Here are the 2016 Quebec Police Awards recipients (click here to download the full descriptions in French OR click here to download the full descriptions in English) :
At the age of 19, he began lifting weights. At 21, he became a police officer. Four decades later, he is still lifting weights four times a week, and at 63 years of age, Maurice Dubé is still proudly wearing the badge and patrolling with all the enthusiasm of a 21-year-old.

Constable Dubé is a true career police officer, a volunteer fireman, an accomplished athlete and a native son of Quebec’s Mont-Joli region, where he still lives and works. He may have 42 years of policing under his belt, but Dubé has endless drive and enthusiasm to continue patrolling and helping the citizens that he serves and protects.

The Sûreté du Québec veteran is hyperactive, honest, humane, and he’s never sick. He’s been known to love his pizzas, and he’s been respected by three generations of delinquents. Everyone in the region knows him. In fact, Dubé is such a familiar face that he has rarely been called upon to use necessary force when making an arrest.

There is that one time when thieves were interrupted by an alarm as they were trying to rob a business and decided to escape on foot. Dubé and his partner, Const. Laflamme, decided to look for the suspects, using their flashlights to follow the footsteps — an exercise that lasted two hours, as the patient officers eventually ended up outside a house where the suspects had sought refuge. The stunned would-be robbers were shocked to have been located and surrendered without incident.

Const. Maurice Dubé is a recipient of a 2016 Quebec Police Award, not because of a particular act of bravery or a specific case, but because of his long, glorious career, dedicated to policing, his family and to his fellow citizens, and for his loyalty to his values and ideals.

It’s a cold April 11, 2016 in the town of Matagami, in Quebec’s Abitibi region, when, a mid-afternoon 911 call comes in. A woman needs help, saying she intends to kill herself. She gives her location, on the edge of the Bell River. Sûreté du Québec Const. Pier-Philip Lapointe Mailhot, the officer who receives the call, is very familiar with the river. The currents are very strong because of the nearby rapids, and ice cannot form in the spot where the woman is standing because of the strength of the currents. The only ice that has formed is on the river’s edge, and it is very thin. Lapointe Mailhot races to the scene and spots the woman, standing on a thin piece of ice near the shore, about a kilometre from where he has stopped his cruiser. The woman is too far away from the road, and the officer must now walk to reach her because his vehicle can’t go past the road.

As he walks, Lapointe Mailhot decides to call the victim on her cell phone, using the number that the 911 operator has supplied. The woman sounds confused and is uncooperative.
By the time the officer reaches the woman, she is kneeling on the ice and turns her back on him, refusing any help. With only a few metres separating her, Lapointe Mailhot sees that the ice is fragile, the current is very strong, the water is extremely cold and the woman is uncooperative. The scene is a tragedy waiting to happen.

Volunteer firefighters arrive on the scene and supply Lapointe Mailhot with a rope, which he ties around his waist, before rushing onto the thin ice and grabbing the woman by the collar of her coat and dragging her across the ice to solid ground. The woman is now safe and taken to hospital by ambulance.

Despite the potentially tragic conditions, Lapointe Mailhot never gave up and his actions saved her life. And despite her lack of cooperation, and her suicide attempt, it was clear that the victim wanted to be saved, or else she never would have made the 911 call.

For his courage and determination, Const. Pier-Philip Lapointe Mailhot is a winner of a 2016 Quebec Police Award.

On March 27, 2016, Jean Rousselle (badge #1853) of the Sûreté du Québec was enjoying an Easter brunch with his wife and son — a former Laval Police officer — at a restaurant in the town of Ste-Adèle in the Laurentians. After finishing their meal, the family made its way out the front entrance and crossed paths with off-duty SQ Constable Benoit Daoust (badge #12693) and members of his family, who were waiting to enter the restaurant.

Moments later, Daoust’s brother alerted him that a man had just collapsed near a set of stairs leading to the parking lot of the restaurant. It was, in fact, officer Rousselle, and he was in trouble. Daoust was not on duty, but because policing is a calling, it was only natural for Daoust to rush to the side of the fallen man, not realising that the life he was about to save was that of a colleague’s.

