MEDIA RELEASE - Chamber and Crime Stoppers Honour Local Police Officers
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2015 – 12:00 noon
CHAMBER AND CRIME STOPPERS HONOUR
LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS
Sault Ste. Marie - Several local police officers were recognized as Officers of the Year at the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce 18th annual Police Services Awards Luncheon on Friday June 19th. Officers from each of Sault Ste. Marie and area’s four area police services received the distinction.
The recipients included:
Staff Sergeant Jane Martynuck of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.
Constable Mario Posteraro of the Ontario Provincial Police – Sault Ste. Marie Detachment.
Constable Mark Allison of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Sault Ste. Marie Detachment.
Detective Constable Cindy Hourtovenko of the Anishinabek Police Service – Garden River Detachment.
Criteria for the Officer of the Year awards include:
continued efforts in the pursuit of excellence as a police officer.
a high standard of performance and dedication in the day to day duties of a police officer.
any performance that is over and above the call of duty.
any incidence of bravery, life saving or attempted life saving or rescue.
community-mindedness and overall service to the businesses and citizens of our community.
Each award is sponsored by a local business or agency that recognizes the efforts of our local police services and the important role that they play in the overall betterment of our community. 2015 award sponsors included: the Station Mall, NORPRO Company Inc., Northwood Funeral Home, and Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc. – a United Way member agency. Ironside Consulting Services Inc and Northern Dental Care were contributing sponsors of the luncheon.
Susan Hunter of Sault College, a member of the Board of Directors for the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and master of ceremonies for the event, drew attention to the fact that Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area is fortunate to have four exceptional police services safeguarding our citizens and our communities. She noted that it is very important that we take the time to honour the hard work and commitment of the police officers safeguarding Sault Ste. Marie and area and extended thanks to the hundreds of additional officers who work in-and-around our community.
Friday’s luncheon featured a presentation by Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Chief of Police, Bob Keetch.
On behalf of those in attendance and the 700 plus member businesses, agencies and individual members of the Chamber of Commerce, the ceremonies concluded with congratulatory remarks and a sincere thank you to all of the police officers of Sault Ste. Marie and area was extended "for making the community a safer place to live, to work and to raise our families.”
L to R: Staff Sergeant Jane Martynuck of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, Constable Mario Posteraro of the Ontario Provincial Police, Constable Mark Allison of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Detective Constable Cindy Hourtovenko of the Anishinabek Police Service