Last week the Oakville Conference Centre played host to the unveiling of a community safety and well-being plan. The new plan was developed in part by the Halton Regional Police Service and was announced to the public at a symposium attended by over 300 community members.
With crime and social issues at the forefront of the new plan, Halton’s Chief of Police specified the need to improve many pressing issues. Canada’s opioid crisis, mental health issues, and concerns related to transparency and community engagement were all addressed and included as part of the plan.
The new community safety plan comes in response to a working group led by Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services that pushed for the modernization of policing. Their report stressed the need for municipal leadership in addressing local safety needs. As part of this push, community safety and well-being plans could be mandatory for all municipalities in the near future with the implementation of the Safer Ontario Act.
With changes to policing on the horizon across Ontario, Halton’s new community safety and well-being plan will put them ahead of the curve and establish them as a leader in the field.
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