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Nominations Are Now Being Accepted for the 2014 Canadian Banks' Law Enforcement Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 01/29/14 -- The Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Canadian Banks' Law Enforcement Award (CBLEA), which recognizes outstanding police work in fighting financial crime against Canada's banks and their customers. This year's awards will be presented at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Victoria, British Columbia on August 26, 2014.

Jointly sponsored by the Canadian Bankers Association and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the CBLEA program was launched in 1972 to recognize meritorious police action by individual officers in combatting bank-related crime. The CBLEA program has honoured 226 officers to date.

"It is always a great pleasure to present this award as it allows us to recognize officers who have shown extraordinary courage and ingenuity when investigating financial crimes," said William J. Crate, Director, Security & Intelligence at the Canadian Bankers Association. "The banking industry works closely with police services across the country to help ensure banks in Canada, and their customers and employees, are safe and secure."

Nominations from banks and Canadian law enforcement agencies will be accepted by the CBA until April 30, 2014.

Eligibility

All active (at the time of the incident) law enforcement officers considered to have exhibited outstanding bravery, detective ability or other noteworthy achievements in investigations involving banks in Canada are eligible to receive the award. Other criteria that are considered are:

--  Exceptional bravery, a degree of resourcefulness or an individual
    knowingly putting themselves at risk protecting bank employees,
    customers or bank property.  
    
--  Investigations involving unusual obstacles, extenuating circumstances,
    or personal sacrifice. 
    

Additional information about the nomination process and eligibility, as well as a list of past award recipients, can be found on the CBA website at www.cba.ca/award.

Nominations from CBA member banks and Canadian law enforcement agencies should be submitted by electronic form http://bit.ly/USrsOF or by e-mail to: [email protected].

About the Canadian Bankers Association

The Canadian Bankers Association works on behalf of 59 domestic banks, foreign bank subsidiaries and foreign bank branches operating in Canada and their 275,000 employees. The CBA advocates for effective public policies that contribute to a sound, successful banking system that benefits Canadians and Canada's economy. The Association also promotes financial literacy to help Canadians make informed financial decisions and works with banks and law enforcement to help protect customers against financial crime and promote fraud awareness. www.cba.ca

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Contacts:
Kate Payne
Canadian Bankers Association
(416) 362-6093, ext. 219
Cell: (416) 587-7733
[email protected]

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