In April of 2015, the Waterloo Regional Police Service’s newest recruit had four legs, a tail – and no name. All local elementary schools within Waterloo Region were invited to participate in the dog naming contest and were asked to suggest one name per school. The top three names then went for a community vote. The winning schools received a visit from the Chief (and police dog 'Chase') to their school, and were recognized during a ceremony at Police Week Open House.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service, Cambridge Fire Department, Kinbridge and Langs hosted the Cambridge Outreach Programs (COPS) in May. The youth are matched up with a police or fire mentor and Conestoga College Emergency Service student who build healthy relationships with the young person throughout the year.Throughout the program the youth are given important education tips on drug awareness, social media safety, healthy relationships, kitchen safety, water safety and learn how they can volunteer in their community.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service welcomed three Recruit classes to the ranks in 2015. New officers completed their basic training at the Ontario Police College and were sworn in to receive their police badges. The new officers bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experiences to their new careers. In addition to their variety of past experiences, the new members bring a wide range of interests and leadership roles through volunteerism in numerous community activities and agencies.
Every week seemed to offer incredible events that were each hosted with pride and organization. The ideas and generosity were inspiring as people gathered to take part in a fun (often tummy-filling!) activities which brought people together and had proceeds supporting a worthy cause. As a result of the dedication and generosity of Waterloo Regional Police Service members, an increible $45,130.75 was raised in support of the United Way. This total surpassed the annual goal of $40,000 and far outreached the previous year's total by more than $7,000!
The Waterloo Regional Police Service once again participated in Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Day and surprised unsuspecting community members with gift cards, throughout Waterloo Region. Random Act of Kindness Day is a community initiative lead by the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) which promotes the power of positivity and encourages a ‘pay it forward’ attitude.
Waterloo Regional Police Sergeant Peter Viol took part in the 4,440 km 'Tour Divide' on June 12, 2015 in support of cancer research and programs at Grand River Hospital. Sergeant Viol will cycled from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico in this unsupported, off-road event over the course of a month. On difficult terrain, Pete braved the elements and raised almost $10,000 in donated funds.
The Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club and the Waterloo Regional Police Service teamed up in support of Special Olympics Ontario. Chief Larkin dropped the ceremonial puck as the Rangers faced off against the Owen Sound Attack. A special Community Corner table offered opportunities for attendees to win a WRPS Ride Along, WRPS limited edition merchandise, and a Kitchener Rangers hockey jersey.