Chinese Community Honours Officer

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 6:06 a.m. February 22, 2016

In a few ways, 42 Division is home to Detective Sergeant Gerry Heaney.

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Detective Sergeant Gerald Heaney accepts the award from the Chinese community
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Raised in East Scarborough where family members still reside, he was assigned to the Division six years ago.

It was therefore quite satisfying for Heaney to be recognized by the community where he works on February 16.

As part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, 42 Division’s Chinese Community Liaison Committee (CCLC) honours an officer annually in the Division for outstanding service to the community.

“It’s an absolute honour and privilege to be recognized for such a very prestigious award,” said Heaney. “I have been extremely fortunate to have excellent role models, mentors and community partners along the way that have made me the officer I am today.”

In November 2014, he was appointed his Division’s crime manager.

“This position has allowed me the opportunity to be exposed to the excellent people and great work within the community and in particular the Chinese community with the CCLC and the CPLC,” he added. “The community has embraced me and is always asking to help out in any way possible and get crime messages out to the Chinese community members, especially new Canadians that don’t speak English. It is my true desire to have safe communities and neighbourhoods for all to live, work, play and prosper.”

Auxiliary Staff Sergeant Fanny Lau nominated Heaney for the award.

“As a community and auxiliary member, I have worked with the Detective Sergeant on various crime prevention occasions,” she said. “During these instances, he showed an admirable commitment to engaging with the Chinese community in Scarborough and reaching out in a meaningful way to those affected by crime.”

Becoming a sworn officer 23 years ago and assigned to 55 Division, Heaney worked in the drug squad for several years before being promoted to Sergeant and assigned to 54 Division in January 2004. He also served in the Intelligence Bureau and Source Management before being promoted to Staff Sergeant four years later and moved to Professional Standards. He was transferred to 42 Division in March 2010.

“Gerry is a hardworking and dedicated officer,” said Inspector David Vickers. “He is a very personable individual who has certainly reached out to connect and partner with the Chinese community in an effort to reduce victimization and improve the quality of life issues in their neighbourhoods.”

The award was established seven years ago.

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