May 9, 2009 - Glad to be out of jail...
Today the 22 Division of Toronto Police
held a community open house where the public could meet the local police, police liaison committee, Toronto EMS and Toronto Fire Services. Admission was free but I did bring a bag of non-perishables to donate to the food bank.
It was nice to be able to speak with the police while at ease, rather than all nervous like on those very rare occasions when I get pulled over for a driving infraction. It was also interesting to reacquaint myself with the back of a police car, ah yes, fond memories, but no I don't have a criminal record.
The open house at 22 Division was geared for young and old. There was music and a barbeque, and information booths where you could learn about different facets of the Police and Emergency Services.
I visited the mobile R.I.D.E. testing facility, where we discussed the new, more rigid rules related to drinking and driving. It's reassuring to know that with the new rules, the police will be able to better track people found driving under the influence. Even if someone is within the legal limit, if they blow over 0.5, they will now be recorded in the system, a process that previously didn't take place.
Also present at the open house were two of the canine officers, one the drug and explosive sniffing expert, and a german sheppard skilled at finding people and helping with apprehension.
Seeing "Blinkie", the charismatic police vehicle brought back memories, I don't think I've seen him since I was in gradeschool.
The police also treated visitors to a tour of 22 Division. We were taken through the booking area, shown the holding cells, and then taken downstairs to the shooting range.
Memories of my non-existent fantasy career as a C.S.I. came flashing back when I saw the shooting range and body shaped targets. A few spent shells were collected, to use in my ongoing macro photography investigations, and yes, I will probably study the striations to see if they match up.
All humour aside, it was an enjoyable experience to socialize with the police. They're a very honourable, professional and respectable group of folks tasked with an increasingly tough job of keeping our community safe. It was nice for them to open their doors and show what goes on behind the scenes.