The annual Police Familiarization Day in Antigonish will be held Thursday (May 16), from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School.
The Antigonish RCMP, once again, will host the community celebration, as part of 2019 National Police Week, which runs from May 12 to 18.
“We have always had a great turnout,” Morgan MacPherson, Antigonish RCMP community policing officer, said of the event, which will be celebrating its fifth year.
He noted the day is not only for students, but also community members.
“Our big thing is we want to meet and talk to people in a different setting,” MacPherson said, noting interactions with police usually involve enforcement.
Several ‘partner agencies’ will, once again, participate in the familiarization day.
“There are a multitude of them that we work with on a daily basis,” MacPherson said, noting police week also provides an opportunity to show “we cannot do the job alone,” in crediting those agencies for their contributions.
“We will be displaying our respective equipment, with members from each agency on site,” MacPherson noted.
Emergency Health Services (EHS), Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Department of Natural Resources, vehicle compliance, Sheriff's Department, Antigonish town bylaw officers and St. F.X. campus security are amongst the ‘partner agencies’ that will be joining RCMP members.
“We try to provide everyone with a closer look,” MacPherson said of having such equipment on display, which assists each agency in doing their jobs.
As for the students, he noted, there will be an opportunity to talk to RCMP members about their career path; not to mention the other agencies.
“There are so many opportunities and everyone always looks forward to talking to them,” MacPherson said.
He reiterated the day is for all ages.
“Whatever people have on their mind, we want to hear from them. Everyone is welcome and we are looking forward to it,” MacPherson said.