Local officer among crime prevention award recipients



GUYSBOROUGH – The province paid tribute to those who prevent crime and make Nova Scotia communities safer with the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention on March 9. The three winners of the policing award included Const. Nathan Sparks of the Guysborough RCMP detachment. Const. Sparks championed a hybrid hub model for youth intervention in Guysborough County, which has been instrumental in helping troubled youth before they end up in court.

The ceremony recognized 11 individuals and organizations who developed partnerships and programs that address root causes of crime, provided leadership in the community, and supported others in their efforts to make our communities safer.

“I am inspired by the depth of recipients’ commitment to bettering their communities,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “They are putting their heart and soul into their work, and it’s making an impact.

“I’m always impressed by the willingness of all parties to change tactics, to try new things, and to work together to support at-risk youth and those in conflict with the law.”

Constable Nathan Sparks is described as a leader among his peers in Guysborough and “the heart of community policing initiatives” in the area, according to a statement about the winners. He helps citizens to feel safe in their communities and forges positive relationships with community partners, particularly youth. He also makes sure police officers are frequent visitors to all schools in the community, even if there is considerable distance between them.

This is the seventh year the awards have been handed out.