2018 York Regional Police Honouree
A Superintendent with the York Regional Police (YRP) and officer in charge of #5 District overseeing the City of Markham and Town of Whitchurch Stouffville, Fred Moffatt has worked with YRP since 1985. Married to Melanie, a now retired police officer, they’re blessed with four grown children and one grandchild.
Through twenty-five years of volunteer coaching in various youth sports for girls and boys, both at competitive and house league levels, Fred easily identifies with the cause of the Special Olympics. As such, he’s been deeply involved in organizing and raising funds for the Ontario Games and Law Enforcement Torch Run, and more. Watching athletes enter Opening Ceremonies, participate in their sport, and run with police officers in the annual Torch Run has brought Fred much joy.
Other highlights include emceeing for softball medal presentations at the 2013 Ontario Games in Richmond Hill, and chairing events for the yearly Cops for Cancer Campaign in York Region which supports the Canadian Cancer Society (one of Fred’s chosen charities). In 2017, Fred submitted an entry in their annual Pulled Pork competition, and his recipe was selected as Crowd Favourite.
Fred often uses the phrase, “Onward and Upward,” in his fundraising efforts and believes in taking time to give to those who are in need.
As a police officer, Fred knows the value of understanding and helping the people they serve. Led by a Chief of Police who considers community as the most important part of their job, Fred warmly embraces Markham’s diversity. He embodies this by communicating through his District Community Liaison Committee and speaking at many events, confident that his efforts have a positive impact on how the force is perceived.
Fred has acquired great appreciation for how both new Canadians and those less fortunate love Canada, and how grateful they are for the work of police officers. This has also given him a new perspective into how privileged he and his family truly are.
Convinced that engagement with children and those more vulnerable in our community brings healthy change and immediate and long-lasting fulfillment, Fred feels corporations need to make this connection a necessary part of their business model. Further to this, simply creating opportunities, even incentives, where individuals have the opportunity “try it once” and experience the rewards of volunteering and changing lives firsthand, is something Fred really believes in.
Fred has worked with many organizations, including 360 Kids, and is also involved with the City of Markham to raise dollars and awareness for ending violence against women, particularly supporting the Yellow Brick House in 2018.