Windsor Police Officer Honoured With Community Service Hero Award

It is what Windsor Police Constable Cealia Gagnon does outside of the job which helped her to be recognized.

She has been given the Community Service Award at the Police Hero Awards Wednesday in London.

The award was handed out by the Police Association of Ontario to recognize officers who give of their time to the community.

Constable Gagnon has a long list of volunteer responsibilities ranging from the Motor City Boxing Club, United Way, Fantastic Fathers, the Special Olympics and youth clubs, all done outside of work hours.

She says her philosophy is simple.

"I say yes to everything because you meet great people," says Constable Gagnon. "You get to learn about more in your community just by giving back and volunteering, I think it helps us out and helps me out in my career."

She says policing is not just about fighting crime but contributing in other ways.

"Aside from policing, the community policing portion is so important to just be recognized in the community and it helps people to humanize the police."

More than 300 police officers were nominated for the award. Six were recognized in the province and two police officers won an award.