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Sgt. Boyko Recipient of 2014 James Toal Award of Excellence

Chief Devon Clunis presents Sgt. Boyko with 2014 James Toal Award of ExcellenceCongratulations to Sgt. Danny Boyko for winning this year’s James Toal Award of Excellence. The Award is presented annually to a WPS officer who has made significant contributions to his/her community, the Service and law enforcement in general.

Boyko (pictured right with Chief Devon Clunis) received his Award at the Service’s Annual Awards Day ceremony on April 25.

Presently assigned to the Service’s Records & Reports Division, he is the Sergeant in charge of the Central Processing Unit which includes the Arrest Processing Unit, Central Reading Unit, and Property forfeiture Unit.

Boyko has made significant contributions that have had a positive impact on the Service as well as the Community as a whole.

Between 2010-2012, he was an active member of the “Circle of Hearts Foundation” where, along with his wife Leanne, they coordinated the fund raising of approx. $15,000 in support of families of children who suffer from congenital heart defects. Through their continued efforts they identified and addressed the need to support the impacted families further as extended hospital stays in other provinces were a huge financial drain.

The program aims to help these families of children during treatment through financial aid and support. Support will include paying mortgages, flights, parking, and other expenses for families who are forced to reside out of Province while there children undergo heart surgeries.

Boyko has also had been instrumental in bringing the 4Life Foundation program to Winnipeg to impact on Winnipeg’s under-served youth.

In 2013, he identified the 4Life Foundation in Toronto as a valuable tool in addressing Crime Prevention Through Social Development. The program develops and mentors children/youth in at risk or underserved areas through activity and sport. He identified that this program could fill a gap providing consistent and long term mentoring and developing of our inner city children and Youth. Boyko has spent approx. 400-500 hours of his own time bringing this program to Winnipeg and ensuring its success.

Sgt Boyko currently oversees this program and has brought the Winnipeg Police Service, City of Winnipeg Community Services Department, Central Neighborhoods Development Corporation, as well as the administration and staff of numerous schools located in the heart of our City together to the common goal of long term mentoring at all levels. The program essentially engages the students from elementary school age through high school with the intent of reaching them before the gangs do. The program now deals with well over 1,000 students per month in the seven core area Schools. (Dufferin School, William Whyte Community School, David Livingstone Community School, Hugh John McDonald Junior High, R.B. Russell Vocational High School, and St. John’s High School, and Pinkham Elementary School.)

Sergeant Boyko has used this success to expand the initiative in order to create a larger umbrella group to bring similar initiatives together and collectively work towards the same goal. The new Summer University of Winnipeg Sports program, Inner City Football Program, Dufferin Girls Hockey program, and Hugh John McDonald Bike program all now form part of this group.

This past March, he also brought forward a new comprehensive 8 week anti-bullying program called “Hurt No More” in three core area Schools. (Dufferin, Hugh John McDonald, and Pinkham Schools). Operated in partnership with the 4Life Foundation, the program provides empathy training for youngsters for the experiences of others.

“Sergeant Boyko’s dedication to the Service and the community was key to the implementation, coordination, and success of the above initiatives,” wrote Insp. Rick Lange in his nomination. “His ability to systematically link the involved agencies and have them improve their individual programs by engaging in partnerships has most certainly strengthened their collective programming and community impact. As such, his vision of creating a long term self-sustaining team to help ensure the future success of our children and youth is becoming a reality.”

2014 Awards Day

Many more awards were presented during the annual Award’s Day ceremony:

Members were eligible for the following:

  • 21 - 20 Year Police Exemplary Service Medals
  • 53 - 25 Year City of Winnipeg Service Pins
  • 5 - Staff Exemplary Service Awards
  • 6 Certificates of Commendation

An additional 50 police and staff members were recognized for attaining promotions over the past year.

Congratulations to everyone honoured at this year’s event!