IODE Ontario Police Community Relations Award
Living in Ontario, one cannot but notice the black and white vehicles with the familiar OPP logo. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is present in more than 375 municipalities whether patrolling any of the more that 128,000 roads or on lakes in cottage country. In the course of their duties, officers speak to students and community members on safety, security, drug prevention, homelessness and many other subjects. When we think of the women and men of our Provincial Police Service, we think of those we see in uniforms on a daily basis, but the Constables and Officers are much more than law enforcers.
Provincial Constable Elana Durtnall joined the Ontario Provincial Police in August 2017 and began her career working general law enforcement duties at the Orillia Detachment. She transferred to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment in November 2020, and she has been working in the Community Safety Officer/School Officer position since October 2021. Elana communicates effectively to build trust and confidence in policing with community partners and key stakeholders. She has successfully immersed herself in the community where she works and resides, both on and off duty, by promoting and improving programming with local schools, groups and committees. This has been especially important in breaking down barriers and building trust with local youth. She creates opportunities for them to build healthier and more resilient lifestyles by focusing on social inclusion.
Elana is a self-reliant and task-oriented woman. Her passion for helping others extends well beyond her regular working hours by volunteering on her own time while simultaneously raising a young family. Elana is described by her immediate supervisor as “one of the most thoughtful officers I have ever worked with. She cares about the people in our community and will always put 110% into anything that she is working on.”
In 2017, Elana was recognized by the Midland Rotary Club as one of the founding members of a local Rotaract Club, which focuses on bringing people aged eighteen and older together, to share ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and to have fun through service. Elana has organized many community initiatives including: