual awards ceremony on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in city council chambers. Members of the public are invited to attend.
“It’s an opportunity to recognize people who have made significant contributions to not only to our service, but also to the community,” said MJPS Chief of Police Rick Bourassa. “Policing is really about so much more than responding to calls. It’s about everybody in a community working together to increase safety, to enhance quality of life and to contribute to community well being.”
He stressed how important it is to continually recognize people who have helped the community.
The Chief’s Commendation Award will be presented to police personnel who resolved a critical scenario through outstanding actions.
The Innovation Award is for police personnel and community members who have presented innovative and effective practices to the MJPS. The Community Building Award is for police service personnel who have made important contributions to improve community life.
The Community Safety Award is for community members who have contributed to helping make Moose Jaw a safer community.
Bourassa said the winners have already been decided and notified.
“It was a process where we just selected some very noteworthy individuals and work that had been done,” he said. “As we move forward now, what we will do is we will look more of a nomination process so we’ll have people bring things to our attention that we might not have otherwise known.”
He added there would be five categories of awards at next year’s awards ceremony.
“I didn’t have time to identify one for the fifth category so we’ll open that one up for next year and that’s the Teamwork Award,” said Bourassa. “That will be for people primarily inside (the MJPS), but it will be for groups, for teams that have come together to tackle situations … We’ll know it when we see it.”