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Patrol Sergeant Edith Turner invested into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

Invitation Order of Merit of Police Forces

It is with extreme pride we announce that Winnipeg Police Service Patrol Sergeant Edith Turner has been invested into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presided over an Order of Merit of the Police Forces investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, September 18, 2015.

The Order of Merit of the Police Forces was created in 2000, to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community.

p/sgt. Edith Turner P/Sgt Turner has been recognized for her outstanding commitment to the citizens of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba. She continuously strives to strengthen the relationships between the Service and the aboriginal community, and shares her skills with officers locally, nationally and internationally. She has dedicated her personal time to volunteer work in her home community of Misipawisitik Cree Nation and in Winnipeg to improve the well-being of aboriginal people throughout Manitoba.

As a child of residential school survivors, P/Sgt Turner understands the negative impact of the systematic destruction of many aboriginal families. As a police officer, she has strived to provide youth with positive role models. Edith has worked with numerous steering committees such as the Bear Clan Gathering Committee, Indian & Metis Friendship Centre’s programs like Girls Empowering Together and at the West-End Women’s Resource Centre.

During her twenty-year career as a police officer, P/Sgt Turner worked in many areas of the Service - uniform operations, community relations aboriginal & diversity unit, and criminal investigative units such as organized crime, drug and gang units.

For her years of dedication, and exceptional work in strengthening the relationships between the Service and the aboriginal community, P/Sgt Turner has also been the recipient of many awards, including the Manitoba Excellence in Law Enforcement Award in 2011; the Winnipeg Police Service James Toal Award of Excellence and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She was also a finalist in the Manitoba YM-YWCA Women of Distinction-Leadership Category and nominated for leadership award with the International Association of Women Police in 2013.

She is the eighth member of the Service to be bestowed with the honour.

Order of Merit of Police Forces