Amherst Police Department honoured members with promotions

Galloway recognized for starting successful Cops 4 Kids Program

Published on June 19, 2014

The Amherst Police Department recognized three members with promotions and for their community work in creating the Cops 4 Kids Program.

AMHERST – The Amherst Police Department recently honoured several of its officers with promotions and for their work in the community.

Dwayne Pike was officially promoted to the deputy chief’s position while Kevin Girouard was promoted to sergeant.

As well, the department presented the Chief’s Award to Const. Jason Galloway for his development of the Cops 4 Kids Program.

“This is the first time we have done anything like this. We invited all staff and the families of the officers being recognized,” Chief Ian Naylor said.

“We feel it is important to recognize the achievements and contributions of our staff.  It is also important for their families to be part of this celebration.  Families of police officers make sacrifices in order to accommodate the demands of policing.  Policing is a difficult profession and the support of our families, in my opinion, is the most important factor in coping with the stressors of the job. “

Naylor said the promotions of Pike and Girouard are a result of their ongoing dedicated effort and their contributions to the department.

The Cops 4 Kids program was an idea proposed by Const. Galloway in 2012.

The program is a mini-police academy which runs for five days in August for children ages eight to 11. 

“The goal of the program is to provide an environment where our officers and our communities youth can build a positive relationship,” Naylor said. “It was also designed to teach the ‘cadets’ life skills such as leadership, and team work,  and to help build self esteem and confidence.”

Naylor said the program has been a huge success with approximately 75 youth taking part in the two years.

“We have received letters from parents who have expressed how wonderful the experience was and in many cases how much it helped their child with their self-esteem,” Naylor added. “Many officers in the department helped with Coops 4 Kids but it was Const. Galloway who had the vision and developed the program. It’s his baby.”