SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
SCUGOG: The Durham Region Police Services (DRPS) North Division Headquarters will be open to the public, on September 17th, for Community Safety Day.
There will be a variety of police demonstrations, showcasing the divisions vehicles, K9 units, helicopter, and SWAT team.
The event is family oriented, and intended to strengthen public relations between the DRPS and the community.
“It’s an opportunity for us to showcase some of the services that we provide and have people meet with officers and staff from our division, so we can build better relationships within our community,” said, Police Officer, Colin Shaw.
He explained, most interactions with the public are in intense or stressful circumstances, so the Community Safety Day is a great way for police to interact with the public in a friendlier setting.
“We find that most of our dealings with the community are always in stressful type situations, where it’s not always a fun time for people to interact with the police.” Colin said, “So this is just our way of saying we want to be part of the community, and we want to present a friendly face.”
Through this event, he hopes to strengthen the DRPS’s connection with all the different communities throughout North Durham.
“We want to be a strong partner in the community and we want to build relationships with all of our core communities in North Durham,” Colin said.
Several members of the DRPS will be volunteering their time, to facilitate the event and answer any questions the public may have.
“I encourage people to come by. All our officers are volunteering, on their own time, to put on a good show for everybody,” Colin said.
He encourages anyone who is interested in becoming a police officer or firefighter to come to the event and see what it is all about.
“No age is to young.” Colin said, “If people have an interest in policing or want to meet the local fire department, they can certainly come by, we’ll open our doors and show you as much as we can on that day.”
During Community Safety Day, there will be a BBQ sponsored by Vos Independent, music from 105.5 Hits FM, and bouncing castles for children to play in.
The Uxbridge Legion Pipes and Drums will be performing at the event for 1:00 a.m., as the DRPS helicopter lands.
The event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 17th, at the DRPS North Division Headquarters, on 15765 Hwy. 12, Port Perry, south of Reach Rd.The DRPS welcomes everyone in the community to stop by and learn a little bit about the police officers in North Durham.
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