April 13, 2016 marked the 17th Annual Salute to Laudable Londoners. The London Hunt & Country Club welcomed us once again to host over 120 guests to recognize Murray Faulkner for his contributions to the community.
Murray Faulkner was appointed to the London Police Service as a Police Constable in February of 1975 and has served in various areas of the Service, including: Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigation, Traffic and Community Services, and Media Relations. He was officially sworn in as Chief of Police on April 2, 2004.
Chief Faulkner was inducted to the Police Order of Merit as an Officer at Rideau Hall by the Governor General, and in 2009 was recognized with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police highest recognition: the President’s Award of Merit.
Chief Faulkner has been the recipient of a number of awards, including:
- The Order of St. John’s of Jerusalem (2000)
- Helen Keller Fellowship from Lions International (2005)
- Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of London (2008)
- International Torch Run Distinguished Service Award for his commitment to Special Olympics (2010)
- Queens Jubilee Medal for volunteer work (2012)
- William Bowman Award for commitment, volunteerism and philanthropic support and service to the YMCA of Western Ontario (2015)
In July of 2010, Chief Faulkner retired from the London Police Service but continued to serve the greater community. Chief Faulkner serves, or has served, on many boards including:
- The London Family Court Clinic
- Family Service London
- Canadian Cancer Society
- St. Joseph’s Health Care and St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Boards
- Fanshawe Pioneer Village
- YMCA of Western Ontario and YMCA Foundation Boards
- London Community Foundation (Granting and Leadership Development committees)
- National Board of Directors for Special Olympics Canada
Chief Faulkner is the past Chair of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and was on the International Association of Chiefs of Police Torch Run for Special Olympics. In 2009, he was inducted into the Special Olympics Ontario Hall of Fame, and in 2011, Special Olympics London named the “Sportsperson of the Year Award” after him and recognized him as the first-ever “FAN of the Year” of Special Olympics.
In 2007, he chaired the United Way Campaign for London and Middlesex County, and continued to serve as Chair of United Way Leadership Giving for 2008 and 2009. He still stays active with United Way of London and Middlesex and sits on the Resource Development committee and continues to give Leadership speeches.
As a commitment to our Canadian military he was appointed in 2012 by the Governor General of Canada and the Minister of National Defense as the Honorary Lt. Colonel of 31 Service Battalion which is located in multiple locations throughout Ontario. (Hamilton, London, Windsor, and Sault St. Marie) In 2016, he will be appointed Colonel of 31 Service Battalion.
Chief Faulkner has supported education by sitting on the Fanshawe College Capital Campaign committee in its goal to raise one hundred million dollars and late 2012 he agreed to act as the first Christmas Kettle Champion for the Salvation Army and helped raise over $500,000.00. He has also accepted the same position in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
In 2014 his family, (Wife Lynda and daughter Danielle, who are both teachers) through the help of London Community Foundation, set up “The Faulkner Family Foundation” in support of Adult Literacy in London. This is an area that connected Policing and Education.