Sergeant Barry Best, a 32-year veteran of the CBRPS, is the first African Nova Scotian to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant within the police service. Born and raised in Whitney Pier, he continues to be an active member of his home community. Sgt. Best currently sits on the Board of Directors at the Whitney Pier Boys & Girls Club and also previously mentored in that community through the Whitney Pier memorial Jr. High School Advisory Committee, as an Instructor with the Whitney Pier Air Cadets and as a member of the Planning Committee for the Campy Crawford / Jonathan Skeete Memorial Baseball Tournament and Fun Run. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors for the Second Chance Society and serves as Aide de Camp for the Lt. Governor of Nova Scotia, a position he’s held with honour since 2006. In 2012, Sgt. Best was presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Also born and raised in Whitney Pier, Constable Bradley Burke has been serving with the CBRPS for 27 years, where he currently mentors youth through his role as a School Liaison Officer. Constable Burke is known for his mediation skills and has established a number of support programs and social activities for youth in the schools where he works. He has always been drawn to work that focuses on community or youth, including: the Whitney Pier Air Cadets; Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Whitney Pier Youth Club, the Canada Games, Safe Grad, the Sydney Academy School Advisory Committee and the Sherwood Park School Plus Anger management Committee. Constable Burke is Chair of the Campy Crawford / Jonathan Skeete Memorial Baseball Tournament Committee, an event he started in 2003, to honour and show respect for two gentlemen he considers his mentors and family. He is a strong advocate for black culture and history in the community. Constable Burke also served as an Honourary Aide de Campe to the Lt. Governor of Nova Scotia for 5 years and was presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
“Sergeant Best and Constable Burke are living examples of the legacy that Campy Crawford left in the community,” said Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac. “It is a great pleasure to present this award to two individuals who demonstrate the core values Campy instilled in policing, and in the community as role models for today’s youth.”
Established by the CBRPS in honour and memory of “Campy” after his passing in 2003, the award is presented annually to a recipient who exemplifies leadership and commitment to justice, fairness, volunteerism, sportsmanship and equality in the community, as selected by a committee with representation from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, the CBU Human Rights Office, the CBRM Diversity Office and the CBRPS. A longtime resident of Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia, “Campy” was well-known and respected by the community. He exemplified fair play and teamwork, and was a role model to many, always mindful of fairness, equality and a commitment to justice. “Campy” joined the Sydney Police Service in 1964, becoming the first black municipal police officer in Nova Scotia and east of Montreal.
The 2015 Campy Crawford Award presentation will take place at the 15th Annual Harmony Breakfast, hosted by the Cape Breton University Human Rights Office, CBRM Diversity Office, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and Cape Breton Regional Police Service at the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment – Friday, April 10th at 8:00 AM.