Crime Stopper’s Month: Take a Stand against Bullying

Earlier this year, I attended the launch of the 2011 Crime Stoppers Month at the Halton Regional Centre. This year, Crime Stoppers of Halton External Link focused on anti-bullying messages through the “Take a Stand against Bullying” External Link theme. 

As keynote speaker, Dr. Jean Clinton External Link, Associate Clinical Professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster University, expressed that bullying is more frequent than many of us think. Dr. Clinton reported that 40 per cent of young people report being bullied. 

Members of the Halton Region Police Service also attended the event and demonstrated their support for anti-bullying initiatives in Halton and discussed their own anti-bullying program called Give Respect-Get Respect External Link.  This program, in conjunction with the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board, challenged high school students to develop messages that address bullying using various media.  

This focus on bullying prevention has helped to raise awareness in Halton, especially among our youth, about the harmful impact bullying has on peers, friends and themselves. The Take a Stand against Bullying theme also compelled adults to consider how we can make our children and our community safer by using effective bullying prevention techniques.

For the third year in a row, Halton Region has been named the safest Regional Municipality in Canada. The ongoing commitment of our residents, business owners, and local municipalities who work hand in hand with Crime Stoppers of Halton and the Halton Regional Police Service ensures that we will continue to live in a safe place.

On behalf of Halton Regional Council, I would like to offer a sincere thank you to all those who worked so hard to make this year’s Crime Stoppers Month a success.  By standing together to prevent bullying, we are working to protect all children.

If you would like to find out how Halton Regional Police Services is working for you, please visit www.hrps.on.ca External Link.

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