The Waterloo Regional Police Service took a festive approach to spreading a message of safety over the holiday season releasing two holiday jingles – one about texting and driving and the other highlighting the decision to not drink and drive. Set to the tune of popular Christmas carols, the catchy tunes hoped to attract the audience’s attention in an entertaining way.
Each year during March, Waterloo Regional Police in partnership with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police and municipal police services participate in Fraud Prevention Month. This annual initiative creates an opportunity to raise awareness about fraud trends and common scams occurring in our community, as well as identifying ways in which the public can work with police to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim. A free document shredding event was held to help prevent identity fraud.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service ssupported the 2015 Crime Prevention Campaign by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and its declaration of February 25th as “Protect Your Property Day”.
“Protect Your Property Day” is part of the OACP’s annual crime prevention campaign, which focuses on a broad range of crimes that impact Ontario residents and businesses, including on-line fraud, identification theft and other cybercrimes, auto theft, break-and-enters, bullying, and elder abuse. A new crime prevention booklet is now available to members of the public though the OACP and police services. The booklet contains helpful crime prevention tips and information and can be accessed by visiting www.wrps.on.ca.
Waterloo Regional Police conducted a dedicated road safety campaign after officers in the area of Shantz Hill Road and Fountain Street in the City of Cambridge continually and constantly observed motorists texting and driving, or using their cellular devices while operating their motor vehicles. In nine hours, officers charged 52 people with distracted driving offences in addition to 17 other various provincial offences. Although cell phone laws have been in effect for years, with the recent legislative changes, drivers will receive a ticket for $490.00 and three demerit points if they use their electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle
Waterloo Regional Police welcomed students of all ages back to school and wished them a safe academic year. Project Safe Semester ran from Thursday, September 3, until Saturday, September 26. It included a Door Knock campaign on September 15 in the neighbourhoods surrounding the Universities. This campaign was in collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo campus police, Conestoga College, City of Waterloo Bylaw and the Waterloo Fire Department.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service, in conjunction with community partners, urged residents to safely dispose of unused prescription medications by taking part in National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day.
Residents were encouraged to bring unused / expired prescription medications in their original containers to Waterloo Regional Police Service Headquarters. This was a great opportunity to safely and easily dispose of unused / expired prescription medications that are found at home. Safely disposing of unwanted or expired medications reduces illegal diversion and the risk of harm for citizens of all ages.
The annual Spring Seatbelt Campaign involved increased checks for seatbelt usage as well as reminders to motor vehicle drivers and passengers to buckle up. The Waterloo Regional Police Service conducted the campaign from April 10 to April 20 as part of a proactive initiative to raise public awareness and save lives.
Police presented the following safety tips to promote safe and informed door-to-door sales following a series of suspicious incidents.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service joined police services across Canada to participate in Operation Impact during the Thanksgiving long weekend. This annual nation-wide enforcement and education initiative focuses on saving lives by aggressively targeting drivers who engage in life threatening behaviours while driving their motor vehicles.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service participated and recognized Crime Prevention Week (November 1-7). Police agencies throughout Ontario highlighted the work being done in our communities by promoting awareness and the importance of crime prevention. The 2015 theme was ‘Working Together to Improve Community Safety and Well-Being’.
Members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service along with local special athletes participated in the 29th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Runners, walkers and cyclists traveled several routes in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics carrying the “Flame of Hope” torch to Police Headquarters.