Waterloo Regional Police have had a fantastic week, including special awards and milestone anniversaries.
Inspector Mike Haffner says Sgt. Joe Molnar just celebrated 50 years of service.
Haffner says Molnar is still on active duty in their South Division.
Regional Police also marked 30 years of service for Deputy Chief Kevin Thaler.
And at the annual gathering of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Regional Police were given two awards.
One was the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award, for its response to the opioid crisis.
A statement from WRPS says, “To help raise awareness of the crisis, the Service partnered with the Public Health Unit, Paramedic Services, School Boards and the Waterloo Regional Integrated Drug Strategy to create solutions to prevent crime and make their community safer.”
The other was the Outstanding Liquor Enforcement Award for work done by the Oktoberfest Policing Unit last year.
The same statement says, “The work of the Oktoberfest Policing Unit demonstrated the dedication of our members and partners to make Oktoberfest a safe experience for all who attended. There is a lot of preparation that goes into planning for large events such as these and we are proud of the work done by everyone to ensure this popular event runs as smoothly as possible.”
Also at the gathering, Police Chief Bryan Larkin wrapped up his one year stint as President of the Association.