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2011 External Awards

2011 External Awards

Sergeant Rob Faoro2011 Police Officer of the Year
Vancouver Board of Trade
Sergeant Rob Faoro

Sergeant Rob Faoro joined the Vancouver Police Department in 1981 and has had a wide breadth of experience, ranging from Patrol, Strike Force, the Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit (C.L.E.U.) and the Major Crime Section. He worked as a Homicide detective from 1995 to 2008, when he was made a sergeant in charge of a Homicide team.

Sergeant Faoro has investigated approximately 40 homicides and has taken a lead role in several high profile murder investigations. He distinguished himself in his leading role in two successful major projects: a case involving a corrupt VPD officer, as well as an investigation into a highly organized group of murderous, predatory drug traffickers operating in the Downtown Eastside. His cases have also included internal and external police-involved shootings and in-custody deaths, which require significant leadership and investigative skills given the extreme scrutiny these investigations are subject to.

Sergeant Faoro has been consistently chosen to lead teams that are engaged in high profile, complex investigations. The trust and respect for his skills are widely held by both peers and management. He has personally been responsible for successfully concluding some of the most challenging and publically scrutinized investigations undertaken by the VPD.

As such, that level of commitment, leadership and policing ability has been recognized with Sergeant Rob Faoro being named “Police Officer of the Year.”

Sergeant Joanne WildROBERT PLUNKETT MEMORIAL AWARD
Special Olympics Canada
Sergeant Joanne Wild

The Robert Plunkett Memorial Award is a national award given to a Law Enforcement Torch Run representative who best exemplifies the spirit, philosophy, dedication and goals of both the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Special Olympics movement in Canada.

Sergeant Joanne Wild has been involved with Special Olympics BC since 1997. Her efforts have ranged from hosting the first-ever "Free the Fuzz" fundraiser in 2000, which raised $23,000 over five days and four nights, to developing a program which saw VPD officers donate overtime hours, which were turned into donations for athletes wishing to compete at the Special Olympics. In 2011, this VPD program raised $25,000.

Constable Shawn CoadyMEMBER OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE POLICE FORCES
Governor General of Canada
Constable Shawn Coady

The Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty over an extended period, usually at the local or regional/provincial level, by members of Canadian Police Services.

In 1994, a young Toronto police officer, Constable Todd Baylis, was killed in the performance of his duties. At the time, Constable Shawn Coady, who was working in general patrol division for the Vancouver Police Department, heard about this loss through the “grapevine” at work and was frustrated he had no way of mourning the loss of a fellow officer and that there was no way to honour the officer’s ultimate sacrifice.

Shawn developed a memorial ribbon, which led to a ribbon campaign ultimately recognized by police agencies across Canada as a symbol of mourning for their fellow fallen officers. Together with Ross Gulkison, a former police chief, he officially formed the Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society.

As a result of the Society’s efforts during the last decade, almost $100,000.00 has been donated to family trusts, memorials, monuments, and bursaries in respect of fallen officers and their families.

For more details, visit the Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial website.

Cst. Fiedler and Chief ChuMOST SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYER IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
The Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC)
Vancouver Police Department

The Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) is an organization that advocates on behalf of Canadian Forces Reservists with business and industry leaders to highlight the benefits of Reserve Force training and experience in the civilian workforce, as well as encouraging employers to grant Reservists time off without penalty for them to participate in training and courses.

Throughout the last several years, four Vancouver Police officers have served in Afghanistan in missions including intelligence operations, community building, reconstruction efforts and other military assignments, including Constable Perry Fiedler, pictured here with Chief Constable Chu.

Diversity and Aboriginal Policing2011 MINISTER OF JUSTICE NATIONAL YOUTH JUSTICE POLICING AWARD
Department of Justice - Government of Canada
Vancouver Police Diversity and Aboriginal Policing Section

The Vancouver Police Department's Diversity and Aboriginal Policing Section is the winner of the 2011 Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award for their Eastside Aboriginal Space for Youth (E.A.S.Y.) program. Based on years of experience and work forging more positive and trusting relationships with the Vancouver urban Aboriginal community, the Diversity and Aboriginal Policing Section started the E.A.S.Y. program to combat youth crime and gang recruitment.

The award recognizes police officers who, individually or as a team, develop approaches for dealing with youth in conflict with the law that go beyond the formal court system. It celebrates innovative policing and serves to inform the police and wider community about creative responses to youth crime. The winner was selected by a committee consisting of representatives from the policing and justice communities.

This year’s award was presented at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference held August 21-24 in Windsor, Ontario.

Constable Rick Lavallee2011 COMMUNITY SAFEY AND CRIME PREVENTION AWARD
Solicitor General - Province of B.C.
Constable Richard Lavallee

In his position as Aboriginal Liaison for the Vancouver Police Department, Constable Richard Lavallee has been a police liaison for the urban Aboriginal population since 2005.

He serves as the primary contact for multiple Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal agencies in Vancouver and works closely with community partners to provide healthy activities for at-risk Aboriginal youth. Constable Lavallee has developed trusting relationships with youth in the Broadway Youth Resource Centre Breakfast Club, the Urban Native Youth Association, Aboriginal Youth First and the Eastside Aboriginal Space for Youth and has become a positive role model in many of their lives, among them former gang members.

2011 CHIEF CONSTABLE R.J. CANUEL
COMMUNITY CRIME PREVENTION EXCELLENCE AWARD
B.C. Borstal Association
Constable Richard Lavallee

Chief Constable Jim Chu is pleased to announce that Constable Richard Lavallee of the Diversity Policing Unit has been selected as the successful recipient of the 2011 Chief Constable R.J. Canuel "Community Crime Prevention Excellence Award."

Chief Constable R.J. Canuel Awards are given annually to Vancouver Police Officers who:

  • develop and/or enhance existing programs that will reflect a high standard of safety and reduce crime in a neighbourhood;
  • have been identified by the community to have been the driving force in the development of a crime-free neighbourhood;
  • have demonstrated leadership in getting the community involved in community policing and crime prevention initiatives.

2011 SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Life Saving Society of British Columbia and Yukon
Vancouver Police Marine Unit

As a professional organization assisting the Society, the VPD Marine Unit was presented with a plaque in appreciation and recognition of their work in drowning prevention. The Unit has several safety initiatives, including the Boat Launch Safety Blitz, Safe Boating Week, Celebration of Light Safety and promoting Safe Boating – Safe Display Trailer programs.

These initiatives have given the VPD Marine Unit an exceptional safety record for Vancouver waters, resulting in a low number of marine accidents and no recreational fatalities in the past few years.

The Vancouver Police Marine Unit is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.

Annual External Awards

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The Vancouver Police Department presents its members and citizens with awards for bravery and going beyond the call.

Read about them on our Awards page.

 

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