Daoust immediately jumped in and began CPR on Rousselle. He performed cardiac massage movements and continued until Rousselle began showing vital signs. Daoust continued his maneuvres until ambulance technicians arrived on the scene and attended to the victim. Once Rousselle was taken away, Daoust returned to join the members of his family.

The fact that a police officer saved the life of a colleague is only part of this story. Jean Rousselle is the father of Quebec MNA Jean Rousselle Jr., who represents the Vimont riding.

For his professionalism, his dedication and quick action in saving the life of Jean Rousselle, Const. Benoit Daoust is a proud recipient of a 2016 Quebec Police Award.

When he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police less than a decade ago, Constable Éric Pagé stood out because of his strong sense of wanting to help others and his desire to make a difference. Pagé quickly realised that he didn’t have to look very far to see people in need. All around him, he saw numerous cases of psychological distress among his peers. While carrying out his duties with the RCMP’s marine security enforcement team in Quebec City, Pagé gradually honed his skills to be in a better place to volunteer his professional help for the men and women on the frontlines facing PTSD and other personal issues.

Pagé, 33, worked on obtaining two university certificates — one from Simon Fraser University in the prevention of psychological trauma for first responders, and the second from Laval University on addiction. In following these programs, Pagé developed an expertise that now allows him to intervene among colleagues who need help, while helping them to build up their resilience and to accept their vulnerability.

His dedication to helping his peers has led to Pagé being a driving force behind La Vigile. This non-profit organization located in Quebec City was founded in2003 by Jacques-Denis Simard, and is presided by Yves Crépeau. Both men are attending the 2016 Quebec Police Awards gala, and have been supporters of this event since it was launched in 1999.
Not only does Pagé attend La Vigile’s board of directors and foundation meetings, he also uses his position as an RCMP officer to inform fellow officers about the services offered by La Vigile, and to supply therapeutic support to all police officers, regardless of the colour of the uniform. The Quebec City native has worked tirelessly to raise funds for La Vigile, through an annual golf tournament, two motorcycle rallies and from the sale of RCMP memorabilia. This officer’s dedication to the cause means that he also is involved with “Urgence Masculinité (Male Urgency)”, a program offered by the Quebec suicide prevention centre and the Canadian Organ Donors Association.

In winning a 2016 Quebec Police Award, Const. Éric Pagé exemplifies all that is good about a police officer whose spirit of commitment and empathy is focused on those who too often fall through the cracks. Frontline personnel — be it police officers, firefighters or ambulance technicians — know they can count on Pagé and La Vigile for hope and support.

Policing in a modern and democratic society requires diversity, along with specialized skills and responsibilities. The Surêté du Québec’s Yohan Morneau is a sergeant who embodies all of these things. His job is a particular one when it comes to investigations because he has the skills to get inside a criminal’s mind. That’s because Morneau is a certified criminal profiler — a rare expertise in policing, and one that has proven to be extremely invaluable to investigators of all stripes across the province.

Over the last few years, Morneau has assisted a multitude of SQ investigators, as well as several municipal police departments across the province. Each year, he is asked to work on hundreds of cases. In the course of his interventions, Morneau delivers a thick report that includes a summary of the investigation and facts, a reconstitution of events, important elements of the crime scene and a profile of the suspect. The profile usually identifies the suspect’s sex, age, personality, physical characteristics and a social and psychological assessment of the individual. “I’m usually right 85 percent of the time,” says Morneau, who, when he is not profiling criminals, teaches at Quebec’s police school in Nicolet and at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, and develops training tools for his colleagues.

Morneau is currently working on several unresolved Quebec homicide cases.

For his important and invaluable behind-the-scenes police work, Yohan Morneau is a recipient of a 2016 Quebec Police Award.

In 2009 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began an investigation into a white-collar criminal organization that orchestrated a complex scheme that would have gone unnoticed had it not been for the tireless work of two RCMP C Division members. With the case set to go to court only in 2018, it is not yet known what the final verdict will be, but 2016 Quebec Police Awards are awarded to Constable Charles Garon and civilian member Sandy Franco de Vasconcelos for their painstakingly detailed and persistent work and attention to detail, which led to charges being laid.

