Sept. 10, 2008
MIRAMICHI (CNB) - This year's New Brunswick Police Leadership Awards were presented in Miramichi by the Department of Public Safety.
"Our province's police forces play a crucial role in building a safer province for all New Brunswickers," said Public Safety Minister John W. Foran. "I am pleased that my department has joined with the New Brunswick Association of Chiefs of Police to recognize their hard work and commitment through this annual awards program."
The awards formally acknowledge exceptional law enforcement activities that contribute to building a safer New Brunswick. The awards are prestigious and unique to policing in New Brunswick.
This year's award for organizational innovation was presented to the Fredericton Police Force. The force was recognized for its partnership with the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research.
The police force and the centre designed and implemented a training program for police officers responding to incidents of violence between intimate partners. The successful pilot with officers of the Fredericton Police Force has led to adoption of the program by other police agencies, training academies and workplaces throughout New Brunswick and elsewhere.
The award for excellence in criminal investigations went to RCMP J Division's major crime unit (south). Delivering service to districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 11, the unit led investigations of several high-profile homicide cases that appeared before the courts in 2007.
"We appreciate the contributions police make to building a safer New Brunswick," said Foran. "This is an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and the excellent service they deliver in our communities."
Details about the awards program and nominating process are available online at: http://www.gnb.ca/0276/policing/PolicingAwards-e.asp.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, media relations, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.