Celebrating 125 Years of Community Service
The origins of policing in the Town of Smiths Falls began in 1850 before there was an organized police service. At that
time civilians were appointed as part time Constables to uphold law and order. It wasn't until 1887, when the Town of
Smiths Falls hired a full time Chief of Police, that the Smiths Falls Police Service was born. This one man Police
department was in place until 1910, with the Chief working 14 hour days, 7 days a week! For a detailed time line see our
Our History page.
Since these humble beginnings one thing has remained the same, our never ending commitment to provide "Community First"
policing as we grow and adapt to the changes in our community and the world of policing.
2012 marks our 125th year and we are planning several activities for this occasion.
- All Year
- Banner and Display Case - Smiths Falls Police 125th Anniversary Banner was raised in front of the Police Service and
Town Hall where it will stay for the year as well a display case in the front foyer of Town Hall/Police Office will
hold old memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, etc.
- February 8th
- Ceremony commemorating 125 Years of Service to the Community - This is the date the
continued uninterrupted Police Service actually launched in 1887. The Smiths Falls Police Services Board,
Mayor Dennis Staples and the Smiths Falls Town Council are hosting a celebration ceremony at 3:00 PM at the Smiths
Falls Memorial Community Center, 71 Cornelia St.W.
- May 7 to July 29
Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum - Discover policing before patrol cars, radios, speed cameras, and modern
technology with this special exhibition at Heritage House Museum. Learn how the Smiths Falls Police Service has grown
over the past 125 years and how it continues to live up to its motto of "Community First." Heritage House Museum
Exhibition Hours, 10:30 - 4:30 daily. Call 613-283-6311 or 613-283-8560 ext 2206 for information.
- May 13 to 19
- This year's Police Week theme is "Leading the way to a safer tomorrow." It focuses on heightening community awareness
and promoting collaboration between the community and the police to keep our communities safe through crime prevention,
preparedness and social development.
Click here for details on
how Smiths Falls Police Service will be participating in Police Week.
- May 14 to 18
- Police Chief for the Day - Students from grades 5 through 8 at Chimo, St Francis, Duncan J Schoular
and St Luke School will be submitting a 400 word essay on why they feel they should be Police Chief for the day. There
will be 2 winners submitted by each school and from those winners there be will one winner chosen as Chief for the day. The
winner will spend a day with the Chief of Police (during Police Week) touring the police station among other events.
The runners up will receive a small token of appreciation for their efforts.
- "Our Police: A history of the Smiths Falls Police Service" book launch - On Thursday, May 17 from 1pm to 3pm you are
invited to the book launch of "Our Police: A history of the Smiths Falls Police Service" by Sergeant Richard Labelle.
The event will be held at the Heritage House Museum on Old Sly's Road in Smiths Falls. Copies of the book will be on sale
and Sergeant Labelle will be on hand to meet those in attendance. The public is also invited to view the Heritage
House Museum's exhibit on the history of the Smiths Falls Police Service.
- June 8th
- SFPS Appreciation Day - We will be hosting a BBQ (hamburgers and hotdogs) at the new arena from 11:30am to 2:00pm. This
will be on the day of and in conjunction with the Special Olympics Torch Run Toll Booth Day. Donations will be going to
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