Each month, the Halton Police Services Board will share a recent story of collaboration between the Halton Region Police Service (HRPS) and the local community it serves through media advisories. Press will receive a turnkey press kit including a press release, one pager, contact information, and images.
Collaboration Story #1: The Community Partners for Healthy Living program connects specially trained police officers to Halton students while providing curriculum support to the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, the French Public School Board and the French Catholic School Board.
Elementary Staff Liaison Officers (ESLOs) from HRPS are available to support lessons from the Health curriculum (Grades 1-8) that involve police related topics. For example, to match the Grade 1 personal safety curriculum, officers visit classrooms to help students learn about calling 9-1-1 and getting to and from school safely. The Grade 8 curriculum covers vaping, violent behaviours, and cyberbullying so officers discuss laws around underage substance abuse, assault, and sharing others’ images online.
“The Community Partners for Healthy Living Program allows our officers to impact all elementary school grades, giving them the opportunity to make positive connections with more students, teachers and parents. Rather than being utilized solely as a source of legal information, officers are involved with students and schools collaboratively, as mentors, allies and community resources.” - HRPS Inspector Sue Biggs, Regional Community Mobilization Bureau
“We’re giving kids the tools and awareness they need to be safe with our highly trained officers working through our strong partnerships with our highly engaged school boards.” - Rob Burton, Mayor of Oakville and Chair of the Halton Police Services Board
“Keeping our kids safe is a top priority. This partnership provides a platform for authentic connection with students and empowers them with health and safety knowledge that is relevant to their own lives. The positive feedback from teachers, principals, parents, and students about this program has been tremendous.” - Chief Stephen Tanner, Halton Regional Police Service