The Peterborough Police Are Hosting First “Women in Policing Symposium”

The Peterborough Police Service is pleased to announce it is hosting its first ever symposium for women interested in a career in policing.

Taking place March 23rd, the event will invite women to participate in a number of activities meant to expose them to elements of the profession in an informal manner, increase their confidence in their suitability and capability to become an officer, and prepare them to be successful in a recruiting process.

Photograph courtesy Peterborough Police

Photograph courtesy Peterborough Police

In order to provide a quality experience for attendees, the Committee will invite 40 applicants to attend the event. The agenda includes:

-> Resume review
-> Mock interview
-> PREP (physical readiness evaluation for police) test exposure and practice
-> Use of force exposure and practice
-> Scenario work in partnership with an officer
-> Networking lunch with an officer
-> Panel Q&A

Fleming College is partnering in the event and is generously providing their facility. In addition, they will provide childcare for those attendees who need it.  A complimentary light lunch will be included during which attendees will have the opportunity to have impromptu conversations with the officers.

Poster courtesy Peterborough Police Service

Poster courtesy Peterborough Police Service

The free event is geared toward women who have an interest in policing but have never applied or were unsuccessful in the recruiting process and given up.

It takes place Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fleming College’s Sutherland campus. To apply for this event (the deadline to apply is March 4th), complete this short questionnaire.

Those who have been selected to participate in the event will be notified via email by Friday, March 8th.

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The Peterborough Police Service And Lansdowne Place Mall Team Up For 12th Annual Cop Shop

The Peterborough Police Service and Lansdowne Place Mall are excited for the 12th Annual Cop Shop, a cherished holiday tradition for officers, mall staff and local children.

Started in 2006 by Peterborough Police Constable Leanda LeVasseur, Cop Shop partners a Peterborough Police Service officer with a local child based on good school citizenship, volunteer or academic achievement. The schools select the children that participate in the program. 

2016 Cop Shop at Lansdowne Place Mall

2016 Cop Shop at Lansdowne Place Mall

HOW COP SHOP DAY WORKS

-> The children arrive at the mall in a limousine and are provided breakfast courtesy of Tim Hortons.

-> They are also generously provided with a $200 gift certificate from Lansdowne Place to spend on holiday shopping for family and friends.

-> The officer becomes the child’s personal shopper for the day and a bond is quickly formed. (All of the officers that participate in the program are volunteering during their off-duty time.)

-> Mall shops provide the kids with additional discounts and treats.

-> Purchases are wrapped and tagged by mall staff, and by volunteers from the community and the police service. Lunch caps off the event followed by a complimentary photo with Santa and their officer friend.

-> The students then enjoy a limousine ride back to their school courtesy of Welsh Limousine and Ulimate Limousine.  

2016 Cop Shop at Lansdowne Place Mall

2016 Cop Shop at Lansdowne Place Mall

This year’s Cop Shop takes place on Wednesday, December 5th. The children will be arriving at the mall at approximately 9:30 a.m. and the event takes place until about 1:30 p.m.

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Throwdown: Peterborough Police United Way Team Issues Cheeseburger Food Court Eating Challenge

Move over Joey Chestnut, there is a new local food eating challenge on the horizon and it’s all about squads.

The Peterborough Police United Way team have issued an open challenge to all City of Peterborough services, including Peterborough Fire Services and Peterborough Paramedics, to a cheeseburger eating contest at the Lansdowne Place McDonald’s location in the food court on Tuesday, December 4th.

Image courtesy Peterborough Police

Image courtesy Peterborough Police

Starting at 11:30 a.m. on December 4th when the cheeseburgers will be fresh off the grill, teams will pack away as many as possible all for a good cause—and bragging rights of course. All proceeds from this fun event are going to the United Way Peterborough and District.

The challenge is capped at 10 teams, and this year they must be City of Peterborough services with plans to expand the event next year already being discussed. To sign up your City of Peterborough services team, simply contact the Police Services United Way Co-Chair here with your team info. Each team is asked to make an initial $100 donation to the United Way Peterborough District and anything on top of that is a bonus.

Learn more about the burger throwdown in this video Peterborough Police put out…

—post by Aaron Elliott

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Watch: New Peterborough Police Chief Scott Gilbert Being Interviewed On "PTBOCanada" Show

On Episode 22 of PTBOCanada, new Peterborough Police Chief Scott Gilbert talks about his 38 years policing in Toronto and his excitement for this opportunity to come to Peterborough and help this community.

Chief Gilbert on "PTBOCanada"

Chief Gilbert on "PTBOCanada"

In the wide ranging interview, Gilbert discusses everything from mental health initiatives to cold cases to social media to his Spider Man comics. Watch the episode below...

Watch past episodes of PTBOCanada show here in our Video section. 

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Peterborough Police & Riverview Park & Zoo Team Up To Show The Community Love For Boy After Recent Incident

You may recall the recent incident at Riverview Park & Zoo involving a boy named Logan with autism who was visiting the zoo with his family from Belleville when they were verbally accosted by a man that was apparently unhappy with Logan's behaviour.

"We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to this family and want to let them know that they are always more than welcome here at the Park and Zoo," the zoo wrote in a Facebook post, the remainder of the heartfelt entry you can read below...

