NAME THE CANINES
The Waterloo Regional Police Service needed name for the "furry” recruits joining the Canine Unit. To help find suitable names, the Service reached out to all elementary school and high school students within Waterloo Region to take part in the “Name The Canine” contest. The top three entries were announced online for members of the community to vote on. To find out what names were chosen... watch this video!
In recognition of their commitment to community and achievement in their roles, Waterloo Regional Police Service members celebrating 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service were acknowledged at a Service Awards luncheon in June 2016. Also recognized at Police Services Board meetings throughout the year, were officers and civilians who went above and beyond and demonstrated excellence in policing.
RANGERS GAME PUCK DROP
In December 2016, 12 new recruits who returned from Ontario Police College received a special welcome on the ice of the OHL Kitchener Rangers game. Chief Bryan Larkin called in a special favour from a friend up north to deliver the game puck as the Chief and the Recruits stood at centre ice for the ceremonial face-off.
The Open House at Headquarters is a special day when families can enjoy a variety of activities and celebrate along with police members and representatives of numerous community and partner agencies. Thousands of guests enjoyed demonstrations, tours, activities, and live music. It is celebrated annual in recognition of Police Week.
NEW OFFICERS RECEIVE POLICE BADGES
The Waterloo Regional Police Service welcomed 34 recruits at three separate ceremonies held throughout the year. This is the day they officially become a police officer. In front of their family and friends, officers march on parade, take the oath of office, and receive their police badge from police Chief Bryan Larkin and Police Services Board Chair, Tom Galloway.
WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP FORUM
The Waterloo Regional Police Service is proud to host the first Leadership Forum for Women within our organization to listen and learn from individuals who have succeeded in their respective fields. Barrie Police Service Chief Kimberley Greenwood, Peel Regional Police Service Chief Jennifer Evans and Dr. Kathy Hogarth spoke about their careers, shared experiences and offered practical advice to a packed house.
RECONCILIATION CANOE TRIP
Members of the local Waterloo Region Aboriginal organizations and the Waterloo Regional Police Service (pictured above) teamed up on August 10, 2016, for the ‘Reconciliation-Leading The Way’ Canoe Day Event. Participants built long lasting relationships, built trust, and learned about each other's backgrounds and cultures. Most importantly, it was a fun filled day for all involved.