A Vancouver anti-gang officer was honoured yesterday as police officer of the year by the Justice Institute of B.C.

Lisa Byrne has been an integral part of the effort to reduce gang-related gun crime in the Lower Mainland, award presenters said. She played a key role in helping Crown counsel prosecute gangsters.

“When I became a police officer, I expected driving fast and foot chases. Now I’m happy going to work, knowing I’m making the world a better and safer place to live for (kids),” Byrne said.

She followed in her father’s footsteps when she joined Vancouver police in 2000 and plans to join the Vancouver Police Homicide Section once her current assignment ends.