The Owen Sound Police Service will be out in full force this week.
On Monday it was Zehrs in Owen Sound that saw an added police presence as five members of the service teamed up with local students for Shop with a Cop, the first of the events that are part of Police Week 2018.
“It is a week where we want the community to come in, because the partnership is with the community and if we have lost that we have nothing,” said Owen Sound Police Chief Bill Sornberger. “We want to just show them what we have and what we do. Yes, we are law enforcement, but we are people too.”
The theme for Police Week 2018 is “Celebrating Policing and Community Partnerships” and is providing people an opportunity to see the many ways the police are working with and celebrating community partnerships.
Those community partnerships were on display on Monday during the Shop with a Cop event at Zehrs in Owen Sound. The police teamed up with the Meaford Optimist Club and students from East Ridge Community and Alexandra Community schools to gather food donations for the Owen Sound Salvation Army Food Bank. The students were divided into teams and joined a member from the Owen Sound Police while they shopped for non-perishable food items. The team that collected a cart full of groceries closest to $100 without going over won the friendly competition. This year, the honours went to the team of Auxiliary Sgt. Jessica Brown and Alexandra Grade 5 students Logan Partridge, Aidon Jones and Cole Smith, who collected $99.93 worth of food.
“We have a lot of fun and the kids enjoy it,” said Sornberger. “We have the internal razzing going, because you are supposed to get closest to $100 and when somebody goes over they will be wearing that for the next month or so.”
Sornberger said police week has been ongoing since 1970 and the Owen Sound Police Service has always committed to holding many events to mark the occasion.
“This week is about a little less formality and more of just being involved,” said Sornberger.
On Tuesday, All Grade 6 students at Owen Sound schools who participated in the KIDS program will be converging on East Ridge where they will be recognized for their participation. The program focuses on gaining knowledge about the law, bullying, internet safety, relationships, drug and alcohol awareness, supports and healthy choices.
On Wednesday it is Chief for a Day, where one student will have a chance to get a close up, behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to be a police officer. The student who serves as chief will be chosen from among all Grade 5 students from Owen Sound schools who wrote an essay about negative online and social media posts.
On Thursday, the Chief Citation Awards will be handed out. This year, awards will be handed out to those who stopped to perform life-saving first aid during a serious motor vehicle collision on the 10th St. hill last year, and another individual who has shown many years of commitment to the safety and well-being of women and children in the community.
On Friday there will be tours of the police station at 922 2nd Ave. W. between 1 and 4 p.m.