Make your voice heard on the future of policing in Waterloo Region

Today’s Kitchener Post contained a couple items that I’d like to share with folks here.

Make your voice heard on the future of policing in Waterloo Region

The first is a follow up on my post last week about policing and crime prevention.

Waterloo Regional Police are inviting the public to share their ideas for the future of the police service.

A community consultation meeting in support of the service’s strategic business plan for 2012 to 2014 is being held March 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 police headquarters, 200 Maple Grove Rd., Cambridge.

The meeting will focus on three key areas of discussion: how the police service is doing in meeting the needs of the community; what areas the police service is doing well in; suggestions for current or future programs and service delivery.

Rogers TV Cable 20 will host a live web stream of the event ( and will televise it March 24 at 8 p.m. and March 25 at 12:30 p.m.

In addition to offering the town hall-style event, the police service is inviting community input via e-mail at, via telephone at 519-650-8500 ext. 8888, or by Twitter at #WRPSTalk.

Unfortunately, I am unable to attend and doubt that I can even participate virtually but if you can go you should. If you do, feel free to use the comments section here to let me know what you think.

KYAC looking for outstanding youth

I also want to share the item about the Kitchener Youth Advisory Council (better known as KYAC and pronounced kayak) that is looking for youth to recognize at its annual awards.

Nominees must be between the age of 14 and 24 and live in the Kitchener or Waterloo area, and should have done some of their volunteer work, efforts or community contributions within or for the benefit of the Kitchener community.

Awards are presented to local youth, recognizing their contributions in the following categories: arts and culture; service and caregiving; entrepreneurship; environment; leadership; sports and recreation; unity in diversity; social action and justice; personal triumph; intergenerational work; community contribution; group; and a youth ally award.

The deadline for nominations is March 30, and an event will be held during Youth Week on May 2 to recognize the winners.

For a nomination package, go to or for more information, call 519-741-2603.

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