CCO Awards 2017: Outstanding Graduate in Business

George Hebblethwaite
triOS College Business Technology Healthcare
George Hebblethwaite had 33 years’ experience in policing. His career in the OPP began in July, 1977, and he served in a total of seven different locations throughout the province: from remote postings in northern Ontario to general law enforcement in south-central Ontario, to traffic duties in the Greater Toronto Area.  He also worked at General Headquarters for 4 years and was the OPP’s Senior Recruitment Officer, travelling the province conducting written examinations, physical fitness testing and personal one-on-one interviews of police applicants.  In total, George interviewed over 1,200 candidates and recommended nearly 200 for hire.
As a supervisor/manager for the majority of his career with the OPP, he acquired significant leadership skills and training in front-line and mid-management positions. Some of the highlights include 9 years acting as the Team Leader of an Emergency Response Team (tactical unit) and 12 months deployment with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo.
George, retired from the OPP in early 2011 but continued to work as a sworn police officer on a part-time basis with the West Grey Police and Hanover Police services.
In May of 2014, George was working a night shift in the Town of Hanover when he confronted a theft suspect in a local parking lot.  A foot chase ensued and during the take-down and arrest, he sustained a serious fracture to his left leg. Following two operations and nine days in a London hospital, he spent the next three months on a hospital bed at his home.  Rehabilitation started in September and he was determined to return to policing because he wanted to leave the policing profession on his own terms, not because of an injury.  Unfortunately, after six months of physiotherapy it became apparent that he would never be able to work as a police officer again. 
As a result, he turned his mind to another line of work and chose to continue in the legal environment by obtaining his Paralegal license.  Thankfully, triOS College had a campus in Kitchener and he enrolled in the Paralegal program in May of 2015, somewhat apprehensive of what to expect having been away from full-time studies for decades. George was committed to do his best and with the guidance and support of his instructors and fellow students, he graduated with honours in 2016 with a 97% average. 
George passed the Paralegal licensing exam in October, 2016, and was subsequently issued his P1 License by the Law Society of Upper Canada on December 12th, 2016. On January 13th, 2017, he was retained by the Region of Waterloo Prosecutor’s Office on a ‘per diem’ basis. On the 23rd of January 2017, George took the ‘Oath of Office / Municipal Prosecutor’ for the Province of Ontario, administered by the Regional Senior Justice of the Peace.  Obtaining this employment as a newly licensed paralegal is almost unheard of and is a testament to his academic achievements at triOS and the transferable skills he acquired in his policing career.



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