Hamilton Police Officer Honoured For His Work With Youth
McGuinty Government Congratulates Constable For Anti-Bullying Efforts
Constable Perry Mason, a school resource officer with the Hamilton Police Service is being honoured for his work with troubled youth.
The 32-year police veteran is this year's recipient of the Bud Knight Award, recognizing commitment and dedication to youth, above and beyond the call of duty. Constable Mason is dedicated to delivering a strong anti-bullying message, both on and off duty, by drawing on personal experiences to tell his story and connect with youth. He has extensive experience in youth-related issues and bullying, and has effectively used restorative or healing circles to bring offenders and their victims together. Since 2004, Mason has conducted over 130 formal circles in both school and community settings to help combat and prevent bullying. The Bud Knight Award was established in 1990 to honour the career of Herbert 'Bud' Knight, an Ontario Police College (OPC) instructor. Now retired, Knight was instrumental in establishing a Committee of Youth Officers (COYO) with the OPC in 1979.
- Of the 213 Hamilton youths who participated in a restorative justice initiative in 2009, 91 per cent have not re-offended.
- Community liaison officers work with students and others to develop innovative solutions to local problems including gangs, drugs, bullying, internet safety and domestic violence.
“Constable Perry Mason is using his expertise in restorative justice and anti-bullying to bring victims and their tormentors together, and make schools and neighbourhoods safer. Supporting safe communities where families can live, work and learn is part of our government's Open Ontario plan for a brighter and stronger future.”
“We celebrate the terrific contribution of Constable Perry Mason to community building. People like Constable Mason make the Hamilton Police our very best.”