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New Safety and Media Relations officer joins Nottawasaga detachment

August 10, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

When it comes to keeping the community safe, being proactive by educating and engaging with the public is a big part of policing.

OPP Provincial Constable Katy Viccary has been the Community Safety and Media Relations Officer at the Nottawasaga OPP detachment, but due to the demands of the position, the detachment has brought in another officer to partner with Const. Viccary to keep the public informed.

Provincial Const. Jackie Beaulieu joined the Nottawasaga Detachment in the fall of 2022.

Const. Beaulieu served with the Peel Regional Police Service for 10 years, then with the Simcoe Police Service prior to joining the OPP.

Const. Viccary was with the Toronto police for seven years before coming to the Nottawasaga OPP seven years ago.

“Jackie comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience and was specifically selected to join the Community Mobilization and Engagement Unit at [the] Nottawasaga Detachment,” Const. Viccary explained when introducing Constable Beaulieu. “She will be doing the same as me – community safety and media relations. During her over 16 years of policing experience for municipal police services, she held positions within the community offices.”

Const. Beaulieu gained a lot of experience as a police officer in Simcoe and Peel before joining the Nottawasaga Detachment.

“Peel was very busy, and I learned a lot,” she explained. “I had lot of opportunities for training when I was there. I will be doing media relations – that’s, putting out media releases and responding to media partners when they have inquiries about any incidents that take place. We also assist with planning and organizing community events and building community partners and relationships. We try to do youth engagement as much as we can.”

In addition to community safe and media relations, Constables Viccary and Beaulieu, are involved in officer recruiting and oversee the detachment’s auxiliary unit.

This includes engaging the public and having them come out for a police ride-along.

Const. Beaulieu said she looks forward to meeting members of the community and the different groups she will be working with.

“I’m getting know various partners in the community and networking and learning the job,” she said. “We just did an opioid campaign and we will be doing a mental health and wellness campaign in the fall.”

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