Surrey RCMP recognized at annual board of trade awards


2017-10-06 07:41 PDT

Last night Surrey RCMP officers, auxiliaries, support staff, and volunteers were recognized at the Surrey Board of Trade’s 21st annual Police Officer of the Year Awards for their exemplary service and commitment to making Surrey a safer place to live and do business.

Winners were announced in eight different categories:

Sergeant Winston Shorey was named Police Officer of the Year (nominated by the community) for his commitment to public safety in the Cloverdale area. Sgt. Shorey is a constant presence at events and outreach programs in the community and his positive outlook has a lasting impact on the many businesses and residents he consults with regularly.

Sergeant Winston Shorey and Brian Rock Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

Sergeant Heather Matthew was named Police Officer of the Year (nominated by peers) for her work in the detachment’s Vulnerable Persons Section. She oversees the Integrated Domestic Violence Unit, Missing Persons Unit, and Police Mental Health Intervention Unit. Sgt. Matthew was recognized for her strong leadership and for creating an environment of innovation and inclusivity amongst the teams she oversees.

Auxiliary Constable Karen Summers was named Auxiliary Constable of the Year for her 25 years of service and dedication to the Auxiliary team and for the enthusiasm and passion she brings to each community safety project she’s involved in.

Amanda Schenk was named Municipal Employee of the Year for her outstanding work in the detachment’s Crime Analysis section. Her analytical findings in identifying patterns and trends have helped rapidly advance investigations and demonstrate a strong partnership between municipal staff and the RCMP.

James Ram was named Volunteer of the Year for his incredible heart, dedication, and commitment to the City of Surrey and Surrey RCMP. James has volunteered 200 hours since becoming a volunteer just last year and is very active in organizing volunteers at major events across the city.

Surrey Outreach Team received the Arnold Silzer Community Policing Initiative Award for their strategies to address public safety and health issues in the 135A Street area in a holistic manner. Over the past nine months the team has enhanced communication between partner agencies in an effort to assist some of our most vulnerable citizens and protect the community at large.

Surrey Outreach Team

Surrey RCMP Youth Unit received the Police Team Award for their efforts as the central liaison point for all youth related police files in Surrey. Through intervention, education and positive engagement, the unit works with educators, youth and families to steer youth away from criminality.

Stephen Boyd, Surrey Schools received the Police and Business Partnership Award for his perseverance and leadership in organizing the Think of Me road safety program that educates students and motorists about school zone safety. Without his support and dedication, the program would not be the success it is today.

This event is a testament to the strong bonds that exist between our detachment and Surrey’s business community, says Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge, Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald. This awards ceremony is an opportunity to highlight, not only outstanding work, but the important relationship that exists between police and local businesses. We thank the Surrey Board of Trade for putting on this event and recognizing some of the outstanding individuals who work, volunteer, and partner with the Surrey RCMP.

"The relationship between business and the police is important because we are both working towards a common goal of healthy and safe communities for all our residents and businesses, says Anita Patil Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. The Surrey Board of Trade celebrates the work of the Surrey RCMP for ensuring the safety and security of our city and businesses. Their innovation, work ethic, and cross-collaboration make them leaders in policing in Canada. The Surrey Board of Trade is proud to celebrate the Surrey RCMP’s officers, staff, and volunteers in this unique event.

Partial proceeds from the event go towards the RCMP Youth Academy.

For more information please visit the Surrey Board of Trade’s website.
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