Every day, thousands of Ontarians rely on police officers, 9-1-1 dispatchers and other police service personnel to keep their families and communities safe.

The Police Association of Ontario (PAO) is proud to facilitate the Annual Police Services Hero of the Year Award, which provides the public with an opportunity to nominate and recognize their hero for the work they do on behalf of Ontarians.

This nomination can be related to a specific event whereby a Police Officer or a Civilian Police Services Employee went above and beyond the call of duty, or it can be in recognition of their ongoing support and involvement within their respective community.

The PAO accepted nominations from the public between February 23, 2018 and April 3, 2018. In April, all nominations were compiled and provided to the PAO Awards Committee to deliberate and select a winner.

On Wednesday night, at their Annual General Meeting in Kitchener- Waterloo, the PAO Hero of the Year – Community Role Model award was presented to Constable Amy Finn.

Constable Amy Finn began her policing career on July 4, 1988 when she was the first female officer hired by the Chatham Police Force. On April 25, 2018, Amy retired from the Chatham-Kent Police Service after 30 years of service to her community.

Amy received numerous nominations from people throughout the Chatham-Kent community praising her efforts to make the town a better place to live. She is a tireless volunteer for local initiatives such as soup kitchens, Goodfellows ‘No Child without a Christmas’, Cops for Cancer (for which she shaved her head), Cop Camp, Shop with a Cop, community luncheons and many more.

Amy also has a passion for instilling positive life values in the youth of Chatham-Kent, as many nominations credited Amy’s dedication to helping them through challenging times as the reason they’ve become the upstanding citizens they are today.

It is clear the people of Chatham-Kent are very proud to call Amy an active member of their community, both on and off duty.

Police Chief Gary Conn adds, “We are very proud of Amy and all that she has accomplished during her 30 years as a police officer for the Chatham-Kent Police Service. Her continued dedication to duty and the community she served was truly personified by her commitment to community policing and collaboration in developing and maintaining local professional partners throughout her entire career. Having had the opportunity to personally work with Amy both on the streets and at headquarters, I know that I speak on behalf of our entire Service when I say that Amy’s pleasant disposition and professional experience will truly be missed by our department. We wish her all the best, in a well-deserved retirement.”