April 5, 2011
A Unique Partnership With The O.P.P.
The Ontario Provincial Police has formed a unique partnership with Iroquois Falls Secondary School and École Secondaire Alliance. On April 5th, IFSS played host to the official opening of the school's new Community Liaison Office.
"High schools are, in a very real way, communities unto themselves," says O.P.P. Community Service Officer Marc Depatie. "The O.P.P. presence within the school will be focused primarily on providing guidance and counselling to local youth. The O.P.P. will continue to be a driving force behind crime prevention programs that focus on illicit drug use, vandalism prevention, anti-bullying and theft reduction. However, this initiative goes much farther than that. It will assist in bringing down barriers where police can be seen as mentors rather than enforcement officers."
"It's good for our students to develop a rapport with community members in fun and informal ways. It's great to have the O.P.P. assist us with some of our programming (anti-bullying, dangers of drugs), and to be an ear for students, should they be having any difficulties," says Jeremy Hall, Principal of Iroquois Falls Secondary School.