Markham, ON - The public information officer for the Abbotsford, British Columbia, Police Department, is the 2015 recipient of the Police Leadership Award, sponsored by Blue Line Magazine.
Constable Ian MacDonald has served as a dedicated police communications specialist for the past five years, but he has quickly earned a reputation as one of the most capable police spokespersons in British Columbia's policing community. The Blue Line Leadership Award acknowledges that Ian's work is now attracting attention across Canada.
The award recognizes and encourages a standard of excellence that exemplifies "Leadership as an Activity, not a Position," and pride in service to the public. Its goal is to increase the effectiveness, influence and quality of Canadian police situational leadership from both an organizational and community perspective.
Ian MacDonald possesses all of these qualities. While much of his work is highly visible as the "voice and face" of the Abbotsford Police Department, he is known by his peers as someone who works quietly, modestly and strategically, behind the scenes. Ian tirelessly develops and delivers a wide variety of informative promotional programs that engage citizens and foster cooperative solutions to problems concerning crime and public safety.
Among the many projects and initiatives he has championed, Constable MacDonald's public education programs directed toward gang prevention and personal safety on the roads and in schools have been recognized by the solicitor general of British Columbia.
Constable MacDonald is a trusted source of information within the communities he serves and within the ranks of police departments in British Columbia. He has worked with his fellow officers to promote positive relationships with the news media and, more recently, introduced them to the benefits of positive communication through social media. His contributions to the Abbotsford Police Department have helped that organization maintain its rightful place as a modern community-based public service.
Constable MacDonald will receive the Blue Line Police Leadership Award on Tuesday, April 28th, during Blue Line Expo, in Ajax, Ontario (www.blueline.ca/leadership).