Police force and community recognized with awards (updated)

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It was a Moose Jaw first.

Community Building Award winners pose for a photo at the Moose Jaw Police Service Awards Ceremony at the council chambers on Wednesday.

The Moose Jaw Police Awards ceremony took place in front of a full-house on Wednesday in the council chambers.

Members of the police force and the community were recognized for their commitment to the community with service awards.

"It's really important that we recognize those in the service and in the community who have contributed so much to make Moose Jaw safer and a more inviting place to live," said Chief Rick Bourassa. "There were so many deserving candidates. We chose the ones we chose this year because of some significant or lifelong contributions they had made."

Thirty-six citizens and police officers were acknowledge in four categories: Chief's Commendation, Community Safety, Innovation and Community Building.

The first award presented was the Chief's Commendation award, given to twelve officers and staff who coordinated action to save a life in a hostage situation.

 "As result of the dilligent effort of negotiators over the course of four hours we were able to calm the suspect and overcome the demands of the accused," said Sgt. Cliff Froehlich at the ceremony. "Negotiators were able to convince the suspect to sit down on the ground and eventually place the knife on the ground in front of him."

Winners of the Community Safety award for outstanding contributions to safety and quality of life in Moose Jaw were: Ted Borthwick, Christine Boyczuk, Lyle Johnson, Shanille Eashappie and Dallas Jones-Walter.

Winner Lyle Johnson, a long-time teacher at Peacock Collegiate and member of Crime Stoppers, spoke to the Times Herald about how it felt being recognized.

"Listening to the names and awards that were given to other people, I'm thinking wow to be in that class with those people is a great honour," said Johnson.

Winning the Innovation award for exceptional creativity and ingenuity in public information and social media development was city employee Jennifer MacDonald and police employees Jason Mercer and Landon Giraudier.

The group was awarded for developing the twitter account and redeveloping the Moose Jaw Police website.

The last category awarded was the Community Building award, which went to the Moose Jaw Police Association for organizing the 2014 Copper Cup.

Chief Bourassa told the Times-Herald that despite this year's awards being a first for Moose Jaw, the awards are common across the province and the world. He said it's something he has seen in a number of different places.

The awards recipients were primarily chosen by Bourassa, with the help of other committee members.

"In the future we are going to go with a nomination process and have a bit more of a selection process," he said. "This year it was put together with a lot of thought but not a lot of input from other people. "

For a full list of the award winners visit www.mjpolice.ca.

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