Board Meeting Highlights - February 27, 2019
Annual Report on Public Complaints against the Police
The Board received the Annual Report on Public Complaints from the Chief of Police. There were 171 public complaints made against York Regional Police in 2018 compared with 126 from 2017. Eighty-seven (87) 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. Eighty-four (84) public complaints were investigated by York Regional Police with one resulting in discipline towards the officer; eleven were informally resolved; twenty-five were withdrawn, and 26 were determined to be unsubstantiated. The most common complaints category were related to police procedures while others were related to verbal abuse, misuse of authority and physical assault.
Report on Ontario Regulation 58/16: Collection of Identifying Information in Certain Circumstances (Street Checks)
The Chief submitted a report to the Board pursuant to Board Policy and Ontario Regulation 58/16: Collection of Identifying Information in Certain Circumstances – Prohibition and Duties which prohibits police officers from arbitrarily stopping and requesting identifying information from members of the public. The Chief is required to report annually on compliance with the Regulation. There was a total of 36 submissions made to the Street Check Module in 2018; twelve submissions were determined to be street checks in accordance with the regulation. A copy of the Report can be found on the Board’s website.
Donations to York Regional Police
In 2018, York Regional Police received over $778,000 in public donations most of which were funds raised for the inaugural “To Serve and Savour” event which assists first-responders who suffer from PTSD. Donations to YRP 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 Police Appreciation Night
The Board approved sponsorship for the Annual Police Appreciation Night to be held on May 9, 2019 in Vaughan, ON. The funds raised from the event are used to support police programs and police equipment.
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 May 4, 2019 in Aurora, ON. 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 Character Community
The Board approved sponsorship in support of the Annual Character Community Awards Celebration to be held on April 24, 2019 in Richmond Hill, ON. The Character Community Foundation of York Region is committed to making York Region a Character Community by nurturing positive character attributes and enhancing York Region as a desirable place to live, learn, work and play.
Board Supports Clarico Place of York Region
The Board approved sponsorship in support of Clarico Place of York Region’s Annual Gala taking place March 30, 2019 in Woodbridge, ON. Clarico Place of York Region 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 27, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Location: Committee Room A, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket.
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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