Recipients (L to R): Cst. Scott Douglas, Cst. Wade Lewis, Ms. Shauna Ortman, Dr. Khalid Pervaiz, Mr. Aaron Bonkowski, Cst. Cory Patron, and Cst. Jason Wilkinson Missing from photo: Ms. Linda Buchanan
On January 29th, 2016, at about 11:45 a.m., Mr. Aaron Bonkowski saw a truck, with its engine revving and tires spinning in place, at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Osler Street. He realized the driver was having a medical emergency. Mr. Bonkowski was able to open the passenger door and put the vehicle in “park”. He then ran into the nearby Core Medi-Centre to get help. Nurses Linda Buchanan and Shauna Ortman came out immediately and raised the attention of Constables Wade Lewis, Jason Wilkinson, Cory Patron and Scott Douglas, who were walking nearby. Together, they got the adult male driver out of the truck and began to administer CPR. Dr. Khalid Pervaiz also came out to help the patient. At that moment, Constable Cory Patron recognized the need for an AED…which we happened to have in our offices at the Crossroads Building, right at that corner. Constable Patron retrieved the AED and was able to deliver two shocks to the patient, at which point, they were able to detect a pulse. EMS arrived and took over the patient’s care. In the opinion of Dr. Pervaiz, the CPR and, especially, the AED prevented this gentleman’s death.
Recipients (L to R): Cst. Derek Wollbaum and Chadwick Hunt. Missing from photo: Cst. Chelsea Kotylak
On January 27th, 2016, at about 4:30 in the morning, three constables were on a call in the 700 block of Athol Street. They heard information on their radios of a fire in the 700 block of Garnet Street. They went a block east and radioed in the exact location of the fire and learned that there was a 60 year-old woman still inside the house. This individual had health issues and used an oxygen tank. The officers went to the back of the house and found the woman at the back steps on her knees and in medical distress. Constable Wollbaum picked her up, Constable Kotylak carried the oxygen tank and Cst. Hunt cleared a path to the front of the house. Together they got her to safety across the street and into EMS care. She was treated for smoke inhalation, but was released from hospital a few days later. Constables Wollbaum, Hunt and Kotylak, for their quick thinking, their actions and their teamwork, are awarded the Chief’s Commendation for saving a citizen from injury or possible death.
``Recipients (L to R): Sergeant Derek Lamer, Sergeant Hans Larsen, Ms. Krista Mansbridge, Cst. Cory Longhurst, and Mr. Regan Baisley
On the evening of May 14, 2016, the Regina Police Service got a call from a young woman, fearful that her father was going to commit suicide. He was not with any family members or friends and was no longer answering calls or texts. The officers assigned to the call quickly started gathering information. That included getting our Communications Centre: Ms. Krista Mansbridge and Mr. Regan Baisley, to “ping” the phone, repeatedly trying to find the victim. There were several attempts to locate the man based on the phone signals, including a grid search of rural roads northeast of the city. All of this was happening from early evening to 11:00 p.m….by then, in full darkness. Constable Cory Longhurst, who had joined the search northeast of the city, somehow spotted the silhouette of a vehicle on a hillside, some distance away from the highway. The male inside was unconscious and unresponsive. EMA was requested. By then, there were three officers at the scene: Longhurst, Sgt. Hans Larsen and Sgt. Derek Lamer. They got the male down the hill and out to the road where EMS was waiting. This individual got the emergency medical treatment and follow-up care he needed because of the persistence of our officers and their counterparts in the Communications Centre. If not for their efforts, this incident might have ended in senseless loss and tragedy.
Recipients (L to R): Cst. Tanner Maurice, Cst. Marcus Simons, and Cst. Mitchell Wiebe
On March 28th, 2016 at about 6:10 p.m., these officers were dispatched to a house in the 700 block of Garnet Street for a report of a serious assault between members of the same household. The early information indicated an adult male had been stabbed in the leg. Our officers arrived to find three people in the house: the victim, the suspect and a witness. While some of our officers controlled the scene and took the suspect into custody, Constables Marcus Simons, Mitchell Wiebe and Tanner Maurice went to the victim’s aid. He’d been stabbed in the leg and it was clear the weapon had opened an artery. The officers used a leg restraint as an improvised tourniquet, stemming the flow of blood and then helped get the victim into a waiting ambulance. The victim required surgery but survived the event.
Recipients (L to R): Constable Marcus Simons, Constable Sam Kosolofski, Constable Tyler Lerat, Constable Erin Black
On December 6, 2015, Constables Kosolofski and Lerat were conducting a traffic stop, in the 3200 block of 6th Avenue, when they heard raised voices and then yelling and screaming nearby. They saw a male lunge into the open passenger side window of a vehicle, with his arms flailing. When the officer ran toward the vehicle and challenged the male, he turned with a hunting knife in his hand. The suspect then threw the knife and started running. Constable Kosolofski gave chase and got the suspect under control, in spite of his violent resistance. Then Constables Lerat and Kosolofski turned their attention to the victim in the car, who’d been stabbed. They were joined by Constables Black and Simons, first applying pressure to the wounds and then using a restraint strap as a tourniquet. EMS transported the victim to hospital for treatment of more than 20 stab wounds. The attending physician noted that the application of the tourniquet had likely saved the victim’s life.
