Summer is here and official celebrations for Canada’s milestone 150th are in full swing! Let me start by wishing you and yours the best of the season on behalf of the Halton Regional Police Service.
Over the past few months, a key theme of our 2017-2019 Corporate Business Plan put into action has been collaboration. Working with members of the public and our valued partners to achieve shared community goals has been a longstanding tradition of our Service and one that is becoming increasingly important as our Region grows and diversifies. Collaboration is at the heart of our motto: One Vision, One Mission, One Team and plays a vital role in helping us maintain our distinction as our nation’s safest regional municipality. I encourage you to review our recently released Annual Report to learn more about how partnerships helped shape policing in Halton in 2016.
For the past several months we have been working closely with Halton Region to finalize (Halton’s) inaugural Community Safety and Well-being Plan. The innovative Plan recognizes that the first pillar of our Corporate Business Plan - Community Safety and Well-being - are mutual responsibilities and establishes a framework for agencies to collaborate on shared matters impacting the quality of life in our municipality. The initial draft of the Plan is complete and public consultations are underway. Additional information on the Plan and what it means for you and your family is available on our website: www.haltonpolice.ca.
I am also proud to announce that our Police Service Board hosted its first Sexual Assault Learning Forum in Oakville on June 21. The event attracted close to 100 representatives of the policing community, victim advocacy groups, media and members of the public. Invaluable information was shared that day that will go a long way toward helping first responders and social agencies best support those impacted by sexual assault.
Other recently-launched community safety and well-being initiatives whose success can be directly linked to collaboration include:
Details pertaining to these are available on our website or by following us on Twitter, Facebook and, now, Instagram.
Thank you for your continued support. May you and yours have a safe summer as you take in all the beauty that Halton Region and beyond have to offer.
Stephen J. Tanner