Once again this year, the Prince George Crime Stopper Society have honoured local police officers as part of Crime Stopper Month activities.
The awards were created by the local not-for-profit society to recognize a Police Officer and a Watch that have made extra efforts to support the Crime Stopper program over the last year. This is the third annual presentation of these awards.
Cst. Candace Slaunwhite, a member of the Detachments Drug Task Force, is the 2014 recipient of the Prince George Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year Award.
"It is clear that Cst. Slaunwhite is a big supporter of the Crime Stopper program, not just in 2014, but years previous too" states Prince George Crime Stoppers President, Jack Hooper. "In one case, she has taken information received from Crime Stoppers and turned it into a search warrant and multiple arrests for drug trafficking related offences. Her had work has not gone unnoticed."
The three other finalists for this award were, Cst. Jason Rumming, Cst. Kate Walaszckyk and Cst. Bill Brown.
General Duty Officers are those uniformed officers that primarily respond to a wide variety of calls for service. One of four Watches are always on duty responding to those calls.
For the second year in a row, the Prince George Crime Stopper Society has awarded 'B' Watch, the General Duty Watch of the Year.
Through the leadership of Staff Sergeant Marc Pelletier and his supervisor team, 'B' Watch officers investigating Crime Stopper TIPS have led to more successes in 2014 than any other Watch. "'B' Watch has once again done a tremendous job in investigating Crime Stopper TIPS that we have passed on to the RCMP" added Hooper. "I look forward to many more successes in 2015."
"Congratulations to both Cst. Slaunwhite and 'B' Watch for an excellent job this past year" says Supt. Brown, Prince George Detachment Commander. "It is through those efforts and partners like the Prince George Crime Stopper Society that make Prince George a very safe place to live."
For more information about the Prince George Crime Stopper program, go to their website at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca