Special to the Sydenham Current

Community partnerships play an important part in the effectiveness of police services.

All of us – police, communities, government, business and citizens – must work together when it comes to public safety, crime prevention, and community engagement and mobilization, as we want everyone to enjoy the benefits of a safe community.

Police Officers and civilian personnel work hard every day to earn the public’s trust and confidence. Without this, we cannot serve our community effectively.

This week, we invite the citizens of Chatham-Kent to get involved and get to know our police personnel better.

Help us kick off Police Week by joining us at the CKPS Traffic Office, 23186 Dillon Road on Monday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. as the family of the late Const. Andrew Gaiswinkler will be recognized during a presentation of a new FARO 3D Visionary Scanner by the Traffic Unit in his honour.

This scanner will assist police with being more efficient, effective and safer during the reconstruction of motor vehicle collisions and complex crime scene investigations.

On Monday night at 6:30 p.m. join us at the Blenheim Youth Centre on Marlborough Street as members of our CIRT team explain their role in keeping our community safe and how their training allows them to peacefully resolve high risk situations where armed resistance or violence might be expected.

The rest of the week will be spent with our young people in local high schools, as officers engage and interact with students in an effort to foster and promote positive relationships between police and youth.

Follow Police Week activities across the Province on Twitter using the hashtag #PoliceWeekON or the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police at @OACPOfficial