Make an Impact on Policing in Oakville: Have Your Voice Heard

Halton Regional Police seek Public Input on New Business Plan

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Make an Impact on Policing in Oakville: Have Your Voice Heard

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Stephen Tanner

Stephen Tanner

Chief of Police S.J. (Steve) Tanner was born in Oakville, Ontario, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Guelph before entering the policing profession as a member of the Halton Regional Police Service in the fall of 1982. He became Halton's Chief of Police in 2012, and in the same year he was appointed by the Governor General of Canada as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

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Halton Regional Police is looking for public input regarding the creation of the new business plan. Each police service in the Province of Ontario is required to develop a business plan at least once every three years.

The business plan must prioritize policing policy and resources. In addition the plan must and should address issues of critical infrastructure (eg facilities) and information technology. It is intended, via the Police Services Act, to ensure that all municipalities take policing seriously, and realize that they ensure adequate and effective policing.

Our last business plan covered 2014-2016 and was developed through a consultative process. The Police Services Board and the service worked cooperatively with one another.

As we reach the middle of 2016, it is time to reach out to the public and seek their input into what they feel the police should look at as priorities. In years gone by, police services told the public what they did and how and why. Community input regarding police priorities was sought far less often. In Halton we practice what we speak of when we talk about community policing…… and of Sir Robert Peel’s famous saying, “The police are the public and the public are the police”. The truth is that we can only police today with the support and cooperation of the public we serve. It is a true partnership.

Public input is important because we must stay in touch with our communities, correspond with one another on an ongoing basis to ensure we are delivering the services that they most need and/or desire. So we seek community input through a series of consultation meetings, with an independent facilitator. Oakville’s meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Town Hall (1225 Trafalgar Rd) in the Trafalgar Room from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

We are also doing a random public survey. Halton Regional Police Service Board will be sending out approximately 600 surveys in the near future which will be mailed. For those that may not be able to physically attend a meeting, we will be looking at doing one or two of them live on twitter, the details have not been finalized.

The Halton Regional Police Services Board, the local civilian oversight board are developing our next 3 year plan along with the service, and are soliciting input from a variety of stakeholders. We look forward to hearing from as many residents as possible.

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