Prevention and early intervention through social development has proven time and again to provide the most impact and lasting solutions to crime and the reduction of harm or victimization. For social development strategies to be effective, the Halton Regional Police Service is dedicated to supporting these principles through a Community Mobilization AND Engagement (COMMANDE) strategy.
The COMMANDE strategy builds on our successful history of community policing in Halton by enhancing the traditional community officer function to be more collaborative and integrated across all human service sectors. This will effectively and efficiently address the root causes of crime and social disorder, as well as increase the safety and wellbeing of the residents in Halton.
The service delivery model for COMMANDE is flexible to allow for officers to mobilize and engage local communities in the Region to address troublesome behaviours and incidents of social disorder. It recognizes that in addition to their enforcement role, police play a role in engaging the public to share in the responsibility for a safe community.
How it works
Each District (municipality) in the Region has a Community Mobilization Bureau (CMB) with dedicated officers who specialize in both reactive and proactive responses to community needs, while working alongside a variety of community partners to address local crime and social disorder trends.
The COMMANDE approach to community-based policing supports the provincial government’s framework for community safety planning. The Framework is a risk-driven model based on a holistic approach to community safety and well-being that includes four levels of intervention: social development, prevention, risk-based intervention, and emergency response.