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Gore Street closed for this event

Monday, May 12, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

SAULT STE. MARIE
POLICE SERVICE

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The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to advise motorists that on Monday, May 12 Gore Street between Queen Street East and Albert Street East will be closed from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. for the opening ceremonies for Police Week and the Neighbourhood Resource Centre.

Everyone can help fight crime in Sault Ste. Marie.  

Everyone in Sault Ste. Marie can play a leadership role in making our community safer.

Today at 10 a.m. Chief Davies will officially launch Police Week 2014 at the Neighbourhood Resource Center on Gore Street.

Our partnership with the community is essential in preventing crime and making our citizens safer, Chief Davies said.

The police can’t do it alone. 

We need the support of every resident in our community on topics such as crime prevention programs and community policing.

The theme of Police Week 2014 in Ontario is Building Community Partnerships.

Police Week runs from May 11-17 nationally and recognizes the work that police officers do to keep their communities safe in Ontario and across Canada.

It includes local campaigns by police services that highlight important work in their communities with a focus on police professionalism, accountability and community engagement through social media.

Police Week 2014 will be marked in Sault Ste. Marie with the opening ceremonies taking place at the Neighbourhood Resource Centre at 138B Gore Street on May 12 at 10 a.m.

The Neighbourhood Resource Centre is an excellent example of community agencies working together to address the root causes of crime. 

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service has played a role in bringing the agencies together and has an officer assigned full time to the Centre.

From May 13 at 10 a.m. to May 15 at 9 p.m., citizens can attend the police week displays at the Station Mall.

Be sure to come down to the Station Mall and take the opportunity to speak to local officers from both sides of the Border.

Many agencies that work with the police to help make our community a safer place will also be in attendance.   

We are grateful to the police and their community partners for all they do to keep our communities safe, said Yasir Naqvi, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

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Mr. Poster 5/12/2014 9:20:12 AM Report

They should rethink their hours of operation. Crime is going to happen AFTER office hours.
MYPOINT 5/12/2014 9:35:19 AM Report

is as follows ...

@Poster ... where does it say what hours this new place is going to be open? I read it twice and could not find any hours listed.

I think it is a very good sign that the police are finally going to have some sort of tiny little office downtown but I also seriously doubt whether it is going to have any kind of real effect on crime in the downtown area.

As usual, your views may differ :)
mawk 5/12/2014 9:38:59 AM Report

I think it's a great initiative in an economically stressed area. Good Work!
lucky10 5/12/2014 9:42:51 AM Report

MYPOINT if you were to read Soo Today as Mr Poster obviously does you would know for the original announcement of the token police satelite office on Gore St that the ours of operation were announced as being from 9am to 5pm as any other business in the downtown area . Criminals are not permitted to committ crimes between the hours of 5pm and 9am . HONOR SYSTEM .
Mr. Poster 5/12/2014 9:45:32 AM Report

The hours of operation have been posted in several earlier articles. It just seems to me that the office would better serve residents if it was open during "high crime" times...like nighttime .However...having said that...any initiative to thwart crime is welcome...especially in that area.
guestwho 5/12/2014 9:45:54 AM Report

MYPOINT
when they wrote this story a month or so ago they said their hours were 9-5 and closed weekends
Sam C 5/12/2014 9:52:10 AM Report

No doubt there will continue to be patrols during the "crime" hours. Having a storefront gives residents of the area a chance to drop in and discuss what's happening in the neighbourhood, and seek assistance.

Let's not be down on what promises to be a good initiative.
Sam C 5/12/2014 9:53:12 AM Report

Plus... you don't really think having a storefront open "after hours" will stop people from committing crime, do you? Crime happens 24/7.
Just Curious 5/12/2014 10:16:12 AM Report

Having lived in the downtown area now since last October I have to say I'm impressed with the police presence in the nighttime hours. Keeping the office open would not change anything, it would just keep one officer tied down manning it. At the outset, I too thought the hours of operation were stupid but after thinking about it, it really makes no sense to man it at night altho I believe it should be staffed at least part time on the weekends...
MYPOINT 5/12/2014 10:18:21 AM Report

is as follows ...

My apologies to all concerned. I am relatively new to having the right to post things on here so I was not aware of the fact that there was an earlier version of this story and that the hours were actually listed.

That being said, I do not think that this tiny little office is going to stop any crime in the downtown area. What the police need to do is start having more patrols in this area AND a new policy that puts those on probation into a jail cell immediately if they are caught breaking the law again. By doing the latter, at least then the courts can decide if the person should be jailed for a further amount of time because it will be totally obvious to any judge that the person found guilty is never going to obey any probation order made by any judge.

As usual, others may have a different view and those views are always welcomed :)
meke 5/12/2014 11:31:41 AM Report

Come on now WHY would They be open in the Day time??? Sure doesn't make any sense to Me, It's just a WASTE of Tax Payers Money !!! I think it would be Just Great if They were Down there from 11pm to 7am Every Day I'm Sure that's When all the crime is Going on in This Area Every Night... Sure Hope Our City Council can see this and Get it Done Right !!!
Mark E. 5/12/2014 11:54:24 AM Report

Has anyone done research on communities that implemented a community storefront with the local police before shutting down the idea before giving it a chance? As already mentioned, police presense has increased in the area with patrols. What is the big deal of the office not open during "crime time"? If a crime is being committed on Dennis Street are people going to run or drive to the office to notify them? No, probably going to call the police on the phone. Same result, police will show up. KUDO's to the SSM Police Service for making a step on the right direction. Keep up the Good Work!
Daddy-O 5/12/2014 12:59:56 PM Report

It is amazing how the majority of you posting have never took a positive outlook on anything. Every single topic that is put out there you find some way of blaming addicts, prostitutes, welfare recipients, city council and anyone else you can think of. Do you not realize that your attitude to everything is exactly why any of the people you chose to attack don't change. If you showed one iota of understanding you might be able to help instead of hinder.

As for this news topic. I really don't think the purpose was to catch all the day criminals. Just the presence of these officers will allow some of the children and adults from the neighborhood (which most of you despise) to actually talk with and maybe even get some mentoring from the people who keep us safe and for those children who look at the police as the bad guy to see that they are here to help. Lets all take a second to think about the people who are affected by such a great project. Thank You Chief Davies and all who have had a hand in this.
Tag33&1/3rd 5/12/2014 2:20:52 PM Report

You guys!! Just cuz it's 9-5pm office hrs--doesnt mean they won't work out of it after hours! Why is that so hard for people to understand? (as per the last announcement article comments too)
Tag33&1/3rd 5/12/2014 2:22:42 PM Report

9-5 means the public can enter/inquire/complain etc..
Sunnidelight 5/12/2014 7:13:59 PM Report

I guess 9-5 will protect all the new development on Gore St. Uhhh, no, there are none! Maybe it will thwart the drug dens in the upstairs of most of the storefronts on Gore. Uhhh, no! Maybe it will keep the three day millionaires in check during the day. Uhhh, no they're sleeping during the day! I guess the only crime this may affect is to deter the older business gents who come downtown for a nooner with all the pretty prepaid pros. Ahhhhh, that's it! Good job!
Tee 5/13/2014 9:12:26 PM Report

I cannot believe how many people just don't get it.
This is NOT a downtown precinct.
All the negative posters should really find out what they are talking about before they post. Again NOT for enforcement. Hope that's clear enough ahhh that feels good.
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