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Friday, September 14, 2018

The Voice Of The OPP In Central Ontario Is Retiring

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  

Sgt Peter Leon says making a difference in people's lives is what he will miss most.

To the public, he has been the voice and face of the OPP in Central Ontario for about the last 10 years.

Sgt Peter Leon is media relations coordinator and is retiring today(FRI) after a 30 year policing career.

Leon says retirement seemed so far off, yet he intends to embrace it and get ready for the next chapter.

He began his career in 1988 with Toronto police, then moved to the OPP in 1977,  serving with detachments in Dufferin, Barrie and the Midland area.

One of the biggest changes in policing says Leon has been the advent of social media.

He says police now have to try and stay ahead of the information, which he admits is difficult when people are posting things.

At times,  Leon says it can put police in a difficult position and sometimes put officers at risk.

However,  he says social media is also a tool that police have embraced and use as a way to get their message out.

Closing the door on his career, Leon says what he will miss is the interaction on the job and being able to make a difference in people's lives.

He adds that it all comes down to keeping the community safe.

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