Re­gional po­lice pick up a pair of award from On­tario As­so­ci­a­tion

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

THE WATER­LOO RE­GIONAL PO­LICE Ser­vice has re­ceived two awards from the On­tario As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice.

The Com­mu­nity Safety and Crime Pre­ven­tion Award was pre­sented to the WRPS for its response to the on­go­ing opi­oid cri­sis. To help raise aware­ness of the cri­sis, re­gional po­lice part­nered with the pub­lic health unit, para­medic ser­vices, school boards and the Water­loo Re­gional in­te­grated drug strat­egy to cre­ate so­lu­tions to pre­vent crime and make their com­mu­nity safer, po­lice said in a re­lease.

The re­sult­ing drug strat­egy in­cluded the launch of so­cial me­dia cam­paigns, such as #TheNewFWord, more than 30 pre­sen­ta­tions by the drug and firearms unit to com­mu­nity groups and an ac­tion plan to ad­dress pre­ven­tion, treat­ment, harm re­duc­tion and en­force­ment sur­round­ing over­dose is­sues.

“Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice Ser­vice’s response to the opi­oid cri­sis is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how law en­force­ment can bring dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups to­gether to ad­dress com­mon goals,” said Greater Sud­bury Po­lice Chief Paul Ped­er­sen, Chair of the OACP Com­mu­nity Safety and Crime Pre­ven­tion Com­mit­tee. WRPS was also awarded the OACP Out­stand­ing Liquor En­force­ment Award for work done by its Ok­to­ber­fest polic­ing unit in en­sur­ing a safe and en­joy­able 2017 Ok­to­ber­fest.

“The work of the Ok­to­ber­fest Polic­ing Unit demon­strated the ded­i­ca­tion of our mem­bers and part­ners to make Ok­to­ber­fest a safe ex­pe­ri­ence for all who at­tended,” said Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice Chief Bryan Larkin. “There is a lot of prepa­ra­tion that goes into plan­ning for large events such as these and we are proud of the work done by every­one to en­sure this pop­u­lar event runs as smoothly as pos­si­ble.”

The awards were pre­sented on June 12 dur­ing the On­tario As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice’s an­nual meet­ing in Huntsville.

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