The John Petropoulos Leadership Award is expanding!

The award – a collaboration between the JPMF and the Calgary Police Service (CPS) – is given on an annual basis to a member from District 6, where Const. John Petropoulos worked as a police officer.

It recognizes a constable who displays those attributes that John himself demonstrated – integrity, dedication to police work, commitment to excellence, courage and honour. The award includes a cash prize and a stay at the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis. The prize offers an opportunity for the award recipient to enjoy a getaway with loved ones and hopefully leave the stresses of police work behind for a few days.

Calgary Police Service Const. Karen MacLeod receives the 2014 District 6 John Petropoulos Leadership Award from Acting Staff Sgt. Kevin McNally.
Calgary Police Service Const. Karen MacLeod receives the 2014 District 6 John Petropoulos Leadership Award from Acting Staff Sgt. Kevin McNally.

The District 6 John Petropoulos Leadership Award winner for 2014 is Const. Karen MacLeod.

We are also pleased to announce that the award is now being offered in District 1 too. The inaugural winner of the District 1 John Petropoulos Leadership Award is Const. Julia Howe.

“Congratulations to the winners in both districts,” said JPMF Managing Director Ian Wilson. “And thank you to the Calgary Police Service for making the award a priority and providing an opportunity to preserve the legacy of Constable John Petropoulos. We are proud to partner with CPS on this initiative.”


In addition to the John Petropoulos Leadership Awards, the JPMF also handed out the John Petropoulos Memorial Scholarship at Mount Royal University (MRU) recently.

The winner of this year’s scholarship is Sebastian Fox, the vice-president of MRU Criminal Justice Students United.

“The scholarship was a motivation for me to continue to work as hard as I can in my field. It feels good to be recognized for my efforts and I have you to thank for that,” said Fox.

“I am also very proud to have received this particular scholarship. As a criminal justice student, I feel honoured to know Constable Petropoulos’ story and now whenever someone asks me about the scholarship I make sure to tell them and stress the importance that we as a community work together to make our environment safe, to protect those that are protecting us. Constable Petropoulos’ death was a tragedy but his sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

John Petropoulos obtained his diploma in criminology from Mount Royal before becoming a Calgary Police Service constable in 1996.

The John Petropoulos Memorial Scholarship awards $1,000 annually to a criminal justice student at MRU. It is awarded based on academic merit and community involvement.


If you would like to support the John Petropoulos Leadership Award or the John Petropoulos Memorial Scholarship, you can donate online and select the initiative you’d like to contribute to. Alternatively, you can mail a cheque or an in-kind donation to us at #347, 440 – 10816 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB, T2J 5N8.

The JPMF is a registered Canadian charity and charitable tax receipts are available.