PANS 39th AnnuAl Crime Prevention Guide Child Abuse AwAreness
4 Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) applauds the efforts of the Police Association of Nova Scotia to educate children and inform the public about heinous crimes. As a social justice oriented union, PSACsupports initiatives that address those who are victimized in society. PSACmembers work towards safe workplaces and safe communities in which we all can flourish. Proudly supported by Jeannie Baldwin, Regional Executive President (ATL) P.S.A.C and Dave Shaw, Atlantic Region Organizer P.S.A.C.
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 7 From the Publisher Ma r k e t i n g S e r v i c e s ( A t l . ) L t d . “Providing quality, professional marketing and fund raising services on behalf of high-profile, non-profit organizations.” this guide was proudly assembled and published by Fenety Marketing services, with the help and co-operation of the Police association of nova scotia. w w w . f e n e t y . c o m 1-800-561-4422 On behalf of Fenety Marketing Services, welcome to the Police Association of Nova Scotia’s 39th Annual Community Guide focusing on Child Abuse Awareness. It is an honor and a privilege working with PANS on assembling these publications with important Crime Prevention information for Nova Scotia’s communities. It is a tragedy that children suffer at the hands of adults, but unfortunately the hurt continues behind closed doors. Violence against our children should not be tolerated. Hopefully the information contained in this year’s publication will provide one more public resource to help the victims of this terrible crime. I would like to extend sincere thanks to the many business and residential community members throughout our province for their support of PANS’ Annual Telephone Appeal. Without you, this publication would not be possible. Your generosity is very much appreciated, and we look forward to your continued support of this annual community project. sincerely, Mark T. Fenety President Fenety Marketing Services
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 9 PANS Conference June 2009 Held in New Glasgow Back Row: David Fisher (CEO), Dale Johnson (Charlottetown), Peter MacKay (Minister of National Defense), Damien Clarke (Charlottetown), Tim Keizer (Charlottetown), Mike Goss (Kentville) Front Row: Ron Kennedy (Charlottetown), Gail MacDonald (Charlottetown), Chris Watts (Charlottetown), Wilf Andrews (Kentville) Wilf Andrews (Kentville), Mike Goss (Kentville), Chris Watts (Charlottetown), and Dale Johnson (Charlottetown) Scott White (Amherst), Dave Lepper (Amherst), Derrah Reid (Amherst) and Aubrey Armsworthy (Amherst) The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defense Police Officers at PANS Conference 2009
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 11 Truro’s Police Chief, RCMP Officer recipients of longservice awards TRURO - Truro’s police chief and a veteran RCMP officer received long-service awards Tuesday from the province. Chief David MacNeil was recognized for his 15 years and Cpl. Sharron Sisson for her 25 years as police officers in Nova Scotia by the provincial government. MacNeil’s service has all been with the Truro Police Service, being hired out of the Atlantic Police Academy. MacNeil was one of 75 recipients from across the province to receive awards for 15 and 25 years of consecutive service in Nova Scotia. "It is important we take the time to recognize and thank these men and women for their hard work and dedication to our justice system," said Justice Minister Ross Landry, a former RCMP officer. "Through their service, they are creating a province that is safer for all Nova Scotians." This is the second year for the program. A year ago 12 Truro police officers and six RCMP members in Colchester County received the award. Cyber Cop and Donna Gallant, PANS Office Cyber Cop and Shelley Richardson, Kids Help Phone PANS’ president Derrah Reid making a presentation to Shelley Richardson, Regional Director Kids Help Phone David Fisher, CEO PANS, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, 21 April 09, at the annual CPA reception in Ottawa Published on October 29th, 2009 Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 13 MacLeod Honoured at NG Police Station NEW GLASGOW - The community boardroom at the New Glasgow Police Station has been renamed the MacLeod Community Boardroom, in honour of the late town Councillor Danny MacLeod. Family, friends and colleagues attended the ceremony and dedication Feb. 6 at the station. MacLeod served for 19 years on town council and served as chairperson of the New Glasgow Police Commission for 10 years and president of the Canadian Association of Police Boards from 1999 to 2001. “It’s extremely humbling, for all of us today to see so many of his friends that he loved so dearly and the police that he loved so much, be here today to honour my father for his decades of service,” said Lisa MacLeod, Ontario MPP for Nepean-Carlton. MacLeod was involved with leading the construction of the new police station, serving on the building committee. “The biggest and most exciting experience of his political career was building this police station,” she said. The station on Park Street opened in 1997 to give the police more space and modern facilities. The old station was attached to the fire department