Chief's Winter Message
The new year is upon us, and with it comes an opportunity to reflect on the many achievements of 2017, and to position ourselves for further evolution of our Service in the year ahead. Our Corporate Business Plan commits us to being the leader in community safety and policing excellence. Here are just a few examples that demonstrate our alignment with this commitment.
Halton Region and the Halton Regional Police Service successfully launched the joint Community Safety and Well-Being Plan at a Symposium in late November. This plan, several years in the making, is part of our shared commitment to being the safest and healthiest region in Canada. It recognizes that complex risks to safety and well-being cannot be addressed by any one agency or service in isolation. Rather, issues that place residents at risk can be more effectively addressed through greater cross-sector collaboration inclusive of education, health care, public health, social services, police, paramedics and community-based human services agencies. This plan will strengthen how our Service collaborates with our community partners and will ensure that our residents get the ‘right response, at the right time, by the right service provider’.
During a major incident, time is of the essence, and the ability of first responders to communicate and coordinate is critical. Having a dedicated and independent wireless network would ensure that officers’ transmissions are not hampered by heavy traffic on commercial, publicly-accessible networks. So we took a bold step and partnered with Motorola Solutions to create a separate LTE network for first responders only. Later this year, the Halton Regional Police Service will become the first police service in Canada to adopt a dedicated public wireless safety network. The infrastructure for this network will be housed in the new headquarters’ state-of-the-art data centre. The development of this network is a bold and innovative step, one that confirms our commitment to excellence, and one that is protective of public safety.
Having outgrown our existing headquarters, which was built nearly three decades ago, we are rapidly approaching the completion of our new four-storey 235,000 square foot headquarters. The new building, which will be completed in late spring, will serve to centralize and significantly boost our training capabilities. The new training facilities include a 50-metre, 10-lane shooting range, as well as a separate and dedicated training room and classroom. How do these benefit the community? Such amenities expand our ability to centralize our approach to training and align with best training practices so our front line officers are prepared for all scenarios. The new headquarters will also house state-of-the-art forensic labs. The facility will include special bays for the examination of vehicles involved in fatal collisions. From corner to corner, the specifications of this building will enhance our ability to serve our community.
We are honoured you are here to learn more about our progress and thank you for your continued support. On behalf of the entire Halton Regional Police Service, it is a pleasure to serve you.
Stephen J. Tanner