East Algoma OPP is hosting a public event at the Collins Hall in Elliot Lake this Wednesday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Community Safety officer Constable Phil Young said the event will offer information into work done by the OPP and other organizations in the city. Renamed Celebration Day, the event is running just after Police Week celebrated last week throughout the province.
“This event is normally held this week (Police Week) but had to be pushed back to May 22 because numerous community partners could not make this week,” Constable Young told Elliot Lake Today in a news release on Friday. “Celebration Day is to showcase the OPP and all of our community partners in town.”
The community partners are charged with a variety of safety initiatives in Elliot Lake and the surrounding areas.
“A lot of people, when they’re in need of help, whether it be police related, mental health related, crisis related etc. don’t necessarily know who to call,” Const. Young said. “So, they automatically get police. So, we have to wear many hats some days.
“I like to say, we are a small piece of the public safety puzzle,” the officer said. “We rely on these partnering agencies to help us help the public, so this is also a day to showcase community partners and allow the public to see what Elliot Lake has to offer.”
Some of the other agencies that will be present at the event, include Algoma Public Health, Counselling Centre of East Algoma, Claire Dimock Children’s Centre, City of Elliot Lake, Elliot Lake Pride, Amateur Radio Club, Elliot Lake Fire Department and EMS.
The event is open to school children and all members of the public. It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 22 at the Collins Hall on Hillside Drive North.