Waterloo Regional Police Constable Named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Posted on Friday February 08, 2019

When asked why he enjoys being a police officer, Detective Constable Jason Murray doesn’t hesitate.

“I want to help my community,” he says.

“I want to help administer justice and provide support to victims of crime.”

Recently, Constable Murray was awarded for doing just that.

During a banquet in Mississauga, the 12-year-member was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI).

The honour recognizes Constable Murray’s ongoing work in loss prevention and merchandise recovery.

In particular, the award acknowledges an initiative Constable Murray began in 2013, which resulted in a unique partnership being formed between police and retail stakeholders throughout Waterloo Region.

The goal of the initiative was to circulate closed circuit television images of unknown fraud and shoplifting suspects to frontline Loss Prevention Officers in order to increase the likelihood of identifying suspects.

Since its inception, this initiative has grown from 14 police and retail stakeholders to more than 90. It has resulted in the identification of 205 previously unknown criminals and more than 120 criminal charges.

One investigation to note occurred in 2016, when Constable Murray received information that an unknown male was attempting to return merchandise to a Kitchener store. The male had been recognized by staff members as a person of interest in a series of fraudulent returns to stores in Kitchener and throughout Ontario.

Through combined efforts from the Waterloo Regional Police Service and the grocery store, the male was identified. It was determined that the male had been using forged purchase receipts in order to return merchandise to various stores. In total, Constable Murray noted 51 incidents across 29 different municipalities in Ontario. Further investigation revealed that the male had created a sophisticated mobile fraud laboratory and was in possession of numerous pieces of forged identity documents. The male was arrested and charged with several offences.

Constable Murray says this initiative is a great example of what can happen when “the public and private sectors cooperate together in order to combat and solve crime.”

The award, he says, belongs to every member of the Fraud Unit who work together each and every day to assist victims of crime.

“It’s really representative of the great work that all members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service do on a daily basis,” he says. “It’s a great reminder of the care and quality of work we undertake to make our community safer for all residents.”

And, he adds, “it’s great to be acknowledged with an award for working in a career I already love – policing.”

Thanks to you, Constable Murray, and to all members of the Fraud Unit, for going Above and Beyond.




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