Sunday, May 12, 2013

POLICE WEEK: May 12-18, 2013 - Recognizing Policing Services in Your Community

(Dufferin County, ON) The theme of Police Week is “Walk the Digital Beat…A New Era of Engagement.” More often, police agencies around the world are relying on social media to help educate the public about safety concerns, and to communicate with all members of the community in new ways.
Social Media is fast becoming an effective way for police to shape conversation by regularly tweeting and posting to Facebook and YouTube; just some of the tools which police have embraced to broaden their fight against crime and to keep people informed.

The OPP remains committed to internet and online public safety, and remind people of the dangers that social media can bring. Be cautious with what you post online, remember that nothing you share online is completely private, and always be aware of online scams and predators.

A new resource is available for teens aged 14 to 17 who may have already become victims of online abuse. Young people are encouraged to visit for help to cope with any difficult online situations.

“Ontario remains safe and secure because of the cooperative model that is embraced by community partners, leaders, and its police services. Our members strive for excellence every week of the year and Police Week is a great time for us to collectively celebrate our success. The OPP’s use of social media effectively supports our commitment to public safety and security for the citizens of Ontario.” OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis

Police Week encourages support from Ontarians to remember those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. For more information on Police Week activities in your community please contact your local Ontario Provincial Police detachment.