New recruits hand out care packages at women’s shelter
Marc Bence/for metro edmonton
Police recruits on the eve of graduating took time out of their last day of classes to present care packages to representatives from local women’s shelters.
At least 40 packages were made by the class of 49 soon-to-be officers containing personal items like toothbrushes and toiletries for women living in transition at a city shelter.
Const. Dawna Hladie challenged her colleagues to make the packages as a class project upon the suggestion of her girlfriend.
“In the careers that we’ve chosen it’s more about being there for the community and helping the community,” she told Metro yesterday. “I wanted to give back so I took this challenge and brought it to this class.”
Sandra Danco of WIN House said police are the first line of defence in violence against women and children, and she’s pleased to see junior officers taking such a community-minded approach.
“This is going to help them get back on their feet, offset the cost of moving, and starting over,” she said of the shoebox-sized packages.
“This gives them a sense of hope and support from others in the community, which is vitally important.”
WIN House operates two shelters that can both temporarily house eight women and their children. Last year, they assisted over 1,000 people in leaving abusive relationships and starting over in a new home.
The rookie officers will receive their official badges today after completing a 21-week police program in the city’s north end. They’ll start their first shifts on patrol this Sunday.