Greater Sudbury Police marked the beginning of Crime Prevention Week on Sunday with a hockey game and other events at McClelland Arena in Copper Cliff on Sunday.
The event also served as an official opening of the police storefront in the arena.
“It's a great day in Copper Cliff,” said Ward 2 Coun. Michael Vagnini, whose ward includes that part of the city.
Police Chief Paul Pedersen said the week is a reminder that everyone needs to work together to keep Sudbury a safe community.
“Nobody chooses to be a victim of crime,” he said. “So let's continue to make Sudbury the happiest and safest place we can.”
Vagnini and Pedersen were joined by Wolves owner Dario Zulich in the ceremonial puck drop. Zulich said there are a lot of parallels between policing and hockey. You need intelligence, hard work and discipline to succeed.
“And integrity – you have to work hard and play fair,” Zulich said.
The game was an exhibition between the police team and the Copper Cliff Redmen – or as Vagnini put it, “Sudbury's finest versus Copper Cliff's finest.”
In addition to the hockey game, the day featured displays from community groups, children's activities — and lots of food.
It was the first event in a week of activities. Today at 2 p.m., police will be on Facebook live to answer questions from the public.
The week-long promotion of crime prevention is themed “Planning Together for Safer Communities,” police said in a news release.
“Throughout Crime Prevention Week Members of the Greater Sudbury Police Service will be participating in feature meetings, displays, presentations, and more in collaboration with our community partners,” the release said.
“The goal of Crime Prevention Week is to engage the community through education and awareness in order to Plan Together for a Safer Community' here in Greater Sudbury.”
The week's events include:
- ATV Safety/ Legal Operation and Crime Prevention Display, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hanmer Mall.
- Crime Prevention Q & A – Facebook Live, 2-3 p.m., GSPS Facebook Page.
- ATV Safety/ Legal Operation and Crime Prevention Display 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Valu Mart, Dowling.
- NOAH Community Hub Drop-in, 5-8 p.m., 154 Durham St.
- Baby Ride and Lock it or Lose it, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., New Sudbury Centre.
- Tweet Along, 8 a.m.4 p.m., Social Media/Twitter
- ATV Safety/ Legal Operation and Crime Prevention Display 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Battistelli’s Your Independent Grocer, Lively