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Monday, May 16, 2011

Ontario Police Week

Owen Sound | by Daryl Morris  

Police officers will do various tasks in community to give back and raise awareness.

It is "Police Week" across Ontario, and officers with the Owen Sound Police will mark it with public events everyday.

Today kicks off with "Shop With a Cop."

The Meaford Optimist Club and Zehr's in Owen Sound are each pitching in 250 dollars and students from Sydenham Elementary will shop with officers for healthy food to donate back to the food bank.

There will also be a family fun night and a community BBQ at Sydenham School tonight.

Tomorrow , grade six classes throughout the city will get a visit from the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officers, and 12 new Auxiliary police officers will be graduated that night.

Grade five students in the city are eagerly anticipating who will be sworn in as Chief for the Day on Wednesday.

They all had to write an essay, telling what they would say to someone younger to help them stay away from drugs, and police will choose the winning essay writer to have lunch with the Chief, try out some police equipment and win a pizza party for the class.

The highlight of the week is Thursday, when the Chiefs Citation Awards will be given to three citizens for life saving interventions.

There will be tours given of the police station Thursday night, and on Friday the new Community Policing Office at Heritage Place Mall will be unveiled.

Things wrap up Saturday, when the Community Safety Village will be set up at the mall, sending the message of making "Positive Choices" and educating kids about street safety.


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