Halifax Regional Police is proud to have one of our officers recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters with an INSPIRE Service Award.
Cst. Don Jenkins, a member of Halifax Regional Police for 29 years, is known by his coworkers as an engaged, energetic and enthusiastic individual who helps bring out the best in others.
As a member of the Community Relations and Crime Prevention (CRCP) team for the past 12 years, he and his colleagues work to bolster community relations and public safety, working on such initiatives as Police Week, Cops ‘n Kids Camp, Pixels For Pistols Gun Amnesty, CopShop, Law Enforcement Torch Run, a variety of personal safety campaigns and many other community-based initiatives. He is also known as someone who does extensive volunteer work in the community, bringing special energy and enthusiasm to everything he does.
Cst. Jenkins is well-regarded by his peers, having received the Employees’ Choice Award at the department’s annual award night earlier this year. In 2009, he and three colleagues from the CRCP team shared the honour of being named Police Officer of the Year, and in 2008 he was awarded the department’s Community Contribution Award.
Reflecting on mentors in his life, Cst. Jenkins says, “Growing up I had the finest kind of mentor, my father, who for 35 years served his country in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Dad wore his ‘jump wings’ and medals with great pride, and rightly so, as all who selflessly serve their country should.”
Unable to attend the INSPIRE Awards presentation that took place on October 9 because he is out of the country, he sent the following message: “I am proud and privileged to be a member of the HRP team, having the good fortune of serving the citizens of Halifax as a Community Relations Officer. The tragic circumstances that resulted in the naming of this award sadden me. For my name to appear below Nathan’s is humbling and I cannot help but feel so very small after reading the tributes to him. It is an honour to be the recipient of this award.”
Cst. Don Jenkins