The month of May harks in the busy season for us in the Crime Prevention Unit.
On May 17, the Amherst Police Department, in conjunction with the Cumberland RCMP, will be hosting a Police week event at the Amherst Centre mall.
This year we are hoping that two helicopters will be landing in the parking lot.
The RCMP helicopter is slated to land in the centre of the parking lot near the Tim Hortons entrance. The Department of Natural Resources may have their helicopter land near the parking lot beside Giant Tiger.
I strongly urge everyone to attend and visit the many display booths inside and outside the mall. The event goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many of the displays will be of our partnering agencies within the community.
It is very humbling to see all the hard work that these agencies do for our residents. Please come out and support them and see what they do!
Police week will also have a taser demonstration at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the event. This will be held at the APD booth across from GNC foods.
The artisan gallery will also be hosting a mock jail near their store front. Please come over and support them! There will also be many other fun activities for everyone to enjoy.
I am very proud to be policing in our community and I enjoy hosting this event year after year. It is a great way to meet everyone and a way for Police to thank the community for all their support over the past year.
Our department is also asking residents to drop off any gently used backpacks, towels, toiletries or hoodies at the APD booth. These donated items will be given to Church organizations to create backpacks for homeless individuals. These backpacks will be distributed to community organizations throughout Cumberland County and hopefully help someone out during their time in need.
Another event that is coming up soon is the Crime Stoppers Shredding Day. The group has lined up Scotia Recycling to bring one of their shredding trucks to the Amherst Walmart parking lot on May 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents are urged to come over and shred any old bills or documents. This initiative is to help prevent residents from become victims of identity theft. The event is free however donations are accepted.
I will be there for the full day so please stop by for a visit. This event would not be able to take place without the kind support from the Town of Amherst, the Municipality of Cumberland and the Cumberland Joint Management Services Authority.
The warm weather is now upon us and it seems that residents are taking advantage of the warmer weather and are now biking and skateboarding around town. I love seeing this as it shows our communities commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
I do want to remind residents young and old that they must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, skateboard, scooter or in-line skates. Every year at this time, it seems that people forget that helmets are enforced by our officers.
The Heads Up Helmets On program will be starting up near the end of the month so I urge everyone to dig out their helmets. The Heads Up Helmets On program rewards riders who wear helmets with a coupon for free stuff.
Riders who are caught riding without a helmet are referred to a bike helmet session for the fall. Trust me, no one wants to sit at a helmet information session when it’s nice outside. Please make sure you wear your helmets. Trust me, it only takes a split second to cause a catastrophic injury.
Hope to see some of you at the exciting events slated for May.
Stay safe everyone.
Const. Tom Wood is the crime prevention officer for the Amherst Police Department.