WINDSOR, N.S. — Every May, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police hold activities in conjunction with national Police Week.
The Windsor District RCMP hosted an ice cream social as a way to promote this year's theme, which was 'Meet Your Neighbours.'
“As a policing organization, we are more than just the uniform. We are part of the fabric of the community. We are scout leaders and hockey coaches, we are the volunteers at the local food cupboards and on school councils. We are friends and neighbours,” said Brenda Lucki, the commissioner of the RCMP, in a press release issued to commemorate Police Week.
Those visiting the Windsor-based detachment May 17 not only had a chance to tour the jail cells, learn about the various equipment the RCMP has at its disposal, and try on vision impairment goggles, but they discovered what some officers do when they're not on duty. Cst. Richard Collins, for example, brought his three huskies to the detachment. The huskies, all rescues, are well-trained and can be seen in action when Collins participates in East Coast mushing activities.
They also had the opportunity to visit with organizations that help support policing efforts, including West Hants Ground Search and Rescue, Crime Stoppers, Citizens on Patrol and the Hants County Senior Safety Association.
Douglas Hudgins, the co-ordinator for the Citizens on Patrol group based in Ellershouse, has been volunteering with the organization for seven years. He says they're comprised of citizens eager to keep their community safe while working closely with the RCMP. They're always looking for new members to join.
“Citizens on Patrol is important because we are the ears and eyes of the RCMP when they're not there. That's what it comes down to,” said Hudgins. “We can report any fire-related items, any crime-related items from our vehicles directly to the RCMP and they can respond to the incident.”
Hudgins had a table set up at the RCMP open house May 17 in hopes of spreading the word about what they do.
“We're not supposed to put ourselves in danger. That's why we don't exit the car to investigate anything. We make our phone calls, that's what we do.”
Cpl. Angela Corscadden, one of the shift supervisors at the Windsor District RCMP detachment, said the annual event also serves as a way to thank the organizations that volunteer to make the area a better place in which to call home.
“It's a way to be interactive... and it's a way for people in the community to meet us, as their neighbours,” said Corscadden.
While the event wasn't as well attended as they would have hoped, Corscadden said they're planning to host something similar next May in conjunction with Police Week.