Recipients: Ms. Annette Vaxvick Missing from photo: Mr. Bryan Rice and Mr. Arthur Quan
On March 7, 2016, just after 4:00 p.m. there was collision on Gordon Road near Lewvan Drive. The driver had suffered some medical distress and his vehicle struck a southbound vehicle on Lewvan. Three witnesses to the collision: Ms. Annette Vaxvick, Mr. Bryan Rice and Mr. Arthur Quan, took immediate action and pulled the 59 year-old year-old man from his vehicle. Ms. Vaxvick and Mr. Rice assessed the driver and started emergency CPR while Mr. Quan ran to a nearby business to try to find an AED. EMS arrived on the scene shortly after that and took over the patient’s care, transporting him to hospital. There were no other people injured in the collision. It is the opinion of the Awards Committee and the Regina Police Service that the actions of these three citizens saved the life of this heart-attack victim.
Constable Chad Martinson
Our Police Service does block training and re-certification for our officers every year. Basically, we put together a week’s worth of training and then keep repeating that week, until we cycle all of our officers through it. It takes us almost five months, but it’s been the most effective way to ensure everyone is up-to-date in their skills and knowledge. Back in 2014, Constable Chad Martinson got all the pieces in place to offer Tourniquet training as part of our annual Block Training. He devised the training based on his experience in the Canadian Armed Forces and his research of other police services’ use of this life-saving skill and equipment. Constable Martinson is described as passionate and diligent in providing the latest material for training. He has conducted re-certifications with our trainers to ensure proper delivery of the training. We know, from researching this award, that it’s a technique used more and more by our officers to buy those precious seconds for victims who’ve suffered potentially deadly extremity wounds. Constable Chad Martinson's work in developing and refreshing this training for all our officers is above and beyond your regular duties and constitutes an exceptional contribution to the Regina Police Service.
Recipients (L to R): Supt. Corey Zaharuk, Cpl. Sheri Wild, Ms. Danielle Fornwald, Ms. Amy Balfour, Cpl. Jacy Windjack, Ms. Shan Hua, Sgt. Bryant Westerman, Insp. Lorilee Davies, and Insp. Sheree Ortman Not pictured: Sgt. Todd Gall In memoriam: Ms. Sharon Wang
The groundwork for this award started in late 2014 when Superintendent Corey Zaharuk got Executive approval to implement a plan he’d been working on: the Central District Crime Reduction Strategy. The goal of the strategy was to use our data more effectively to decide where police resources should be deployed and then measure the results closely to see if the approach was working. Superintendent Zaharuk engaged our Strategic Services section: Corporal Jacy Windjack, Ms. Amy Balfour and Ms. Danielle Fornwald, as well as Corporal Sheri Wild to help devise a method to analyse our data and capture the work done by our officers. This group worked closely with members of our Information Technology unit: Ms. Shan Hua and Ms. Sharon Wang. Together, they devised a comprehensive dashboard and then the strategy was placed in the hands of Inspector Sheree Ortman, and Sergeants Todd Gall and Bryant Westerman to make it operational. A big part of the work was managing and motivating change from reactive to more proactive policing. The early results of the strategy showed some impressive numbers with reductions in calls for service dealing with individuals and identified addresses that previously had had a large number of calls for service. The Central District Crime Reduction Strategy is now in the capable hands of Inspector Lorilee Davies and continues to show dividends and strengthen relationships within Regina’s Central District.
These officers represent various sections of our police service who demonstrated tremendous teamwork and co-operation in the initial stages of a homicide investigation. Since this event has not yet gone to trial, we will give much in the way of detail except what has already been made public. This case started on March 29th, 2016, with the death of a 56 year-old man at his home on the 100 block of Princess Street. This teamwork effort paved the way for our Major Crimes section to take over the investigation and ultimately apprehend and charge two individuals. This group nominated displayed courage, bravery and an unprecedented work ethic from start to finish. I won’t read all your names again but to each of you I say congratulations and thank you for your diligence and commitment in getting this case to a conclusion and into our courts.
The Regina Intersectoral Partnership (TRiP)
The Regina Intersectoral Partnership, or TRiP is a three-component, collaborative initiative to improve community safety by focusing on vulnerable children and their families. TRiP identifies situation of risk and immediately mobilizes interventions to prevent crisis or harm. Basically, it’s identifying kids and families who are at risk and, with their consent and cooperation, getting them connected with people and services that can help them. TRiP has three components. It started with the Eleven and Under Initiative; it grew to include a Twelve and Up initiative and will soon include a Hub. This all comes out of the Province’s 2011 document, “Building Partnerships to Reduce Crime”. It’s something we do well here in Regina and the people gathered here, along with the agencies and Ministries they represent, bring their own specialized skills and experience to this work. And it’s paying dividends: in 2015-2016, TRiP had 150 new referrals, 109 active files and 95% of their clients were involved in at least one program or pro-social activity over the summer. Investing in our community’s children is always worthwhile.