The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is committed to engaging with school administrators, students and their families in our Region. Our goal is to build strong and long-lasting relationships with young people in our community and to ensure that vulnerable youth have access to the services they require, when they need them.  Police partner with all area School Boards in accordance with the Police School Protocol – a legislatively driven document that serves to regulate and establish pathways to support our combined approach to maintaining a healthy and safe school environment – for all children in an educational setting.

High School Liaison Officer Program

The objective of the High School Liaison Officer Program (HSLO) is to provide a responsive policing model at local secondary schools to meets the needs of educators, students, and families. By building effective working relationships with everyone in the school community, HSLOs will develop and implement educational programs in partnership with school boards to best address police related issues and concerns in local high schools.

 

Officers attend schools on a regularly scheduled basis, respond to questions and concerns from students, parents, teachers, school boards and the community, and meet regularly with administration to ensure clear and collaborative communication.

Youth Engagement Team

The Youth Engagement Team focuses specifically on vulnerable ‘at risk’ youth, including children at risk of victimization or engaging in criminality. The Team works closely with HRPS social workers to support vulnerable youth in our area through enhanced connections, education delivered in partnership with school and community stakeholders, and leading youth programming that engage youth in non-traditional, non-school environments.

Youth Award Nomination

As part of the Halton Regional Police Service’s (HRPS) #NoHateInHalton Campaign, we are seeking to identify local youth between the ages of 12-18 who consistently go above and beyond to promote and personify respect, equity, and inclusivity across our region.

An example could be someone who makes others feel welcomed, valued, and involved, no matter who they are.

If you know someone who fits the criteria and believe they deserve recognition for their genuine efforts in making Halton a welcoming place for everyone, please read the application and submit your nomination to us no later than Thursday, April 25, 2024.

Three successful nominees will be selected by our Youth Engagement Team (YET) and will be presented with their award, along with a $50 gift card, at our upcoming Police Day celebration at Headquarters in Oakville on Saturday, May 11, 2024.

Regional Diversion Team

The Regional Diversion Team supports young people who have come into contact with the Criminal Justice System through the administration of the Youth Diversion Program. Exploring the root causation of associated behaviours is the first step to charting a course that ultimately leads to a youth’s future success in adulthood.

This regional team works closely with the Youth Engagement Team to partner vulnerable youth with a Youth Engagement Officer.

Mentoring Youth Camp (MY Camp)

MY Camp is a free program open to grade 7 and 8 Halton Region students who are interested in community safety and wellbeing, and who have a goal of improving their leadership skills. Two sessions are available for the 2024 Summer program (July 15-19 & August 19-23). Students will participate in activities designed to build confidence, self-esteem, and valuable life skills through the guidance of HRPS and external community partners. Participants will also gain an in-depth understanding of various policing units and roles within the Service.

Space is limited. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 21, 2024 at 4:00 P.M.

To apply, click here

Children's Safety Village

The HRPS Safety Village is now open. It features new, updated & dynamic programming for our Region’s youngest residents. The programming created is specifically designed for children in Junior Kindergarten/Senior Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 3. Schools and families will have the opportunity to opt-in to these programs, which are aimed at building a strong foundational relationship between community helpers (the police) and children.

Click to learn more and to book the Safety Village.

Youth Opportunities

Creating and maintaining strong and positive relationships with the youth we serve is a priority for the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS). It is why we strive to offer programs and committees specifically for young people in Halton Region.

We encourage interested youth to explore the following current opportunities with our Service: