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Constable Oswald Fudge is one of three finalists for the 2014 Police/Peace Officer of the Year Award (POYA).
Coordinated by Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers, the POYA program honours enforcement officers in Newfoundland and Labrador that perform beyond the call of duty both on the job and in the community.
Constable Fudge has served as Municipal Enforcement Officer for the Town of Gander since 1987, having previously served with the RCMP and Alberta Highway Patrol in a career spanning more than 40 years. Outside working hours, he has been a tireless volunteer and community leader, organizer, fundraiser and advocate dedicated to improving the quality of life of his fellow citizens.
"Os is certainly an institution in Gander," said Mayor Claude Elliott. "Other police forces talk about being more responsive to their citizens and understanding the needs of their communities, and the fact is, that's what Os has been doing from Day One and our community is better off for it."
For more than 20 years, the POYA program has recognized provincial police officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for their professionalism and contribution to the communities in which they were stationed. This year, to better represent the various enforcement entities throughout the province, the program has been expanded to also recognize all peace officers and enforcement agencies.
The 2014 POYA presentation ceremony will be held May 2 at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre.