BY KELLY ROCHE
A pair of Peel Regional Police officers were honoured in Ottawa at Rideau Hall Friday.
Deputy Chief David Jarvis and Staff Supt. Randy Patrick were invested as Members of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by Governor General David Johnston, recognizing their significant contributions to policing in Canada.
Since 1980, Jarvis has worked in various units including the criminal investigation bureau and homicide and missing persons.
That’s where he was instrumental in solving the 1999 Nancy Kidd case in which the Brampton TD bank teller was killed.
In addition, he was part of a group of officers who implemented changes following serial killer Paul Bernardo’s trial.
“Dave’s visionary approach and practical application resulted in many positive changes in the way major case management was designed for Ontario police services,” said Police Chief Jennifer Evans, who nominated him.
Meanwhile, Patrick is already known in Bytown as the founder of the National Peace Officers Memorial Run, an annual event honouring fallen officers since 2005.
Patrick also joined Peel in 1980. Among his accomplishments: putting forward the idea of a dedicated break and enter squad, which still exists today.
The Order, created in 2000, honoured more than 50 recipients Friday.