Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award
Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan
Charlottetown Police Services
Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan was selected to receive the 2010 Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Award for his achievement in conceiving and creating the Charlottetown Police Service Horse Program. In 2008, Deputy Chief McGuigan, then a corporal, envisioned an innovative program designed to develop practical skills and the communication abilities of troubled youth by matching them with a brood mare ready to foal.
To be considered for admission into the program, troubled youth are first referred by police to the Youth Intervention Outreach Program, rather than to the formal court system. Deputy Chief McGuigan and an outreach worker then conduct interviews with them to determine who will be best suited to take part in the Horse Program. In his innovative approach to applying the principles of the Youth Criminal Justice Act to youth in conflict with the law, Deputy Chief McGuigan exemplifies the compassion, caring and responsiveness of community.
Certificate of Distinction
Constable Todd M. Snooks
York Regional Police - ECOTRIP program
The Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award was established in 2000. Here are the previous award recipients:
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