Mother's Day 2017: Police Moms Want You To See Their Kids As #MoreThanABadge

TORONTO, May 11, 2017 /CNW/ - A public awareness campaign launched this month by the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) is using the occasion of Mother's Day to get police moms to remind everyone about the human side of policing, the things they worry about as mothers, and the sacrifices their children make every day.

"We want our kids to be seen as more than a badge," said Dr. Jan Owen of Bayfield, Ontario, whose son Dave is a constable in the London Police Service. "As police moms, we know our children do a good job keeping our communities safe, and as proud moms, we want everyone to know about it."

Dr. Owen is one of many police moms who readily shared her thoughts, memories, worries and deep pride in a series of videos posted on the Ontario Police Moms website (OntarioPoliceMoms.ca) and Facebook page (Facebook.com/OntarioPoliceMoms). The site also features a social media guide for other Ontario police moms to share their stories on Facebook or Twitter.

"We wanted the public to find out what it's really like to be a police officer in Ontario," said Bruce Chapman, President of the PAO. "And who better than their moms to give us a personal glimpse of the real-life consequences of being a police officer."

#MoreThanABadge began earlier this year with a "Police Moms Wanted" drive asking moms to step up and tell their stories ahead of Mother's Day. The campaign continues through until Mother's Day on May 14.

"Our job is to look after the physical and mental welfare of our members," said Chapman. "This campaign is designed to take a light-hearted approach to remind everyone that police officers have a tough job on their hands, but they love what they do."

About the Police Association of Ontario (PAO):
Founded in 1933, the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) is the official voice and representative body for Ontario's front-line police personnel, and provides representation, resource and support for 53 police associations. The PAO's membership is comprised of over 18,000 police and civilian members of police services.

SOURCE Police Association of Ontario

For further information: Media Contact: Stephen Reid, Executive Director, Police Association of Ontario (PAO), 416-435-4455, Stephen.Reid@pao.ca

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