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D. E. Hussher, MOM
Capt Hussher was born in Westville, Nova Scotia.
He joined the military in 1968 where he spent 2 years in The Black Watch Royal Highlanders of Canada. When the Black Watch disbanded in 1970, he volunteered for the Airborne Regiment where he spent 4 years. During his time with the Airborne Regiment, he was deployed with the U.S. Special Forces for 4 months. For his service with the Airborne, he was awarded the Canadian Parachute Operational Wings and the U.S. Master Parachute Wings.
In 1974 , he was posted to the Combat Training Center in Gagetown, NB. At this time, with the rank of MCpl, he left the military to persue a career in Policing.
In 1975, Capt Hussher was employed as a Correctional Officer in Edmonton, Alberta for one year. In 1976 he returned to Nova Scotia where he accepted a job as police officer for the Town of Trenton where he was employed for 14 years and obtained the rank of Sgt. In 1990 he accepted the position of Chief of Police for the Town of Westville. In 1995, with the merger of the New Glasgow and Westville Police Services, he was employed as Deputy Chief of Police of the New Glasgow/Westville Police Service. In 2002, Capt Hussher then returned as the Chief of Police for Westville when the joined policing arrangement ended.
Captain Hussher was not only a high school graduate, but also of the following courses: the Forensic Police Sciences programs at the Atlantic Police Academy, the Leadership and Police Management programs at both the Atlantic Police Academy and the Canadian Police College, the Executive Development Course at the Canadian Police College, the Dalhousie University Police Leadership and Police Management Development Course, the R.C.M.P. Homicide Investigators Course and the Major Crime and Drug Investigative Techniques Courses. During his 30 years of employment as a police officer, he has been deployed in all levels of Police Services including Containment Response and Major Crime.
Capt Hussher has been actively involved in mentoring youth for over 30 years. He is also credited with starting the Municipal Venturer Program in Pictou County and is presently the Commanding Officer of #219 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
Capt Hussher has been recognized for his service a number of times including:
The Town of Trenton commendation – for saving 3 lives in a major fire
The Town of Trenton commendation – for exceptional service
The Town of Westville – Volunteer Award
The Lt Governor of Nova Scotia – Duke of Edinburgh Leadership Award
The Police Exemplary Service Medal
The Order of Merit of Police Forces
Capt Hussher lives in Trenton, Nova Scotia with his wife, Pat and daughter.