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Durham Hero: DRPS officer Peden wins Ally Award

A/S/Sgt. Dena Peden recently received the 2SLGBTQ+Ally Award at the Serving with Pride Virtual Gala & Award Night.

The 2SLGBTQ+Ally Award is presented to an Ontario police officer, corrections officer or other law enforcement official, civilian or uniformed, who identifies as an 2SLGBTQ+ ally and whom works tirelessly to build positive relationships and trust within their respective organization, law enforcement community and the public. The recipient provides outstanding and significant support to the 2SLGBTQ+ law enforcement community and embodies the principles of diversity, inclusion and equity through their work, said a DRPS statement.

A/S/Sgt. Dena Peden is a former member of the Serving with Pride Board of Directors (from 2015 to 2021). Since joining DRPS’ Equity and Inclusion Unit in 2019, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to creating a more equitable and inclusive police service.

Her wealth of knowledge and tireless efforts to inform and educate DRPS members has provided them with the information and tools to help build positive and trusting relationships with the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

She is a huge advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion and lives these values every day in both her work and personal life.

OWLE Recognizes Excellence in Policing

Every year Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE) accepts nominations for the OWLE awards that recognize the extraordinary contributions of women in law enforcement. This year DRPS received three nominations:

1. Cst. Taryn Snow;
2. Carmen Semovski, Acting Manger of Health and Wellness and;
3. Records team.

Congratulations to all!

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