Last Spring, the Dunkirk Police Department launched a community program where a student is picked up at their school by a City Police Officer and taken for breakfast in a marked patrol car to Tim Hortons on Lakeshore Drive East. Dave and Gina Kron from Tim Hortons reserve a special table for the student and they graciously donate the cost of the student’s breakfast. After breakfast the student is taken for a short ride with the Police Officer and then taken back to school. This program is an excellent opportunity for the students and parents to have a positive interaction with their Police Officers and to build a positive relationship. The program is aimed at rewarding students for their hard work and that their Police Officers and Community appreciate that hard work.
Last year, Off. Thomas Rozumalski approached City Police Chief David Ortolano and Police Lt. Mart Timmerman with an idea to honor students selected by elementary schools by taking them for breakfast. Chief Ortolano said then, “I commend Officer Rozumalski for this great idea and Lt. Timmerman for his work on coordinating the program with all the schools in the City. We want to commend the Krons and their employees at Tim Hortons for taking such good care of us when we bring the students in for breakfast. They truly are a great community business partner. We also want to thank all the schools for working together with us on this program. It is these types of programs that continue to build positive Police/Community relations that will pay off in the future and hopefully create a few future Police Officers as well.”
WKBW Channel 7 did an excellent job highlighting the program. The link to their website is below.