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    In 1829, Sir Robert Peel helped to establish the first modern-day police force in London, England. Peel devised nine principles which later became known as Peel's Principles. Peel's most influential outlook for policing is exemplified in the principle which claims:

    "the police are the public and the public are the police"

    Peel's principle illustrates well the philosophy adopted by the members of the Smiths Falls Police Service. As our motto "Community First" suggests, the members of the Smiths Falls Police service have taken an active interest in ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our community. After all, not only must we work here, we live here as well! Listed below are some of the community activities and charity events that we actively organize and/or participate in.

    Letters to Santa 2016
    Smiths Falls Police and Jack FM announced the winner of the 2016 Letters to Santa, pictured here with Chief MacGillivray and Cst. Murphy are winner Domonic Joaphe, mom Amber Bowden and dad Tom Harris.

    Swearing In Ceremony 2016

    On October 14, 2016, Smiths Falls Police swore in the Service's 20th Chief of Police.

    Student Travel Planning Drawing Contest
    The Student Travel Planning Committee Members at Chimo Elementary School are pictured here with the winners of the Drawing Contest that was held recently.

    The winnners had their drawings laminated on steel signs and will be placed in the area for everyone to see to promote student's walking to school.

    Pictured are teachers Karen Donavon and Sara Woodley, Winning Students showing off their art work are Emma Renaud, Kayleigh Snyder and Ella Ferguson, Cst David Murphy (SFPS), Julie Ingelby (LLG Health Unit), Principal Tanya Preston and Smiths Falls Town Councillor Lorraine Allen

    Bicycle Helmet Campaign 2015

    On August 24, 2015 Smiths Falls Police Service Officers and Crimestopper Board Members attended the Canadian Tire Store where the winner for the final draw for the Bicycle Helmet Campaign was presented her new bicycle by Canadian Tire Store Owner Joe Cayen. Pictured are Cst Dave Murphy, Joe Cayan (CTC), Gary Lackey(CS), Rick Kirkwood(CS), D/Chief Mark MacGillivray, Jackie Staples (CS)and Carl Evoy (CS).

    In total, there were over 90 names of youth who were wearing their helmets. There were 4 winners each of a $25.00 Gift Certificate from Canadian Tire Courtesy of Smiths Falls and District Crimestopper and 2 lucky winners of a brand new bicycle courtesy of Smiths Falls Canadian Tire Store. photo courtesy of laurie weir metroland

    Pan Am Games Torch Relay 2015

    On July 02, 2015 Smiths Falls Police Service Officers assisted with the Pan Am Torch Relay that was passing through Smiths Falls on its way to its final destination in Toronto.Pictured are Deputy Chief Mark MacGillivray, Cst Nadine Wilson, D/Cst David Rakobowchuk, Cst David Murphy and Sgt Jodi Empey.

    Mental Health Relay

    On May 08, 2015 Smiths Falls Police Service Officers attended the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Center Rink of Dreams and participated in the Lanark County Mental Health Office Chair Relay Race as a promotion to Mental Health Week. Pictured are Cst David Murphy, Cst Mitch Salmon and Cst David Morris.

    6th Annual Smiths Falls Police Association Charity Hockey Tournament
    The Smiths Falls Police Asociation held its 6th annual Kopz and Kidz Charity Hockey Tournament on Tuesday November 18, 2014. This tournament has raised thousands of dollars in the past and this year was no exception. Read more.

    2014 Stuff-A-Cruiser
    Cst David Murphy and Sgt Jodi Empey along with the Smiths Falls Police Service would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their participation in the 2014 Stuff a Cruiser Campaign. Read more.

    2014 ALS Ice bucket challenge

    Several SFPS officers took part in the ALS ice bucket challenge on August 24th. Watch the video.

    2014 Officer competes in Can-Am Police and Fire games

    Cst. Brent Pellett of the Smiths Falls Police Service attended York Pennsylvania to compete in the semi-annual Can-AM Police and Fire games that were held between July 13th 20th 2014. Read more.

    2014 Canadian Tire Jump Start

    On May 31st Community Service Officer Constable David Murphy was in attendance for the 2014 Canadian Tire Jumpstart Day to participate and help promote this worthwhile cause. Jumpstart is a program designed to help kids aged 4-18 years to participate in organized sports and recreation such as, hockey, dance, soccer, swimming, etc. In the photo Constable Mack and Constable Murphy present a donation to this great cause on behalf of the Smiths Falls Police Association.

