OTTAWA, Ont. — It’s a three-peat for Constable Ken Walkden of the Manitoba RCMP’s Roving Traffic Unit who was recently named the Canadian Trucking Alliance’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Interdiction Officer of the Year for the third straight year. Recipients of the award are recognized for outstanding work in detecting criminal activity utilizing commercial vehicles.
“The trucking industry is pleased to recognize the people whose job it is to help keep our highways safe,” says Canadian Trucking Alliance CEO David Bradley. “It is our privilege to work in conjunction with the law enforcement community in its efforts to fight crime on and around our highways.”
“Walkden consistenty leads the national policing community in detecting criminals traveling our highways utilizing commercial vehicles,” says Sgt. Rob Ruiters, National Pipeline/Convoy program manager. “Most notably he has seized millions worth of drugs, currency and other contraband being transported in commercial trucks across Canada. In addition to other types of criminality he has detected in commercial vehicles, he regularly instructs and shares his knowledge freely across the country with other police agencies/members.”
Walkden was selected from among his peers who were identified as being worthy of special commendation. Candidates were subject to a rigorous review of their work by superior officers who made the final selection.
Walkden was honoured this month at the 4th annual National Pipeline/Convoy Workshop/Conference in Edmonton, Alta. The purpose of the Pipeline/Convoy/Jetway program is to detect criminality on the highways.
Mayne Root, executive director Alberta Motor Transport Association and CTA vice-president (Alberta), presented the award to Walkden during the event. Walkden has been the only winner of the award since its inception in 2006.
At the same awards ceremony, Totalline Transport was recognized with the 2007 National Pipeline/Convoy Partnership Award for the company’s work in promoting cooperation between police and the trucking industry in combating criminality utilizing commercial transport equipment.
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