in downtown New Glasgow. “Because the New Glasgow Police Service and successful community policing for every community across Canada were so very dear to his heart and remained one of his greatest passions, it is a most fitting tribute that the New Glasgow Police Service Boardroom bear his name,” said Mayor Barrie MacMillan. Originally published February 10, 2010 - The Advocate New Glasgow Police Deputy Chief Eric MacNeil, left, and Virginia MacLeod, wife of the late Danny MacLeod stand next to a commemorative sign and portrait unveiled at the renaming ceremony Feb. 6. The New Glasgow Community Boardroom to the MacLeod Community Boardroom in honour late Danny MacLeod. Also pictured are Sgt. Duane Rutledge, back left and Const. Ken MacDonald, right. (Reusch photo) Honoured for long service Originally published October 28, 2009 Long-serving police officers from across Nova Scotia - including three officers from New Glasgow - were recognized for contributions to law enforcement in the province with the Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long Service Award Program. Justice Minister and Attorney General Ross Landry presented the awards Tuesday in a ceremony in Halifax to 75 recipients. From left are: New Glasgow’s Cpl. Brian Hyson and Const. Ken MacDonald, who each received 15-year service awards; New Glasgow Coun. Jack Lewis; Deputy Chief Eric MacNeil; Landry; Sgt. Alan Roberts, who received a 25-year award; New Glasgow Police Chief Delaney Chisholm; and New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan. (Submitted photo)
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 15 Truro Police Service Cst. Colin Charlesworth at Seniors’ Expo Two Truro Seniors and Cyber at Seniors’ Expo Cst. Colin Charlesworth with Day Care group after tour at Truro Police Service Cst. Jon Keddy at the NSCC Science Fair Cst. Karen Harling, Cp. Kelly Moore-Reid, Cst. Shari Barna, Cst. Karen DeGroot on horseback at the 2009 AWLE Conference Cancer Survivor Walk - Cst. Rick Hickox and D/Chief Jim Flemming
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 17 Pride was in the air TRURO - From serving meals at McDonalds to keeping the public safe, Colchester County residents were active participants in the recent Vancouver Olympics. “It gives me goosebumps even now thinking about it,” said Karen DeGroot, a constable with the Truro Police Service, who along with Truro police’s detective Const. Bruce Lake, offered their services during the Olympics with other policing representatives from throughout the country. “Pride was in the air.” The excitement and sense of patriotism remained throughout the Games and was evidenced in many forms, including a sea of red and white colours flaunted from one end of the city to the other. The sounds of the Olympics were just as impressive said Blake Green Walsh, who is an employee of the Robie Street McDonalds in Truro. Green Walsh was serving McDonalds to coaches, athletes and media at the Olypmics. “Some nights I couldn’t sleep it was so noisy because of the crowds in the streets,” said the Salmon River resident. “It was a tsunami of sound,” added Shubenacadie’s Glenna Andrews who bused the German men’s hockey team to their destinations. Truro’s Kathy Sutherland attended as a spectator, along with her husband Greg, and echoed the other Colchester County residents’ impressions. “You heard the crowds all through downtown Vancouver, especially when medals were won (by Canada).” Old Barns’ Murdo Ferguson, there as a physician, said it’s tough to truly capture the experience without being there. “There’s nothing like it. Seeing it live is different than watching it on TV,” said Ferguson. “You don’t appreciate the challenge of the athletes on TV. It’s amazing what they face and the city’s reaction to it. There are no words to describe it.” Truro Police Service’s Const. Karen DeGroot has many fond memories of policing at the Vancouver Olympics, including meeting NHL superstar Alexander Ovechkin. Originally published March 9th, 2010 Monique Chiasson ~ The Truro Daily News Tim Hunter Pierre Collette Brian Gairns Scott White Francis Smith Ryan O’Toole Norman Bourque Amherst Police Department
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 19 City police and Child Find P.E.I. partner to keep children safe Parents can take their youngsters to downtown Charlottetown police depot for fingerprinting Originally published Monday, January 18, 2010 The Guardian - Cassandra Bernard CHARLOTTETOWN - The Charlottetown police department is partnering with Child Find P.E.I. to help keep Island children safe. A recent fingerprinting clinic, All About Me, was offered at the department’s downtown depot where parents could take their children for fingerprinting for their future safety. Four-year-old Charlie Ross was the first one to get his fingers printed by Sherri Smith of Child Find P.E.I. His mother, Beth Johnston, said she took him to get it done because the All About Me I.D. is a good thing to have in case anything ever happened. “It would be unthinkable even to imagine, with one of these things you can be extra cautious,” she said. Johnston said if a child ever did go missing, the first few hours would be crucial. “I would rather be organized,” she said. Every second Tuesday of the month, between 1 and 3 p.m., Charlottetown police officers and Child Find staff, with the help of volunteers, will offer parents and children personal tips and advice on using the Internet safely. The parents will get to take home a booklet they can fill in with their child’s information such as weight, hair and eye colour, allergies, blood type, disabilities and nicknames. Child Find takes a picture of the child and it is kept in the booklet where it should be updated every six months. The fingerprints and footprints are kept in the booklet also. Canon is a sponsor of Child Find and supplies all of their printers, paper, height charts and cameras for the program. Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan was at the downtown depot last Tuesday afternoon along with Smith and a few others. McGuigan says Charlottetown police are pleased to work with Child Find P.E.I. as the organization is one of Canada’s oldest and largest missing children’s organizations, offering community awareness and public education programs related to child safety. All of the programs are offered for free and police are urging parents to take advantage of these programs at the Kent Street downtown depot. To get an All About Me I.D. booklet, contact your local Child Find office for upcoming I.D. clinics in the area. Bring along appropriate identification, two pieces of I.D. for parents and the child requires one, for example a provincial health card or a birth certificate. Child Find and the police wanted to be sure people understood that they do not keep the fingerprints or pictures; everything is given to the parents to take home. For more information call 902-3681678 or visit www.childfindpei.com. Charlie Ross gets his fingers printed by Sherri Smith of Child Find P.E.I. at a recent fingerprinting clinic in Charlottetown. GUARDIAN PHOTO The Joint Management Team of the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit met recently to plan for the 2010 policing priorities for the unit. The JMT is responsible for the budgetary process, personnel and setting the community priorities for the unit. Community priorities are established by the JMT in partnership with the Street Crime and Criminal Intelligence Nova Scotia officers who have officers assigned with the unit at New Glasgow Police Service. Pictured seated, from the left are: S/Sgt. Steve Halliday OIC RCMP; New Glasgow Police Chief Delaney Chisholm and Sgt. Phil Oliver, RCMP; standing are: Trenton Police Chief Robert White and Stellarton Police Chief Hugh Muir. (News - Feb. 5, 2010- Submitted photo)
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 21 Cyber Cop educates youth on internet dangers TRURO - There’s a new cop on the school beat in Truro and he’s targeting cyber crime. Truro Police Service introduced its newest crime-fighting member “Cyber”, a robotic-like mascot, in a show of flashing lights and electrified music at Truro Elementary School. "This is an initiative Truro Police Service did all on its own as part of our commitment to community safety," said Const. Jon Keddy, the department’s school resource officer. The officer has identified areas of concern in schools directly related to the cyber community but was concerned there were no educational programs available to teach students about potential dangers lurking on the Internet. "The Internet and the whole cyber world is an asset but you have to treat it with respect," said Keddy. He describes cyber space as an unsupervised playground for kids and feels education is key to protecting children from online predators. The officer, with the help of two students who worked with the department last summer, developed a curriculum to educate children about Internet safety, etiquette and protocol, including text messaging, social networking and the overall dangers of Internet crime and bullying. As part of the program’s development, Keddy approached police Chief Dave MacNeil, with an idea to create Cyber, the department’s new Internet Cop Mascot. "We’re really proud of the program," said the chief. "Just seeing the kids’ faces today. It was money well spent. It’s definitely a made in Truro solution for a problem that was identified in our community." He said funding for the new initiative came from the department’s community policing operational budget but declined to give an exact cost. Cyber wears a shiny white and blue police suit complete with red and blue flashing lights and stands about six and a half feet tall. A company affiliated with Universal Studios in Florida manufactured the robotic cop. His slogan is Programmed For Safety and he uses interactive messaging that is known as Cyber’s Rules to deliver powerful anti-bullying and safety messages to children. Children will also be able to collect Cyber’s rules on animated collectible cards, and computer mouse pads. The rules will be delivered to students using a high quality digitally animated Power Point presentation, created by program partner Nova Scotia Community College Motion Animation Department, Truro campus. Cyber will be directly involved with Truro’s three major schools, reaching more than 2,800 children. "Cyber crime is growing worldwide and through education and awareness we hope to reduce the impact of cyber crime on our community and possibly further if this mascot trend continues abroad," said Keddy. Children will also be able to collect Cyber’s rules on animated collectible cards, and computer mouse pads. Originally published December, 2009 - Sherry Martell, Blueline Magazine For further information contact David MacNeil, Chief of Police, Truro Police Service 902-897-3274 email@example.com