The investigation was extremely complex. For Garon and Franco de Vasconcelos, identifying the scheme, its players and its many layers was only the start of their complicated work. Proving what they found was even more complex. In short, the MO involved a company, receiving goods and merchandise worth $13 million, and then suddenly declaring bankruptcy two months later. Creditors then tried to retrieve their merchandise, but without success. There was no track of the stock and no trace of the transactions related to the missing merchandise. The stock disappeared, the company’s accounting records showed no evidence of any transactions, and the company now belonged to another company which belonged to a broker and their lawyer, who was bound by solicitor-client privilege.

Garon and Franco de Vasconcelos patiently and with tremendous perseverance were able to unravel the scheme, leading them to funds hidden in bank accounts in Switzerland and the Virgin Islands. One hundred and sixty witnesses and victims were interviewed to build the RCMP’s case. While the officer and civilian member were backed by a solid team, they were the leaders who brought the case to court.

On October 22, 2013 an 11-year-old girl and her parents walk into the Sûreté du Québec’s MRC du Haut St-François detachment in the Eastern Townships town of Cookshire-Eaton. They inform police officers that an unknown individual has been harassing their daughter online and asking her to pose naked in front of her computer. The police investigation that follows leads to five more local victims coming forward, and police quickly realise that they have an active child predator on their hands.

Using the SQ’s cyber-surveillance technology, Sgt. Martin Gagné obtains the suspect’s name and address. Armed with a search warrant, Gagné teams up with the SQ’s Eastern Townships’ major crimes unit and learns that the suspect is a physical education teacher at a primary school in the Sherbrooke region.

A raid at the home of the suspect results in police seizing a computer, which allows Gagné and his team of investigators to see that the suspect has been in contact with more than 100 children in the months leading up to the raid. It is at this point that the investigation takes on a more urgent twist. Police now have to identify and locate all of the victims. Soon, investigators are able to identify 62 victims from Rimouski, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Beauce and New Brunswick. One victim is identified thanks to the logo of a sweater worn by a child or from other details found in the videos kept by the suspect. SQ officers end up talking with each of the 62 identified victims. The lengthy investigation leads to 102 criminal charges laid against the suspect, who pleads guilty to all counts. Last month, the man was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

SQ Sergeants Marc André Charland, Martin Gagné, Alain Laflamme, Éric Lefebvre, Patrick Munoz and Mathieu Sirois demonstrated extreme patience, professionalism and hard work in obtaining the evidence needed to put away a child predator. And in receiving 2016 Quebec Police Awards, they are also honoured for showing their commitment to protecting innocent young victims.

On April 10, 2015 the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) received a tip about two young individuals who were showing clear signs of radicalized behaviour, and who were possibly ready to commit acts of violence. The level of urgency was so high that the RCMP launched Projet Sourd, calling on its specialized INSET team to take action.

Over the next 10 days, this 12-member team worked non-stop to identify the suspects and find out what their objectives were. The unit also looked into their contacts, where they were located, what tools and weapons they possibly might have, how they got around, what means of communication they were using, and if they were a single cell or had contacts with others. This was a complex investigation, involving warrants, which meant that officers needed to present solid evidence to judges to obtain these warrants. This meant that the RCMP had two teams working — one on the frontline to gather evidence and one behind the scenes that prepared the warrants and sorted out the evidence. In all, more than 30 warrants were issued, resulting in the arrest of two suspects, who were caught before they could commit their crimes. At the moment of their arrest, the suspects were nabbed in possession of bomb-making materials and were allegedly prepared to join a foreign terrorist organization and commit terrorist acts on Canadian soil.

For their outstanding work, their sense of urgency, and for their dedication to protecting the lives of Canadians, the following RCMP members are honoured with 2016 Quebec Police Awards: Team leader Sgt. Marie Eve Lavallée, Sgt. Mathieu Doyon, Cpl. Pascal Hébert, Cpl. Vincent Roy, Cpl. Denis Venne, Constables Jude Martine Louisma, Keven Rouleau, Maryse Robert, Olivier Brouillard, Jean-Sébastien Petit, Tarek Mokdad, and civilian member Geneviève Coulombe.