A former Toronto Police Deputy Chief is the recipient of the Colin Millar Memorial Award, established by the FBI New York State/Eastern Canada chapter to honour a law enforcement officer for sustained commitment to leadership, innovation and community.
Rick Stubbings, who retired last June after 35 years with the Service, was recently presented with the prestigious award.
Millar was an FBI National Academy graduate and former Hamilton Police Service Chief.
“One of the most meaningful parts of my career was attending the academy in 2005,” said Stubbings. “I met amazing law enforcement professionals from around the world who were in the program. It was such a unique opportunity.”
Stubbings is honoured to be receiving an award bearing Millar’s name.
“This was a man who was community-oriented, kind and well respected,” he said. “I am so humble to be the recipient of this honour.”
Stubbings joined the Service in 1982, after serving as a cadet and spent seven years at 11 Division and left as Deputy Chief in charge of the Operational Support Command.
Mark Gates, president of the New York State-Eastern Canada chapter, nominated Stubbings for the award.
“Recognized as a professional and progressive leader in policing before retiring, Rick had a reputation for treating people fairly while working strategically to move the organization forward in a manner that was consistent with its mandate and priorities of the Service while being supportive of the principles of community policing, public trust and accountability,” he said.