Constable recognized for policing excellence

Sam McNeish
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TORONTO - Several generations of families have one person to thank for seeing their children grow up.

Many times those actions go unnoticed...not this time.

TORONTO - Several generations of families have one person to thank for seeing their children grow up.

Many times those actions go unnoticed...not this time.

Const. Francis Smith, the community relations' officer for the Amherst Police Department was recognized recently with the Terry Ryan Memorial Award for his excellence in police services.

"Every year, MADD recognizes the work done by a police officer that has contributed to the community in supporting MADD's mission; to stop impaired driving and support the victims of this violent crime,'' Bill Whitman, president of the Bordertown Chapter said.

"Francis has been instrumental in assisting us in getting started and has been invaluable in working with the chapter since,'' he added.

With the help of Smith, the community gained a powerful tool to teach teens the perils of driving while impaired with the addition of a is a powered mini car coupe, or go-cart, that is used in various safety sessions.

The car is visually appealing to youth, as it is a souped-up mini hot rod that instantly gains the interest of teens. The teens are able to drive the coupe, while being educated with the message to not drink and drive.

The Bordertown Chapter uses the coupe in parades and various information sessions in the community.

Smith's work sees him spend a great deal of time in schools and beyond, working with youth on the perils of impaired driving and making smart choices. In addition, he has conducted programs in bullying, safety and making the right choices.

"All the members of the MADD Amherst Bordertown chapter send a heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Francis on the ward. It's well done and well deserved,'' Whitman said.

Organizations: MADD, Amherst Police Department

Geographic location: TORONTO

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