The week of May 10th to 16th is Police Week in Ontario. Since 1970 Police Week has been observed in May to coincide with Peace Officers Memorial Day, recognized internationally on May 15th.
The theme for Police Week 2015 is Discover Policing and we invite everyone to come and discover the many ways our police service, as well as other local police services, are working to keep our communities safe. Police week also encourages citizens to consider a rewarding and fulfilling career in law enforcement.
“Police Week provides an opportunity for members of our local services to connect with citizens we serve and showcase what police officers and other personnel do to contribute to community safety and well-being” said Chief Robert Keetch “ This year, the 2015 theme-discover policing-invites anyone interested in a law enforcement career to explore the many opportunities within our police service.”
Chief Keetch noted that because of the varied nature of police work, policing lets people apply the skills and experiences they’ve developed from their pervious training, education, professional and personal life. Policing offers opportunities for personal growth, continuous learning, a high level of job satisfaction, opportunities for specialization and for promotion as well as an excellent salary, benefits and pension.
Locally the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is hosting Police Day 2015. This one day event took place on Tuesday May 12, 2015 at the Station Mall, from 12 pm to 8 pm.
Opening ceremonies were held in the centre court of the Station Mall located at 293 Bay Street. The ceremonies started at 12 noon sharp with the singing of the Canadian and American National anthems. Dignitaries were escorted in by the Police Service’s bagpiper. The Chief’s Honour Guard were also involved in the opening ceremonies. Chief of Police Robert Keetch officially kicked off Police Day 2015.
There were over 38 organizations/agencies participating in this one day event, each providing displays and information for the public. In addition there were police and emergency vehicles on display inside as well as in the parking lot of the Station Mall. Between 3 pm and 6 pm we was a “Dress like a Cop” session where children tried on police equipment and there was opportunities for photos as well. In addition children were encouraged to enter their name in a draw to win a youth bike draw provided by Tim Hortons.