    2014 McHappy Day

    On May 7th, 2014 Chief Dowdall lent a "helping" hand at the local McDonalds for McHappy Day. The funds raised locally go towards Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital, the Carleton Place District Hospital and the Ottawa Ronald McDonald House located next to CHEO.

    5th Annual Smiths Falls Police Association Charity Hockey Tournament
    On November 20th, 2013 the Smiths Falls Police Association hosted the 5th annual SFPA Charity Hockey Tournament. Eight teams competed in the tournamet which consisted of police, correctional and by-law officers from Brockville, Ottawa, York, Warkworth and of course our very own Smiths Falls Copperheads.

    The tournament raised $2000 to assist the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 with the cost of installing an elevator. Smiths Falls Police Association would like to thank all the participants and those who assisted and supported this worthwhile cause.

    2013 Stuff a Cruiser Campaign

    Cst David Murphy and Sgt Jodi Empey along with the Smiths Falls Police Service would like to thank everyone for their participation in the "2013 Stuff a Cruiser Campaign". The day was a great success raising a whopping 3540lbs of food and $120 in donations. Read More.

    SFPS officers win 10 medals at 2013 World Police and Fire Games

    From August 1st to 10th, three of our officers attended the beautiful and historic Belfast, Northern Ireland to participate in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games.

    Sergeant Jodi Empey, Constable Brent Pellett and Constable Mike Gallagher along with their families had a great experience visiting this part of the world. They were greeted by friendly and accommodating locals and fantastic volunteers that couldn't do enough to make this experience worthwhile.

    Throughout the games the officers attended and supported each other and all are pleased to have represented our service so well.

    Sergeant Jodi Empey won seven medals in swimming events. Jodi won a Gold medal in the 100m butterfly, four Silver medals in the 50m butterfly, the 100m freestyle, the 200 individual medley and the 50m freestyle, and two Bronze medals in the Relays.

    Constable Brent Pellet won two medals in running events. Brent won a Gold medal in the 10km run and a Bronze medal in the half marathon.

    Constable Mike Gallagher won a Bronze medal in the bodybuilding competition.

    Congratulations to our athletes.

    2013 Special Olympics Golf Tournament & Road Toll

    The Smiths Falls Police Association held its sixteenth annual golf tournament and a Road Toll to raise money for the Special Olympics. Both events were a huge success. The golf tournament was held on June 5th, 2013 and raised $11,500. The road toll was held on June 7th, 2013 and raised $11,400.

    Our team total for 2013 with the Peterborough Lakefield Police was over $80,000. Sergeant Paul Klassen and the rest of the Smiths Falls Police Association would like to take this opportunity to thank all who participated and helped out with the day's event. The weather was great, and a great time was had by all. The golf course was in fabulous condition due to the hard work of the golf club staff.
    Special thanks to the Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club for their hospitality, Dennis Routhier for a great meal and all the local businesses who continue to support the tournament with beautiful prizes for the golfers and financial sponsorship.

    On behalf of the Smiths Falls Police Association and The Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics, thank you very much and hope to see you next year!!

    Special Olympics - Law Enforcement Torch Run

    The Special Olympics gives young people with disabilities the opportunity to actively engage in competitive sporting activities. Athletes have the opportunity to train twelve months of the year, and each year they are given the opportunity to compete in either a provincial, national or international event. Yet, training facilities, transportation, and event organization require money, and the organization would be lost without the generous support of individual donors, sponsors and volunteers.

    The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an Ontario-based event which involves the participation of a host of police agencies. The aim of the Torch run is to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics. The torch run involves members of many different police agencies participating in a cross-province relay race, carrying the Flame of Hope through their respective communities. The Torch Run began in 1987, and has since raised $9 million dollars. The Smiths Falls Police Service is honoured to be able to participate in this event on an annual basis.

    Visit the Special Olympics Internet site.

