The Kitchener Rangers and the Waterloo Regional Police Service are proud of their partnership with the Waterloo Regional Police Services, otherwise known as "Blue C.R.E.W."
Cops and Rangers Educating Waterloo Region is a program that's unique to both hockey and policing.
This program will forward a strong partnership between both organizations that builds on each other's respective assets.
Every player on the Rangers roster has been matched up with a member of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. Teams will work collectively as youth educators and role models, guiding one another through the rewards and challenges of community stewardship, with the hope of building a long lasting camaraderie.
The Rangers and the Waterloo Regional Police both share common goals directed toward building a safe and healthy Waterloo Region.
The goal of the Blue C.R.E.W. is to help educate our community, particularly elementary school children, on such topics as leadership, respect, pride and teamwork.
What better way to present these skills to our community than through "Cops and Rangers"- two organizations that are built on these very foundations.
"We see the Blue C.R.E.W. program as a tremendous opportunity to foster community stewardship in partnership with the Kitchener Rangers organization. The Rangers players, teamed with our members, will be forwarding mutually shared values like education, integrity, teamwork and excellence to the youth of our community. Our school visits and public appearances will focus on safety and healthy lifestyles in a manner that will be informative for everyone. We hope that the relationships that our police officers develop with the players will be strong and long lasting, bringing great value to everyone involved. It's a great program for our community, the Kitchener Rangers and the Waterloo Regional Police Service," said Matt Torigian, Chief of Police.
As this program grows you will notice the Blue C.R.E.W. at multiple community events such as school and hospital visits, safety events and more.
Head Coach and General Manager of the Kitchener Rangers, Steve Spott had this to say, "I am excited about our new partnership with the Waterloo Regional Police Service. Our organization takes great pride in serving our fans and community both on and off the ice. There are so many common characteristics that we share with the police services. We have an obligation to be positive role models for the generation of growing children in our region."