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Cornwall Officer Recognized For Excellence in Policing

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Cornwall Officer Recognized For Excellence in Policing

McGuinty Government Thanks Constable For Leading And Inspiring Local Youth

Ministry of the Solicitor General

A long-serving member of the Cornwall Community Police Service is being recognized for his commitment and dedication to youth above and beyond the call of duty.

Constable Gary Leger has been honoured with the Bud Knight Award at the annual Youth, Justice and Community Conference in Niagara Falls.  

During his 27 years of service to the Cornwall community, Constable Leger led the way in nurturing trust and positive relationships between youth and police -- by being a friendly presence at schools, delivering meaningful presentations and events geared toward crime and drug prevention, and collaborating with a wide range of youth-serving organizations.

Quick Facts

  • The Committee of Youth Officers for the Province of Ontario (COYO) was formed in 1979 as an association of police officers dedicated to the collection and dissemination of child/youth crime and protection information.
  • The Bud Knight Award was established in 1990 to honour the career of Herbert "Bud" Knight, an Ontario Police College instructor who established training in youth policing for new officers. Now retired, Knight was instrumental in founding the Committee of Youth Officers of Ontario in 1979.
  • The Bud Knight Award is presented at the annual COYO conference to an Ontario police officer who has shown interest, commitment and dedication to youth above and beyond the call of duty.

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“Constable Leger understands the need to connect with youth before they find themselves in trouble. From visiting elementary schools at lunchtime to mentoring co-op students to organizing the annual Racing Against Drugs event, he has demonstrated what it takes to help build a safe community.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“Constable Leger's dedication both in his personal and professional life has been geared towards the betterment and development of young people in this community. In our humble opinion, Constable Leger has made a positive difference in the lives of young people and is a very worthy candidate for this award.”

Daniel C. Parkinson

Chief of Police, Cornwall Community Police Service

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