Ontario Honours OPP Detective Constable Richard Robinson
A bridge at Highway 401 and Joyceville Road in Joyceville has been officially dedicated in memory of fallen OPP Detective Constable Robinson.
On May 24, 2013, Detective Constable Robinson passed away while attending the Canadian American Law Enforcement Organization conference in Buffalo New York, as a representative of the OPP Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau.
To honour his return to Ontario, he received a police escort from the United States to his home in Ganonoque. When they reached the Joyceville Road overpass on Highway 401, family and friends gathered to welcome his arrival home.
Memorial signs with the officer’s name and police service crest have been posted at each side of the Joyceville Road and Hwy 401 bridge in his honour.
“Every day, Ontario’s police officers work hard to keep our families and communities safe. This bridge dedication allows us to reflect and remember Detective Constable Richard Robinson. – Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
“Every day, thousands of policemen and women across Ontario put their lives on the line to serve and protect their communities, allowing the rest of us to go about our days free of worry. They’re the reason why we’re not concerned whether or not our children will make it to and from school each day, and why our seniors are able to feel secure in their own homes. By dedicating this bridge today, we acknowledge Detective Constable Richard Robinson, whose bravery and sacrifice contributed immensely to cultivating that peace of mind which we all enjoy on a daily basis.” – Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“Detective Constable Richard Robinson was an honourable member of the Ontario Provincial Police. He was a devoted officer, husband and father who made valuable contributions to his family and his community. This bridge dedication is a tribute to Detective Constable Robinson’s service to the people of Ontario.” – J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police
Since 2002, Ontario has permitted bridges and other highway structures to be dedicated in memory of fallen police officers.
- Seventy-two provincial highway structures have been dedicated in honour of fallen police officers.