May 15, 2011

"Working Together for a Safer Community"

ORILLIA, ON, May 15 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recognizes community engagement is a key component of crime prevention and that strong community partnerships are an essential element of an effective crime reduction strategy.

Police Week in Ontario is dedicated to increasing community awareness and recognition of policing services and strengthening partnerships between police and the community. Police Week 2011 is being celebrated by OPP Detachments throughout Ontario.

"Everyone in Ontario plays an important role in making our communities safer", OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis said today, as Police Week in Ontario commenced.

"Community safety is everyone's responsibility and crime prevention is everyone's business. Our partnerships with our communities are essential in preventing crime and making our citizens safer. The police can't do it alone; we need the support of every resident of Ontario. Police Week is a great opportunity to engage people in our communities on topics such as crime prevention programs and community policing."

The OPP offers many programs to our citizens and businesses, designed to foster relationships between the OPP and those we serve, in support of crime prevention through community engagement.

"Police Week is an opportunity to show our appreciation to our police officers and their community partners for all they do to keep our communities safe, said Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Ontario is safer and stronger thanks to our police services and the support of the government and all Ontarians."

For more information on Police Week activities in your community please contact your local OPP Detachment.


For further information:

Sergeant Dave Thomas
Crime Prevention Section 
Ontario Provincial Police 
(705) 794 - 7068