The Gananoque Police Service Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI), members of the Gananoque Police Service, Gananoque Police Association and Gananoque Police Services Board raised $2800 in August of 2019 in support of sending Brian Secker and his team The Kingston Shot Rocks to The Special Olympics National Winter Games in Thunder Bay, ON. The games were played from February 25-29, 2020. Brian has participated locally for 16 years in the Gananoque Police Service Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) each Spring in Gananoque. Officers from around the province participated in the LETR to escort the flame into the opening ceremonies in Thunder Bay. We are proud to have supported our local athletes, and even more proud to advise that Brian and his team brought home a silver medal.
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The Municipal Drug Strategy 2020
February 6th, 2020
The Municipal Drug Strategy of the Town of Gananoque, Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands and the Township of Rideau Lakes is moving forward in 2020 with youth representatives leading the process. The Strategy’s focus on youth and substance use will include community action and advocacy for safe spaces and youth voice.
Police Chief Garry Hull remarks “as the Chief of Police in Gananoque I am very proud of the work that has been completed and continues to be done by the members of the Municipal Drug Strategy in our community. Their investment into the fabric of the well-being for those who struggle with addictions in our community has been commendable. I look forward to the continued support of the Gananoque Police Service in providing assistance to the MDS. You have the ability to make positive changes in peoples’ lives.”
On October 2, 2019, the Municipal Drug Strategy hosted a Community Conversation. This meeting highlighted the work of the Strategy with respect to the four pillars – Prevention, Harm Reduction, Treatment and Enforcement. Dr. Paula Stewart, Police Chief Garry Hull, Debbie Blair (LLGMHA), and Jessica Mackenzie (LGLDHU) spoke to the past MDS successes, future plans and best practices of community substance use and misuse.
The four recommendations from this meeting were:
• Increase public education and awareness of substance use and misuse
• Increasing access and awareness to recreational and extra-curricular opportunities for youth and their families
• Increase ways to communicate and bring awareness of the Municipal Drug Strategy efforts
• Find opportunities to more effectively integrate and connect with the 4-pillar work currently being done in the community.
The focus on safe youth spaces at our January meeting included the voice of stakeholders from the three municipalities as well as lessons learned about safe youth spaces from neighboring communities. We will continue to move this conversation forward at the upcoming March 5th meeting.
For more information or to participate in this important work, please email MDSGananoqueTLTI@gmail.com or call your local municipality for more information.
On September 22, 2017, the Ride To Remember rode into Gananoque with our own Constable Joel Harding leading the group.
On August 23, 2017, the students of the Youth In Policing Initiative graduated from their summer program. Congratulations to our students and good luck in your next school year!
Officers from The Gananoque Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police Leeds Detachment, and Canada Border Services Agency were out in full force on Thursday June 8th, 2017 for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Ontario Special Olympics. For more pictures click on our Gallery Page.
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