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Welcome to the 17th annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night.  With a them of “Extending a Hand”, tonight we will share with you some of the amazing acts of bravery and compassion that DRPS members displayed over the past year.  I am fiercely proud of every member of our police service who come to work every shift ready to answer each call with professionalism and empathy.

To all of you here tonight, I want to extend my heartfelt thank you for your unwavering support.  The number of lives affected by the funds raised at this dinner is immeasurable.  It allows our officers who are always Extending a Hand to have even greater reach.

CHIEF MARTINOver the past 17 years, PADAN has raised more than $1.5 million to fund special programs – such as Senior’s Christmas events at long-term care homes - and purchase policing equipment – including speciality protective gear for our beloved K-9 dogs.  Your support shows our members that you appreciate the great work they do, often under stressful and difficult circumstances.  The funding provided is the community’s way of Extending a Hand to our members and we are forever grateful.

Yours in community safety,

Paul Martin

Chief of Police

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