Spring 2018 Message
After a long winter, sunnier skies and warmer temperatures are finally gracing Halton Region. It has been an extremely busy year thus far, and I am happy to share with you some highlights, as well as the progress we have made to ensure the Halton Regional Police Service remains the leader in community safety and policing excellence throughout Canada.
In April 2018, we took the progressive step to expand the deployment of naloxone to our entire front line. Doing so enhances our ability to deliver emergency life-saving first aid measures in response to a life-threatening opioid-related incident, in the same spirit as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). While we are fortunate to live in Canada’s safest regional municipality, we must be prepared to deal with incidents that, while low in frequency, pose a real and tangible threat to community safety and well-being.
On May 6, more than 150 of our members, both sworn and civilian, gathered at the 19th annual Ceremony of Remembrance for Ontario’s fallen police officers. We stood shoulder to shoulder at the Ontario Police Memorial in Toronto and honoured each of the 266 Ontario police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
On May 12, we hosted our 19th annual Police Day at headquarters. It was an extraordinary day; train rides, inflatable slides, our ever-popular canine demos, live music, and the opportunity to engage one on one with the people we serve. We owe the success of this event to you, our community, for coming out en masse to celebrate all things community policing. I’ve said it before, but we truly could not do what we do without your support.
Of course Police Day was the official launch of Police Week, the theme of which was “Celebrating Policing and Community Partnerships”. Police Week in Ontario is an annual event dedicated to increasing awareness and recognition of policing services while also promoting the strong partnerships between police and the community.
Speaking of keeping our communities safe, the month of May also welcomed the launch of Canada Road Safety Week. You will continue to see and hear strong messages from our Service regarding drug-impaired driving, alcohol-impaired driving, aggressive driving and distracted driving. Why? The residents of Halton Region have consistently identified these issues as major concerns. Traffic safety is a shared responsibility, and your engagement is valuable. How valuable? More than a third of our impaired investigations are the result of a citizen calling us to report suspected impaired driving.
As a Service, we value the feedback you provide each day. We consider it in its totality, use it to elevate our performance, more tightly dovetail our services with the needs of the community, and ultimately enhance community safety and well-being. We encourage you to continue to work with us so we can be even better tomorrow than we are today. Community policing is inherently collaborative. Together we are stronger.
Stephen J. Tanner