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Crime Stoppers NL announces finalists for police and peace officer awards


Crime Stoppers of Newfoundland and Labrador has revealed the finalists for its annual Police and Peace Officers of the Year Awards.

Awards are presented to one officer from each of the two provincial police forces – the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

A peace officer employed for the preservation and maintenance of the public peace or for the service or execution of civil process is also honoured.

The finalists for the RCMP are Cpl. Troy Bennett and Cst. Mark Blackmore, both of the Happy Valley-Goose Bay detachment, and Cst. Walter Pynn of the Harbour Grace detacement.

The RNC’s finalists are Sgt. Dwight Feltham and Sgt. William James, both of the Northeast Avalon region, and Cst. Shawna Park of the Corner Brook region.

Finalists for the Peace Officer of the Year Award are Insp. Paul Hammond of the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation, Katie Quinton, a municipal enforcement officer with the Town of Labrador City, and Brent Watkins, a fishery officer with the Department of Fisheries and Ocean Canada’s Conservation and Protection Division.

The awards will be presented during a ceremony on May 19 at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre in C.B.S.

Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan is among the special guests who will be in attendance.

Crime Stoppers of Newfoundland and Labrador is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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