Crime Prevention

The Wellington County OPP provides a wide range of crime prevention programmes across the County. Information about these programmes can be found below.


The Youth Reiliency Officer with the Wellington County OPP teaches the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program. D.A.R.E is the most comprehensive drug prevention curricula in the world taught in thousands of schools throughout America’s 50 states and its territories, as well as in 50+ other countries reaching more than 1.5 million students annually.

The D.A.R.E. program offers students the opportunity to gain a trustworthy adult friend, develop a positive attitude toward law enforcement personnel, and acquire greater respect for the law.

O.P.P. K.I.D.S. Programme

The Ontario Provincial Police of Wellington County support and administer the OPP K.I.D.S. Programme. K.I.D.S. stands for Knowledge, Issues, Decisions, and Support. The programme is meant to assist students in making informed decisions and making them aware of issues such as bullying, online safety, drugs, and mental illness. The PowerPoint linked below gives a high level summary of the programme and links to some Youtube videos used as teaching aids during the programme.

View the OPP K.I.D.S Program Presentation

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Operation SafeGuard

In the spring of 2013, Wellington County OPP launched a popular crime program called Operation SafeGuard. This program is designed to offer tips and strategies to those residents in our community that may find themselves victimized by a residential break and enter. After the incident an Ontario Provincial Police officer will contact the victim and offer a free security audit of their home. This approximate three hour assessment performed by trained member's of Wellington's OPP Auxiliary Policing Program offers common "target hardening" techniques that could be implemented by homeowners to "safeguard" themselves from future incidents. The goal of the program is to help reduce or prevent residential revictimization and encourage homeowners to share their newfound safety knowledge with family, friends, and neighbours.

Safe Guard Programme Website

 Police Inspecting Building

Road Watch Canada

The Road Watch Canada program is another community-minded traffic strategy designated to address unsafe driving on area roadways in Wellington County. Road Watch signs are strategically placed throughout the County warning drivers that local motorists will not tolerate aggressive driving. The goal is to reduce unnecessary collisions, injuries, or even fatalities through enhanced public detection of those who choose to drive irresponsibly. When safety-minded motorists witness poor or unlawful driving behaviour they file an electronic report through the Road Watch Canada website where it automatically delivered to the Wellington County OPP Detachment's email account. All reports are then followed-up by an Ontario Provincial Police officer.  

Two civilians and a police officer standing infront of a police crusier

(Roadwatch launch - Centre Wellington Roadwatch chairman Larry Schimdt, Wellington OPP Inspector Scott Lawson and Centre Wellington councillor Fred Morris were on hand to support the Roadwatch public awareness campaign in Centre Wellington. Photo by Mike Robinson - Source Wellington Advertiser)




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