VIDEO: Newcomers to Windsor-Essex Learn to Call 911
More than 800 newcomers to Windsor-Essex have learned that emergency services are friends, not foes.
As part of the Emergency Services Introduction to New Canadians event Monday, police, fire and paramedics were on hand to talk to people about what to do if they are in trouble or if someone needs help.
For some of the refugees and immigrants, police are corrupt in their home countries, and the New Canadian Centre of Excellence wants to remove the stigma and teach them that police are there to help.
Many of the newcomers were seen talking to men and women in uniform and taking photos with them.
Chief Al Frederick says they need to know the basics when it comes to contact police.
Manager of Settlement at the New Canadian Centre of Excellence, Rima Nohra says it's about teaching newcomers how society works here.
"Remove the stigma that they have about the police officers from their countries, because of the corruption that happened from where they are from because they are refugees and they are here for safety so they should know that these people are here to serve and protect, not to harm them," she says.
Nohra says talking to the men and women in emergency services helps to break down the barriers.
"They are connecting more with, if they see a police they know that they can go and ask for help, if they are in trouble or somebody is harming them or trying to hurt them, they know where to go to and who to talk to," she says.
This is the 10th year for the event which displays police vehicles and ambulances and teaches people about fire safety.