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Halifax Regional Police named its 2011 Police Officer of the Year this evening at the Department’s Annual Awards Night.
Constable Randy Woodwas named the Police Officer of the Year. As a Community Response Officer in North Dartmouth, Cst. Wood epitomizes the phrase “going above and beyond the call of duty” and exemplifies true professionalism. He brings a passionate and compassionate perspective to policing. In turn, many officers refer to him as being an ideal role model and often ask for his advice and assistance on major files and projects. Above all, Randy’s strong connection and commitment has earned the trust of his community, causing citizens to refer to him as “their Randy.” Other award recipients from the evening include:Staff Sergeant Lindsay Hernden and Jane Leslie received Chief’s Meritorious Service Awards for displaying on-going dedication to service, continuous professionalism, high integrity and sustained excellence in policing; Sergeant Ken Burton and civilian employee Tracy Hey received Community Contribution Awards for their dedication to our community;Wendy Mansfield of the Public Relations Unit was named the Civilian Employee of the Year;and Detective Constables Mike Cheeseman, Chris Marinelli and Jason Shannon received the Investigator of the Year Award for their role in the investigation into an attempted murder which occurred on Evans Avenue in Fairview in February 2011. The teamwork demonstrated by these officers has resulted in convictions for very serious charges against four people who were posing a risk to public safety in our community.Twelve police officers and two civilian employees who retired in 2011 were recognized for their years of service to our community. They departed Halifax Regional Police with 456 years of combined service