Police seek nominees for trailblazer award
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Jan 15, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Police seek nominees for trailblazer award

London Community News

The London Police Service (LPS) is searching for a few good high school students.

With Black History Month approaching, the LPS is calling for nominees for the 2013 Lewis Coray Trailblazer Award.

The winner will be feted at the second annual LPS Black History Month celebration Feb. 21 starting at 6 p.m. and will have the opportunity to join the LSP PEACE team for the summer.

The PEACE program selects eight students each summer to take part. Its goals are to “reinforce and develop important life skills of the participants through exposure and instruction from members of the LPS.”

Participants learn about effective communication, self-motivation, teamwork, responsibility and dedication to the community, and the importance of being a positive role model.

The program participants observe and assist in various aspects of policing to enhance their understanding of the role of the police in the community as well as law enforcement as a career.

Nominees must be 14-18 years of age and have “demonstrated perseverance in pursuit of academics success and social responsibility.”

Presented in partnership with the Congress of Black Women, the Lewis Coray award was instituted by the LPS to “create incentives for success and opportunities for growth among youth reflective of the diversity” of its namesake.

In 1951 Lewis Coray became the first black officer hired by the LPS.

“Mr. Coray was a trailblazer as he succeeded in his career as a police officer during a time of racial segregation and discrimination,” Diversity Officer, Sergeant Marcel Marcellin wrote in a release. “We are proud to commemorate the achievements of Mr. Coray with an award in his name.”

After the award presentation students and guests are invited to visit the LPS police/cadet recruiting booth and inquire about youth summer employment opportunities.  There will also be a reception featuring music and a selection of Caribbean foods.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15. For more information and to make a nomination, contact Marcellin at mmarcellin@police.london.ca.

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