Since 1970, Police Week has taken place in May to coincide with Peace Officers Memorial Day, internationally recognized on May 15.
This year, May 10th to 16th has been designated Police Week in Ontario. The provincial theme for 2020 is “Leading the Way to Safer Communities”.
This Ministry of the Solicitor General led initiative, is an annual event that is focused on raising awareness about the great work of police services and showcasing the diversity of roles across the profession.
Saugeen Shores Police Services provides a wide range of services throughout the community, from protection and law enforcement to proactive initiatives involving organizations, businesses and community organizations to ensure the peace and safety of the area.
Prior to COVID-19, as a local police service, Saugeen Shores Police officers who live in their community were very involved in many areas, including hosting station tours, elementary and secondary school drug eduction lectures, talks to senior groups and participating in Cops for Cancer fundraiser and bicycle rodeos, all in addition to crime prevention.
With a population of almost 15,000 over 170 sq. km that includes 432 total kilometers of roads, the service of 26 officers, auxiliary, special constables and the return of the canine unit, is kept busy and must stay vigilant in policing trends and changes in the nature of crime.
With the Opioid crisis, cyber crimes, human trafficking, road safety and property crime, police have to stay modern with tools and training it needs to meet these challenges head on.
All members are expected to perform community service functions and various members are trained to specialize in different areas, including:
5- Intoxilyzer Technicians
1- Forensic Identification Officers
3- Scenes of Crime Officers
2 -Use of Force Trainers
1- Ground Search and Rescue Officer
1- Police Service Chaplin
2- C.S.O. Community School Officers
5- Major Crime Investigators
1- Community Watch Liaison Officer
1- Drug Investigation Officer
2- K.I.D.S. program Officers
2- Drug Recognition Expert (D.R.E.)
Several years ago, the community considered changing from a local community police service to the provincial model. The public in the community however, threw its full support behind maintaining the local service for many reasons including speed of response to situations, the fact that the officers live in the community that they protect and therefore, are aware of those who may be unknown and unsavoury and the officers’ participation in community events, both on and off duty.