The Brandon Police Service is being recognized for its work supporting the Manitoba Special Olympics.
Const. Myran Hamm accepted the 2020-21 Manitoba Law Enforcement Torch Run Guardians of the Flame award on Monday, recognizing both BPS’ and his work with the Manitoba Special Olympics.
Hamm represented Manitoba at the Special Olympic National Winter Games in Thunder Bay in February 2020, right before the pandemic.
He did the final leg of the torch run to help carry the Flame of Hope into the opening ceremony for the games and recorded vlogs of the event.
Hamm said he became involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run when he first joined the police service.
"It’s something that’s very enjoyable, it keeps me coming back every year because the interaction with the athletes is the most rewarding part — that positive energy," he said.
Hamm also organized BPS’ polar plunge, where officers volunteered to freeze for a reason to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics.
"It’s important to let not only Special Olympic athletes but the general public see us as people and see another side of us than just enforcing laws. We are part of the community and we care about the people we serve," he said.
"I want people here to feel safe and I want people — including the athletes — to be able to approach the police if they need us for help and need us for assistance."
The polar plunge for the Special Olympics is set to return in the new year, he said, and will be virtual again.
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