The Port Hope Police Service is committed to providing a full range of community service programs Cst. Tammie Staples, the appointed Community Services Officer, continues to provide services that were once provided by patrol officers, in addition to new programs.
In order to assist the Community Liaison Officer, a Dodge Charger was obtained through the assistance of Lakeridge Chrysler. The vehicle allows the officer to attend all required community functions, school visits and other events while still displaying the community spirit and community programs provided in a non-enforcement environment.
One of the most important components of our community service programs involves area public and separate schools. The following programs are conducted in each of the schools:
- School Bus Safety
- Halloween Safety
- Stranger Awareness
- Bicycle Safety
- Values Influences and Peers or VIP
The VIP Program is presented to students in grade 6. It includes lectures on why laws and rules exist and the moral expectations of society. Students are then introduced to the dangers of use and abuse of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. The Program also includes lectures on vandalism, shoplifting, bullying and internet use. These lectures center on the choices we all have and the consequences of our choices. Other agencies play an important role in the VIP program in addition to the police. For instance, personnel from the Probation and Parole office conduct a lecture on the youth and the law.
The program concludes with a graduation ceremony.
The senior grade schools, high school, and private schools all have programs covering drug awareness and youth and the law. The schools at this level run the programs themselves but have the benefit of calling the community service unit for assistance or lectures.
Lectures at the community level include talks on Crime Proofing Homes, Senior Citizen Scams, Being Safe in the Public, and Women's Safety and Internet Safety.
The community service programs conducted by the Port Hope Police Service are all examples of how committed the police service is in keeping the citizens of Port Hope informed and educated.
Should you or your group require the need of the community services unit, please contact the Port Hope Police Service to consult with Cst. Tammie Staples.