Keeping our community the safest in Canada

Keeping our community the safest in Canada
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Rob Burton

Rob Burton

Rob Burton is the mayor of Oakville, Ontario. He was elected as Mayor in 2006, and re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. He is the chair of the Halton Regional Police Services Board. Mr. Burton is best known in the business community as the creator of YTV. He has a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

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Our community is the safest in Canada because we all work together to keep it that way.

Our police services are guided by Sir Robert Peel’s Principles of Policing, which was established in 1829 and boils down to this simple approach: the police are the community and the community are the police.

Our officers are the individuals paid full-time to exercise the duties that are incumbent upon every one of us if we are to have a safe and strong community.

Our community is lucky that our residents understand we have a shared responsibility – that we all play a role in keeping Halton safe and healthy. Our involvement with each other, having each other’s backs if you will, and our level of community engagement is the reason why we enjoy a great lifestyle. Crime Stoppers of Halton helps us protect each other by letting people give anonymous tips to police.

We continue to nurture our public safety programs and services and invest in keeping our community safe.

As the Halton Police Service Board chair, I’m pleased to see that the Regional budget has passed with a 3.5 per cent increase to the Halton Regional Police Service budget to tackle key priorities, including:

  • Increasing new officers for front-line duties
  • Upgrading/replacing front-line technology productivity tools
  • Planning for the consolidation of Milton/Halton Hills facilities in a new station
  • Increasing public engagement with Community Mobilization Bureaus
  • Reducing sources of crime with the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan


Through these priorities, I’m confident we will remain the safest community in Canada for the 14th year in a row. We will also continue to be the best for the lowest crime rate, the best on crime solving, the best for lowest staff to population ratios and on cost per capita.

We are committed to stay the leader in community safety and policing excellence and to be as safe or safer tomorrow as we are today.

Our community is the safest, most sustainable and livable community in Canada because we care for one another. And if we keep doing that, our future will always be bright.