    Fund Raising Award
    Constable Klassen of the Smiths Falls Police Service along with Auxiliary Staff Sergeant Andrew Burdett of Peterborough/Lakefield Police Service accept the Zone 3 award for top fundraiser. Their team collectively raised $73,000.00 in 2009 for Special Olympics events such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

    On June 17, 2012 Sergeant Paul Klassen of Smiths Falls Police was awarded the Community Sports Award by Kinsmen and the Law Enforcement Torch Run Award of Honour by the Ontario Association Chiefs of Police and Special Olympics Ontario. The award was given in recognition his many years of dedication and volunteer work to run and promote the Law Enforcement Torch run in the Town of Smiths Falls.

    Over $2500 raise at 4th Annual Kidz and Kopz Police Charity Hockey Tournament

    On November 28, 2012 the Smiths Falls police association along with the Smiths Falls Copperheads police hockey team hosted the 4th annual Kidz and Kopz Tournament. This year 10 teams participated and over $2500 was raised. The funds were donated to local elementary schools, each receiving $500! A special thanks to our sponsors.

    Bicycle Helmet Contest

    (photo courtesy of: Marla Shook,News Editor, EMC Canadian Gazette)
    In the summer of 2012 the Bicycle Helmet Contest was run once again. This contest was initated in 2010 by the Smiths Falls Police Service, the Smiths Falls and District Crime Stoppers and Smiths Falls Canadian Tire Store. The contest was created to encourage people to wear bicycle helmets, especially youth.

    Smiths Falls Police Officers on the streets took names of youth wearing their helmets. The youths were entered into a weekly draw for the chance to win a $25.00 Canadian Tire gift card courtesy of Smiths Falls and District Crime Stoppers. All of the names collected over the 8-week program were eligible for the final draw of a brand new bicycle donated by Smiths Falls Canadian Tire.

    Smiths Falls Police along with the Smiths Falls and District Crime stoppers and Smiths Falls Canadian Tire Store would like to congratulate our winners of the 2012 Bicycle Helmet Contest:
    • Grand Prize Winner - Blayze Glazier
    • Week 8 - Abby Levac
    • Week 7 - Texan Jones
    • Week 6 - Parker Watkins
    • Week 5 - Dominic Bernhardt
    • Week 4 - Danielle Martin-Luna
    • Week 3 - Curtis McClatchie
    • Week 2 - Edward Cooper
    • Week 1 - Zach Whiting
    Smiths Falls Police, Kids and Bears Hockey

    On February 10, 2012 the Smiths Falls Police hosted another Kids and Bears Hockey game. Over 300 kids enjoyed free admission to the Bears Hockey Game, courtesy of the Smiths Falls Police. This is the second year Smiths Falls police have sponsored a free admission night for kids to a local Bears Hockey game. Over $500 was raised for the outdoor community rink.


    During the month of November several members of the Smiths Falls Police service grew 'staches as part of Movember. The charity event was created to help raise money in support of prostate cancer research and general men's health awareness. Our members raised nearly $5000 before shaving off their beloved or sometimes hated 'staches at the end of the month. Thanks to all those who generously donated to this worthwhile cause.

    Click here to learn more about Movember.

    Blueline Magazine

    The Smiths Falls Police Service was featured in the November 2011 issue of Blue Line Magazine. The article written by Tony Palermo is titled "A progressive approach to policing the Rideau". You can read the full story by clicking here or by visiting the Blueline website.

    Four medals brought home from the 2011 World Police and Fire Games

    The 2011 World Police and Fire Games took place from August 25 to September 5, 2011 in New York City. Some 15,000 athletes representing 70 countries competed in 65 events. Smiths Falls Police Service is proud to announce that our own Sergeant Empey brought home four medals.

    Click to read press release.

    Smiths Falls Police, Kids and Bears Hockey

    Several Smiths Falls Police officers were in attendance at the Bears Hockey Game on February 11, 2011. The officers greeted visitors and paid the admission for any kids attending the game. In total the cost of admission for 81 kids was covered by the Smiths Falls Police Association.

    Harvest Run

    On Sept 26th,2010 five members of the Smiths Falls Police Service participated in the 2nd Annual Smiths Falls Harvest Run. The race was 5.7km and the entry fee was 4 cans of food for donation to the Smiths Falls Food Bank. We are pleased to announce that our members contributed over 100 cans of food and 3 finished in the top 10.

    Home and Auto Safety

    On May 4, 2010 Constable Smith worked a booth to provide education and information for citizens on home and auto safety tips and products.

