Who you gonna call?
Written by Shawn Ruest on 16/05/12
It’s National Police Week! Police officers will be out and about in communities across Canada participating in special activities.
Sometimes it may be nerve racking to approach an officer. When we see them out in communities, it’s often because something has happened; whether there was an accident, a crime was committed, or anything else! But believe it or not, police officers also have a community based role that doesn’t involve dangerous situations. Some police officers have even told me that they’d rather be in the community and working with people, whether it’s to promote crime prevention initiatives or raise awareness about important issues, than being out on a call. I’ve had the opportunity to see RCMP officers and youth from across Canada work together, and it made me realize that RCMP officers are very approachable and happy to lend you a hand, even if it isn’t National Police Week!
This year, during Police Week, officers will be focusing extra hard on helping Canadians get set for Safe Boating Week (RCMP). There will be many presentations open to the public, on boating safety, so if you have the chance, check one out! If you can’t make it out to a Police Week presentation, there are some boating tips that Transport Canada has posted online. They suggest packing stuff like: lifejackets, flashlights, flares, a whistle, etc. Transport Canada also has a Safe Boating Guide: it’s got tips on everything from buying a boat to keeping it in good condition (Transport Canada).
So before you paddle, sail or motor off into the distance, remember to stay safe and if you see a police officer on the water during your epic boat trip – say hey!
Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons – Safe Boating Week
DEAL.org – Don’t judge a… police officer by his/her cover!
DEAL.org – National Police Week
DEAL.org – Our Leaders In Red
Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Clare Coney Safety Session
Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Police Week 2012
Transport Canada – Office of Boating Safety