NORTH GRENVILLE, ON - North Grenville’s Municipal Council would like to extend its appreciation to our local Grenville OPP Detachment, including the officers and crucial support staff who step up every day for our community.
National Police Week (May 14 – 20, 2023) is a celebration of the work our frontline police officers, 9-1-1 dispatchers, civilian staff and other policing staff, and the important role they play in our community. Starting in 1970, Police Week coincides with Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is recognized internationally on May 15.
Unfortunately, Police Week comes a week after an OPP Police Officer was killed in the line of duty. Early in the morning of May 11, 2023, OPP Sgt. Eric Mueller was killed responding to a call in the Municipality of Clarence-Rockland. Sgt. Mueller had served with the Grenville OPP detachment for a number of years.
“This is a devastating development for our region and, in particular, for the OPP community. On behalf of Council and the Municipality of North Grenville, we offer our sincere condolences to Sgt. Mueller’s family, friends, colleagues and fellow officers during this difficult time,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. “We also wish the two other officers a quick recovery and are keeping them in our thoughts and hearts."
“Most of us will never know the risk police officers take when they go to work each and every day,” emphasized Deputy Mayor John Barclay and Chair of the North Grenville Police Services Board. “We honour Sgt. Eric Mueller who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of public safety.”
“During Police Week and every week, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to our local Grenville OPP Detachment who work day in and day out to keep North Grenville residents and businesses safe and secure,” noted Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“As a high growth urban/rural community, public safety is a dynamic issue. Road safety, fraud, domestic violence, elder abuse and petty crime are just some of the challenges that the OPP tackles. We appreciate the efforts of our local OPP detachment who protect not only North Grenville’s most vulnerable citizens, but all residents and businesses,” added Mayor Peckford.
Public safety involves a collaborative effort between police services, first responders, the Municipality, as well as social and community organizations.
To that end, a new resource has been launched to broaden the scope of support in our communities. The Mobile Crisis Response Team is a police-led crisis response model in which a police officer and mental health worker respond together when police are called to respond to a person in crisis.
“The Mobile Crisis Response Team is an enhanced service in our community that enables the OPP to work directly with seasoned mental health providers so they can better respond to those experiencing a mental health crisis.
“In addition, the team provides public education on important issues such as human trafficking, consent, prom safety and impaired driving,” emphasized Deputy Mayor John Barclay.
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