Detective Sergeant Cam Field is the recipient of the 2015 Policing Partnership Award presented by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) private sector liaison committee.
The presentation took place on the opening day of the Toronto Police Financial Crimes-organized International Financial Crimes Investigators Conference on April 27 in Toronto.
Established last year, the award is presented to a law enforcement member who has participated in a partnership with the private sector that has strengthened overall effectiveness, yielded successful criminal investigation results and developed and maintained the collaborations as part of an ongoing effort to improve public safety and further crime prevention and investigative initiatives.
The Royal Bank of Canada and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) nominated Field for the honour.
“That both the private and public sector put his name up for this honour says a lot about Cam and his enormous contributions,” said Symcor Inc. Corporate Security & Investigations Chief Security Officer Harold Wax, a member of the CACP private sector liaison committee. “He’s a deserving recipient of the award.”
Field managed the Financial Crimes Corporate Crimes Section and Social Media team for five years, before joining the Toronto Police College staff a year ago.
Under his watch, Financial Crimes launched a webpage identifying crime-prevention tips geared towards members of the community and seniors. The webpage also has links to other police agencies and public and private sector investigation personnel who have useful information.
Financial Crimes investigators also use Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to share information and crime-prevention tips and reach a broader audience.
“This award means a great deal to me, given the fact it’s from a prestigious group like the CACP,” said Field, who was an adjunct instructor at Sheridan and Humber Colleges. “What makes it special is that it’s from the CACP private-sector liaison committee, which comprises business leaders committed to not just profit growth but also community safety. I had the pleasure of working with many of these groups when the TPS and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario formed the social media working group that’s still in place and has concentrated fraud prevention efforts of over 35 agencies, companies and government ministries to protect Canadians from fraud.
“The recognition really does validate the work that Kristen Rose (the FSCO senior communications officer), my #SMWG and #Fraudchat co-founder and I did. We spent many long hours with our community partners, trying to bring fraud prevention to the forefront of people’s minds. This award really acknowledges the work of so many people.”
A former Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals vice-president, Field was honoured to be the first Toronto Police officer to be presented with an award by new Chief Mark Saunders.
“Getting this award from the Chief on his first full day on the job made the presentation something I will never forget,” he added. “I have known the chief for many years and consider him a great role model, in every way, as a police officer and citizen. His grasp of financial crimes and its effect on citizens and the economy is impressive, to say the least. Knowing he fully appreciates fraud-prevention efforts made this very meaningful to me.”
Joining the Service as a cadet in 1985, and becoming a constable two years later, Field worked at 22 Division as a uniformed officer in the Youth Bureau and Community Response Unit and spent six years with the Sex Crimes Unit before being seconded to Professional Standards in 2002.
Promoted to Detective Sergeant, he was assigned to the Financial Crimes Unit, where he played a key role in the unit, using social media to share ideas and strengthen partnerships.
“Working in the corporate crimes sector of that unit was a real eye-opener for me,” he pointed out. “The team is one of the most talented and hardworking I have ever been associated with. They take incredibly complex cases and make sense of them with such ease. When people lose their money to fraudsters, it’s devastating.”
Two years ago, the FCU and the FSCO collaborated to host a one-hour online Twitter chat -- #Fraudchat – to educate the public about financial crimes and fraud.
He also partnered with Zoomer Radio AM 740 to spread the fraud-prevention message to a wider audience. He and the Service’s elder abuse co-ordinator, Pat Fleischmann, made rotating appearances on the airwaves every month.
In March 2014, he was assigned to the Toronto Police College as the manager of the Investigative Training Section. This section is staffed by subject-matter experts in such areas as judicial hearings, interviewing, major case management, homicide, sexual assault, child abuse, financial crimes, asset forfeiture, cybercrime, drug investigations, criminal investigations, domestic violence, traffic investigations and provincial statutes. The section trains all investigators for the TPS and other external partners.