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A photo collage of police officers at a gala dinner

2017 Police Appreciation Night

You're invited to the 25th Police Appreciation Night!
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Paramount Conference Event Venue
222 Rowntree Dairy Road, Woodbridge

Reception: 5 p.m. 
Dinner: 6 p.m. 

Price: $150 per person or $1,200 for a table of eight
Corporate Sponsor Price: $2,500 - includes a table of eight at a prime location and a $1,300 donation


The Police Appreciation Night Dinner began 24 years ago when five local businessmen approached the Chief of the day with the idea of an annual fundraising event which would also showcase York Regional Police and its members.

More than $2.5 million has been raised over the past 24 years, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and attendess. 

Some of the items funded include:

  • Memorial recognition markers
  • A marine vessel
  • All-terrain vehicles/trailer
  • Bicyles
  • Snowmobiles
  • Radar recorder units
  • Bear Care child victims program
  • Helicopter
  • York Regional Police Memorial Wall
  • Crime Stoppers Tip Fund
  • Police Service Dogs
  • Safety Village - outdoor equipment (BBQ, tables and Chairs), Playing Fields, Leo McArthur Youth Leadership Camp, Accessible Playground Equipment,
  • Hockey Card Program
  • Sea-Doos

To view founding members click here.


The Mission of the Police Appreciation Organizing Committee is to support the mandate of York Regional Police by organizing and conducting an event or events that will encourage public support of York Regional Police and raise money to fund police programs and equipment.

Highlights of the Annual Police Appreciation Night Dinner

Chief for a Day

Each year, the York Regional Police Appreciation Dinner Committee and the Richmond Hill and Markham Business Association sponsors an essay contest based on policing in partnership with the York Region Boards of Education. This year, five finalists from the York Catholic District School Board will be chosen to present their essays to a judging panel and the winner is named Chief for a Day. The Chief-for-a-Day is outfitted with a specially-made uniform, given a tour of police facilities and units across the region and presents the winning essay to the more than one thousand guests at the dinner.

Annual Dinner

The annual dinner also highlights the good work being done each and every day by members of York Regional Police. Awards include the Police Officer of the Year, in the following categories: Garrett Styles Bravery in the Line of Duty, Rob Plunkett Outstanding Service to the Community, Excellence in Policing. Also presented annually are the Herbert H. Carnegie Award and the Leo McArthur Civilian Recognition. Video re-enactments of events leading to each accomplishment are presented as part of the program. 

2017 Organizing Committee Members

Co-Chairs: Eric Tappenden and Derek Sifton

Members: Desiree Amato, Lina Bigioni, David Blackwell, Charles Burns, Michael Burns, Deputy Chief Thomas Carrique, Scott Cole, Deputy Chief Andre Crawford, John Dunlap, Drew Gerrard, Susan LaRosa, Paul Martin, Blair McArthur, J. Phillip Parappally, Patricia Preston, Dem Rogers, Kelly Sinclair, Scott Smith, and Daisy Wai