News — 22 November 2017
Police Service recognizes members, community

Dryden Police Serice Chief Doug Palson (left) presents (from left): Sergeant Dale Engstrom, Cst Chris Notte, Cst. Bob Wright, and Cst. Paul Howarth with certificates of recognition at special ceremony held last week. Photos by Michael Christianson

By Michael Christianson

The Dryden Police Service took time last Thursday night to recognize the outstanding efforts to keeping the community safe by uniformed officers, civilian staff and community partners.

Certificates of appreciation, commendation and recognition were handed out during the small ceremony along with long time service awards. 

“I think it’s very important for any organization to recognize the hard work and dedication of their staff and that is definitely the case for members of the Dryden Police Service,” said Chief Doug Palson. “When I was preparing for this, as every year when I do, start flipping through going back into notes and such to some of the things the members have accomplished over the years it’s actually quite amazing and it’s important we recognize that. One thing we did do differently this year was bring in casual and part time people primarily our night guards and crossing guards who often get overlooked and people don’t see their jobs as being maybe as essential but it does really keep things moving and they are essential services to keeping the community safe.”

Award recipients

Long Time Service Awards:

Inspector Ann Tkachyk

Constable Paul Howarth

Anita Hackman

George Breeze

David Cluett

Ron Major

Certificate of Commendation:

Constable Chris Notte and Constable Bob Wright

Certificate of Recognition:

Inspector Ann Tkachyk

Constable Denise Szachury

Special Constable Cody Fedorchuk

Constable Allin Marcino

Sergeant Dale Engstrom 

and Constable Bob Wright

Constable Chris Notte 

and Constable Paul Howarth

Diana Couette
Certificate of Appreciation – 

Civilian

Michael Christianson – Dryden Observer

Mike Ebbeling – CKDR

DPS Chief Doug Palson presents CKDR’s Mike Ebbeling with a certificate of recognition.

DPS Chief Doug Palson presents The Dryden Observer’s Michael Christianson with a certificate of recognition.

DPS Chief Doug Palson presents Insp. Ann Tkachyk with a long service award.

DPS Chief Doug Palson presents Cst. Paul Howarth with a long service award.

DPS Chief Doug Palson presents Anita Hackman with a long service award.

DPS Chief Doug Palson presents David Cluett with a long service award.

Dryden Police Serice Chief Doug Palson presented Cst. Bob Wright and Cst. Chris Notte with certificates of commendation.

DPS Chief Doug Palson presents Cst. Denise Szachury with a certificate of recognition.

DPS Chief Doug Palson presents Cst. Allin Marcino with a certificate of recognition.

DPS Chief Doug Palson presents Diana Couette with a certificate of recognition.

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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