2007 Police Awards for Traffic Safety

The National Police Award for Traffic Safety was presented August 19, 2007 at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) in Calgary , Alberta . The award recognizes officers who go beyond the call of duty to keep road users safe. It is a joint initiative of the CACP, the Canada Safety Council and Transport Canada , and supports the goals of Canada ’s Road Safety Vision 2010.

Agent Charles Doré received the 2007 National Police Award for Traffic Safety on behalf of Sûreté du Québec in Beauharnois-Salaberry. His initiative entitled “Sécurisons nos routes” focused on driving in areas with agriculture.

This primarily involved informing agriculture producers of simple things to ensure their safety, enlightening drivers of the rules of rural driving and making Québec roads safer by reducing the numbers of collisions, human deaths and potentially dangerous situations.

For many front line police officers, protecting the public is more than just a job. This is certainly the case for Staff Sergeant André Lemaire of the RCMP National Traffic Services in Ottawa , Ontario who received the Transport Canada Director General’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Road Safety. Staff Sergeanrt Lemaire has dedicated the 30 years of his career to making the roads in Nova Scotia and Ottawa safer.

His accomplishments and contributions in the area of Traffic Safety are too numerous to list. Lemaire has contributed to many committees, launched a number of initiatives, and participated in training. He is the manager responsible for the “RCMP Standard Car Project” and was a driving force in the creation of the RCMP National Vehicle Equipment Committee.

Staff Sgt. Lemaire was also involved in the development of the Traffic Services High Visibility Jacket to improve member safety at roadside.

Staff Sgt. Lemaire has been the long time chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Sub-committee which delivers two national annual road safety initiatives each year; Canada Road Safety Week and Operation Impact.  In the area of public safety, S/Sgt. Lemaire’s major accomplishment has been the change in service delivery for RCMP Traffic Services

The past 9 years he has been posted to RCMP National Traffic Services as the National Traffic Services Coordinator.  In this role he has been responsible for the RCMP Traffic Program across Canada providing strategic direction and advice to all contract divisions, developing national policy, procuring equipment through PWGSC and developing course training standards.