Being a police officer is an honourable job. Everyday officers come to work and put their lives at risk for community safety. Peel Regional Police is proud of our officers who risk their lives in the line of duty. This page is a memorial for all the employees in our organization who have gone before us; sworn, civilian or otherwise. We want to ensure these honoured dead have not died in vain.

Constable Artem "James" Ochakovsky 

21 Division Uniform Bureau

Constable Artem James Ochakovsky

March 2, 2010

Age: 36

Years of Service: Two

On March 1, 2010, at approximately 11 p.m., Constable Ochakovsky was involved in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Airport Road and Steeles Avenue East, Brampton. Constable Ochakovsky was taken to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center with critical injuries. Despite the hospital staff's best efforts, Constable Ochakovsky succumbed to his injuries.

He is survived by his wife and three year-old son.

 Constable Dwayne B. Piukkala

22 Division Uniform Bureau

Constable Dwayne Piukkala

August 26, 1984

Age: 24 

Years of Service: Three

On August 26, 1984, Constable Piukkala responded to a fake call at a residence. As he entered the location he was attacked and stabbed to death.

Following the attack, the culprit took the Constables' revolver and committed suicide.                                             

In recognition of his exemplary service, the Peel Regional Police Services Board created the Constable Dwayne Piukkala Memorial Award. The award is presented annually to Peel officers who have less than five years of experience and have demonstrated excellent service.

He is survived by his wife.

Detective Volker H. Scheja

Homicide Bureau

Detective Volker Scheja

November 19, 1982

Age: 34

Years of Service: Eight

On November 19, 1982, Detective Scheja was a passenger in a police cruiser operated by Detective William Hawkins. The cruiser left the road and struck a gutter, killing both officers.

Detective Scheja is survived by his wife and two children.

Detective William T. Hawkins

Homicide Bureau


Detective William Hawkins

November 19, 1982

Age: 33

Years of Service: 14

Detective Bill Hawkins was operating a police vehicle with his partner Detective Volker Scheja. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a gutter, killing both officers.

Detective Hawkins is survived by his wife.

Detective Ronald G. Sproule

21 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau

Detective Ronald Sproule

July 29, 1975

Age: 34

Years of Service: Nine

On July 29, 1975, Detective Sproule was a passenger in a police cruiser when the driver of the vehicle lost control and veered across the highway. The cruiser was struck on the passenger's side by a van, killing Detective Sproule.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Constable Ronald F. Webster

Toronto Township Police (later Peel Regional Police)

Constable Ronald Webster

January 18, 1966

Age: 35

Years of Service: Five

On January 18, 1966, Constable Webster was on routine patrol when the cruiser he was operating was struck head on by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. 

Constable Webster is survived by his wife and two children.

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