Meet Your Neighbour: Const. Tylor Copeland

Tylor Copeland loves being a police officer and feels privileged to work in the community where he was raised.

NORTH DUNDAS — Const. Tylor Copeland may not wear a cape, but he’s a hero to many in North Dundas.

His biggest fans are his two kids and wife, followed by the community he has served for the past 15 years.

Tylor was born and raised in Winchester and now calls South Mountain home.

“Growing up here was a very positive experience…a lot of great friends and close family,” he says.

A hockey player through and through, Tylor got his first taste of the game with the North Dundas Minor Hockey League, where he quickly moved through the ranks up to Junior B with the Hawks and then on to Cornwall to play Junior A.

“It was a lot of fun,” he explains. “After I finished playing, I coached the Hawks for four years.”

Tylor passed on his love of hockey to his son, whose team he coaches between chasing down bad guys and mitigating crime through education.

Const. Copeland wears many hats: Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers Coordinator, OPP Media Relations Officer and Community Safety Officer. He’s also a volunteer firefighter with the South Mountain station.

“I like the comradery with the guys,” he notes. “Being a volunteer firefighter involves a lot of the elements of my personal work, without any of the paperwork.”

Tylor says he’s always enjoyed helping people and that’s what drove him in the direction of policing, after working with children in the mental health field.

“I like helping…it doesn’t matter what aspect of my life; I just like helping people out.”

Tylor says he’s a small town guy, who loves working as a police officer in Winchester.

Tylor Copeland sits in his police cruiser on a sunny day.

“These are my roots…these are the people I want to work with.”

He explains that North Dundas has supplied him with lifelong friends, a fulfilling career and home for his family.

“It’s a close-knit community…people look out for each other. I’ve done several fundraising events for crime stoppers and this community supports like no other.”

Tylor says North Dundas has changed in some ways, but a lot has stayed the same.

“I remember that nothing was open on Sundays when I was growing up. The arenas were closed, so you couldn’t play hockey. The stores were only open until about noon on Saturday, so there was a lot less traffic. You could bike down the middle of the street with your buds…go down the big hill trying not to crash.”

He notes that growth is necessary to keep the community going.

“Growth creates jobs for local kids,” Tylor says. “If you don’t have those businesses, the teenagers don’t have anywhere to work. I like how North Dundas is moving forward.”

He explains that what makes North Dundas great is the people, who are always willing to jump right in and lend a hand.

“I think the township is going to expand, but at a comfortable rate. It will stay a farming community because of every generation that stays here and grows – I don’t see that ever changing, but there will definitely be growth.”

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