The world around us can be very uninspiring at times. Whether its divisive politics, international conflicts, interpersonal conflicts or crime the media does a good job of putting negativity front and centre.
But a tried and true remedy for that is a visit to a classroom of kids at a public school near you. I had the pleasure of doing just that at the "Reading Rocks" event at Cedarland Public School in Brantford, Ontario last week. I had connected with parents and teachers at a Musical Ride event in the summer which lead to this very rewarding day.
My job was to speak to classrooms of youth of different ages about the importance of reading in the police profession. My message was that reading was the key to success at work and life and if you can read you can teach yourself anything. We went over almost any activity the kids liked to do and reading was the key ingredient to success. If you can't read you can't text! That made everyone understand.
Of course kids will be kids and they asked funny questions like "could I hold your gun", "can I get tazed" and they provided information on someone who stole a pencil.
I went there to inspire them to read. But I was the one who got inspired by their energy, curiosity, intelligence and happiness. Surely not regular news watchers.
We may not get the opportunity to meet the public, especially youth, as often as we should in Federal work due to our major case focus. However, in this year of the 150th birthday of our nation I recommend as many interactions as possible with youth that will continue to make our nation great.
Insp Todd Gilmore
Officer in Charge, Hamilton – Niagara Regional Detachment