Board Meeting Highlights - April 19, 2017
Volunteer of the Year Award
Retired Detective Peter Fleming was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award for his commitment and dedication as a volunteer with York Regional Police. Detective Fleming joined the York Regional Police in 1987 and in1989 was appointed Pipe Major in the Pipes and Drums Band for York Regional Police. Detective Fleming has retained the volunteer position for almost 25 years playing at numerous police events. Among the many accomplishments as a volunteer, Detective Fleming has also helped organize the York Regional Police Special Olympic Tattoos. Detective Peter Fleming is recognized for his exemplary commitment to York Regional Police and the citizens of York Region.
2016 Use of Force Report
Police officers are authorized to use a range of use of force options in the course of their duties providing it is justified. Use of force reports must be submitted by an officer when a firearm is drawn in the presence of a member of the public, points a firearm at a person, when a firearm is discharged, or when any other weapon is used by a police officer on a person. A report is also required when a Conducted Energy Weapon is unholstered and displayed in the demonstrated force presence mode, pointed or discharged at a person, or when physical force is used causing injury which requires medical attention. The report is submitted to a Review Committee and to the Chief of Police.
The Use of Force report is a province-wide standardized method of collecting information by individual police services. The statistics for York Regional Police show a decrease of 3.75 percent in the use of force from 2015. Some of the figures in the report are:
- 282 calls for police service resulted in a Use of Force report
- 337 Use of Force reports were filed involving 527 officers
- Firearms were pointed at a person 178 times in 2016 compared with 162 times in 2015
- 42 percent of use of force incidents occurred on a roadway and 54 percent occurred between 6:00pm and 6:00am.
The YRP Training and Education Bureau continues to monitor information provided by the Use of Force Review Committee in order to adapt practical skills training where required. This is often conducted through firearms skills, defensive tactics and scenario-based training exercises that emphasize de-escalation and communication.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Prevention Plan
The Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act was passed in 2016 and creates a presumption that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosed in first responders is work-related thereby providing quicker access to WSIB benefits, resources and timely treatment.
York Regional Police presented its PTSD Prevention Plan - a comprehensive system of prevention, intervention and return to work related to this workplace health and safety issue. Some components in the Plan include PTSD awareness and anti-stigma training, as well as the policies and procedures related to PTSD hazard recognition.
York Regional Police will develop an automated early identification system for delivering targeted support and intervention to police personnel who have been exposed to intense calls and an online screening tool for employees to independently and confidentially assess their psychological health and well-being. The measure will be a brief symptom inventory designed to provide a rapid measure of an employee’s current mental health and to offer links to appropriate supports and resources based on their responses.
Sector Model Policing
Sector Model Policing is the culmination of five years of research and design that has resulted in the realignment of patrol area boundaries (now called sectors) as well as officer deployment times. The focus of the new Model is to ensure that officers are in the right place at the right time doing the right things. The initiative was piloted in the City of Markham and has shown to increase officer presence in the community when demand for service is highest; enhance supervision and accountability and decrease response times to high priority calls.
Ontario Association of Police Services Boards
The Board approved sponsorship for the OAPSB Annual Conference taking place June 21-24, 2017 in Blue Mountain, ON. The Ontario Association of Police Services Boards is the leading voice of police governance in Ontario.
Next Police Services Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Location: Committee Room A, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket.
Change of Meeting Date: The Police Services Board meeting set for June 28, 2017 has been changed to Monday, July 10, 2017.
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