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Larry Baxter - 2014 respect. Award Winner

Larry Baxter- respect. Award Winner PhotoIt takes courage to stand up for what you believe in and fight for the rights of others. It takes a champion and a leader to act on it.

The City of Thunder Bay’s 2014 respect. Award was presented to Larry Baxter, Constable with the Thunder Bay Police Service. As the Cultural Diversity Officer in the Aboriginal Liaison Unit, Constable Baxter has played a crucial role in building bridges within our community.

The respect. Award is an annual award that recognizes an individual, business or organization that promotes the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that recognize the importance of human dignity, and demonstrates leadership to foster respect for others.

Constable Baxter’s concern about hate and bias-motivated crime in Thunder Bay led to his appointment as the Hate Crime Officer for the Thunder Bay Police Service. In this capacity, Constable Baxter felt a responsibility to listen to the victims; he offered needed support and ensured that each incident was thoroughly investigated. He was instrumental in researching the issues and educating the community and officers about the facts and issues regarding hate and bias-motivated crimes. His dedication to making a change has been unwavering. He is a strong advocate for community and police service training in cultural awareness.

Constable Baxter has been an active member of Diversity Thunder Bay, the Hate Crimes Awareness Committee and the Community Cup Hockey Tournament, which brings Aboriginal youth and police officers together to help break down barriers and stereotypes, and encourage positive choices for youth.

As Constable Baxter moves on to uniform patrol duties, this award is a timely recognition of his dedication, hard work and commitment to making Thunder Bay a safer, more inclusive community, and exemplifying the foundations of the respect. Initiative.

The respect. Award is sponsored by Diversity Thunder Bay.