An officer with the Barrie Police Service could secure himself a provincial award in recognition of time spent with an autistic Barrie resident.
The Police Association of Ontario says Constable Guy Peters has been nominated for a 2021 Police Hero of the Year Award under the On-Duty Difference Maker category. The Association says his assistance to a local family through his work with the service’s Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) earned him the nomination.
The family in question helped secure Constable Peters’ nomination. “I first met Barrie Police Constable Peters when I had to call police to my home involving my daughter who has autism. He treated both of us with respect and his efforts were noticed. He attended a few times after that with a stronger rapport due to familiarity. The next time, he attended in plain clothes as a member of the COAST team. I couldn’t think of a better person to be a member of that team,” reads the nomination. “Guy is a great guy (lol) and an essential part of the community. He will prove to be a great asset on a team of that nature. In this day and age, his patience and understanding are greatly needed in society.”
Nominations for the Hero of the Year award are being accepted online until March 15. Finalists will be selected and a winner announced during the Police Association of Ontario’s annual meeting in June.
Feature image courtesy Barrie Police Service