Residents and businesses should start to feel a better sense of security now that a new era of policing was kicked off Monday on Gore Street – the launch of Police Week in Ontario.
Everyone in Sault Ste. Marie can play a leadership role in making our community safer.
Monday morning, Chief Bob Davies officially launched Police Week 2014 at the Neighbourhood Resource Center on Gore Street.
“Our partnership with the community is essential in preventing crime and making our citizens safer” Chief Davies said. “The police can’t do it alone. We need the support of every resident in our community on topics such as crime prevention programs and community policing.”
The new centre will deal mainly with social issues known in the downtown area. “We can deal with the crime element, but the other issues are left with our community partners”
The move hopes to see a long term plan for revitalization in the area to first make the residents of the area feel safer in their neighbourhood.
The theme of Police Week 2014 in Ontario is Building Community Partnerships. Police Week runs from May 11-17 nationally and recognizes the work that police officers do to keep their communities safe in Ontario and across Canada.
The Neighbourhood Resource Centre is an excellent example of community agencies working together to address the root causes of crime. The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service has played a role in bringing the agencies together and has an officer assigned full time to the Centre.
Today to May 15th at 9 pm, citizens can attend the police week displays at the Station Mall. Be sure to come down to the Station Mall and take the opportunity to speak to local officers from both sides of the Border. Many agencies that work with the police to help make our community a safer place will also be in attendance.
“We are grateful to the police and their community partners for all they do to keep our communities safe”, said Yasir Naqvi, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.