Constable Dan Gillies, Community Safety / Crime Prevention Officer
Dan’s primary role is to engage youth in meaningful dialogue and mentorship in elementary schools from J.K. to Gr. 8. His topics include bullying, drug awareness, proper use of 911, internet safety, sexting, bicycle and pedestrian safety. Constable Gillies also provides support to the front line officers by promoting education and awareness. Dan provides public education services through a variety of programs and initiatives to enhance and improve the level of communication and interaction with the youth of St.Thomas. Dan is the primary link to ten elementary schools in St. Thomas. Age and grade appropriate safety and awareness programs are conducted throughout each school year.
The St. Thomas Police Service advocates proactive policing and actively promotes the concepts of community involvement in crime prevention. By maintaining effective, open lines of communication between the Police Service and our citizens, we are able to better inform the public about timely issues of concern in our community. Communication also promotes community involvement in crime prevention programs and expands our educational initiatives. His topics include Robbery Prevention, Frauds and Scams, Elder Abuse, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
Constable McNeil, Community Resource Officer
Constable McNeil’s primary role is to build positive relationships between Police and young people enrolled in grades nine to twelve. Katherine spends most of her time in the local High Schools speaking about topics such as Impaired Driving, Dangers of Illicit Drugs, Policing as a Career and Responsible Social Media Use. The Community Resource Officer works closely with the uniform branch, in particular the School Support officers and partners with the Salvation Army Youth Corrections Diversion Program. In the high schools, Constable McNeil’s mandate is to enhance communication between school officials, students, parents, and the police.