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Toronto Region Board of Trade names Constable Kile Blanchard
2017 TPS Police Officer of the Year

Broadcast time: 21:23
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Corporate Communications

The winner of the 2017 TPS Police Officer of the Year award has just been announced, during the annual reception at the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

This award was created by the Board of Trade in 1967. Its purpose is to recognize officers of the Toronto Police Service who have made significant contributions to making Toronto one of the safest big cities in the world. Each month, an officer or a group of officers is selected for Police Officer(s) of the Month, based on the following criteria: bravery, humanitarianism, superior investigative work and outstanding police skills.

The monthly winners are then re-evaluated by a panel of judges and a winner is chosen to receive the Police Officer(s) of the Year award.

This year, the winner is Constable Kile Blanchard of 43 Division.

He has successfully demonstrated outstanding bravery, professionalism and dedication to duty. The professional manner with which he has conducted himself is worthy of substantial recognition not only by his peers but also the Toronto Police Service and the community he proudly serves.

In January 2015, Constable Kile Blanchard was working in the Youth and Family Violence Unit.

He had received information that a father was sexually assaulting his daughter on a regular basis.

During the investigation and lengthy court proceedings, Constable Blanchard and the victim developed a very strong rapport. Constable Blanchard worked with various organizations to ensure the victim received the proper support and counselling she needed. He also contacted TROOP (Toronto Recreational Outreach Outtripping Program with TPS) and arranged to send the girl on a camping trip. This experience provided the girl the opportunity to shine and show who she really was.

As a result of all this hard work and dedication, the girl never had to testify in court. The accused pled guilty to various charges.

Due to her strong rapport with Constable Blanchard, the girl returned to disclose further abuse at the hands of another family member, who was also charged with multiple sexual offences.

Constable Blanchard was also selected as Police Officer of the Month for January 2017.

Congratulations to this officer and to all the award winners for their efforts keeping Toronto a safe city.

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Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for A/Superintendent Christopher Kirkpatrick, Professional Standards Support