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NWPD Members Honoured

New Westminster – The NWPD would like to congratulate Constables Sean Hackman, Daryl Newman, and Adam Hohmann, who were recognized on November 19th at Government House in Victoria at B.C.’s 34th Annual Police Honours Night.

These officers were awarded for their bravery after a high risk event unfolded on August 14th 2014 at approximately 7:00pm. They, along with other officers of the NWPD, responded to a domestic disturbance call where a male was armed with a knife. The attending officers spoke with the armed male who was on the back porch of the residence. The male advanced towards the officers, and a Conducted Energy Weapon was deployed, however, the male was still able to use the knife to slice his own throat.The officers immediately provided first aid in an effort to save the individuals life.He was transported to hospital by B.C. Ambulance where he received medical attention for his wound.

Christopher Lindsey Gilkin, a 28 year-old New Westminster resident, was charged and convicted of:

 1. Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace – Section 88 (1) of the Criminal Code

 2. Disobeying a court order – Section 127(1) of the Criminal Code

Mr. Gilkin was sentenced to probation, and of his many court imposed conditions, he was ordered to write a letter of thanks to the police officers who saved his life.

Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon and Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton presented these NWPD officers with Meritorious Service Honours. “The depth of commitment, clear-headedness and skill demonstrated by these officers – in perilous moments, and over longer periods of service – are examples to their colleagues and those who aspire to policing and other first responder roles,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton during the ceremony, “Officers like these directly contribute so much to the safety of our communities, and their accomplishments are worthy of recognition and celebration.”