The Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police is proud to present
Staff Sergeant Bradley Hazelwanter of the Saskatoon Police Service
Staff Sergeant Hazelwanter began his policing career with the Saskatoon Police Service in 1985. During the past 28 years, he has worked in a variety of roles including Patrol, Traffic, Drugs, and Recruiting. In 2012, Brad was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and assigned to manage the General Investigations Section (GIS).
Traditionally, the GIS Staff Sergeant simply managed files, assigned time off, and did a variety of office duties. Staff Sergeant Hazelwanter revolutionized the way business was done in GIS by taking a major leadership role and implementing a team approach to investigations. In the past, investigators worked on their own files independently. With Brad's leadership, they began working as a group and brainstormed difficult files. Officers were assigned the role of lead investigator bearing in mind their level of competency for each particular investigation. The Section experienced a phenomenal increase in obtaining confessions due to the investigators' targeted, team approach.
This improved business model led to an unprecedented high number of files cleared by charge including:
- A $177,000 theft from the Conexus Credit Union;
- A series of thefts involving copper wire and other valuable metals; and
- The fencing of stolen property at local pawn shops.
Staff Sergeant Hazelwanter demonstrated innovation and consistent leadership skills to develop investigative expertise, special qualifications, creative thinking, teamwork and excellence in policing.
The Saskatchewan Chiefs of Police is proud to recognize Staff Sergeant Hazelwanter with the Leadership Award.
Chief Troy Hagen
President, Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police