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 23 Keeping the Kosovo peace Keeping the peace in Prince Edward Island’s capital city has long been a career way of life for Sgt. Gordon McConnell. But in 2003/2004 this member of the Charlottetown City Police Service stepped it up more than a few notches when he traveled to Decani, Kosovo for seven months to provide peacekeeping services in the war-torn province of the former Yugoslavia. And as his time in that city wrapped up, McDonnell found himself smack dab in the middle of violent rioting by ethnic Albanians against Serb and other non-Albanian communities that lasted three days and 19 people dead, more than 1,000 wounded and 4,100 displaced. “There was a lot of gunfire and rioting (during those three days),” remembers McConnelly who is one of a number of officers from the Charlottetown Police Service who have been involved in this type of international policing mission, which is under the banner of the United Nations (UN). McConnell was a corporal in 2003 when the opportunity to volunteer for peacekeeping service, working with the Kosovo Police Service (KPS) at a local police facility in Decanti. This deployment was part of an RCMP-run peacekeeping unit that supplies officers from the RCMP and municipal police forces for deployment for UN peacekeeping missions around the world. “With me (my reason for signing up) was a veteran,” McConnell says of his late father, George McConnell, who fought in the during the Second World War. “I was always proud of the fact that he was a veteran... so I thought I’d like to do an over seas mission if I had an opportunity to do that.” McConnell and a team of eight other Canadians joined a mission force that included UN Police representatives from all over the world. “Our core mission was to build up an interim force and to protect human rights and that means mentoring and training to the police service…. Without security you can’t have anything. You need security before you can build that society…,” McConnell says. “(And as an example, fundamental human rights means) you can’t just detain and arrest somebody without cause; and you don’t strike or hit a prisoner or torture a prisoner for statements.” Due to his experience and supervisory skills, McConnell was signed chief of investigations at a local Decani police facility, which took in 43 villages in their area of responsibility. He also did a short stint as station commander. That station came under attack during that fateful day on March 17, 2004, which was the start of the three days of rioting. The root of it all stems from unsubstantiated reports by Kosovo news agencies that said that Serbians had chased three young Albanian children into a river where they drowned. “That was just the torch that the population needed. One day in Decani, dump trucks came in and they blocked all the entrances to the road and the riot was on, “ McConnell remembers. “And so all these people came out and thousands of people gathered and they protested. They burned our cars and they burned everything with UN on it and they wanted to come and tear down our UN flag. (They) fired shots at our feet and tracer fire over our heads and around our accommodations through the night to intimidate us.” Things reached a major crisis point on the second day when a crowd of more than 1,000 angry young Albanian protesters swarmed toward a 700-plus-year-old monastery filled with Serbian monks. “They started to head to the monastery, yelling and chanting that they were going to burn it,” McConnell says. The monks were by no means unprotected. Each area in Kosovo had a UN military component and the Italian military had a strong presence close by. “(The monastery) is up a muddy road up the mountain and the Italians were up there with tanks pointing down at the road with orders to protect (it) at all costs. And there’s this bunch of protestors coming up the road and (some were) firing AK(- 47)s.” Knowing the carnage that is about to erupt, a KPS officer and McConnell grabbed onto one of the organizers of the protest and drove through the crowd, ignoring the guns pointed at them, then turned to face the rioters. “We ended up getting between the crowd and the tanks and we were able to diffuse the crowd through this organizer and the KPS, (plus the threat) of the tanks,” he says. “It was more diffusing them than anything. They were just wanting to do something.” When McConnell returned home to his wife, Sandy, whose support he credits for his being able to do this mission, he carried with him a much greater appreciation for Canada overall. “What did I learn? Canada is the greatest country in the world. Canadian police are amongst the finest police in the world, I would say, “ he says with a smile. “In general terms (I have a better appreciation for) most things that we take for granted here in Canada, like paved roads, street lighting, garbage collection, running water, electricity.” Originally published November 10th, 2009 Mary MacKay ~ The Guardian PANS Board of Directors and Cyber Cop presentation to National Kids Help Line Brian Gairns, John Haggerty, Dave Hirtle at Town of Amherst employee golf game.
