Law and order as a theme, is something that is explored extensively in the Star Wars galaxy. Right and wrong, justice, rule of law, these are all things that have implored many to commit heinous and/or righteous acts in the name of restoring their version of peace and order to the galaxy.
With any ruling body the enforcement of such laws, whether considered ethical or not, is the job of the governmentís assigned police force. That service can take many forms, Jedi, Stormtrooper, Coruscant Security Force. But whatever the outfit, the name of the game is to protect, serve and enforce.
So, it should be no surprise that the like most things in Star Wars, fans have found ways to turn this aspect of their favorite franchise into a passion. The 501st Legion being the most prolific example but one fan in Toronto, Canada has found a way to combine his love of Star Wars with his desire to help children.
They call him the ďStar Wars CopĒ, and Constable Peter De Quintal has found a unique way to help his community in the best way he knows how. As a father himself, De Quintal believes in the importance of helping kids and that that altruism can help shape future leaders in his community. And if he happens to usher in a new generation of Star Wars fans in the process, then so be it!
As a community liaison with the Toronto Police Force, Peter uses Star Wars to engage with kids during his breakfast programs at 29 different elementary schools. He takes a lot of pride in his uniform and wants to show kids the importance of supporting and respecting one another and staying focused on the positive. He firmly believes that being involved in the community can be effective when rooting out gun and gang violence at an early age.
We could be looking at future Lucasfilm employees and Droid builders as well as Peter is also a facilitator of the "Kids, Cops and Computers" program where the kids learn valuable online literacy and computer skills. One of those skills will be learning how to code by incorporating a certain R2 unit!
He is of course a strong presence on social media, inducing Twitter, where he is officially known as the "Star Wars Cop" and routinely posts pictures and updates highlighting the great work he's doing across the city. You'll even see the occasional cosplay picture where Peter gets to wear a different uniform, the Sith Lord himself, Darth Vader!
I reached out to a very busy Peter and was able to ask him a few questions...enjoy!
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