To members of the Brandon Police Service were among 10T police officers from across Manitoba to recently receive an Excellence in Law Enforcement award in recognition of outstanding contributions to their communities and police services.
“These officers have demonstrated exceptional dedication to public safety in their communities and it is an honor to present them with these awards,” said Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen in a press release last week. “Their dedication has made a real difference in the lives of Manitobans, helping to keep our communities safe.”
The two Brandon Police Service (BPS) members who were recognized are Insp. Greg Hebert and Constable Christopher Stupak. They received their awards on Nov. 22 at the annual Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police Excellence in Policing Awards dinner.
“Congratulations to these officers for their outstanding service to Manitobans,” said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody, president of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. “Police work is hard work, and these officers have taken it above and beyond when it comes to community safety and engagement. I am proud to call these officers colleagues.”
Insp. Hebert, who has been with the BPS for 28 years, has shown compassion and dedication from his earliest days with the force. From his initiatives to help deliver Christmas hampers to those in need, of keeping the BPS service on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to detecting impaired drivers, Insp. Hebert continually goes above and beyond the call. He has also worked closely with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who strive to keep impaired drivers off the road.
Constable Stupak is a 12-year member of the force, and was nominated in part for his being one of three BPS members to join the RCMP Tact Troop. Inter-organizational cooperation is a common trait among all the officers honored last week. For example, Insp. Hebert also helps train RCMP, First Nations police, and surrounding police agencies in new impaired driving technology.
Const. Stupak is also quite community-minded, volunteering his time with groups such a minor and high school football, soup kitchens, as well as Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
“As Chief of Police I’m extremely proud and honored that two members from our service were recognized for their dedication both within the police service and the community they serve,” said Brandon Police Chief Wayne Balcaen. “These awards really highlight the work and the efforts of each of these two officers, and all of our staff, recognizing they are members of the community as well as being police officers.”
The Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards was established by the provincial government to recognize extraordinary efforts by police officers in Manitoba. Award recipients are selected by a committee with representatives from BPS, RCMP, Winnipeg Police Service as well as Manitoba Justice.
Since these awards were established, more than 150 police officers from across the province have been recognized for their contributions to the community.