Tuesday, April 16, 2013

OPP Officers Make the Difference in Area Schools

(Dufferin County, ON) Existing and new programs being offered by the Ontario Provincial police (OPP) in area schools are having a positive impact.

“The OPP has taught the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program for many years throughout our Region and the lessons that our D.A.R.E. trained officers are providing is very valuable to our grade 6 aged students” says Chief Superintendent Brad Blair, Regional Commander of the OPP Central Region.

“This year, the D.A.R.E. program has taken on a unique local perspective within the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment as we are continuing to embrace the French Canadian culture of the Penetanguishene area. We have dedicated and bilingual police officer in Provincial Constable Kathryn Charlebois and she is doing a great job in delivering the program to 3 of our French-speaking schools in the Penetanguishene area and at one school in Orillia” says Blair.

Chief Superintendent Blair is also very excited about seeing officers from the City of Kawartha Lakes Detachment in the kindergarten and grade one classrooms throughout the detachment area. “These officers will take the time to visit the class rooms with their favourite stories to read with the students. The books will serve as a method of initiating conversations regarding important topics such as bullying, strangers and what to do if you are lost” says Chief Superintendent Blair.

City of Kawartha Lakes Community Service Officer (CSO) Provincial Constable Carrie Lanning has stated that “the program allows the officers to establish a positive relationship with the young community members and hopes that the students will be comfortable with police officers after their experience”.

“As the Regional Commander for the OPP Central Region, I am very proud of all of our men and women who are working in our area schools. I commend you for your accomplishments and dedication when it comes to educating our youth. You are serving as positive role models and are truly making a difference” says Chief Superintendent Blair.