WATERLOO REGION — Waterloo Regional Police obtained dozens of letters earlier this 12 months, thanking them for serving to cope with “freedom convoy” protests earlier this 12 months.
On Feb. 18, a neighborhood workers sergeant and different officers went to Ottawa to take away illegal “freedom convoy” protesters who occupied the road in entrance of Parliament Hill.
A couple of week earlier, native police went to Toronto and the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor to assist deal with blockades and rallies protesting COVID-19 restrictions.
The Waterloo Regional Police obtained 19 letters of thanks from organizations and 36 from people.
A person from Ottawa thanked the service for its assist after protesters practically paralyzed a portion of downtown Ottawa for 22 days, prompting the federal authorities to invoke the Emergencies Act.
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after protesters refused to go away the downtown space of the nation’s capital in mid-February.
“We have been confronted with an unprecedented assault on our metropolis which terrorized a lot of its residents and overwhelmed the Ottawa Police Service capabilities,” learn a letter with the identify blacked out.
“(WRPS officers) confronted very troublesome and chilly circumstances, in addition to ridiculous abuse from the protesters who invaded our metropolis. We have been really impressed by how your officers carried out themselves all through the disaster.”
One other letter expressed respect and appreciation for the pressure serving to out in Ottawa when protesters refused to go away the downtown space.
“Thanks for returning our metropolis in order that we will resume our regular, *boring* lives!”
Individuals additionally wrote about conditions with particular officers, corresponding to two officers who waved down a public bus for an older lady.
“Not solely did this assist her quite a bit (she has a big hunched again and take a few steps then must cease), one of many officers carried her luggage and helped her into the bus,” learn the message.
The Windsor Police Service and some people thanked Waterloo Regional Police for answering the service’s requires assist from different police throughout protests towards COVID-19 restrictions.
“All roles have been necessary as this incident put our occupation and our organizations on the world stage,” stated Pamela Mizuno, the Windsor police chief.