Greater Sudbury Police kicked off their annual Police Week on May 13 on the grounds of Science North.
The event is held every year in Sudbury in conjunction with provincial and national police week, and gives local police forces the chance to get out and interact with the community.
"It's a great opportunity for us to meet with the public and help give them a closer understanding of what it is we're doing in the community," said GSPS Insp. John Somerset. "We have a number of events happening throughout the week."
The Police Week launch event had a variety of stations set upl, including the GSPS tactical unit, bike safety, GSPS volunteer information, Citizens on Patrol, and the detachment's mobile command post was set up.
Children were allowed to sit in the driver's seat of a GSPS crusier and flash the lights and sound the siren.
The theme for this year's police week in Ontario is "Supporting Our Police", and Somerset says that it's a two-way street when it comes to support between the community and its police service.
"The job we do every day is to keep the community safe, when the public is supportive of what we're doing, whether it's making changes in a community, our drug enforcement work, it helps us do our job better," said Somerset. "Help us help you."
Greater Sudbury Police Services tactical unit will be holding a demonstration on May 15 at the Lionel E. Lalonde Centre in Azilda at 4:30 p.m. where members of the public are welcome. Police will also be out in the community during the week promoting things like bike, boat and ATV safety.
"We're coming into the summer months now so we want to make sure everyone knows what the laws are and are keeping themselves safe," said Somerset.
You can stay up to date on other Police Week activities and events at the Greater Sudbury Police Services Facebook page.