Board Meeting Highlights - December 4, 2019
Policing in a Multicultural Community
York Regional Police made a presentation to the Board on “Policing in a Multicultural Community”. York Region welcomes over 11,000 newcomers annually with forty-nine percent identifying as visible minorities and forty-seven percent are newcomers from China, Iran, India, Philippines and Pakistan. York Region has residents from over 230 ethnicities who speak over 120 languages and dialects. York Regional Police has taken advantage of numerous opportunities for positive community engagement with thousands of newcomers to the Region’s five Immigrant Welcome Centres. The centres have been around for the past 12 years, and York Regional Police have conducted over 1,000 presentations at these centres. York Regional Police has continued to participate in building cohesive and resilient communities while engaging in collaborative work to enhance the lives of those residing in York Region. Please see here for a copy of the presentation.
Expert Panel on Police Officer Deaths by Suicide
The Board received a report on the Ontario Chief Coroner’s review of police officer deaths by suicide. An expert panel consisting of mental health professionals, a serving police officer and a retired Chief of Police developed a report which includes a number of recommendations including the creation of a standing body that will address deficiencies in mental health supports for police members in Ontario and will recognize and assist with the mental health and well-being of police officers. Police services will be directed to develop and implement a comprehensive mental health and wellness strategy by June 30, 2021. The Ministry of the Solicitor General is committed to reviewing the report and its recommendations to help inform how the mental health of police members can be supported. Please see here for a copy of the full report.
Board Supports Inn From the Cold
The Board supported Inn From the Cold “2020 Coldest Night of the Year Walk for the Homeless” taking place February 22, 2020 in Newmarket. Inn From the Cold is a non-profit charitable organization serving people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Next Police Services Board Meeting
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Location: Committee Room A, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario.
Contact: Mafalda Avellino, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-464-9675 ext. 77906.
The Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board is a seven-member civilian Board that oversees and governs the York Regional Police and is comprised of one member as Head of Municipal Council, three members are appointed by resolution of Regional Council and three by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
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