We’re happy to welcome back Community Outreach Officers Grondin and Lavigne back to HSB.
From October 13 – 16 the Community Outreach Officers along with their patrol colleagues will be visiting local high schools to sensitize students to respect social distancing and safety protocols. Please see their press release (in French only at the moment).
Since 2005, police officers have been present in primary and secondary schools in the region and have acted as resource persons for prevention, community relations and youth intervention. Police presence in schools brings them closer to young people and the various school stakeholders.
Socio-community officers have visited schools for the past four years. When circumstances require it, they are supported by their patrol officer and investigator colleagues.
Their role is mainly to:
Build relations with young people;
Give presentations on various topics (cybercrime, bullying, responsible behaviour (party without losing your head), dating violence (Projet XOX), prevention campaign (SEXTING, is PORN!));
Build close and enduring relations with schools and visit them regularly;
Identify issues and concerns that affect school life (bullying, cybercrime, violence, etc.);
Support their colleagues (officer and investigator) during school interventions;
Implement targeted action or intervention plans to deal with specific problems, where necessary;
Inform, support and advise students and school staff on topics related to the justice system and the enforcement of laws and regulations.
This partnership with schools is very important to the community and has had a positive impact on the entire school community over the years.