THUNDER BAY – Through the summer, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are sharing some of the activities they are engaged in across Ontario. The efforts by the RCMP to be more engaged with the public they serve is an important part of pro-active policing. In Thunder Bay, the new Chief of Police J. P. Lesveque during his first month on the job has taken steps to be more engaged with the public.
Sharing good ideas is a part of what makes for a safer community, and a better society. Today, the RCMP are sharing information about their participation in the Orangeville Community Day. The RCMP report, “In addition to providing a safe, warm haven, Gateway Community Centre located at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Orangeville, is a hub for access to programs and services for those in need”.
RCMP “O” Division’s Drugs & Organized Crime Awareness Coordinator, Corporal Heather Dickinson and Constable Scott Davis of Orangeville Police Service were the guests of honour at the Gateway Community Centre’s first ever community day! The officers gave a presentation and provided valuable information about illicit drug use to more than 80 participants, ranging in age from toddlers to seniors.
The original concept of the Gateway Community Centre was to provide a location in Dufferin County, where displaced people could access services to help with any number of health and safety risks that are associated with homelessness. Since that time however, the idea has blossomed into a much more encompassing community program where on-site and visiting professionals, provide life skills, anger management classes, literacy classes, art therapy, children’s mental health education and other programs, all at no cost.
The Gateway Community Centre steering group has more than 40 members representing more than 20 agencies and organizations in Dufferin County. “O” Division RCMP applauds the efforts of everyone who made the community centre a reality and wishes continued success for Gateway and those people using its services.
For more information about the Gateway Community Centre please visit their website at: www.gatewaycommunitycentre.com
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