This year the 2015 Police Services Award Luncheon was held at the Delta SSM Waterfront Hotel and Conference Centre and presented by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and Crime Stoppers, and sponsored by Station Mall, Women in Crisis (Algoma ) Inc., Norpro, and Northwood Funeral Home. Ironside Consulting Services Inc. and Northern Dental Care sponsored the luncheon.
The afternoon began with a fine meal and speeches by MCee Susan Hunter and Police Chief Robert Keetch. Susan told of how Crime Stoppers “has helped make our community a safer place to live and work by combining the efforts of police, media, and the general public.” She also noted some stats of the last 30 years: cases cleared – 2,3343, Rewards paid out – $363,000, Property recovered – $3,500.000, and Drugs seized – $6,500,000. She also noted how “the many volunteers and officers who dedicate their time and expertise to making it work.”
Police Chief Robert Keetch then summarized local crime rates, the cost of policing, and other pertinent stats about policing and community involvement.
But the afternoon belonged to four really great cops.
“The Chamber of Commerce launched the Annual Officer of the Year Awards Program to honour officers from each police service who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.”
This years Officer of the Year Awards go to:
Staff Sergeant Jane Martynuck of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, Detective Constable Cindy Hourtovenko of the Anishinabek Police Service Garden River detachment, Constable Mark Allison of the RCMP Sault detachment, and Constable Mario Posteraro of the Sault OPP detachment were honoured for the exemplary manner in which they carried out their duties as Police officers.
Congratulations to the four officers and thank you for the fine work that you have done and will continue to do in the future.