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PEEL REGIONAL POLICE “POLICE DAY” videos, photographs —and an update on Mississauga graffiti-tagger “HACR”

May 9th, 2010  

Yesterday was Police Day at the Emil Kolb Centre. While the Mississauga News reports that the Centre is “Mississauga’s Emil Kolb Centre on Derry Rd”, it was only the City of Brampton that saw fit to provide shuttle buses for their citizens to that event. WAY TO GO B-TOWN!

Here is a compilation of videos and photographs from yesterday, with brief descriptions.

Video 1: Drove around the parking lot until I found a great spot right beside a Peel Police white Dodge Charger and behind two Peel Police Impalas. Noticed the Peel Regional Police Tactical Unit perched atop the roof. Realized there was no way to get to the building in time so I documented Tactical Unit’s rappel from the car.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT RAPPEL DOWN EMIL KOLB CENTRE (POLICE DAY May 8, 2010)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Video 2: Went to the outdoor displays and wasn’t at the event fifteen minutes before something a Tactical police officer said pissed me off so much I decided to leave —screw that noise. I packed up to cruise the haunts of the “bad guys” and document graffiti instead!

Headed for the car and noticed a band tuning up. The rich sound from their guitars made me decide to stay.

Weather now fell from the sky and police officers retreated inside. But the band hung tough.

They managed just this one song before a blast of wind knocked a guitar stand to the ground. The lead singer unsuccessfully tried to stop the guitar’s fall and then came the roll of thunder. Thus the Music Died.

If you ever have the opportunity to hear this Peel Police Rock Band, go!

Video: PEEL POLICE ROCK BAND play “OLD TIME ROCK AND ROLL” on rainy/windy POLICE DAY (May 8, 2010)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Video 3: It’s not often that citizens are allowed to videotape inside the Emil Kolb Centre so I grabbed at the chance to document the Centre’s display case on the History of Peel Police.

This video shows the old badges of (now disbanded) Township of Toronto Police, Mississauga Police, Port Credit Police, Streetsville Police and even Chinguacousy Police and Brampton Police.

The display also contains the uniform, keys and wooden head-bopper of former Chief of Police, Andrew Herkes who retired in September 1948.

1948… Different world!

Video: HISTORY of PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DISPLAY (Peel Regional Police Historic Committee)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Video 3: I absolutely loved what I saw happening inside the Kolb Centre’s gym. There were all kinds of law enforcement and safety displays, yes. But best of all there were all kinds of people —as in kinds-kind. The ethnicity that should be there, was there.

And as I said before, Brampton made sure that even those who couldn’t afford bus tickets for their brood could attend Police Day. It even occurred to me that Brampton’s poorest families would have this day for free transportation and free food/drinks! (Imagine what it would cost in a fast food place for hamburgers/hotdogs for four or five kids plus drinks.)

And the officers working those indoor displays were just finestkind.

This is video of Peel Police’s “Use of Force” display. Note, brief portions of this video are blurred to protect the privacy of kids interacting with police at the display.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE “USE OF FORCE” DISPLAY (POLICE DAY May 8, 2010))

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Video 4: Also from the “Use of Force” display documenting the target used by Peel Police for shooting practice. I categorized this video on YouTube as “Comedy”.

Hint, to bad guys (and girls) —Bad News. Peel Police don’t just aim for your heart….

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE “USE OF FORCE” DISPLAY: SHOOTING TARGET –THE BALLS!

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

And now for some pics.

Use of Force Display

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE "POLICE DAY" USE OF FORCE DISPLAY  (May 8, 2010)

Police Day —the only time it’s legal to pose as a police officer…

PEEL POLICE DAY: the only time when it's legal to "pose" as an officer

And…

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SECRETS OF SUCCESS (PROUDLY AIMING FOR THE BALLS SINCE JANUARY 1, 1974)

That was it. I then decided to continue my research into the ambitious Mississauga graffiti-tagger “HACR”. For the last two weeks I’d been documenting his east-west range. I also knew how far south “HACR” reached. Fascinated by his impressive range, it was time to map how far north “HACR” reached.

Here’s the irony.

It was only because I was at the Peel Police Day Kolb Centre event that my North-question was answered so quickly.

Mississauga's graffiti/tagger "HACR"s most northern range (May 8, 2010)

And my other question, “Is ‘HACR’ exclusively a Mississauga tagger?”. Given that I haven’t documented him (gender presumed) at the Toronto border or into Brampton, the answer appears to be Yes.

Also photographed this yesterday.

"DO YOU UNDERSTAND?" GRAFFITI LAKESHORE AREA, CITY OF MISSISSAUGA (May 8, 2010)

“DO YOU UNDERSTAND?”…  All this research is an attempt to try to.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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