Constable Nikki VanLeeuwen
Community Service Media Relations
One of the primary objectives of the Community Services Officer (CSO) and Media Relations Officer is to engage, mentor, guide and empower the youth of our community to be positive contributing citizens of the City of Woodstock.
The CSO delivers educational programs to Elementary School aged kids. Some of the programs are an Introduction to Police, Bike Safety, Railway Safety, Bus Safety, Internet Safety and Anti Bullying Safety.
The CSO is also directly responsible for the safety of all students and staff at the 14 Elementary Schools. The CSO conducts investigations, attends safety planning meetings and participates in Code Red practices. The CSO is responsible for being the liaison person between the schools and other Community agencies.
The CSO plays an integral part in the presentation of the V.I.P. - Values influences and peers program to all Grade 6 students in the City of Woodstock.
The Community Service Officers duties are to partner with community groups and to educate these groups with crime prevention strategies. The Delivery is to all Service Clubs, business owners, Seniors Groups and Children’s groups.
The CSO organizes and implements the Tim Hortons Earn a bike program and The YIPI (Youth in Policing Initiative) student program.
The CSO assists with the high school co-op student program as well.
The CSO is an integral part of the Oxford County Injury Prevention Team (OCIPT) which is a partnership of services to educate the public with Injury prevention, education and strategy campaigns.
The Media portion of this position is to facilitate access to timely information related to community safety, crime and police-related services in a manner that promotes positive media relations while recognizing the need to protect the privacy of individuals and victims of crime. The Media officer utilized Social Media as a tool to get the messaging to the public.
Constable Tyler Allard
Highschool Resource Officer
Constable Tyler Allard is assigned to the full-time position of High School Resource Officer. The goal of this position is to work with students, teachers, school administrators, School Board officials, parents, other police officers and the community to establish and maintain healthy, safe schools. The second, and equally important role, is to bridge the gap between students and the police. This role includes connecting with the students as a mentor and role model, providing an approachable means to communicate with the police in a less formal, non -threatening environment.
The position is shared equally among the five (5) secondary schools and two (2) transitional schools within the City of Woodstock, having a total population of over 3,000 students. Since its start up, the role of High School Resource Officer has included both enforcement duties, as well as engaging relationship building opportunities. In this capacity it was possible to facilitate the creation of Justice Circles, which required the accused student to sit down with the victim, parents and members of the school staff to facilitate students in problem solving and in facing consequences for their actions or decisions.
This role also provides a direct link between our Police Service and the secondary schools in developing their emergency lock down procedures. To further provide a safe school environment, Constable Allard has had the opportunity to participate in risk and threat assessment activities with school officials. These exercises have proven invaluable to maintaining a safe school environment.
Constable Allard has partnered with other local organizations such as the Oxford County Drug Task Force, the Youth Advisory Committee and the Youth Justice Committee. This High School Resource Officer’s position and associated programs are vital to ensuring the continued well-being of our youth, who are clearly the future of our community.