The Police Association of Ontario (PAO) has opened nominations for its fourth annual Police Services Hero of the Year Awards.
The awards honour police officers and civilian police service employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
This year, the PAO has added a category to the existing two that includes police service employees like dispatchers, forensic analysts or court officers.
"They do equally as impressive work its just not recognized because it's not seen," explained PAO President Bruce Chapman.
The three awards up for grabs are:
- On-Duty Difference Maker (Uniform/Sworn Police Officer)
- On-Duty Difference Maker (Civilian Police Service Employee)
- Community Role Model (open to both sworn officers and civilian employees)
Chapman explained that they are looking for nominees who give time to their community or have committed acts of bravery in the last year.
"Often the job that we do goes unheralded and we don't do it for that but it's nice to be recognized by the public for the work that our officers and civilian members do each and every day."
Nominations will be accepted until March 25.
The awards will be handed out at the PAO Annual General Meeting here in Ottawa during the week of May 13, 2019.