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 25 Charlottetown City Police capture title at annual Spa Corporate Challenge Charlottetown City Police captured the championship title at The Spa Corporate Challenge presented recently by Hansen Electric. The annual event that tests the fitness levels of teams of four at various stations raises money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital P.E.I. Cancer Treatment Centre. This year, there were 13 teams competing for the Spa Corporate Challenge title in Charlottetown for most Fit Corporation. The teams of four competed in various fun fitness tests that included a tennis challenge, obstacle course, relay race and a few more. The Spa, Hansen Electric and Gemini sponsored the event. Prizes were awarded to the top two finishing teams, plus numerous door prizes were provided by local businesses at the closing banquet. “We are pleased to announce that the fundraising from this event raised $4,800 that will be supporting the QEH/Eastlink 21-Hour Equipment Drive in support of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s P.E.I Cancer Treatment Centre,” said Blair Hansen, the owner of The Spa Total Fitness Centre. The QEH Foundation is truly grateful to have an organization such as The Spa co-ordinate a fundraising event to support the QEH/Eastlink 21-Hour Equipment Drive, said John MacLean, QEH/Eastlink 21-Hour Equipment Drive event co-chair. “The equipment drive will took place this year on May 23-24th. It featured a live and online auction, live Island entertainment and interview,” said MacLean. “We are very fortunate to begin the fundraising of this event with the funds contributed from the Spa Corporate Challenge.” Originally published March 24th, 2009 The Guardian The Charlottetown Police Department Choir will be carolling at several city seniors’ homes tonight. This is the 13th year in a row the 12-officer choir has performed for the elderly citizens of Charlottetown during the holiday season. The choir, which was formed in 1996, has also performed for royalty on two occasions, with the RCMP Musical Ride and at the National Memorial Service in Ottawa and the International Police Memorial in Cleveland, Ohio. The choir performs throughout the year at city celebrations and at the funerals of officers and their family members. All of the proceeds of the choir’s first CD, released in 2000, went to the Canadian Cancer Society. This evening the choir will sing traditional Christmas carols, starting at Andrews Lodge at 4 p.m., Parkwest Lodge at 4:45, Notre Dame Convent at 5:30, The Garden Home at 6:15 p.m., Atlantic Baptist Home at 7 p.m. and finish at Whisperwood Villa at 7:45 p.m. Police Choir spreads Christmas cheer The Charlottetown Police Services Choir sings some Christmas carols to the residents of Andrews Lodge in West Royalty. The choir, which was formed in 1996, visited many seniors’ homes in the Charlottetown area. GUARDIAN PHOTO Originally published in The Guardian, Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Sean Coombs, left, Mike Chaloner, Kevin Spencer and Mike Rae were part of the Charlottetown City Police team that captured the championship title at the recent Spa Corporate Challenge, a fundraiser for the QEH/Eastlink 21-Hour Equipment Drive. Submitted photo
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 27 A new federal law aims to give police officers the right to demand a sobriety test from drivers. On July 2, changes to Bill C-32 will mean roadside sobriety tests are no longer voluntary. A number of police officers from across Prince Edward Island and Fredericton, N.B., were in Charlottetown on Wednesday being trained on how to conduct field sobriety tests. “We’re doing standard field sobriety testing. What that is is another tool for police officers across Prince Edward Island,” said RCMP C onst. Ken Wakelin, one of the instructors at the training session. This type of training is not new to P.E.I. It’s been taking place here for a number of years. Wakelin is one of four instructors in the Charlottetown area trained to show officers what to look for. As of July 2, officers will be able to demand drivers take a roadside sobriety test. “Before, everything was voluntary. After that, it would become mandatory,” he said, noting that it could take a while before mandatory roadside testing goes into effect here. Wakelin said most of the time people volunteer to take the sobriety test immediately after being pulled over. “Most people have no problem in doing it, the reason being it only takes three to 10 minutes to do, depending on the area and terrain. Most people are happy doing a standard sobriety test in front of an officer rather than blowing into an instrument because they can’t control that instrument.” While chapters of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers across Canada have been in favour of the new law, saying it will take more impaired drivers off the roads, one group, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, is concerned about the reliability of the tests and personal privacy. Wakelin stressed police have no intention of abusing the privilege. “I don’t want people to think that we can just pull people off the road at random, that’s not right. It violates everyone’s Charter of Rights, including my own. That’s something we’re definitely cognizant of and we don’t want