Congratulations to Southern Georgian Bay Detachment OPP Provincial Constable Debra Brown for being nominated twice for a 2021 Police Association of Ontario Police Hero of the Year Award. 

The first nomination is posted on the PAO website and is copied below.

OPP Officer Debra Brown has been in my life since the age of 15. Throughout that time, she taught me so many important life lessons. When I was younger, I was in a bad way, but she changed that forever. Now as a Policing student, she is my biggest role model, along with many others. She has 20+ years on the job. She started with Midland Police Service, moved onto APS, and is now with OPP. She has done so many things for the community around Midland, Penetanguishene, and Christian Island. She is a true hero without a cape.

She mentors many young people, including myself. She goes out of her way to go above and beyond her job. I’ve seen her work 22 hours during a 12 hour shift just so she can make sure the problem someone is having will be ok. She has stayed at the hospital all night, way past her shift’s end time, just so she can make sure that person is ok and has a safe way home. She’s seen many horrible things done to people that no one knows of, not even me, but I know she’s seen a lot. But to this day, she’s stayed humble.

The first thing she ever said to me was “I believe in you”. Not very many people believe in people, but she truly does. She puts blood, sweat and tears into this job. So many people in the community look up to her. If anyone deserves this, it’s Debra. She truly is a hero. She goes so above and beyond with her job. It’s her life, it’s not just a job. She takes her title seriously. She saves peoples lives everyday. She’s the best Officer anyone will ever meet. She’s my hero, and a hero to many people she helps. She’s a true hero.

The second nomination is posted on the Police Association of Ontario website, and is reposted here: 

OPP Cst Debra Brown always puts people first. In her many years as a police constable in the different polices services she’s worked for, the only thing that changes is the patch she wears. Her commitment to the communities she polices and the people in them is inspiring. Her heart is big and she always places her all and mite into those she is called to assist. Never backing down until she has done all she possibly can to help someone else. Having the opportunity to work with Cst Brown and being such a good friend, I’ve observed this first hand. She is deserving of this award and so much more.