Kerry Nisbet lauded for ability to lead a team



Marc Bence/For Metro Edmonton


Kerry Nisbet, a retired staff sergeant, receives the "Top Cop" award from the Oil Capital Kiwanis Club after 30 years of service.

« My focus has always been on policing and nothing more. »

Kerry Nisbet only retired as a staff sergeant last week, but was given the "Top Cop" award yesterday and lauded for his ability to lead a team.

"When I joined the police service 30 years ago I just wanted to make a difference," he said after receiving the award from the Oil Capital Kiwanis Club. "My focus has always been on policing and nothing more."

During his long career, Nisbet held high-ranking responsibilities with the tactical unit and initiated several traffic safety programs. He also spent 10 years as a hostage and crisis negotiator.

When Nisbet wasn’t working, he was a leader in raising money for cancer research after kick-starting the Cops for Cancer Ironman, which has raised more than $2.8 million since it began operations seven years ago.

School officials also credit Nisbet for challenging students from more than 60 Edmonton schools to raise money for cancer research.

"Every day I am proud of our officers who go above and beyond their abilities — (Nisbet) goes beyond that," said police Chief Mike Boyd. "He inspires by example."

The award is handed out annually to an officer who has contributed thousands of hours to the community to help others.