whatsoever.” Wakelin said the new law comes from concerns from policing agencies across Canada, which are concerned over impaired driving. While the Supreme Court agreed breath testing is an infringement of somebody’s rights, it is also ruled that it’s one that is acceptable, given the carnage on Canada’s highways every year. New federal law means roadside sobriety test will be mandatory Originally published May 29th, 2008 - The Guardian By Dave Stewart Police officers from across Prince Edward Island and Fredericton being trained on how to conduct field sobriety tests JUST THE FACTS What police look for As of July 2, standard field sobriety tests will become mandatory: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus:an involuntary jerking movement of the eyeball that occurs naturally as an individual’s eye gazes to the side. When the effects of alcohol impair an individual, this jerking is exaggerated and can occur at lesser angles. A person under the influence of drugs or alcohol will have greater difficulty tracking a moving object. Walk-and-Turn Test:The individual is instructed to take nine steps, heel to toe, along a straight line. After taking the steps, the individual is instructed to turn on foot and return in the same manner along the original path. One-Leg Stand Test:An individual is instructed to stand with one foot approximately six inches off the ground and count aloud in thousands until instructed by law enforcement personnel to put the foot down. The individual is timed for 30 seconds. Second United Baptist Church was joined by other African United Baptist Association churches in its second simultaneous Walk Against Violence Nov. 22 in New Glasgow. The walk is among ways the church tries to raise public awareness to eradicate the violence in local communities and around the Province. The walk followed the church service and proceeded from Washington, Frederick and Tremont streets to the Africentric Park on Vale Road. Originally published November 25th, 2009 - The Advocate - Goodwin photo. Walk against violence
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 29 NEW GLASGOW - Matthew DeYoung struggles to lift the fire extinguisher, which probably weighs as much as the seven-year-old. A New Glasgow firefighter steps in, crouches next to the boy and helps him aim at the flames just a metre in front of him. Grinning, DeYoung sprays the extinguisher, putting out the flames, as other kids look on. “That was my favorite thing so far,” exclaims the Stellarton boy. “I never had to do that before.” DeYoung, along with 20 other kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters, is participating this week in the Kids and Cops program, where Pictou County youths get the chance to experience some of the things emergency responders see on a daily basis. This is DeYoung’s first time participating in the annual camp, which he described as “a lot of fun.” So far this week, they’ve paid a visit to the K-9 unit, attended emergency response training, played drug awareness games, participated in a Ground Search and Rescue exercise and visited with the identification service. “The whole thing is about giving these kids a fun filled week and showing them what it is that we do,” explained Const. Ken MacDonald. “There’s a big educational portion of it.” That’s where the fire extinguisher training comes in. It is designed to teach the kids how to properly extinguish a fire under controlled circumstances. That way, he say in an emergency situation they’ll know what to do. One by one, the kids try their hand at extinguishing the flames, all grinning proudly as they succeed.” “It’s a valuable tool.” he said. “We partner with police and other emergency services to show these kids what we do and why we do it.” It’s a little too heavy for him to lift, but it doesn’t stop Matthew DeYoung, 7, from putting out a fire Thursday. The Stellarton boy was participating in the Kids and Cops program, which included training on how to properly use a fire extinguisher by members of the New Glasgow Fire Department. Jennifer Vardy-Little - The News Kids have a hot time with cops, firefighters Originally published Friday, July 24th, 2009 - The News By Jennifer Vardy-Little Originally published October 1, 2009 - The Guardian - Guardian photo The Island Network for Injury Prevention recently held a bicycle safety seminar with keynote speaker Dr. Simon Walling of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. From left are Ken Murnaghan, Brain Injury Coalition of P.E.I.; Sally Lockhart, Island Network for Injury Prevention; Lynn Fenerty, neurosurgical nurse from the QEII Hospital; and Const. Brian Donnelly, Charlottetown Police Services, who spoke as first responder to bicycle accidents. Lockhart is holding a cutout model of a human head to show just how thin the skull is, and Fenerty is displaying a model of a brain to show how soft and delicate it is and how easily it can be injured. Originally published January 30, 2009 - The Guardian - Guardian photo The Wal-Mart in Charlottetown recently held a fundraising drive for the Special Olympics on P.E.I., raising $4,000 for the organization. All the money will stay in the province to help Special Olympics. From left are Erin Frizzell; Carl Gibbons, manager of the store; Sandra Norris; Arron Myers and Const. Melissa Craswell, member of the Charlottetown City Police.
