Calling all Pharmacists!

In association with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Substance Abuse Committee, The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service, the City of Kawartha Lakes Emergency Medical Services and the Kawartha Haliburton Crimestoppers, we are currently seeking a pharmacist to assist with a “Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day” initiative, and ask if you would consider supporting and assisting with this initiative on May 17th at “Paramedics in the Park” a community event hosted and sponsored by the City of Kawartha Lakes EMS.

The initiative’s main objective is to develop and use community partners, in an effort to reduce the access and availability of prescription medications.

The initiative will also act as the launch to a comprehensive education and awareness raising campaign to the public around the issue, and promote key messages (lock up and take back your prescription meds)

Prescription drug misuse has been identified as a national, provincial, and local community problem. For example, the 2011 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Study found that 16.7% of high school students in Niagara, Hamilton, Haldimand, and Brant used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in the preceding year, with 67% of those youths getting the drugs at home. Canadian communities have seen a rise in deaths due to prescription drug misuse. Police have identified an increase in related crime such as break-and-enters and pharmacy robberies.

The intent of the Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is to establish a drop-off center at the event where individuals can drop off their expired, unused or not needed medications. These medications could be either narcotic or non-narcotic. This service is free and anonymous to individuals dropping off the prescription medications. By reducing the access and availability of prescription meds, we will in turn make them less available to people, specifically youths, who are obtaining medications from home.

Through our partnership, we wish to communicate and advertise the initiative by targeting the following groups, encouraging them to surrender their unused medication to us at the event; “Paramedics in the Park”.
• Seniors
• Parents/Guardians
• Workplaces
• Educators
• Community Agencies/Partners
• Internal PHD/Regional Staff
• Treatment Centres/Clinics
• General Public

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service will incur the advertising costs, and the costs associated with the storage and destruction of the medication. Kawartha Lakes EMS and the Kawartha Haliburton Crimetoppers have agreed to partner with us and assist with this initiative. We are currently looking to partner with pharmacists in our community to assist with drug identification, provide community drug awareness, and education.

Anyone interested in assisting with this initiative is asked to contact City of Kawartha Lakes Police Sergeant Terry Cox at 705-340-3411 or tcox@klps.ca

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Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipients via OACP

“The OACP congratulates the following individuals, each of whom has been awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal following a call for nominations by the OACP last fall. We congratulate all Ontario police personnel who have been honoured!”

I am honoured to be among them, thank you.

Steve Sanderson Accident Support Services Int’l Inc.
Chief Timothy Berthiaume Amherstburg PS
Chief Mark Neelin (Ret.) Barrie PS
Chief Cory McMullan Belleville PS
Chief John Hagarty City of Kawartha Lakes PS
Chief Kai Liu Cobourg PS
Chief Paul Sweet (Ret.) Cobourg PS
Deputy Chief Terry Demill Cobourg PS
Deputy Chief Danny Aikman Cornwall Community PS
Inspector Robert Burnie Cornwall Community PS
Inspector Dan Markiewich Greater Sudbury PS
Inspector Robert Thirkill Greater Sudbury PS
Inspector Sheilah Weber Greater Sudbury PS
Inspector Todd Zimmerman Greater Sudbury PS
Chief Bryan Larkin Guelph PS
Chief Steve Tanner Halton RPS
Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher Halton RPS
Deputy Chief Bob Percy Halton RPS
Superintendent Joe Taylor Halton RPS
Superintendent Marty Power Halton RPS
Inspector Jackie Gordon Halton RPS
Deputy Chief Eric Girt Hamilton PS
Deputy Chief Ken Leenderste Hamilton PS
Superintendent Daniel Kinsella Hamilton PS
Superintendent Paul Morrison Hamilton PS
Chief William Hackett (Ret.) Kingston Police
Chief John Leontowicz LaSalle PS
Deputy Chief John Pare London PS
Deputy Chief Brent Shea London PS
Deputy Chief Douglas Hogg (Ret.) London PS
Superintendent Ken Heslop London PS
William Malpass Malpass Mgmt Services Inc.
Inspector Ron Wheeldon Midland PS
Sheilagh Stewart Min. of the Attorney General
Deputy Chief Joe Matthews Niagara RPS
A/Deputy Chief Carl Scott Niagara RPS
Superintendent Robert Wright Niagara RPS
A/Chief Robert Herman Nishnawbe-Aski PS

LAwS Communications to Lead First Global Police Tweet-a-Thon

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service’s Chief Hagarty @jhagarty and Sergeant Cox @tcox36 will Join More Than 100 Participating Agencies Across Six Countries to Take to Twitter March 22, starting at 8 a.m., law enforcement agencies around the world will connect via Twitter to participate in a 24-hour Tweet-a-thon to bring attention to the use of social media by law enforcement. Agencies will tweet using the same hashtag, #poltwt, to create awareness about police work and issues police face as well as to promote the use of social media in policing.

“We are excited to bring together police agencies around the world in this first of its kind social media event,” said Lauri Stevens, founder of LAwS Communications and organizer of the Global Police Tweet-a-thon. “We hope it sends the message to non-law enforcement that their police officers are up to speed with social media, and that they should use the channel to talk with police officers and to be stewards of public safety.”

There are currently more than 100 agencies participating from the U.S., Canada, UK, Sweden, Iceland, and Australia. Any agency can join the Tweet-a-thon and tweet any portion of the 24-hour period. For a list of participating agencies, please visit https://twitter.com/ConnectedCOPS/police-tweet-a-thon-2013/members. For a Google map of participating agencies, please see http://goo.gl/maps/Hqkgf

Chief Hagarty will use the event as a virtual ride-along, giving the community a glimpse of the daily activity and a behind the scenes look at the typical day of a patrol officer.

Sergeant Cox will use the event to introduce followers to our communications centre and our calls for service.

For more information

Please visit http://connectedcops.net/2012/12/18/global-police-tweet-a-thon/

New graphic design for the patrol vehicles

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New graphic design for the patrol vehicles

After reviewing several options for a black/white cruiser image, we have narrowed our selection process to this graphic design for the our patrol vehicles. We have 2 Ford Explorers on order.

The entire “crest” decal will be black and white as opposed to our current coloured crest.

The decision has yet to be made as to whether we keep the black/white theme uniformly throughout our fleet, or keep the cruisers “as is” for now until they are phased out.

If the decision is made to change our existing chargers to the black/white theme, this will probably be the graphic design chosen.

The new decals will all be of highly reflective material.

Chip and Dip Assault

Chip and Dip Assault

After 15 previously documented domestic disputes, police arrested a couple for assaulting each other with chip and dip.

Police were called yet again on March 1st at 1:15am following a disturbance outside a residence between a 39 year old man and his 41 year old girlfriend. Both were covered in chip & dip after allegedly fighting over the last beer. Both the male and female were charged with domestic related assault and will appear in court on March 28th.

It is our continued practice not to release the names of those involved in domestic related incidents.