POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 11 On December 23, 2011, Amherst Police mourned the loss of its Community Relations Officer, Cst. Francis Smith. Francis was a 33-year veteran of the force, and became the department’s first Community Relations Officer on January 20, 2000. During his time in the position, he initiated many programs, including such things as Vial for Life for seniors, Silent Witness program, Bicycle Rodeo for local schools, SADD program at Amherst Regional High School, as well as the local bar suspension list which results in unruly patrons being barred from all local drinking establishments. This program is now being implemented in many areas across Nova Scotia. Francis spent countless hours both on and off duty working with community groups. On September 28, 2011, Francis was recognized by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice with an award in policing for Leadership in Crime Prevention. On April 2, 2012, Francis was selected as Amherst Volunteer of the Year. This award was received by his wife, Barb. In his spare time, Francis enjoyed spending time at his cottage near the Wallace River. His two adult children, Laura and Vince, were rays of sunshine in his life and he often spoke proudly of their achievements. Francis will be dearly missed by members of Amherst Police Department, as well as the citizens of Amherst. The community has held a number of fundraisers in Francis’ honour. Francis Smith Memoriam