Police, Special Olympians hit pavement in 27th annual Torch Run  

Members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service along with local special athletes participated in the 27th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Thursday June 5, 2014.

Runners, walkers and cyclists travelled via several routes in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics. The Waterloo Regional Police Service is a proud supporter of Special Olympics Ontario, raising almost $300,000 through Torch Run events over the last two and a half decades. 


Snowmobile Safety

The Waterloo Regional Police Service, in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, urged local snowmobilers to make safety a top priority during the winter season.

A team of Waterloo Regional Police officers along with O.F.S.C. Trail Patrol, actively patrolled O.F.S.C trails in the Townships of Woolwich, Wellesley, Wilmot and North Dumfries to assist those in need and conduct enforcement under the provisions of the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act.

 
Impaired Driving

After noticing an increase in impaired driving arrests during a six hour period on the evening of February 3, 2014, the Waterloo Regional Police Service issued a reminder about the consequences of drunk driving and arrested and charged five Cambridge residents with alcohol-related offences.

Waterloo Regional Police urged drivers to plan ahead if they intend to consume an intoxicating substance and to arrange for a sober designated driver or use public transportation to get home safely.


Canada Road Safety Week

Endorsed by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Canada Road Safety Week is a coordinated effort of vigorous enforcement and education of our traffic laws with a focus on identifying road users whose actions and risk-taking can bring harm to themselves and others.

In partnership with police agencies across Canada, Waterloo Regional Police conducted enforcement and public awareness strategies for driving offences  that included; impairment by alcohol and drugs, driving while suspended, distracted driving, careless driving, failing to yield, use of handheld devices,  aggressive driving, speeding, and seatbelt offences.

 
Police and community partners focus on road safety with education and enforcement initiatives

The Waterloo Regional Police Service, in conjunction with our partners in road safety and the local cycling community, held a cycling awareness event on June 5, 2014.

The information session included the following topical presentations:

  • Overview of the Thumbs Up! Campaign- City of Kitchener
  • Highway Traffic Act and Support for Cycling - Waterloo Regional Police Service
  • Changes to the HTA - Share-the-Road
  • Municipal Political Perspective - Participating in Political Process- City of Waterloo
  • Leading in the Cycling Movement in Waterloo Region- Waterloo Cycling Club


 Our goal is always to help encourage a positive roadway environment and to reduce injuries.

To download a Share the Road pamphlet, please visit our website at www.wrps.on.ca. For additional information, also visit www.sharetheroad.ca
 

Police, community agencies, volunteers work together for student safety

Approximately 2,000 student volunteers ranging in age from 10 to 14 years participated in the annual School Safety Patroller Program which provided training in assisting children to cross streets safely, as well as instruction in basic first aid and bus evacuation procedures.

Training is provided each September to help set a tone around the importance of safety throughout the school year and to provide a reminder that everyone has a responsibility and a role to play in ensuring an incident- free school year. 


The Waterloo Regional Police Service received award from Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

The Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award recognized the Service and our partner agencies for the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Community Safety Operational Plan which supported a successful event maintained a focus on awareness.


Firearms and prohibited weapons amnesty

In October 2014, the Waterloo Regional Police launched a Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Amnesty program, a month-long community safety and awareness initiative which offered a proactive strategy to provide an additional incentive for members of the public to turn in items that present a potential safety risk.

With a goal of reducing the number of unwanted and illegally owned firearms and prohibited weapons present in our community the following items were submitted to police for destruction as a result of the campaign:

Firearms: 233

Pellet guns / BB guns/ imitation guns: 84

Prohibited weapons:  29

Ammunition: 12,600 rounds

Military Ordnance: 4


Police and partner agencies celebrate Crime Prevention Week

The Waterloo Regional Police Service, in collaboration with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and partner agencies, celebrated Ontario Crime Prevention Week November 2-8, 2014.

The 2014 theme “Community Safety and Well Being = A Shared Responsibility” is embodied in a number of crime prevention initiatives in Waterloo Region, for example:

30 Days of Think - a contest for students to promote positive use of social media. The goal was to get students ‘THINKing’ about how they use social media and to be responsible and respectful online. 

Lock It or Lose It!  -public education campaign focused on reducing property crime with an emphasis on preventing theft from vehicles. 

Preventing Hate Crimes and Violence – Crime Prevention Council’s focus for November, this initiative includes Friends of Crime Prevention and leaders within the LGBTQ community sharing experiences and learning opportunities to eliminate hate and promote understanding across our communities.

Crime Awareness Team – created to build a connection with the students and faculty at local universities to enhance communication and identify emerging issues on campus and in the community which contribute to safety and wellbeing.

The Connectivity Project – Connectivity tables in Cambridge and Kitchener bring individuals of elevated risk to the attention of service providers to provide wrap-around interventions and long term strategies promoting wellness and security in our communities.  

AWARENESS

Pictured above:  Police members participate in the annual Law Enforcement
Torch Run for Special Olympics which takes place every June.