In a Gananoque Police Services meeting that took place only recently, it was announced that Constable Rhonda Grant has received the honor of being nominated for the prestigious Bud Knight Award. The award is in recognition of her exemplary record of youth service.
The Bud Knight Award was created almost 2 decades ago in 1990. The award was named in honor of the late Herbert R. (Bud) Knight, one of the Ontario Police College’s past instructors. He was responsible for creating the OPC’s youth officer course, aimed at providing training designed for young officers throughout the province of Ontario.
Each year, the Bud Knight Award is given to one of Ontario’s finest, a police officer who embodies Bud Knight’s desire and commitment to help and protect the youth of today.
In a letter addressed to Rob MacNeil of the Community Safety and Correctional Services, Gananoque’s Chief of Police Kai Liu stated that since Rhonda Grant joined the force a decade ago, she has found a connection with local youths, serving as their mentor and above all, friend. Liu further noted that local youths in Gananoque stay out of trouble because they know they would end up disappointing Grant.
Her positive approach to handling young troublemakers has also influenced the way other officers enforce the law on young individuals.