Did you know that every year, Blue Line runs three awards programs to showcase different aspects of the law enforcement industry?
The first award focuses on a part of the law enforcement industry that officers must rely on daily: their vehicles. Canada’s Best Dressed Police Vehicle award, sponsored by Axon, is broken down into multiple categories that focus on frontline patrol vehicles, community relations vehicles, law enforcement and special service vehicles. The awards showcase innovative, sustainable and effective designs. A team of judges look for clear identification, graphic designs that enhance visibility, elements that show directionality of travel and effective integration of equipment and controls. “Green” vehicles are also taken into consideration. This year, the Service de police de la Ville de Lévis (SPVL) took home the top spot with their 2021 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle, with Canada’s Military Police coming in second and Anishinabek Police Service coming in third. In our community relations category, Peel Regional Police came in first place with their 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E. You can read the full story on page 10.
For our second award, we focus on those who have spent their whole career in law enforcement, making a difference in the communities they have served. Blue Line’s Lifetime in Law Enforcement Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has shown exceptional leadership, dedication and passion towards their work in law enforcement for more than 15 years. This year’s award was given to Provincial Constable Dwight Lundgren of the Ontario Provincial Police. The full story on PC Lundgren can be found on page 24.
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The third award of the year is dedicated to the rookies of Canadian law enforcement. Blue Line’s Rookie of the Year 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 highlight promising new officers who are effectively paving the way for the policing of today and tomorrow, and creating positive waves among their peers, agencies, communities and beyond. This year’s high quality pool of nominees was considerable, but the judges were able to make a tough but unanimous decision as to who the winner should be. The 2023 Rookie of the Year award was given to Cst. Anik Dennie of the Greater Sudbury Police Service. You can read about her journey as a rookie on page 20.
I would like to thank our esteemed judges, Dave Brown, Rylan Simpson, Christine Silverberg, Peter German and Armand La Barge, for their time and expertise. These awards programs wouldn’t be possible without you. Reading the submission packages from police leadership across the country, and learning about what their officers have done for their communities over the past year, is truly an honour felt by the whole Blue Line team. This is the first year in which all three awards have been featured in one magazine edition, and I want to dedicate it to all members of law enforcement. Blue Line is proud to serve as a platform for recognition for your officers.
As always, if there is something you’ve encountered over the last few years that you think fellow officers could benefit and learn from, a topic you think we should be talking about, or a person you believe deserves recognition, please reach out to me at any time (email@example.com).
Until next time, happy reading and be well.
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