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Cops and community members mingle as Police Week kicks off

Police recognize community partnerships at Police Week 2018

Members of Greater Sudbury Police Services welcomed members of the community to the All Nations Church parking lot on May 14 in celebration of the kick-off of Police Week 2018.

This year's theme for Police Week is Celebrating Policing and Community Partnerships and throughout the week, officers will be tipping their caps to their partners in the community that help keep the city safe.

"We have a lot of different partnerships throughout the community that assist us in doing our job, whether it's Sudbury and Area Victim Services, Health Sciences North, Public Health Sudbury and Districts or the City of Greater Sudbury," said Insp. John Somerset.

"It's really recognizing those partnerships and how they make the community a safer and healthier place."

Monday's kick-off event gave the police service the opportunity to showcase different units and departments that work throughout the city on a daily basis.

"It's about letting people know what it is we do 365 days a year," said Somerset. "Today we're showcasing all the various units within Greater Sudbury Police Services. We have our tactical unit, our rural unit, our traffic unit, courts branch, and our mobile command post that we share with Fire Services and EMS."

Officers will be out in the community during the week, giving a variety of presentations, including marine and ATV safety. 

"Those are big in our area, so that's definitely something from our Police Week that is Sudbury-specific," said Somerset. "Obviously different communities and cities will have different focuses."

The overarching message across Ontario from May 13-19 is to recognize community partnerships and shining a light on how many different branches are involved with community safety and health.

"A lot of people wouldn't necessarily associate our partnership with something like public health, and they may think it's separate but a lot of our work focuses on health and we rely on community partners like the health unit and CMHA," said Somerset.

"The police ourselves, we can't take on every single problem and solve it, so we're thankful for our community partners and being able to just refer people to the right type of service that they need."

GSPS will also take some time recognize their own this week, as the Police Awards Gala is Thursday, May 17.