Have you ever wondered what’s on a police officer’s duty belt? Or if Halifax has a SWAT team? And how accurate crime shows on television really are? Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police (HRP) are inviting the public to find out the answers to these questions and more during a free showcase at Halifax Shopping Centre on Saturday, May 9th from 9:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
The showcase kicks off National Police Week, which runs May 11th-17th. Police Week is dedicated to increasing community awareness and the recognition of policing services while strengthening police-community ties.
‘The Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police Showcase is a unique way for us to add that other dimension typically never seen by the public during our day-to-day operations’ says C/Supt. Roland Wells, Officer in Charge of Halifax District RCMP. ‘It’s a way in which the public can have a much closer look at the two policing services in Halifax and see how we work together year-round to make our communities safer.’
The Police Showcase features several specialized police units and will include displays, demonstrations, and activities. Police officers will be available to answer questions from the public, and a number of police and law enforcement vehicles will be on site – giving the public a rare chance to jump into the driver’s seat of a police cruiser. Displays and booths will be located on the lower level of Halifax Shopping Centre, near the Sears entrance. Police vehicles will be parked outside, near the same entrance.
During the Police Showcase, the HRM Public Safety Office in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association will host a free drop-off location as part of National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day. This drop-off location is an easy way for the public to dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs in a safe and environmentally friendly way. This is the third year for the event, and Nova Scotia Health Authority will be in attendance to accept the prescription drugs as they did in 2014.
RCMP C/Supt. Roland Wells and Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais will be available to speak with media from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.