Students in their final year of high school in Chatham-Kent can create and submit a video tackling road safety concerns, addressing mental health or reducing property crimes.
Pat Weaver, chair of the police board, said he is interested in seeing the perspective of youth in the community.
“The CKPS recognizes the different generational cohorts and the unique perception and viewpoints they can provide on these three important complex social issues,” he wrote in an email.
“By simply participating in this initiative, they will acknowledge the fact that these three issues are of concern for our community, and how their generation can assist in mitigating these concerns.”
The three categories were chosen by Chief Gary Conn and were identified in the CKPS’s 2018-2020 business plan, he said.
Weaver said the board has never had a scholarship program like this before and it is being launched because the board’s auction account had a surplus of funds this year.
This “initiated conversation around how we can further give back to the community and specifically youth in our community, while at the same time getting them involved and engaged on working towards community safety,” he said.
“In addition, the funds are directed towards post-secondary education, which aligns with one of our values of being committed to improvement through life-long learning,” Weaver added.
Students can submit one video per category and the videos must not contain, depict or refer to anything crude, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, discriminatory, offensive or illegal, according to a news release.
The video also cannot contain, depict or refer to any irresponsible behaviour, risk to personal safety or damage to property.
The board is asking for videos at maximum three minutes in length. Videos can be a group effort, but those groups must elect a principal entrant to receive the prize and the group will be responsible for sharing the funds.
The videos can be submitted by uploading them to YouTube and emailing the link to Const. Renee Cowell at [email protected] with your name, school and grade.
He was transported to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance for treatment of non life-threatening injuries, police said.
A call about a suspicious person in the area of Coverdale Street in Chatham resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old Chatham man.
Police said the call came in around 11:45 p.m. Monday and officers located the accused around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Through investigation, police learned the accused had entered a home on nearby Bedford Street and had stolen items from vehicles parked on that street as well as on Coverdale Street.
The accused is charged with break and enter and two counts of theft and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
Police said a 58-year-old Chatham man arrived at police headquarters and turned himself in for domestic-related offences.
A 57-year-old Comber man went to police headquarters Monday morning to turn himself in for going to the residence of a woman on Saturday, which he was under a court order to not associate with in any manner.
Police caught up to a Chatham man Monday afternoon who was wanted on a warrant for failing to attend court last month in connection to being found in possession of a stolen vehicle.
Police also caught up with a 22-year-old man of no fixed address who was spotted last month riding his bike on Princess Street in Chatham, which was a violation of a court order to remain in his residence at all times with some exceptions, including medical emergencies, work or attending court.
The accused fled when an officer tried to stop and talk to him, resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest.
He was located Monday night and arrested and charged with failing to comply. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.
A 51-year-old Pain Court man is facing a charge of being intoxicated in a public place after Chatham-Kent police received a call Monday afternoon about an intoxicated man walking in the middle of the road.
Chatham-Kent police nabbed five motorists for speeding while conducting speed enforcement on Talbot Trail in Dealtown Monday morning.
Police remind drivers to obey the posted speed limit when travelling through small towns and villages.
Police said sometime between 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Monday, the fishing equipment, along with a small boat motor, were stolen after a storage unit on Richmond Street was entered.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Brent Middel at [email protected] or 519-436-6600 ext. 87195. Anonymous calls can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
A 50-year-old Windsor woman is facing a stunt driving charge after being being stopped by Chatham-Kent OPP on Saturday afternoon.
OPP said an officer was conducting radar enforcement on Highway 401 near Queens Line when a westbound motor vehicle was clocked travelling 160 km/hr exceeding the 100 km/hr.
The woman was cahrged with race a motor vehicle – excessive speed, resulting in her drivers licence being suspended and her vehicle being impounded for seven days.
She is required to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on Dec. 12 to answer to the charge, OPP said.
OPP reminds drivers that stunt driving or racing is one of the most serious and reckless forms of aggressive driving, and it puts everyone on the road at serious risk of injury or death.