Community Policing Awards


The annual community event includes an awards ceremony that gives the Commission the opportunity to honour the exceptional individuals, businesses and community groups who are helping to make our community stronger and our City safer.

In 2019, the Commission presented awards in six categories to 16 deserving people.

 

Winners of the 2019 Community Policing Awards


Cst. Tad Milmine, M.O.M.

As the creator of the “Bullying Ends Here” non-profit, Cst. Milmine shares a message of understanding and acceptance with young people in Calgary, across the country and internationally.

Since 2012, he has presented to more than 950,000 youth, sharing his deeply personal story about growing up facing significant family challenges, being bullied at school and facing it all on his own. He speaks about his childhood dream to become a police officer and describes how he overcame obstacles to achieve that dream.

By speaking from the heart and holding nothing back, Cst. Milmine reaches young people, especially those who are struggling, with a
message of inspiration and perseverance. He is also a reliable resource for students who reach out to him afterward seeking help.

This work amounts to more than 2,000 hours each year and involves personally responding to more than 50,000 emails from students he has met. Incredibly, Cst. Milmine accomplishes this on his vacation time, days off, and largely at his own expense.


Dr. Michael Lickers

Dr. Lickers is highly sought after and respected internationally for his traditional knowledge, wisdom and his work with Indigenous peoples of Canada. Since 1994, he has been graciously donating his time to help CPS shape connections with Indigenous people by adopting an inclusive, respectful perspective when working with diverse communities.

Through his vast community network, he helps support many Indigenous programs, educational programs, and cultural celebrations where CPS is often a key partner, such as Aboriginal Awareness Week opening ceremonies and the annual Honouring our Children community round dance.

As a traditional knowledge keeper and elder, he has also played a valuable role in the Service’s reconciliation work. Dr. Lickers has participated in talking circles to discuss gaps and solutions to help CPS improve its services and relationship with partners. He also helps
CPS leadership explore what accountability looks like for CPS reconciliation work.


Mr. Sheldon Kennedy

Mr. Kennedy is devoting his post-hockey career to child abuse prevention and education. He was a courageous voice for child
abuse advocacy long before it was a comfortable topic to discuss publicly.

He has been a long-time partner and supporter of the Calgary Police Service. For many years, he worked collaboratively with
other visionaries to establish Calgary’s Child Advocacy Centre which opened in 2013.

Mr. Kennedy intentionally created a respectful, supportive environment for families as well as staff, appreciating the difficult and emotional matters they were dealing with each day. Since opening, the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre has been a place of hope, help and healing for 7900 children who are survivors of abuse. Though he stepped down from his role in daily operations and as a founding board member in 2018, he continues his mission to prevent bullying, harassment, discrimination and abuse through his company, the Respect Group.


The Honourable Judge James Ogle

Judge Ogle is a prominent local leader in developing, implementing and supporting community solutions. He was a founding member
of the Calgary Drug Treatment Court, which has been part of our community since 2007.

It was Judge Ogle’s vision to create a justice system alternative for individuals facing drug-related charges. The drug treatment court
integrates police, probation, and courts with health services to help individuals restore their lives and break the cycle of addiction.

Judge Ogle is a tireless supporter of community programs aimed at addressing addiction in Calgary. He is a local expert in planning
innovative, coordinated community responses to mental health, addiction, and crime. A true partner in community policing, he always insists on having a CPS voice at the table when making decisions about public safety.

Evaluations show that the drug treatment court has had a significant impact on participants and conviction rates. Without this approach, there is little alternative to incarceration for many people.


ReDirect Youth Innovation Team – Camilla Abdrazakov, Kinza Ali, Angel Lara, Alexander Tymko, Anand Unnithan

These five young Calgarians came together as volunteers in a project aimed at addressing radicalization by empowering youth-led prevention efforts.

They spent more than 100 after-school hours designing and delivering a community event called the Youth Educating on Empathy and Togetherness Festival (YEET Fest). The event involved five entertaining and thought-provoking activity stations aimed at encouraging people to learn more about other cultures and exploring a case study of a former rightwing extremist to demonstrate how empathy can be used as a
tool to prevent radicalization.

By incorporating real world situations into fun activities, the ReDirect Youth Innovation Group has received overwhelmingly positive feedback, media attention, and sparked discussions about an important crime prevention topic.

 


Victims of Sexual Exploitation Team- Det. Paul Rubner, Cst. Stacey Kopeck, Nicole Howe, Theresa Jenkins, Jacki Riley

The Victims of Sexual Exploitation Team was created by CPS as a comprehensive partnership focusing on identifying and
helping victims of sexual exploitation in Calgary.

This community-based solution partners a police officer, a social worker, and a survivor of human trafficking to support
victims and to educate police officers about the realities of human trafficking.

Within only four months, the team has trained more than 1,000 Calgary Police Service members and engaged more than 10 victims. They also work with hotel staff to provide them with the knowledge and contacts so that they can reach out when they suspect exploitation is occurring in their workplace. Not only is this emotionally difficult work, but it also takes many hours on evenings and weekends to accomplish. This innovative approach is a perfect demonstration of Calgary’s community policing model and has already been effective in building trust, showing compassion, and connecting victims with community resources.


Ms. Fran and Mr. Mike Reid

As owners and operators of six Tim Hortons restaurants in Calgary, the Reid’s have been loyal supporters of the Youth at Risk Development early intervention program for more than ten years.

YARD teams – a CPS officer and a Calgary Neighbourhood’s social worker – work with more than 100 youth each year who are at
risk of gang activity. This husband and wife team understand the challenges CPS faces when connecting with troubled youth and generously provide unlimited meal vouchers and a comfortable space for the YARD teams to meet with youth.

Each of their six northeast restaurants provide the same service and generosity. Their staff also embrace the relationship between the officers, social workers, and youth to create a welcoming space where troubled youth are treated with respect and dignity.

In the spirit of giving back to the community, the business donates the cost of hundreds of free meals each year and the space for these meetings. This is an estimated donation of $100,000 over the years.