York Police ‘appreciation gala’ on May 18

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’45 Years of Policing Excellence’ is the theme for the 24th Annual York Regional Police Appreciation Night on Wednesday, May 18.

The dinner gala and showcase of York Regional Police takes place at the Paramount Conference Event Venue in Vaughan.

Police Appreciation Night honours the men and women who work daily at keeping communities safe and secure. Highlights of the evening include: Police Officer of the Year awards, speech from the Grade 5 Chief for a Day contest winner and displays of police equipment.

This year’s theme celebrates 45 Year of Policing Excellence. In 1971, 14 municipal police services and the York County Security Police amalgamated to form York Regional Police. The service currently employs more than 600 civilian staff and 1,600 sworn officers who protect the more than 1.1 million residents each day.

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During the past 45 years, the force  has  seen many changes including the fact female police officers no longer wear skirts or carry purses; that they now have the equipment and technology to patrol our region from land, waterways and sky; and that members reflect the community we serve with the ability to communicate in 47 different languages.

More than $111,000 was raised at the 2015 Police Appreciation Night and proceeds from the event were used to fund two all-terrain vehicles and trailers; a 21-foot aluminum vessel for the Marine Unit; two radar recorder units and the Crime Stoppers Student Symposium.

Founded in 1992 by five local business owners, Police Appreciation Night has raised more than $2 million to support community-focused programs and equipment. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend this year’s Police Appreciation Night.

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For more information please call 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7955 or visit yrp.ca/PAN. -CINEWS

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