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A collage of police officers receiving awards

2018 Police Appreciation Night

You're invited to the 26th Police Appreciation Night!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Paramount Eventspace
222 Rowntree Dairy Road, City of Vaughan

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

For more information, email Desiree Amato at

To purchase tickets online, click here.


The Police Appreciation Night Dinner began 26 years ago when five local businessmen approached the Chief of Police of the day with the idea of an annual fundraising event which would also showcase York Regional Police and its members.

More than $2.7 million has been raised over the past 26 years, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and attendees. 

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
  • Personal watercraft for the Marine Unit

To view founding members click here.


The mission of the Police Appreciation Night 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 the service and raise money to fund police programs and equipment.

Highlights of the Annual Police Appreciation Night Dinner

Chief of Police for a Day

Each year, the York Regional Police Appreciation Night organizing committee and the Markham . Richmond Hill . Vaughan Chinese 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 Region District School Board will be chosen to present their essays to a judging panel and the winner is named Chief of Police for a Day. The Chief of Police 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 1,000 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 Excellence in Policing, Garrett Styles Bravery in the Line of Duty and Rob Plunkett Outstanding Service to the Community. Also presented annually are the Herbert H. Carnegie and the Leo McArthur Civilian Recognition awards. Video re-enactments of events leading to each accomplishment are presented as part of the program. 

2018 Organizing Committee Members

Co-chairs: Derek Sifton and Eric Tappenden

Members: Desiree Amato, Lina Bigioni, David Blackwell, Charles Burns, Michael Burns, Thomas Carrique, Scott Cole, Andre Crawford, John Dunlap, Drew Gerrard, Susan LaRosa, Paul Martin, Blair McArthur, Dem Rogers, Kelly Sinclair, Louise Sirisko, Scott Smith and Daisy Wai