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 31 Making ‘headway’ in sharing NEW GLASGOW - Share the Road is more than just a catchy slogan on a road sign. It’s a message that cyclists and motorists should take to heart, Const. Ken MacDonald, bicycle safety officer for the New Glasgow Police Service said. “Share the Road means being conscious that cyclists and motor vehicles are using the exact same space on the road.” The roads are busier now said MacDonald with “folks of all ages getting out” on their bikes. He said May to September are the months he sees most cyclists on the road and July and August are the busiest. Bikers are more mobile and agile but that doesn’t mean they can take liberties with the law, he noted. “Bottom line is that if you’re using the road you have to abide by the rules of the road, just like a car.” That means using hand signals, obeying signs and lights, have a bell or horn, using lights after dark and, of course, wearing a helmet. Mandatory helmet laws came into effect in Nova Scotia on July 1, 1997, and the fine is now more than $150 after starting at $25. Some folks think that it (helmet law) is just for kids,” MacDonald said. Cyclists nabbed without a helmet have three options, MacDonald said. They can pay the fine outright, fight the ticket in court or, in a new wrinkle, take part in Operation Headway. For Operation Headway police will provide the option of attending an information session in October at the Aberdeen Hospital highlighing helmet use and the dangers of not using them. “It talks about the dangers of not wearing a helmet,” MacDonald said. “It provides education and awareness. It’s to make sure that folks on bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades are wearing a helmet.” Operation Headway is a joint effort between local police agencies and the Pictou County Authority. Originally Published June 30th, 2009 - The News Trenton Police Chief Bob White watches while seven-year-old Jaclyn Fitzpatrick goes through the course at the Trenton Police Department’s Bicycle Rodeo at Trenton Rink on Saturday. Dozens of kids took part in the event, which helps promote bicycle safety. NEW GLASGOW - Ekko is a dog with attitude, as several of his colleagues tend to say. But when it comes to the job at hand, he’s still all business. Yesterday, Sgt. Duane Rutledge gave a demonstration at Temperance Street Elementary School, showcasing Ekko’s unique canine talents. “He’s from Slovakia, he will be five this month,” Rutledge said. “He came to Canada when he was 14 months old - he didn’t know any English when he got here - so there was kind of a love-hate relationship between him and I. But since then, we’ve become very close.” Ekko has been trained in six different profiles. He will track people, or human-scented items, several different types of drugs, guns or ammunition. He’s not trained for bomb sniffing, Rutledge said. As a dog, Ekko has no way to tell a police officer exactly what he’s found - when Ekko finds something, he sits. The demonstration is one of several that the New Glasgow Police Service is hosting to coincide with police week. Const. Ken MacDonald said demonstrations like yesterday’s, “are basically to showcase the department and the programs we have in place.” “And the kids love it,” he said. “This is the third year in a row we’ve done this.” Up until International Police Day, May 15, MacDonald said his department will continue to deliver demonstrations like this one at schools - police will also be delivering presentations in other locations regarding identity theft, seniors’ safety and drug awareness. Canine shows his special “attitude’ to school kids Originally published May 7th, 2009 - The News By Sean Kelly
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 33 Students act out crash for safe grad event PARKINDALE - It wasn’t an overcast morning in the parking lot of North Nova Education Centre, it was a dark road in the wee hours of the morning. A smashed car sat with a dead teen ejected out one of the back doors, there was a trapped passenger, and the intoxicated driver wandered around the scene. It ended with one young man in the custody of the New Glasgow Police Service, his friend dead and his girlfriend looking at months of painful rehabilitation. That’s the scenario set up to illustrate the hazards of drinking and driving for the students of NNEC as part of the Safe Grad program. It was a joint presentation of the New Glasgow Police Service and North Nova in conjunction with the New Glasgow Fire Department. Firefighter Mike Higgs was the voice of the event and did his best to impress on the students the seriousness and finality of such an event. “I can speak to them and bring this home to them, show them what it’s like.” Higgs described it as a “realistic crash experience. We call it a crash, not an accident. There’s no such thing as an accident.” Higgs told the students of the “pyramid effect” which sees one incident grow and increase as it spreads out from the source. “It’s a tragic event. The whole school and community is impacted by it.” Higgs wanted the students to put themselves in the driver’s shoes and imagine what it would be like to lie with such a burden. “Think about what it would be like hearing people say ‘That’s the kid that killed that girl.’ ” He said the emergency personnel aren’t immune to the carnage either. Higgs said he sometimes replays in his mind scenes that he’s been to over the years. “It’s very traumatic for the rescue personnel.” Another demonstration is scheduled for Monday morning at Northumberland Regional School in Alma. Originally published Saturday, June 13, 2009 - The News Left photo: Student volunteer Hamed Jafarnia is ‘taken into custody’ by New Glasgow Police Service Const. Ken MacDonald, left, and Cpl. Darryl Paris as part of a fatal crash scenario for a Safe Grad presentation and North Nova Education Centre. Jafarnia volunteered to play the part of the drunk driver, with Devon Greene acting as the passenger and Haley Westerman taking the role of the fatality. Right photo: Members of the New Glasgow Fire and Rescue Unit remove passenger Devon Greene from the wreckage. Ray Burns - The News Sgt. Kevin Scott of the New Glasgow Police Service demonstrates the proper use of a car seat, with the Child Safety Link pamphlet on the left-hand side, for restraint month in Nova Scotia. New Glasgow Police Service is providing education and enforcement throughout the month to promote the safe and correct use of restraint systems. (Harvie photo) Originally published Wednesday, February 25, 2009 The Advocate
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Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 35 Police remind public they’ll be watching for naughty drivers over holidays NEW GLASGOW - If you’re going to drink while celebrating this holiday season, don’t get behind the wheel. That’s the message that police officers from all corners of Nova Scotia were sending to drivers as they converged on East River Road in New Glasgow Friday for an Operation Christmas checkpoint. In addition to the municipal police departments in Stellarton, Trenton and New Glasgow, representatives were also on hand from Halifax Regional Municipality and Truro Police, as well as the RCMP, the New Glasgow Fire Department, Inspection Enforcement, Military Police, Crime Prevention and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “We have a lot of partners in this and because some of our partners are from outside the county, we all came together for this check point,” explained Const. Ken MacDonald. “We’re taking a province wide approach, that’s the whole point of this.” Drivers were given cards by MADD outlining 10 possible signs of an impaired driver, which include drifting in and out of lanes, tailgating and changing lanes frequently and overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or lights. Part of the campaign urges other drivers to be aware of these signs and report any possible impaired drivers, particularly over the holiday season, says Susan MacAskill, chapter services manager for the Atlantic region of MADD. “We’re asking drivers to call police on their cell phone if they suspect there’s an impaired diver on the roads,” MacAskill said. Using a cell phone to report a drunk driver is the one exception to the cell phone law that bans drivers from using hand-held phones while driving, she added. MacDonald said he’s hoping drivers will think twice before getting behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking, especially over the holidays. If they don’t, he cautioned, police will be ready for them.” We want people to realize police will be out in force over the holidays, and we’ll be looking for impaired drivers,” he said. “That’s the message we want to get out there. We, and our partners here, want to eliminate drinking and driving, that’s our whole purpose of being here today.” Originally published Saturday, December 5, 2009 - The News By Jennifer Vardy Little Const. Graham Purvis, right, with New Glasgow Police, is joined by Const. Mike Cheeseman from the Halifax Regional Police for Operation Christmas, to hand out information pamphlets Friday morning. The two officers were among those that participated in Operation Christmas, a public-awareness campaign to remind drivers not to drink before driving this Christmas.