PA Police officers receive Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award.

By paNOW Staff
August 20, 2012 - 7:07am

It was a big weekend for two Prince Albert Police Officers.

Sgt. Brent Kalinowski and Constable Matthew Gray were in Sydney, Nova Scotia to receive the Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award.

It's for their work with the provincially and nationally acclaimed Community Mobilization program.

The award was presented by the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

"I am proud to recognize this year's award recipients, whose hard work has instilled in troubled youth a sense of responsibility for their actions and helped them make smarter choices," said Minister Nicholson in a press release. "These officers have demonstrated an outstanding level of personal dedication and commitment in finding innovative solutions to tackling the issue of youth crime, all in an effort to help make our streets and communities safer."

Kalinowski and Gray displayed innovation, creativity and the ability to use  community-based resources as alternatives to formal court processes. Other criteria that they followed that were considered for the award were the effective uses of police discretion, conferencing, alternatives to custody and the rehabilitation and reintegration of youth in conflict with the law.

For more information about the Award, the winners and nominees, click here.

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