The Bruce Peninsula/Grey County OPP Civilian Police Academy starts this week.
Bruce Peninsula OPP Sergeant Nigel Heels says starting Wednesday, February 13th, roughly 40 people will take part in several weekly education sessions put on by the OPP at Grey Roots Museum and Archives in Georgian Bluffs.
"It's a great response, we're really quite pleased with that," says Heels, noting they had to find a bigger venue than initially planned.
Heels says the main goals of the academy are to inform prospective OPP recruits, but also to build relationships in the community.
On February 13th, the Academy will be open to more people in an effort to pass along information about cannabis laws. Heels says there are a lot of questions people are asking about cannabis legalizations, "What are the laws, what are the penalties, what am I allowed to do, and what am I not allowed to do?"
Those who are interested the February 13th session which is scheduled for 5 p.m. can contact Sgt. Heels at firstname.lastname@example.org He says there may be other sessions that are still open to additional people.
Meanwhile, in the coming weeks, the academy will cover topics such as, Introduction to OPP and recruitment, Street Crime, Cannabis legislation, the Provincial Liaison team, Situation Tables, Mental Health issues, school and youth related issues, investigating serious motor vehicle collisions, presentations by the Crown Attorney and a Youth Probation Officer, Human Trafficking and Impaired driving and drug impaired driving.
"There's definitely a lot to talk about and we won't even begin to scratch the surface really," says Heels.