On behalf of the Halton Regional Police Service I am pleased to extend warmest greetings to you this new year – Canada’s 150th! I hope all have a wonderful 2017.
Thank you for taking the time to visit us. Along with our presence on Twitter (@HaltonPolice) and Facebook, our website is the place to access the latest news and information about policing in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.
For many, this season is a time of reflection and resolution and it is no different for our Service.
Looking back, we can be proud of our many accomplishments. We are proud that year after year we are the safest large municipality in Canada, that we have the lowest crime severity index, and that we have significantly increased our clearance rates in the area of criminal offences.
Ensuring we retain these notable distinctions is no easy feat. The key to our success is public engagement. This not only means providing the people we serve with the information they need; it means working in partnership with them to ensure we can respond effectively and efficiently to the challenges we face. Doing so requires a comprehensive plan that identifies these challenges and lays the groundwork for achieving common goals.
Late last year, our Police Services Board approved our 2017-2019 Corporate Business Plan. The Plan, which commits us to be Be the Leader in Community Safety and Policing Excellence, is the product of extensive internal and external consultation. In addition to supporting four central themes: Community Safety and Well-being; Outreach and Collaboration; Organizational Capacity and; Organizational Excellence, it is among the first in the province to establish a framework for developing a Community Safety and Well-being Plan that truly puts community first.
On this note, I am pleased to announce that our Service will launch Project Lifesaver on January 26. Project Lifesaver allows caregivers of vulnerable individuals to register them to receive a geo-tracking bracelet. In the event of emergency the bracelets can be activated, providing our officers with a tool to help them locate the individual at-risk. More information about this important and highly-anticipated program can be found here.
Stephen J. Tanner