On Saturday July 22nd, 2017, the Port Stanley Community Policing Committee hosted
an open house at their office, located in the basement of the medical building,
to celebrate twenty-five years of service in Port Stanley and the surrounding district.
The Port Stanley Community Policing office was first located in the old Village
Hall auditorium (now the Port Stanley Festival Theatre) on February 16th, 1992,
and then near the end of April in 1997, moved to its current location in the basement
of the medical building on the corner of Bridge Street and Colborne Street. During
the twenty-five years that the Port Stanley Community Policing office has been open,
many volunteers have come and gone, except for two, Ray Filewood, and his wife Beverly
Filewood, Port Stanley Community Policing Charter members.
Making the local community a safer place to live in has been the Port Stanley Community
Policing major accomplishment and was achieved through projects like the Snow Bird
patrols, distribution of marine safety leaflets, hosting home and safety seminars,
farm safety days, school safety days, Seniors safety programmes, installation of
speed and information signs, participating in local parades, plus hosting other
local Community Policing Committees yearly meetings.
Although a sub committee of Central Elgin Council, funding for events they sponsor
such as the parade and Easter Egg hunt for local children which includes fingerprinting
for children's safety, comes from donations by local service clubs and caring citizens.
An OPP officer and local councillor attend all monthly meetings supplying information
and guidance for the group.
"It's my pleasure to be here to congratulate you for your twenty-five years of continuous
community service. We have great Community Policing Committees all across Elgin
County, but, this one here actually is one of the strongest, and there has been
a lot of great things that this Committee has done for the Community, especially
for the youth. Its all about people in community knowing what's happening on a daily
basis, and feeding that information on to the OPP to better target our efforts."
- OPP Detachment Commander of Elgin County Brad Fishleigh.
"I would like to thank each and everyone of you for insuring Port Stanley is a safer
community. I would also like to thank the OPP for working together with the Port
Stanley Community Policing Committee, because that's what its all about, together
working for a safer community." - Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek.
"We recognize that the Community Policing Committees offer invaluable information
to the officers on the street, because they can't be everywhere all the time. Congratulations!"
- Central Elgin Mayor David Marr.