Saugeen Shores Police Services Board recognize officers for service

Saugeen Shores Police Services Board holds regular meetings with some more special than others when officers are recognized for their years of service.

On Wednesday, April 3rd (2024), there were two special recognitions.

Paul Vitez, Auxiliary Sergeant, was recognized for his many years of dedicated service.

“We thank Paul for his dedication to our Police Service Auxiliary Program,” said Chief Kevin Zettel. “He  began as a Community Watch member in 2012, and then took on the responsibility of jail guard with the Saugeen Shores Police Service in 2013.  In July of 2015, Paul became a member of the Auxiliary deployment assisting with community events and patrol.”

The Chief went to add that Paul’s duties increased in September of 2020 when he was the successful applicant for a part-time Special Constable position.

Vitez however, has made the difficult decision to resign from the Auxiliary Program, as his full-time job and personal obligations leave little time for the Auxiliary position.

Police Services Board Chair, Saugeen Shores Deputy Mayor Diane Huber, explained that most countries have, as part of their honour system, some form of official award to tangibly express national gratitude for long and commendable service, particularly in fields of endeavour involving potential risk.

“Canada’s Exemplary Service Medals recognize the men and women dedicated to preserving Canada’s public safety through long and outstanding service,” said Huber.

The Police Exemplary Service Medal, created on August 12, 1983, recognizes police officers who have served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency. Recipients must have completed 20 years of full-time service with one or more recognized Canadian police forces.

Jeremy Mighton began his policing career with the Guelph Police Service in January of 2003.  In October of 2006, Jeremy transferred to the Hanover Police Service, and in 2011, continued his career with the Saugeen Shores Police Service. Mighton has risen through the ranks, spending time in the Criminal Investigations Unit before being promoted to Sergeant, and then promoted to Inspector in 2020.

“Jeremy is a dedicated member of the Saugeen Shores Police Service, and exemplifies the attributes of valuable team member by leading by example and promoting positive working relationships though his management,” said Chair Huber. “His dedication and commitment is appreciated, and the honour of a 20-year exemplary medal is very deserving.”

Congratulation Inspector Jeremy Mighton, and thank you for your years of dedicated service to the Saugeen Shores Police Service and community.