Two Abbotsford police officers who were instrumental in producing a documentary that addresses the risks of ecstasy use have been honoured with an award from the provincial government.
Const. Carrie Durocher and Const. John Davidson were among the recipients of the Ministry of Justice’s Community and Safety Crime Prevention Awards presented on Friday, Nov. 2.
They received the Wael T. Audi Youth Policing Award, honouring officers who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to working with youth in their communities.
The pair created the 18-minute “Operation X” documentary that addresses the ecstasy-related deaths of two Abbotsford youths – 17-year-old Cheryl McCormack and 20-year-old Tyler Miller.
The film includes interviews with Cheryl’s and Tyler’s family and friends, and was shown at 15 schools in the three weeks leading up to the end of the 2011-12 school year.
It was also posted online, and DVD copies were made available to the public.
Durocher and Davidson began working on the project in March 2012, often on their own time. Their work included identifying a production company, creating a script, coordinating volunteers, arranging interviews, editing the film, and screening it.
The crime prevention awards are presented annually as part of Crime Prevention Week.