Peterborough Police Service – Special Media Release for Wednesday May 9, 2018

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Police Week 2018

The Peterborough Police Service is inviting the community to join us in celebrating Police Week from May 13 to 19, 2018.


Since 1970, Police Week has been observed in May to coincide with Peace Officers Memorial Day, recognized internationally on May 15. This year’s theme, Celebrating Policing and Community Partnerships, allows us to recognize and celebrate the many meaningful community partnerships and relationships we have formed.


“Even with a 30 year history of community policing our Service is always recommitting to the principals of collaboration and working with instead of over. A key of community policing is knowing when to lead and when to follow,” says Peterborough Police Service Community Development Coordinator Peter Williams.


“Our goal is to find partners that make us more effective and efficient producing outcomes that are more sustainable because they are a shared responsibility. It takes serious effort on everyone’s part to invest the time in learning about each other and understanding others perspectives, assets and limitations so that we can be the best partners possible.”


Police Week Activities:


Dr. Hugh C. Russell to be named Peterborough Police Service’s First Honorary Chief


To kick-off Police Week on Monday May 14th we will be presenting Dr. Hugh C. Russell as the first Honorary Police Chief of the Peterborough Police Service. This marks the first Honorary Chief in the 150 year history of our Service.


Dr. Russell is a Ph.D. and Social Psychologist with international experience in nation building and social development. He has consulted with provincial governments and major police leaders throughout Canada providing leading edge and best practises related to crime prevention through social development and engagement.


He has contributed significantly to the Strategy for Safer Ontario, elevated Risk Situation Tables and to the Community Engagement Model which will be foundational for the new Police Services Act.


We have chosen Dr. Russell for this honour to recognize him for his significant contributions to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and policing in Ontario as a body of work.


The Honorary Police Chief appointment carries on the tradition derived from the Honorary Colonel role associated to the Canadian Forces. Other Police Services that have named an Honorary Chief include the Toronto Police Service, the OPP, York Regional Police and Peel Police.


NHL Alum John Druce was made our Service’s first Honorary Constable for his contributions to the annual Pedal For Hope Campaign.


Please see Dr. Russell’s biosketch attached.


The presentation will take place on Monday May 14, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the briefing room, police headquarters. Media are invited and encouraged to attend.


Bike Rodeos:

Leading up to Police Week local youth will have the opportunity to interact with our Community Services Officers and test their knowledge of bike and road safety as well as register their bikes with police as a crime prevention measure. The Bike Rodeos are made possible with support from our partners at Peterborough Green-Up.


The bike rodeos will take place on:


  • Thursday May 10, 2018
  • 9 a.m. at Highland Heights Public School
  • 12:25 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School


  • Friday May 11, 2018
  • 9 a.m. at Queen Elizabeth Public School
  • 1:10 p.m. at St. John Catholic Elementary School


Chief for a Day Activities:

Congratulations to this year’s Chief for a Day winner Lauren Graham, Grade 6 student, Monsignor O’Donoghue Catholic Elementary School. Students were asked to submit an essay, poem or cartoon answering the following question: Why is it important for the residents of Peterborough and the Peterborough Police to work together to create a safe community? Please see Lauren’s winning submission attached.


Media are invited to attend the police station on Wednesday May 16, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. as the Chief for a Day is sworn-in and takes a tour of police headquarters. Media are asked to meet in the lobby.


Knights of Columbus Police Appreciation Event:

Our media partners are invited to attend the 40th Annual Knights of Columbus Police Appreciation Night. This year’s ceremony takes place during Police Week on Wednesday May 16, 2018. The evening begins with the Auxiliary Inspection at 6 p.m. followed by the ceremony commencing at 7:15 p.m.


This year we have 22 citizens who will be recognized for providing outstanding assistance to police during the last year along with a member receiving a Police Exemplary Awards for 30 years of service.


During the ceremony the Knights of Columbus will announce this year’s Officer of The Year.


An agenda and complete media package will be distributed on May 14, 2018. We ask our media partners that the package and award information not be shared publicly until 7:15 p.m. on May 16, 2018


Highlighting our Community Partnerships:

During Police Week we will be highlighting some of our 101 community partnerships via social media. Following us on Twitter @PtboPolice and on Facebook and Instagram.


Follow 2018 Police Week Tweets via the hashtag #PoliceWeekON.

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

Has been a photojournalist for over 30-years and have been honoured to win numerous awards for photography and writing over the years. Best selling author for the book Highway of Heroes - True Patriot Love

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