2004 Award for Valor
Alan Parker, Shift Manager, Carleton University
On November 14, 2002 , at approximately 0230h, Campus Safety Officers Justine Cain and Stephen Webster and Shift Manager Alan Parker were observing traffic and performing crowd control functions in Parking Lot 2. The bar had just closed an patrons had begun to leave Oliver’s Pub and Patio and make their way to the parking lot to find a way home. Blue Line Taxis were on strike and many patrons had failed to make alternative arrangements to get home. The number of patrons just hanging around was considerable and during this time an altercation started between two mail individuals following their exit from the bar. The main aggressor in this incident fled the scene after “sucker” punching the other in the head.
While Campus Safety Officer Webster gave chase after this suspect, Campus Safety Officer Cain and Shift Manager Parker remained in the parking lot to ensure that the remaining crowd made its way safely off campus. Before many patrons had dispersed, a confrontation erupted between two other male individuals. As soon as the confrontation turned into a fight between the two males, a large number of other males swarmed into the fight. A third male then intervened and decided to defend his friend with a weapon. Campus Safety Officer Cain observed the male individual in the midst of the fight pull a knife and swing the open blade at another male. Campus Safety Officer Cain broadcast this information over the radio and request 10-78 for all other Department of University Safety Officers and Ottawa Police Officers to attend Parking Lot 2. Immediately Shift Manager Parker drew his collapsible baton and struck the male with the knife.
Upon being struck, the suspect immediately dropped the weapon and the knife slid across the parking lot. Shift Manager Parker ordered Campus Safety Officer Cain to recover the knife while he attempted to restrain the now injured suspect. After recovering the knife, Campus Safety Officer Cain returned to assist Shift Manager Parker in restraining the suspect. At this time, both officers were surrounded by 8 – 10 of the male’s friends who were intent on removing the retrained party from custody. IT was not possible to handcuff the suspect, deal with other assaultive individuals, and watch for other possible weapons while the swarming party attempted to pull the suspect from Shift Manager Parker’s grip. Shift Manager Parker was unable to maintain his hold on the suspect and subsequently the suspect and his friends fled from the area heading south on Campus Avenue.
It should be noted that Ottawa Police assistance had been requested but did not arrive until the suspect had been pulled away from the grip of Shift Manager Parker. Campus Safety Officer Gallen arrived on scene. He and Campus Safety Officer Cain initiated a foot pursuit – unfortunately the suspect managed to elude this pursuit. Campus Safety Officers Cain, Webster, and Gallen then searched areas on campus while Shift Manager Parker and the responding Ottawa Police Service units searched the adjacent city park – the suspect was not found. The knife, a Spyderco with a black textured grip handle and serrated 3 to 4 inch blade (possible military model) was turned over to the responding Ottawa Police Services Constable on scene by Shift Manager Parker.
This report was turned over to the Ottawa Police Service for investigation and was assigned to a detective. Inquiries by Department of University Safety continued on campus for over a year in the attempt to identify and determine if any of the suspects involved in this incident were university students. This past November (2003), information was received during the course of an unrelated on-campus investigation from a female that a Lebanese mail from the Hintonberg are, known to her only by his nickname, could be the suspect sought for the attempted assault with the knife in November 2002. The female alleged that the male is currently missing two of his front teeth and has a scar above his lip. The said male has apparently stated that he received the injury as a result of being hit by one of the Carleton Safety Officers outside Oliver’s Pub and Patio last November. The investigation continues and this information has bee passed on to the Ottawa Police Service officers covering the Hintonberg area in the City of Ottawa.
As part of the investigation, a university committee was established to study and make recommendations that would prevent further assaultive incidents during and following Oliver’s Pub and Patio hours on campus. The committee included representation from the Department of University Safety, Dean of Students’ Office, University Secretary, Purchasing Services, Oliver’s Pub and Patio manager, and the Carleton University Students Association. The outcome from this committee was the development of an alcohol policy for student events that now identifies and records the names of all patrons entering licensed events and requires non-student attendees to be signed in by a university student with a limit of one guest per student.
If not for Shift Manage Alan Parker’s quick reflexes and calm thinking on that evening, there is no doubt that the individual that was the intended victim of this suspect would have been seriously injured or even killed. There also existed the potential that after wounding or killing his intended victim, the suspect could have turned his knife on Campus Officer Cain or Shift Manager Parker. Shift Manager Parker even when grossly out-numbered, did not hesitate a moment to put his life in danger to protect the life of the student and his fellow officer, Campus Safety Officer Cain.