Halton Police Officer Honoured for Work with Local Youth

2015 Bud Knight Award Recipient – Constable Jody Dugas

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Halton Police Officer Honoured for Work with Local Youth
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Ontario has honoured 20-year Halton Regional Police Service veteran, Constable Jody Dugas, for her work mentoring and engaging Halton youth to help them become stronger citizens. Constable Dugas is this year’s recipient of the Bud Knight Award, which recognizes commitment and dedication to youth, above and beyond the call of duty. Matthew Torigian, Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, presented Dugas with the award at the Committee of Youth Officers for the Province of Ontario’s annual conference.

Dugas is a constable assigned to the Regional Community Mobilization Bureau (CMB). She joined the Service in 1994 as a uniform patrol officer, has worked as a High School Liaison Officer and Diversity Officer and joined the CMB in 2014. Constable Dugas has had many achievements throughout her 20 years at HRPS:

• One of the programs Dugas oversees is a program called the Police Ethnic and Cultural Education Youth Leadership Program (PEACE). It is presented over the course of 12 weeks and runs twice a year, with enrollment at maximum capacity and waiting lists for successive sessions.

• One of the outcomes of the success of the PEACE program was graduates were asking for other volunteer opportunities with the service, however none existed. This led Constable Dugas to develop and implement the Teen Random Acts of Kindness Team (TRACK). Constable Dugas finds opportunities in the various communities throughout Halton to perform the acts of kindness, such as cleaning garbage from green space adjacent to a local Mosque or preparing, cooking, and serving a meal to residents of an assisted living facility. After a successful pilot project in 2014, the TRACK team became a permanent program sanctioned by Halton Police. TRACK completes an act of kindness on the first Saturday of each month, alternating between the three municipalities of the Region.

• Constable Dugas has been instrumental in the Toys for Tots campaign, which she has led since 2011. In the four years since Constable Dugas has taken over the Toys for Tots program, HRPS has raised and distributed $1,167,995.00 worth of toys, cash, gift cards and food, which is more than double the amount raised in the previous 11 years combined. Over 4,000 families in Halton Region directly benefitted from the past year’s campaign.

As recipient of the Bud Knight Award, Constable Dugas also received $1,000 to donate to her charity of choice. Constable Dugas donated her award funds to the local children’s hospital, McMaster Children’s Hospital, in memory of Jamshid Eiriksson.

About the Award:
The Committee of Youth Officers for the Province of Ontario awards a police officer for outstanding interaction with youth in their community. This officer proactively builds a lasting, meaningful and productive relationship with youth. Constable Dugas has made a positive difference in our community by mentoring and engaging Halton youth to help them become stronger citizens.

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