Bringing a knife-wielding serial bank robber to justice has earned a Calgary officer and his team accolades across the country.

Det. Stu Keown and his team received an award last night at the annual Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Charlottetown, P.E.I., for their determination in catching a serial robber wanted for 18 robberies in 2007.

“I feel very honoured and special, but the important thing to remember is it was a team effort and we couldn’t have done this without the team,” the 28-year veteran told Metro.

Keown was recognized with the Canadian Banks’ Law Enforcement Award for his team’s effort in putting the robber away for 12 years for the crimes.

“It is a great honour to recognize the outstanding efforts of these individuals, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to combat crime against Canadian banks, their customers and their employees,” said Nathalie Clark of the Canadian Bankers Association.

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