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Police Presence in Schools: Be Aware for Better Prevention

At the beginning of this school year, the Service de police de Châteauguay takes the opportunity to explain its role in local schools. 

Since 2005, police officers have been present in primary and secondary schools in the region and have acted as resource persons for prevention, community relations and youth intervention. Police presence in schools brings them closer to young people and the various school stakeholders. 

Socio-community officers have visited schools for the past three years. When circumstances require it, they are supported by their patrol officer and investigator colleagues. Their role is mainly to:

Build relations with young people;

Give presentations on various topics (cybercrime, bullying, responsible behaviour (party without losing your head), dating violence (XOX project), prevention campaign (SEXTING, is PORN!));

Build close and enduring relations with schools and visit them regularly;

Identify issues and concerns that affect school life (bullying, cybercrime, violence, etc.);

Support their colleagues (offficer and investigator) during school interventions;

Implement targeted action or intervention plans to deal with specific problems, where necessary;

Inform, support and advise students and school staff on topics related to the justice system and the enforcement of laws and regulations. 

This partnership with schools is very important to the community and has had a positive impact on the entire school community over the years.

Prudence and Courtesy

 In a few days, many students will be heading back to school. During this period, it is important to demonstrate prudence and courtesy to ensure everyone’s safety. Châteauguay police officers will be present in school zones to ensure the safety of road users and compliance with the Highway Safety Code. 

Police officers will also hand out a brochure entitled “The Door Syndrome” to drivers who are always rushing when they drop their children off at school. In addition to speeding in school zones, many drivers stop in prohibited areas, blocking traffic, particularly the drop-off areas for school buses, double park and do not comply with school buses’ flashing lights. 

Near schools, the Service de police de Châteauguay emphasizes the importance of:  

  • - Giving priority to children and school buses;  
  • - Dropping off children at drop-off points designated by the school; 
  • - Using crossing guard services and complying with their instructions; 
  • - Leaving on time or a little earlier to avoid reckless behaviour. 

Public safety is everyone’s responsibility. Have a safe start to the school year! 

Last update: 2019-08-22 08:59