OPP offers citizens a close look at policing

The county OPP is again offering citi­zens a chance to learn how police operate.

Starting Nov. 4 in Rock­wood, Police And Citizens Together (PACT) will be meeting at the Rockwood OPP station.

OPP Constable Andy Clem­ents said people of all ages are welcome to attend, and he add­ed that to date, five people who have attended the PACT in the past went on to become police officers.

Ten to 15 citizens will have the opportunity to learn about such things as the Identifi­ca­tion Unit (which focuses on investigative techniques similar to that of the TV program CSI (Crime Scene Investiga­tion). Other units offer­ed in­clude the Emergency Response Team, and the K-9 unit.

As well, all those parti­ci­pating will be spending an evening in Kenilworth, where they can go through training programs with police equip­ment just the way officers them­selves do it.

“It’s really cool,” said Clements.

The PACT began as a pro­gram to help citizens under­stand what police do and how they operate. There have been several of them held in various places over the past several years.

This PACT will run six weeks, every Wednesday night, from 7 to 9pm, until the second week of December.

Applicants are taken on a first come, first served basis, so registering immediately will likely ensure a spot. To register, call Constable Randy Schubert at 519-856-1506.