Justice and Public Safety
May 19, 2017

Minister Parsons Congratulates Winners of 2017 Police and Peace Officer Awards

The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General, today is congratulating the recipients of the 2017 Police and Peace Officer of the Year Awards.

As part of National Police Week, the awards were presented to a police officer from the RNC and RCMP, as well as a peace officer who is employed for the preservation and maintenance of the public peace or for the service or execution of civil process.

The three awards winners for 2017 are:

  • Police Officer of the Year, Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Cpl. Troy Bennett, Happy Valley-Goose Bay Detachment, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Police Officer of the Year, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary – Sgt. Dwight Feltham, Northeast Avalon Region, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
  • Peace Officer of the Year – Fishery Officer Brent Watkins, Conservation and Protection, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Organized by Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the annual awards recognize police and peace officers working in the province who perform above and beyond the call of duty both on the job and in the community.

“Today’s award nominees and recipients are a testament to bravery and devotion, despite the inherently dangerous nature of their jobs. The communities where they work are better places because of their commitment and dedication. The Crime Stoppers Police and Peace Officer of the Year Awards give us the opportunity to not only praise the service of the nominees here today, but also to extend our gratitude and recognition to every police and peace officer who, on a daily basis, protects residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General

“Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers is pleased to recognize these individuals for their outstanding achievements. Courtesy, kindness, understanding, compassion, courage and devotion to duty are key qualities required in police and peace officers in their normal duties. The nominations received this year once again represented a diverse group of individuals and we extend our thanks to those that took the time to nominate a police or peace officer.”
Mark Brown
Chair of NL Crime Stoppers

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