Invite youth out for basketball, road hockey and canine demos
August 11, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Police were out to put away boredom
Over four Tuesdays, July 19 to August 9, the local force were out with youth playing basketball and road hockey, at their Hang Out with St. Thomas Police Service, at the Joe Thornton Community Center north side parking lot.
"The kids seem to get a lot out of it. It gets them outside for a couple of hours and I've noticed there has been kids here who have come all four weeks, Constable Shania Coward said. "We have volunteers from the police service and different officers stop by and build some community relations and give the kids something to do during the summer."
Axle from the K-9 unit made a few appearances with his human partner, Constable Sean James.
"We've had some canine demonstrations which is really exciting for the kids," said Coward. "They get a lot out of it and we get a lot out of it, because it's always great to build partnerships with the community."
Axle and Constable James attracted a following on Instagram in 2018. The pair had a post of them lip-syncing to Jessica Simpson's I Think I'm in Love with you,after accepting a fellow officer's challenge to join an international lip sync battle featuring cops.
"It's good to be out in the community and build relationships with the kids," Coward added. "We don't often come in contact with children when it's not in time when they feel they might need us. So to be able to be out here and get to know everybody and see them grow from the first week."