Breakfast Club Involvement

Community Involvement - Breakfast club

Deputy Chief Paul Vandegraaf and Constable Janice MacDonald visit
Northumberland Christian School during their Breakfast Club

“School Breakfast/Nutrition Club” program was adopted by the Cobourg Police in 2015.

Since Tuesday February 17th, 2015, Officers have been attending local elementary schools during either the school’s scheduled “Breakfast Club or their Nutrition Break”. 

The benefit of this program allows the students to interact with the Officers in a positive activity and it puts a name to a face of the Officers serving their community. 

The program has been widely accepted and a great success for the students and the Officers.



Community Involvement - Cops for cancer

The Cobourg Police Service would like to thank the community for coming out in support of the “Cops for Cancer” Head Shave event which took place Saturday, April 18th 2015 at Center Court of the Northumberland Mall.  $6100 was raised in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

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#NOGOODWAY (2015) yellowcard

The YELLOWCARD Campaign for Special Olympics aims to end the use of the
R-word (retard) in everyday conversation.

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The Citizen Police Academy is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in Ontario and more specifically, in Cobourg, Ontario.

The goals of the citizen academy are:

  • To provide a better understanding of policing in Cobourg
  • To provide stronger citizen/police relationships
  • To enhance lines of communication
  • The reduction of crime in our community

In cooperation with many partners, the Cobourg Police Service is honoured to offer the Cobourg Police Service Citizen Police Academy.

The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is not only to help local residents better understand police work in their community, but to develop stronger ties between our community and the police service in an effort to better address crime issues.

Community Based Policing is an important and vital aspect of crime control in any community. It is through community cooperation and planning that we can best ensure quality police services in an organized and effective crime prevention effort.

The Citizen Police Academy is yet another mechanism for our Service to inform the public of what we do, improve communication, and obtain citizen input, assistance, and support throughout the community.

The spring session ran from April 22nd, 2015 until June 10th, 2015, which consisted of three-hour blocks of instruction conducted weekly over a seven week period. Classes were held at the Cobourg Police Service Training Room on Wednesday evenings from 6:30PM until 9:30PM (unless otherwise instructed).

The instructions were provided by staff from the Cobourg Police Service, community partners and other judicial officials.

Graduates of the program received a certificate of completion and an opportunity to participate with a “ride-a-long”.

Citizens Police Academy

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Special Olympics

Law Enforcement Torch Run
Karen Longwell / Northumberland News
PORT HOPE -- Cobourg Police Constable Marc Bellemare carried
the torch through downtown Port Hope for the Law Enforcement Torch Run
for Special Olympics Ontario. Cobourg and Port Hope Police joined
 together for the run on through both communities. June 17, 2015.

NORTHUMBERLAND -- Two police services joined forces this year for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Port Hope Police Service and Cobourg Police Service started the run from 199 Toronto Rd. in Port Hope on Wednesday, June 17. The run continued through downtown Port Hope to Peter Street. Torch run participants then started again from the Northumberland Mall continuing along William Street, through downtown Cobourg and along King Street to the Cobourg Collegiate Institute.

Special Olympians joined police at Cobourg Collegiate to walk the final portion to Community Living West Northumberland on Cottesmore Avenue.

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. 

Source: Northumberland News

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Members of Cobourg Police Service and Port Hope Police Service
took part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Fun for Special Olympics.



Halloween Trick or Treat Cobourg Police

Constable Veltkamp (left) and Constable Francella (right) with the Youth in Policing (YIPI) students during the “Downtown Trick or Treat” held on Saturday October 31st, 2015.

Christmas Parade 2015


Operation Rednose Cobourg Police

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Port Hope Police Chief Bryant Wood, left, and Cobourg Deputy Police Chief Paul VandeGraaf
donned red noses at the Operation Red Nose launch at Vino Galleria in Port Hope on Nov. 12. November 12, 2015

NORTHUMBERLAND -- A new designated driver program for Northumberland aims to help residents get a safe ride home during the holiday season.

YMCA Northumberland, in partnership with the Cobourg Police Services, starts Operation Red Nose, a designated driver program in Northumberland on Nov. 27.

Operation Red Nose is a nation-wide program dedicated to the fight against impaired driving. It is a confidential, volunteer-driven service offered to any individual who has been drinking or who simply does not feel fit to drive home. The service is provided free of charge, thanks to sponsors, but all donations received will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.

Having seen the benefits of the program in Belleville, Cobourg Deputy Police Chief Paul Vandegraaf brought the idea to the Northumberland YMCA, he said at the launch. 

Source: Northumberland News



Members of the Cobourg Police Service along with volunteers held the annual “Cram a Cruiser” event.  This year donations were being accepted outside of No Frills Grocery Store and Walmart Superstore.

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Totals collected for this year’s event were:

Food – Over 5000 pounds

Cash – approximately $900

Toys – an entire minivan filled to the brim.

13 bikes (and helmets) were also donated by Ontario Power Generation.

All food collected will be donated to the Fare Share Food Bank ( ) and all toys will be donated to the Giving Tree Program.



Police Honour Guard

(Left to right)  Detective Constable Jamie Baggaley, Special Constable Bryce Callacott,   Auxiliary Serge Thibeault, Acting Sergeant Mike Richardson, Constable Jason Salisbury and Chief Kai Liu

Members of the Honour Guard represent the Cobourg Police Service at funerals for Law Enforcement Officers, march in Parades and pay respect during the Remembrance Day Ceremonies. 


Cobourg Police Chief wins Award of Tolerance

Oct 17, 2015

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Cobourg Police Chief Kai Liu award

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies photo

TORONTO -- Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies board member Fred Leitner presented Cobourg Police Chief Kai Liu with the Award of Tolerance in a ceremony on October 7, 2015.

Northumberland News

TORONTO -- Cobourg’s police chief received an award for his work on tolerance and diversity.

Police Chief Kai Liu received the Award of Tolerance from the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for

Holocaust Studies at their State of the Union Dinner in Toronto on Oct. 7.

The award is given in recognition of support for the work of centre in fostering greater tolerance for diversity and respect for freedom and democracy in Canadian society. Chief Liu joined Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies on the “From Compassion to Action” mission to Europe to see the sites of the Holocaust, including Auschwitz, and then on to Israel in 2012. He has been a strong supporter of the centre’s work since that time and has attended numerous educational events including the annual Spirit of Hope Benefit.

“Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is delighted to present this award to Chief Liu, who continues to exemplify through his personal and professional commitments the type of leadership which will help promote a fairer, more equitable and more tolerant society for all Canadians. We are very proud of his achievements and honoured to call him our friend,” said Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.

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