May 14 to 20 has been designated as Police Week in Ontario by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP). Police Week started in 1970 and it is observed every year in May to coincide with Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is recognized internationally on May 15. This year’s theme, “Working Together for Safer Communities”, aims to promote the concept that community safety is something that all of us – police, governments, businesses, and citizens – accomplish together. It is an opportunity to promote the many ways police are working with the people they serve to make Ontario safer.
“At Shelburne Police, we believe in community policing. It’s what we do. For community policing to have a positive impact on our communities, we need individuals, families, businesses, and community groups to work together”, states Chief Moore.
In connection with police week, Shelburne Police is introducing their four newest constables that were hired as new recruits in the past two years. Like all police officers in Ontario, these constables went through a rigorous hiring process and then attended the mandatory training at the Ontario Police College. All four of these officers have ties to the local Shelburne community. “They have diverse backgrounds, are connected locally, and bring a variety of skills and experiences from their previous careers”, states Chief Moore. “We are proud to have them as part of our team and serving this great community”, he continued.
- Constable Jennifer Roach: After just under a year volunteering as an auxiliary officer with the Shelburne Police Service, Constable Jennifer Roach was sworn in as a Police Constable in April 2015. For 16 years prior to this she was a Paramedic working first in Dufferin County, then in Peel Region. Constable Roach grew up in Grey County and currently resides in Dufferin County. “I enjoy working in this small town and having personal investment in the community”, stated Constable Roach. (Front row left)
- Constable Jeff McLean: Prior to starting his policing career with Shelburne Police in December 2015, Constable Jeff McLean was a Bank of Montreal Physical Security Analyst and a Security Supervisor for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. McLean was an auxiliary officer with the Shelburne Police Service for just over a year. He grew up in the Shelburne area and continues to reside here. “I am happy to return to my home town and serve the community”, says Constable McLean. (Front row right)
- Constable Bob Fudge: “I am excited to work in this small community and serve its citizens”, states Constable Fudge. Growing up and still residing in Dufferin County, Constable Bob Fudge was an auxiliary with the Shelburne Police Service for just under two years before being sworn in as a Police Constable in December 2016. Many Shelburne residents will recognize him as the former By-Law officer for the Town of Shelburne, a position he held for several years. Before his policing career Fudge also worked for Dufferin Child and Family Services in Orangeville. (Back row right)
- Constable Ryan Hubbert: The newest addition to the Shelburne Police family, Constable Hubbert says, “I couldn’t be more proud serving as a police officer in the town I grew up in”. Prior to being sworn in as a Shelburne Police Constable in April 2017, Hubbert spent many years as a dispatcher for Peel Regional Police Service. He too spent time volunteering as an auxiliary officer with Shelburne Police for just under a year. Constable Hubbert grew up in the Shelburne area and continues to reside in Dufferin County. (back row left)
Connecting with the community is a key element of policing in today’s social environment. Here are some the events Shelburne Police is involved in during police week, and the weeks surrounding police week:
- Shelburne officers are conducting cyber-bullying presentations at the three elementary schools in town
- An officer visited the Dufferin Early Years Centre at the Mel Lloyd Centre mingling with parents and young children, speaking about policing, showing them a police car, and singing nursery rhymes with them
- An officer will be attending Centre Dufferin District High School on May 15th to assist with and monitor the lock down drill that takes place annually.
- Officers and auxiliary officers are organizing and running hot dog days at all three elementary schools. This is a fundraising effort for the upcoming Shelburne Police leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics taking place on May 30th. Officers are barbequing and serving hotdogs at Centennial Hylands School on May 12th, Glenbrook School on May 19th, and Highland Heights School on June 2nd.
- An auxiliary officer and a constable will be attending and supporting the Hospital for Sick Children Fundraiser being sponsored by and held at the Shelburne Town Pharmacy on First Ave East. The event takes place Saturday May 27th from 11:30am to 3pm.
- Sharing is Caring at Glenbrook school: Officers will be in the school yard during lunch break mingling with the children and joining in on activities.
- Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics: The Shelburne leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics takes place on May 30th starting at Fiddle Park at 10:30am. This fundraiser has been a great success the past five years, raising over $10,000.00 for Special Olympics each year. Run teams from a variety of businesses, organizations and schools take part. This event is organized by members of the Shelburne Police Service.