Police join calls to oust the R-word

Police community liaison Sgt. Travis Willie, in the midst of dancing behind Kin Enterprises.

When Denniss Adam hears the word “retard,” it hurts.

“It affects me,” he said. “I get upset and angry about it. It’s not a right thing to do.”

Adam hangs out at Kin Enterprises on 40th Street, a centre that offers work opportunities and social activities to people with intellectual disabilities. On Wednesday, he got a visit from police Sgt. Travis Willie, who stopped by to raise awareness about the R-word.

The Prince Albert Police Service is supporting No Good Way Day. It’s a partnership between the Special Olympics and Canadian police chiefs to urge people to stop using the R-word in casual conversation, or online.

According to the No Good Way Day Website, the word has already been used over 900,000 times on Twitter in the first couple months of 2017.

Willie’s visit was a big hit with the people at Kin Enterprises. They shook his hand and raved about how much they love the police. Kody Courtney said the Sergeant makes him feel safe and secure.

For more on this story please see the March 2 edition of the Daily Herald.