Barrie Police Staff Sergeant ‘cops’ leadership award

St Sgt Val gates considered a 'driving force' in child/youth/police relations

She’s been a driving force behind the Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe- Muskoka and was instrumental in developing the summer Junior Constable Camp which fosters healthy relationships between police and local youth.

Now, Barrie Police Staff Sergeant Val Gates has been recognized for her efforts by law enforcement magazine Blue Line with the 2019 Police Leadership Award.

“In 2009 she was promoted to sergeant in the Community Services Unit and set in motion a number of relationship-building projects, including the Annual Home Safe 5-km Run, the aforementioned Junior Constable Camp and Collaborate Barrie, a multidisciplinary, “hub-like” approach where police and community partners meet weekly to strategize for community safety concerns,” wrote Blue Line.

“I was empowered by my leaders and mentors within the organization. We noticed a gap for the high-risk youth in our community. My senior command encouraged me to utilize the resources available to me and propose some solutions.  I realized that this was my chance to really make an impact.”

– St Sgt Gates to Blue Line

“She spends a great deal of her time outside of her working hours helping survivors,” Staff Sergeant Mike Winn told Blue Line. “It is a passion of hers. She has an incredible enthusiasm and insatiable appetite to ensure survivors are given the support they need. She truly deserves credit for making a difference.”

banner image via Louise Jones/Child Advocacy Centre