Board Meeting Highlights - February 14, 2018
2017-2019 Business Plan – Year 1 Status
The 2017-2019 Business Plan for York Regional Police aims to provide high quality, affordable police services to its residents in a way that is transparent, accountable and inclusive. Most Year 1 priorities like Sector-Based Policing and new e-learning sessions have been completed, and activities scheduled to be completed in 2018 and 2019 are in progress and on track. Priorities for 2018 include King Community Substation, enhanced response to opioid-related occurrences and the development of a strategy on gender equity. A copy of the 2017-2019 Business Plan is available on the Board’s website.
Annual Report on Public Complaints Against the Police
The Board received the Annual Report on Public Complaints from the Chief of Police. There were 126 public complaints made against York Regional Police in 2017 compared with 137 from 2016. Sixty-three (63) 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-four (64) public complaints were investigated by York Regional Police with none resulting in discipline towards the officer, 17 were informally resolved, 19 withdrawn and 11 determined to be unsubstantiated. Fifty-six (56) percent of the complaints were related to police procedures while 21 percent related to verbal abuse, six percent related to physical assault and 10 percent for misuse of authority.
Donations to York Regional Police
In 2017, York Regional Police received over $339,000 in public donations most of which were cash donations. Donations have assisted in funding police programs and equipment and have assisted organizations like the Community Safety Village, Police Appreciation Night, Cops for Cancer and Holiday Heroes.
Board Supports Cedar Centre – Hand in Hand Gala
The Board approved sponsorship in support of the Cedar Centre Hand in Hand Gala to be held on April 28, 2018. The funds assist in providing free assessments and counselling services to children, youth, adults and seniors who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and all forms of interpersonal violence.
Board Supports Women’s Centre of York Region
The Board approved sponsorship in support of the Women’s Centre of York Region Annual Spring Luncheon taking place May 6, 2018. The Centre assists women in York Region in achieving a sustainable livelihood. The Centre offers unique programming and services that address a range of circumstances at little or no cost.
Board Supports Clarico Place of York Region
The Board approved sponsorship in support of Clarico Place of York Region. Clarico Place of York Region, formerly known as Vaughan In Action, provides resources and programs to respond to the unique needs of people with developmental disabilities, as well as supporting families and caregivers.
Next Police Services Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Location: Committee Room A, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket.
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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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