Ontario Police Week 2013 ran from May 12th to 18th and as part of the local celebration, the Waterloo Regional Police Service hosted a special ceremony on May 14th which involved the
volunteer members of the Waterloo Regional Police Auxiliary,
Ceremonial Band, and Male Chorus.
The valuable and ongoing contribution made to the community
by our volunteers were recognized throughout this event.
Chief Matt Torigian spoke and said, “Our Police Service
and our entire community benefit from the generous
donation of time and the collective expertise that these
men and women bring with them in their selfless service
to others." He continued, “We are extremely proud of our
volunteers, whose efforts continue to add to public safety
and the enhancement of community life for all citizens of
Nearly 200 members representing the three volunteer units were on parade in full dress uniforms and took part in their annual inspection by the Chief of Police.
The members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service were
pleased to invite the community to help celebrate the kick off
to Police Week activities with an Open House at
Police Headquarters on May 11, 2013.
The day included entertainment and special events such as:
• live music performed by police members
• demonstrations from the Emergency Response Unit,
Training Branch, Canine Unit and Traffic Branch
• tours of Headquarters and the Children's Safety Village
• diverse community displays
• ultimate climbing wall, pony rides, face painting, tattoos,
• Mounted Patrol
As part of Police Week 2013 celebrations, the Waterloo Regional Police Service recognized police members and honoured local citizens during the Annual Awards Night ceremony.This special
event created an opportunity for the Service to publicly
acknowledge the valuable contributions and demonstrations
of leadership made by citizens and police members in the
Local citizens were acknowledged for exceptional and
selfless acts and police members were recognized for
exemplary and meritorious service to policing.Police
Services Board members were among the many
distinguished guests joining Chief Torigian and the Senior
The Annual Awards Night was held Monday, May 13, 2013 at
Bingeman’s in Kitchener. Police Week presents an ideal opportunity to increase the community’s awareness and recognition of policing services while supporting and strengthening ties between our Service and the residents of Waterloo Region.
NEW POLICE BUILDING
North Division, located at 45 Columbia Street East in Waterloo, is a newly constructed Waterloo Regional Police Service detachment which offers additional space and community
engagement opportunities. At a formal ribbon-cutting event,
the key to the building was ceremonially handed over to
Police Board Chair Tom Galloway and Chief Matt Torigian
by Regional Chair Ken Seiling and Regional CAO Mike Murray.
Construction of the building was completed on budget
netting a total cost of $15.4 million. It meets LEED
Canada Silver certification standards for environmental
sustainability and offers 45,000 square feet of space –
enough for 25 years of projected expansion.
In addition to the increase in space, police members now
have an on-site fueling station, prisoner transport area,
snow-melting parking lot, and a 60 person community room. The design, which was intended to create a family of recognizable police buildings by their exterior white panels and glass, was created by Rebanks Pepper Littlewood Architects.
“On behalf of all members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, we are pleased to accept the keys to this impressive new facility. It offers many important features which will provide operational effectiveness and building security, yet still incorporates an inviting space where we can connect with our community,” said Chief Matt Torigian.