N.L. police and peace officers of the year winners announced

Published on May 19, 2017

The Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers Police and Peace Officers of the Year Award winners for 2017 are (from left) fishery officer Brent Watkins, Cpl. Troy Bennett of the RCMP and Sgt. Dwight Feltham of the RNC.

©@NLCrimeStoppers (Twitter)

Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers presented the 2017 Police and Peace Officers of the Year Awards on Friday.

The winner for the RCMP was Cpl. Troy Bennett of the Happy Valley-Goose Bay detachment, while the RNC recipient was Sgt. Dwight Feltham of the Northeast Avalon region.

Brent Watkins, a fishery officer with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, was named the winner of the peace officer of the year, which is presented to an individual employed for the preservation and maintenance of the public peace or for the service or execution of civil process.

Sgt. William James of Northeast Avalon and Cst. Shawna Park of Corner Brook were the other nominees for the RNC award.

Cst. Mark Blackmore of the Happy Valley-Goose Bay detachment and Cst. Walter Pynn of the Harbour Grace detachment were also up for the RCMP award.

The other nominees for the peace officer of the year were Insp. Paul Hammond of the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corp. and Katie Quinton, a municipal enforcement officer with the Town of Labrador City.

“Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers takes pride in honouring officers in our province that go above and beyond the call of duty in their service to the community,” NL Crime Stoppers chair Mark Brown said in a news release.

“Courtesy, kindness, understanding, compassion, courage and devotion to duty are key qualities required in police officers in their normal duties. The nominees and recipients of 2017 awards exemplify these characteristics, and we are pleased to recognize these individuals for their outstanding achievements.”

The ceremony was held at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre.