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Harry Hole Community Policing Award

The Harry Hole Community Policing Award is named for one of Edmonton's most outstanding leaders and supporters of our city and its communities.

This award recognizes a committed Edmontonian for his or her leadership in supporting community policing crime prevention and community problem-solving initiatives.

Mr. Harry Hole is founding Chair of the Edmonton Police Foundation and he provides the inspiration and the example of the community dedication that this award will recognize. The Harry Hole Community Policing Award acknowledges a dedicated individual whose volunteer initiative has made Edmonton's neighbourhoods safer places to live and work and whose energy and ideas have encouraged citizens and communities to find solutions together.

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To recognize and promote outstanding contribution and dedication to community problem-solving initiatives focusing on a shared responsibility in preventing crime and making neighbourhoods a better and safer place to live and work.

Eligibility Criteria

The nominee must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of the greater Edmonton area having made a significant contribution to community policing within the city of Edmonton .
  • The nominee may not presently or have previously been a member of the Edmonton Police Foundation or the Edmonton Police Service.
  • The nominee may not have previously received the Harry Hole Community Policing Award.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Nomination Procedures

A concise description of the work and achievements of the nominee for the award together with supporting evidence for Committee consideration shall accompany each nomination.

Submissions should be well researched, carefully documented and properly submitted including:

The nomination form and all required documents

  • Three page (maximum) history is required and should include a factual and concise synopsis including why the person is being nominated, what they have accomplished, time frames and how they have made a difference in an Edmonton community.
  • Letters of support (five maximum) containing a factual account of the nominee's contributions to community initiative(s).
Nominations are to be submitted the Edmonton Police Foundation Awards Committee by June 04 2012.

Selection Criteria

Nominees are rated as follows:

  • Consideration is given to the significance of the contribution to the community initiative(s). The impact of the nominee's contribution (i.e. influence innovation and sustainability) to the Community.
Selection Process

  • The Edmonton Police Foundation Awards Committee selects recipient(s) each year.
  • At the discretion of the Awards Committee nominations may be brought forward for consideration the following year.
  • The successful recipient will be notified by telephone and in writing.


The Harry Hole Community Policing Award is presented by the Foundation Chairman during the annual Edmonton Police Foundation Gala Dinner held in October.

For further information please contact:

Edmonton Police Foundation

Phone: (780) 421-3440

Fax: (780) 421-2383


2012 Winner

We are pleased to announce Tim Adams, founder of the Free Foote Soccer Program, as the 2012 winner.

Tim Adams founded this initiative in 2006 and has sustained the program through his passion and commitment exclusive of his own merits and contacts.

Free Foote is an after school soccer league.  The league is free and primarily for kids who may otherwise not have the opportunity to play.  It is 100 percent volunteer run with the goal of ensuring every kid has fun, remains engaged, and learns a few skills along the way.

Tim developed and is the sole manager of this program.  It initially began by him coaching once at week.  A team was formed, entered a league and became champions their first year.

While coaching, Tim found that many players had their younger siblings sitting on a bench.  They too wanted to play so more teams were formed.  The first year there were 4 teams – this year there were 540 players from 25 schools and 19 volunteer referees and coaches.  Tim coordinated all of the schedules including the final tournament.  Additionally, he raised funds and donations to obtain equipment, jerseys and transportation.

Tim built on the community league format and brought it to a place where kids could access it.  By partnering with schools, they are safe, the staff is passionate and they assist in organizing the kids.  Children have learned respect for one another, leadership skills and even math skills.

Tim is to be congratulated for his passion, energy and commitment.  The Free Foote program will continue to positively engage the community.

2011 Winners

This year this prestigious award had two recipients.

Sally Burkell

Sally is a volunteer with the Edmonton Police whose work is considered exemplary. She has been a volunteer since 1997 and is currently the Volunteer Team Leader at Westmount Station. She is an excellent ambassador and role model of what a volunteer in community policing should be.

Christy Morin

After identifying community disconnection as a key obstacle to crime reduction and revitalization, community leader Christy Morin founded Arts on the Ave, a non-profit, community based initiative geared to developing Alberta Avenue into a community arts district. Due to Christy’s vision for the community, the perception of the community is changing, positively impacting the community in many ways.

2010 Winner

Sandra Bodner has been a volunteer with the Edmonton Police Service since 1997 and the volunteer coordinator in South Division since 1999.  Sandra manages all aspects of the volunteer program in addition to volunteering at Edmonton Police Service events.  Sandra ensures her volunteers foster good relationships with citizens and encourages them to become a part of the team that helps make community policing work.  Congratulations Sandra!

Community Police Radio Network (Special Recognition)

CPRN is a group of dedicated community volunteers who assist in communities to detect and prevent crime.  Volunteers work alongside Edmonton Police Service members patrolling residential streets industrial areas and back alleys reporting suspicious vehicles and persons to their assigned officer.  Their role is to Observe and Report.  Their contributions to the City of Edmonton are best summarized by their mission statement:  In partnership with the citizens of Edmonton we will build Safe Communities.

2009 Winner

Mr. Bernie Karcher was awarded the 2009 Harry Hole Community Policing Award due to his dedication combined with tireless energy strong vision and articulated passion towards making Edmonton's communities safe.  His influence is broad; encompassing community leaders Edmonton Police Service members and multiple community groups.

Mr. Karcher has been an active volunteer with the Edmonton Police Service since 1997 where he began with the Ottewell Community Patrol.  Along with the other members of that patrol Mr. Karcher was instrumental in restoring a sense of safety and security in a neighbourhood that was beginning to spiral down into fear and disorder.  Using his own vehicle and working Friday and Saturday nights Mr. Karcher has been a visible presence patrolling back alleys school yards and industrial zones.

In 2001 Mr. Karcher was actively involved in the creation of the Mill Woods Community Patrol to address the perceptions of crime quickly deteriorating the safety and security of Mill Woods residents.  In actively pursuing the establishment of a community patrol he was able to provide leadership informal training and guidence to the new patrol.  He has since logged over 1500 hours and countless kilometers patrolling the communities of Mill Woods and the Meadows reporting suspicious activities and being a visible presence deterring possible criminal activity.

As president of the Mill Woods Community Patrol Mr. Karcher is actively involved in recruiting scheduling training and supervising the many aspects of the patrol group.  His support goes well beyond the mandate of the patrol; ensuring that the group is sufficiently funded has the proper safety equipment and builds community capacity.

Mr. Karcher's volunteer involvement extends beyond the community patrol.  He readily volunteers himself and finds others for the many annual events which require volunteers to support and work alongside Edmonton Police Service members.  He is well known as an individual who can be counted on.

Mr. Karcher continues to make a great impact in many areas where the various aspects of community policing intersect.  From influencing young people generating community cohesion and actively providing a watchful eye he is involved.