National Police Week celebrations will be held in Amherst on Thursday, May 15, at the Amherst Centre Mall.
AMHERST – Policing will be in the spotlight Thursday when National Police Week celebrations come to the Amherst Centre Mall.
Organized by the Amherst Police Department, Springhill Police and the Cumberland RCMP, the daylong event will feature numerous interactive displays from various policing agencies and from their community partners.
It’s all part of National Police Week that runs from May 11 to 17.
“Police Week is a vehicle to reinforce ties with the community and to honour police for the services they provide and to inform the community of the role of police in the community,” Const. Tom Wood said.
Depending on the weather, the RCMP helicopter will there along with the RCMP’s bomb disposal unit and K-9 service. The emergency response team from the RCMP will be on hand along with retro police cruiers.
The school board’s mini-school bus will on hand to promote school bus safety while Little Pumper Joe will be on hand from the Amherst Fire Department to help promote fire safety.
It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both inside and outside the mall.
“It’s all going to based around community safety and the programs and resources that are available in the community,” Const. Michelle Harrison of the Amherst Police Department said.
Cyberscan will be there along with the Cumberland YMCA, Heritage Gas along with partners like the Red Cross and the Amherst Lions Club.
The event will be interactive for the children in that they’ll be invited to participate in an investigation by answering questions at each of the booths and displays in hopes of solving crimes.
“They’ll be assigned an actual investigation and they’ll have to go around to the different booths and answer questions,” she said. “Every booth will have the answers to those questions and they will have to submit the answers at the end and be eligible for prizes.”
Harrison said there will also be games for the younger students and pre-schoolers in which they will have to match photos with what’s at each of the displays.
Canadian Tire and Dairy Queen have each donated prizes to the event.
Cyberscan and the bomb disposal unit will be doing demonstrations while the Peers Supporting Peers Healthy Minds Program will also do a presentation.