    Charity Fund Raising Recognition

    On April 26th, 2010 a presentation was made to Chief Larry Hardy at the Police Services Board Meeting by members of the Peterborough/Smiths Falls Law Enforcement Torch Run Team recognizing the Outstanding Contribution of the Smiths Falls Police Service to the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

    With the assistance and support of the Smiths Falls Police and the Smiths Falls Police Services Board the Peterborough/Smiths Falls Law Enforcement Torch Run Team was able to raise $73,000.00 for this worthy cause last year.

    New Hockey Arena Contribution

    On April 25th, 2010 members of the Smiths Falls Police Service hosted a BBQ during the Last Skate event at the Memorial Community Centre. The BBQ raised $624.35 which will be donated to construction of the new arena along with $5000 from the Smiths Falls Police Association.

    Childern's Hospital Fund Raising

    These images are of the Neonatal intensive care nurses' lounge in CHEO (Childrens Hospital of Eatern Ontario). Constable Empey with the support of the police service, the community of Smiths Falls and surrounding area, raised over $56,000 to furnish this lounge and parent rooms.

    Bowl for Kids

    On February 27, 2010 officers from the Smiths Falls Police Service participated in the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids. Our team raised nearly $400 and the event was a great success with over 700 participants helping to raise over $68000.

    Community Challenge Match

    June 2009 Smiths Falls Police members participated in the Community Challenge Match at the Smiths Falls Fish and Game Club. The Charity Match raised $1,930.00 for the Military Families Fund. Our Service was awarded a trophy for the largest contribution. In the photo from left to right are: Constable Gallagher, Constable King, Constable Coon and Constable Slate.

    Armed Force Appreciation

    June 2009 Smiths Falls Police took part in Armed Forces Appreciation Day. Police Chief Hardy along with Deputy Chief Dowdall our CIB unit and patrol officers attended to pay our respects. After the official ceremony our officers took the opportunity to try on some Paratrooper gear.

    SFPS and the Grey Cup

    In May of 2009 Smiths Falls native Derek Armstrong #60 of the Calgary Stampeders (2008 Grey Cup Champions), brought home the Grey Cup Trophy. Smiths Falls Police lead the welcome home parade and happily took on the duties of guarding the Trophy.

    Child Safety Seats

    Constable Smith works a booth at the local Walmart to provide education on the proper use of Child Safety Seats.

    Cops for Cancer

    Cops for Cancer started in 1994 when an Edmonton police officer heard of a 5-year old Edmonton boy who was being teased at school because of his baldness (as a result of chemotherapy treatment). The officer, Sgt. Gary Goulet, had a shaved head as well, and invited the boy to have his picture taken with himself in a police cruiser. Soon thereafter, Sgt. Goulet gathered a group of Edmonton police officers to attend the boy's school where they would have they heads shaved in front of the entire school -- simply to show that having a shaved head was cool! The event received a lot of media attention, and became a sanctioned event run by the Canadian Cancer Society. Today, it has grown to include coin drives, sponsorships, golf tournaments, and endurance races. The money raised by Cops for Cancer goes to support research into those cancers with a high incidence of infecting children. To date, Cops for Cancer has raised more than $4,000,000.

    Each year, many members of the Smiths Falls Police Service solicit sponsorships from friends and families, which they donate in turn to the Canadian Cancer society. At the end of the sponsorship drive, these members have their heads shaved in front of a thrilled crowd of community members and the media.

    Visit the Canadian Cancer Society Internet site.
    Visit the Cops for Cancer Internet site.

    Terry Fox Run

    Two Smiths Falls Police Officers join St. Francis elementary school children
    involved in the 2008 Terry Fox run.

    Cataraqui Trail

    During the month of December Drummonds Gas donates 1/2 a cent per litre of gas purchased at their Lombard Street location, to the Cataraqui Trail.

    This picture from 2007 shows Russ Drummond presenting a cheque for $1882.81 to Chief Hardy.

    Copperheads - Smiths Falls Police Association Hockey Team

    Established in September 2008, the Copperheads are all about playing Hockey for fun while raising money for deserving charities in Smiths Falls and throughout Ontario. The money is raised by fees the Copperheads pay and collect to run and participate in hockey tournaments.

    The Copperheads team is comprised of members of the Smiths Falls Police Association as well as members form Ottawa, Peel Region and OPP, both active and retired.

    For more information check out the Copperheads website.








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