Special Olympian cleaning up with Woodstock police

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Special Olympian Luke Bustard, who just finished cleaning the interior of the black and white Woodstock Police Force cruiser, sprayed down the dusty exterior Thursday afternoon in the garage bay behind the police station.

With the assistance of Cst. Shaun Kimball, the WPF’s liaison with the Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of the Special Olympics, Bustard helped launch the partnership between the Woodstock Police Force and Special Olympics NB - Western Valley Region. The program will see Special Olympians cleaning Woodstock police cars weekly.

Bustard said he liked washing the police cars.

Kimball said the car-washing program’s primary objective is to enhance the connection between the police force and Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Western Valley Region coordinator Debbi Graham said the program is another means for Special Olympians, such as Bustard, to get involved in the community.

“It’s a great chance for Special Olympians to get involved and work with members of the police force,” she said.

Kimball said the law enforcement organizations, including the WPF, raise money, support and awareness for Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Through that partnership with the Special Olympics movement, the LETR seeks out different activities and events for the force and Special Olympians to work together.

Kimball and Graham said COVID protocols limited activities over the past year and a half, but they hope that changes soon.

Graham said they were about to return to regularly scheduled activities at the AYR Motor Centre, but the recent introduction of COVID-19 restrictions delayed plans.

Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun

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