Fall 2019 Update
I would like to welcome you to the Halton Regional Police Service website and thank you for checking in with your police service for an update on what is happening throughout our region.
I am pleased to share with you some highlights of how we are working diligently to remain at the forefront of community safety and policing excellence throughout Canada.
The past quarter has brought many changes. Most notably, we were proud to support our former Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah as he was sworn into the Peel Regional Police as their new Chief of Police. Following his departure, the Halton Police Board and the Halton Regional Police Service were pleased to announce the promotion of Superintendent Jeff Hill to the position of Deputy Chief of Police. Deputy Chief Hill was selected from a talented pool of internal candidates from within the Halton Regional Police Service and was sworn into his new position on October 16, 2019. Deputy Chief Hill brings with him over two decades of experience with Halton Regional Police Service and a passion for supporting our Service and the community as a whole.
In June and October, the Halton Regional Police Service made three arrests following an extensive and complex investigation into several hate-motivated incidents that occurred in the City of Burlington in May and June 2019. Perpetrators of crimes in Halton Region that target others because of their skin colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or any other factor will be rigorously pursued and brought to justice. There is no place in any community for hate. Everyone in our community has the right to live, work and play in an environment free from fear. The Halton Regional Police Service would like to thank residents of Halton, local and national media outlets, the City of Burlington and local faith groups for bringing attention to this disturbing crime and subsequently helping identify the accused. These efforts reinforce what we already know: our residents share our commitment to community safety, inclusiveness and well-being.
Our frontline officers continue to see an increase in the number of suspected opioid overdoses in the communities we serve. We recognize that the impact of opioid use will be a long-term challenge for our community. This is why the Halton Regional Police Service is committed to helping build resiliency in all four municipalities through the Halton Region Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. This involves working collaboratively with stakeholders to develop and deliver comprehensive strategies and interventions to address the issues related to the illicit use, misuse or abuse of opioids in our community. We are proactively communicating with the community about the dangers of opioid use, and about how to reduce the risk of an overdose through harm reduction approaches.
I would be remiss not to mention that our region has experienced five homicides in 2019, each extremely tragic. Through the hard work and perseverance of our investigators and frontline members I am pleased to report that individuals responsible for four of those homicides have been arrested, charged and are in custody awaiting trial. I have no doubt the individual(s) responsible for the homicide in Halton Hills will be brought to justice.
Recently, we solicited feedback from our community and various stakeholders in preparation of our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. As we continue to focus on improving, developing and 'future-proofing' the Service, we asked residents to help us understand their experiences and perceptions of crime, public safety, and the services the Halton Regional Police Service provides in Halton. Our team is busy working on the new plan and we look forward to sharing it with the community in the coming months.
On behalf of the entire Halton Regional Police Service, thank you for your continued support; it is a pleasure to serve you.
Stephen J. Tanner