Five Canadians dubbed world’s top 40 under 40 law enforcement professionals
Four Canadian police officers and a crime analyst were named among the top 40 under 40 law enforcement professionals in the world at the recent International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in Philadelphia, Pa.
The award recognizes those who “demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession,” according to IACP.
• Const. Michael Bal, 29, with the Vancouver police youth service section, was recognized for his work with youth and partnering with school counsellors to promote mental health initiatives. Bal has also served as a U.S. Department of State Youth Ambassador Mentor.
“My father was a Royal Hong Kong police officer,” Bal said in a news release. “He taught me about the impact an officer can have on a community and struggling youth. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these kids, and hopefully make a difference in someone’s life.”
• Kim Audette, 37, an RCMP crime analyst in Saskatchewan, developed the crime analysis program from its inception in F Division into a four-person operation that specializes in geographic profiling. She recently identified the target responsible for a series of crimes, leading to an investigation of more than 200 offenses and resulting in 135 charges over four divisions, acquiring the suspect an unprecedented federal penitentiary sentence for property crime. Audette is currently a PhD candidate in forensic psychology.
• Staff Sgt. Michael Maville, 39, of the Ontario Provincial Police, was honoured, in part, for his work with Push for Change, a community event to raise awareness of youth homelessness in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He is also known as one of the first drug enforcement officers in the northeast region to complete a drug investigation using the Major Case Management format and the submission of electronic briefs.
• Acting Sgt. Drew Robertson, 39, Acting Sergeant/Team Leader of the Greater Victoria Police Emergency Response Team, Saanich Police Department in B.C., was recognized for revamping the recruit selection processes and operational protocols by creating new lesson plans and training scenarios.
• Staff Sgt. Shayne Smith, 39, of the Manitoba RCMP, was honoured for his work on domestic violence awareness, gang awareness, mentoring efforts and improving staff morale. He is presently deployed to Iraq for a one-year mission and provides training to Iraqi police officers in different areas, including community policing.
“Each one of these individuals was chosen for their commitment to their agencies, their communities and strengthening the law enforcement profession,” IACP deputy executive director Terrence M. Cunningham said in a statement. “It is truly an honour to recognize these men and women for their service and the many accomplishments they have achieved so early in their professional careers.”