The Shelburne Police Service has a long tradition of partnership with those residents who live, work, or visit our town. Our goal is to enhance overall safety and quality of life for Shelburne residents through partnerships and efforts in education and crime prevention.
Crime is inevitable. However, crime prevention and community action efforts are viable additions to reactionary enforcement and can affect crime rates, quality of life and the sense of security, well-being and self-determination within a community.
The men and women of the Shelburne Police Service work closely with businesses, schools, associations and civic groups to make the Town of Shelburne a safer and more enjoyable place to live. The qualities of dedication, loyalty, integrity and willingness to serve as partners in the community are key values among staff in providing safety and protection to the public.
Below are a number of Community Events which members of the Shelburne Police Service have participated in.
Fundraising Event – Arrest a Teacher
Shelburne Public Schools and the Shelburne Police Service are excited to participate in a novel fundraising idea. Students at the schools are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items to help underprivileged families in Dufferin County. The classes that bring in the most food have their teachers arrested by members of the Shelburne Police Service.
As a result of this unique idea, area Schools have raised thousands of kilograms of food in aid of the less fortunate.
Annual Stuff-A-Cruiser Event
The Shelburne Police Service has an annual Stuff a Cruiser Campaign. Each year police are asking for your assistance in stuffing a cruiser full of food and toys to help underprivileged families in Dufferin County. You can drop off non-perishable food items and toys, just inside the front doors of town hall.
Over the years these drives have been a huge success. Partnerships with the Salvation Army and Dufferin Child and Family Services are used to distribute the donations collected throughout Dufferin County to families in need.
Special Olympics Torch Run
In 2011 the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics returned to Shelburne after a 10 year hiatus. Since its return the event has raised more than $42,000 for the Special Olympics.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) teaches our children—from kindergarten through high school—that popularity can be found in positive behavior, that belonging need not require them to abandon their values, that self-confidence and self-worth come from asserting themselves and resisting destructive temptations. D.A.R.E. teaches them not just that they should refuse drugs and alcohol, and not participate in violent activities, but how to do so. D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.
Safe Cycling Citations
Each year the Shelburne Police Service in partnership with Dufferin Mutual Insurance Company are pleased to hand out safety citations each year to responsible bicycle riders. The Dufferin Mutual Insurance Company graciously donates two bicycles each year to be entered in draws.
When an officer from the Shelburne Police Service observes safe cycling skills such as wearing your helmet, using signals and obeying traffic signs, the person on the bicycle is stopped and issued a ticket. This ticket is entered into the draw and gives that person an opportunity to win one of the bicycles.
Each year on Canada Day two names are drawn and the winners are announced.
Live Free Campaign
Every day, many children in our community live without the basic necessities that many of us take for granted. They lack warm homes, food to eat or a caring person to ensure they have what they need to grow and achieve a bright future. Often these children are sent to school without the proper nutrition to allow them to focus in their classes. Put simply, they are too hungry to learn. But this can change and you can make a difference. By raising funds for the Food and Friends program through the Live Free Campaign, you can help provide a healthy start to the day for any child in Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin County who needs it.