Police Week planning under way

Dave Mathieson
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RCMP community policing officer Travise Dow (left) and Amherst Police Department crime prevention officer Tom Wood, go over the floor plan at Amherst Centre Mall in preparation for May 13 activities. 

AMHERST – Anybody planning a heist at the Amherst Centre Mall on May 13 should re-think and re-schedule.

“This day brings all policing elements together so people can see it in one place and see for themselves first hand the services that are available and can be used,” said Travise Dow, community-policing officer for the Cumberland District RCMP.

The day he is talking about is May 13 and the place is the Amherst Centre Mall.

That’s when the RCMP, along with the Amherst and Springhill Police Departments will join forces with close to 60 other agencies they work with to take part in Police Week activities.

"There’s going to be visits from the helicopter, from RCMP Air Services,” said Dow. “There’s will also be a canine unit from the Springhill prison and a canine unit from the RCMP.”

The Emergency Response Tactical Team will also make an appearance as they pass through town on their way to Newfoundland.

“They’re involved in high profile or high risk situations in support of front line policing,” said Dow.

Other units will include the explosives unit and coastal watch.

“It’s not just front line officers policing the streets. This event shows other things they do, whether it’s working with explosives or a canine unit,” said Const. Tom Wood, crime prevention officer for the Amherst Police Department. “There’s more to policing than patrolling.”

Other groups the police work closely with, such as the Department of Natural Resources, MADD, SADD, senior safety groups and the Lions Club and Lionesses will also be present.

“We’re going to have our policing agencies there but we’ll also have many of out partners that we deal with day in and day out,” said Wood.

The Police Day is part of police week, which has been held across Canada since 1970.

The week has four main objectives: Strengthen ties with the community, promote the services and technology that police provide to the community, inform the community about the role police play in public safety and securit and give the public the opportunity to honour police officers for the safety and security they provide to their communities.

“All those objectives enhance relationships between police and the community,” said Dow. “That’s the main purpose of police week.”





Organizations: RCMP, Springhill Police Departments, Amherst Police Department Department of Natural Resources MADD Lions Club

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Canada

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Recent comments

  • Astounded
    April 30, 2013 - 21:04

    Wow, talk about making yourself feel better with stereotypes....police in this town/county work hard, wishing crime elsewhere seems a bit harsh.

  • al
    April 26, 2013 - 10:39

    Great move,,I do believe that the most important step to prevent crime,,drinking and driving and respecting the law,,is the friendly relationship between law enforcement and the citizens,,that will create respect,,people dont have to be afraid from the police,,and the police must educate the people and gain their trust and they are not cowboys out to get the people,,and that will make the police job easier,,thanks

  • Charlie Joseph
    April 25, 2013 - 14:41

    How embarrassing would it be if a criminal took this as a challenge and targetted a crime (far away from the donut shops the cops will be getting free food from), and then got away despite all the Police presence. I would probably laugh.