Well on Monday (June 25th), the zoo showed just how welcoming they are, as they had Logan and his family (pictured below) back to the zoo for a private tour to show them what this community is really about—and how inclusive we are.

Photos of Logan and his family at the zoo courtesy Peterborough Police

Photos of Logan and his family at the zoo courtesy Peterborough Police

Not only that but the Peterborough Police showed up to show their support for Logan...

"After we heard this story we wanted to show up to support Logan, his Mom, his sister and his Nana," Peterborough Police said on their Facebook page. "Our community is about inclusion. Everyone has a place. Everyone belongs."

Photos of Logan and his family at the zoo courtesy Peterborough Police

Photos of Logan and his family at the zoo courtesy Peterborough Police

Logan, thanks for giving the zoo and Peterborough another chance.

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Peterborough Police Participating In Gun Amnesty Program

The Peterborough Police Service is participating in this year’s Gun Amnesty program in April. The service is one of many police services across the Province, including the OPP, participating in the Gun Amnesty program.
 
The Gun Amnesty is for any Ontario resident who wants to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories or ammunition. The Amnesty is a way to provide citizens with a safe way to surrender weapons and enhance public safety.

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During the Amnesty, Police will not recommend weapons-related Criminal Code charges that might otherwise apply to people who are turning in these items. (Please note there is no Amnesty offered for people who turn in weapons that have been used in the commission of a crime. Also, no anonymous submissions will be accepted.)
 
"The safest way to handle an unwanted or illegally-owned firearm is to turn it in for destruction,” says Chief Murray Rodd of Peterborough Police Service.
 

Interested gun owners are strongly urged to call the Peterborough Police Service’s Alternative Response Unit (ARU) non-emergency number at 705-876-1122, ext. 274 to arrange for officers to attend and safely retrieve the weapons.
 
NOTE: Under NO circumstances should anyone deliver guns or ammunition directly to police facilities.

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Peterborough Police Have Homeguard Inspection Program

Peterborough Police's Homeguard Inspection Program is a community-based crime prevention initiative of the force's Auxiliary officers. This program allows community members to take an active role in making their homes less susceptible to criminal activity.

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HOW IT WORKS

-> A Homeguard Inspection is free.
-> Residents can request an appointment for an inspection online by completing the online form or by calling the Peterborough Police Service Victim Services Unit at 705-876-1122, ext 268.
-> An appointment will be set for the Inspection to be conducted.
-> Members of the Auxiliary Unit attend and conduct a home security audit. They inspect windows, doors, and the exterior of the home. A written report is provided to the home owner detailing potential improvements for maximum safety.

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Officers often recommend Homeguard Inspections to victims of break and enter, or domestic violence, but anyone can request an inspection.

Homeguard is meant to help residents improve home security and prevent break-ins and thefts at their home.

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For more information on the program, click here.

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Peterborough Police Just Took A Pet Named Bear On A Ride Before He Was Put Down

Whether you're a pet lover or not, this is one of the best acts of kindness ever.

Peterborough Police received a request to take Millbrook resident John McKelvey's old and sick dog Bear on one last car ride in a police car before needing to be put down. Bear wasn't a police dog, he was just a pet that was dearly loved and wanted a ride in a police vehicle.


And Peterborough Police in an amazing and kind act of generosity did just that: In this beautiful moment for Bear that they posted about on their Facebook page, they gave him one last ride before going to heaven...

Peterborough Police also tweeted about it here...

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Peterborough Police Service On Mental Illness And Looking After Their Own

On Bell Let's Talk Day, Peterborough Police put out a powerful release about the importance of looking after the needs of their own. Read it below...

"The Peterborough Police Service supports Bell Let’s Talk Day and the fight to end stigma around mental illness.
 
For our Service, the wellness of all of our members, sworn and civilian, is crucial. The work of providing emergency service presents unique personal challenges that are not limited to operational staff.
 
We continue to seek opportunities that help our members cope with the rigors of their work and we have launched a variety of initiatives to ensure our employees are healthy both in mind and body.

These initiatives include an Employee and Family Assistance Plan that provides staff and their immediate family members with the ability to contact any registered psychologist, social worker or psychotherapist for confidential support and assistance.
 
In January of 2015, our Service implemented a Wellness Program for our members who are exposed to traumatic incidents on a more frequent basis. The mandatory aspect of this program removes stigma and ensures consistent check-ins.
 
In addition, five senior leaders completed a certificate course from Shepell and Queen’s University on 'Leading a Mentally Healthy Workplace' focusing on creating a healthy work environment and removing stigma.
 
Our Service recognizes that no one is immune to mental illness and we continue to build on the internal programs we have in place to ensure our members are properly supported."

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Peterborough Police Unveil New Door Hanger That Rotary Club Funded

The Peterborough Police Service has produced a new door hanger that will be used by their officers while canvassing during an investigation or when attending a call for service when there is no answer.

Here is what it looks like...

Communicating with members of the community is crucial to the Police Service. The new door hanger is another simple and effective way they can communicate with the public by leaving a notice for someone who is not home with the appropriate information so that they can respond.

Here is what the back of the hangar looks like...

Funding for this project was generously provided by the Peterborough Rotary Club. Police tweeted out thanks...

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