Board Meeting Highlights - February 15, 2017
Member Re-appointed to the Police Services Board
Mr. John Molyneaux was re-appointed to the Police Services Board for a further period of one-year by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Mr. Molyneaux has served on the York Regional Police Services Board since November 2010 and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards. Mr. Molyneaux was appointed Fire Chief of the Town of Newmarket Fire Department in 1994 and was appointed Fire Chief of the Central York Fire Services in 2002. He also served as Regional Fire Coordinator from 1997 until his retirement in 2009. He is the proud recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Federal Exemplary Fire Service Medal and the Provincial Fire Service Long Service Medal recognizing 35 years of service. In 2013, Mr. Molyneaux was appointed by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston as a member of the Order of St. John.
Board Congratulates Retiring Superintendent Keith Merith
The Board and the Executive Command Team congratulated and acknowledged Superintendent Keith Merith for his 31 years of service with York Regional Police. Superintendent Merith served across the Region as a front-line officer and served across the organization in many areas including in the Training Branch, Intelligence Unit, Duty Inspectors Office, Organized Crime Unit, Professional Development and in Information Services. Superintendent Merith has received numerous awards throughout his career including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Exemplary Service Medal Award and the Town of Markham Black History Month Award. Superintendent Merith is praised for exceeding standards in many areas of the organization and for raising the bar in policing in Ontario. During the course of his career, Superintendent Merith was known for his leadership, professionalism and community involvement.
Annual Report on Public Complaints
The Board received the Annual Report on Public Complaints from the Chief of Police. There were 137 public complaints made against York Regional Police last year. This represents a nine percent decrease in public complaints from 2015. Seventy-six (76) complaints were screened out by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) because they were determined to be frivolous, vexatious or made in bad faith; could be better dealt with under another statute; were not in the public interest and were over six-months old. Sixty-one (61) public complaints were investigated by York Regional Police with none resulting in discipline towards the officer. Over 60 percent of the complaints were related to police procedures while 22 percent related to verbal abuse, six percent related to physical assault and four percent for misuse of authority. Eleven complaints were resolved by informal resolution, 27 were withdrawn and three were determined to be unsubstantiated. Eighteen complaints are still under investigation.
Donations to York Regional Police
In 2016, York Regional Police received over $564,000 in public donations most of which were cash donations. Donations have assisted in funding some police programs and equipment and have assisted organizations like Community Safety Village, Police Appreciation Night, Clubs for Cancer and Holiday Heroes.
Board Supports Ontario Women in Law Enforcement
The Board purchased a corporate table in support of the 20th Annual OWLE Awards Banquet to be held on April 28, 2017 in Mississauga, ON. The Ontario Women in Law Enforcement recognizes the significant contribution of women in law enforcement across Ontario.
Next Police Services Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Location: Committee Room A, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket.
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