Blue Line Magazine Inc.

March 24, 2011 15:25 ET

2010 Police Leaders of the Year

Blue Line Magazine selects Police Leadership Award recipient

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, News Editor MARKHAM ON MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - John Harris, a 38-year veteran of the Hamilton Police Service, is being recognized with the Blue Line Police Leadership Award.

"The award recognizes and encourages a standard of excellence exemplifying 'Leadership as an Activity, not a Position,' and pride in service to the public," said Blue Line Magazine Publisher Morley Lymburner.

"Its goal is to increase the effectiveness, influence and quality of Canadian police situational leadership from both an organizational and community perspective."

Harris epitomizes the best qualities of leadership in police work, the judges concluded. "He has overcome physical adversity with an admirable tenacity and has demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities to his co-workers and community throughout his career," said Lymburner.

"Sergeant John Harris is without equal as a supervisor," wrote Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire. "He is equally a mentor, sympathetic listener, task-master and supporter.... his squad members consider him a co-worker... and he is the quintessential 'cops' cop."

A former Hamilton Tiger Cats defensive end, Harris began his police career after an ankle break ended his football career. He currently heads a 35 officer platoon in downtown Hamilton and previously worked in criminal intelligence, patrol and investigating biker gangs.


The Police Leadership Award was presented from 1999 until 2005 by the Canadian Police Leadership Forum. Blue Line took up the challenge this year with a Canada-wide search for candidates.


Coordinated by former Peel Regional Police Chief Robert Lunney, the judging panel includes Kingston Police Chief (Ret.) William Closs, York Regional Police Chief (Ret.) Armand LeBarge, Atlantic Police Academy Director Edgar MacLeod and RCMP Dep. Commissioner (Ret.) Roy Berlinquette.

Sgt. Harris will be presented the award at a special ceremony April 26, 2011 at 4 PM in conjunction with the Blue Line Trade Show at the LeParc Conference Centre, 8432 Leslie St., Markham Ont. /For further information: WEB SITE:

Second contact person:
Catherine Martin
Hamilton Police Service • 905 546-4764

Contact Information

  • Morley Lymburner, Publisher, Blue Line Magazine
    Primary Phone: 905-640-3048
    Secondary Phone: 905-546-4764