Board Meeting Highlights - January 27, 2021
Election of Chair and Vice Chair
Mayor Virginia Hackson was re-elected as Chair of the Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board. Mayor Hackson has served on the Board since 2012 and as Chair since 2017. Under her leadership, the Board has supported important decisions on community safety, advocacy and policing priorities. Mayor Hackson looks forward to ensuring that strong and safe communities and good police governance continue to be the Board's priorities.
The Board elected Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua as its Vice Chair. Mayor Bevilacqua, who serves as Mayor of the City of Vaughan since 2010, has been a member of the Police Services Board since 2017. Prior to becoming Mayor of Vaughan, he was a Member of Parliament for 22 years, serving in several roles including Minister of State for Finance, Minister of State for Science, Research and Development, as well as Chairman of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. Mayor Bevilacqua is committed to advancing community safety in York Region.
York Regional Police as Greater Toronto Top 100 Employer and Canada's Top 100 Employers for Young people
York Regional Police was named one of the Greater Toronto's Top 100 employers for 2021, for the sixth year in a row. This prestigious designation recognizes employers who lead in their industries as exceptional places to work, with excellent human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. This is a result of the leadership of the Chief and the Executive Command Team and the Police Services Board and the many leaders, both sworn and civilian, at all levels of the organization. York Regional Police was also named the winner of Canada's Top Employers for Young People for 2021, which marks the fourth year in a row. This special designation recognizes employers that offer the nation's best workplaces and programs for young people and are leaders in attracting and retaining young employees to their organization.
Report on Police Auxiliary and Volunteers
The Board received a report from the Chief of Police outlining the contributions made by York Regional Police volunteers and auxiliary members. Members of the auxiliary unit are required to commit at least 12 hours per month. Some of their duties include participation at special events, administrative functions, emergency/disaster response and traffic control. The auxiliary unit donated over 11,241 volunteer hours in 2020. YRP also has a volunteer program comprised of citizens who support the work of the police. The program includes a Chaplain program, District Liaison Committees and Police/Community Advisory Councils.
Board Supports Yellow Brick House
The Board approved sponsorship in support of the Yellow Brick House Virtual Gala to be held on March 5, 2021. The Yellow Brick house is a non-profit charitable organization that provides emergency shelter, counselling and supportive services to over 6,000 women and children escaping abuse.
Next Regular Meeting of the Police Services Board
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. and will be live-streamed on YouTube. Further instructions on the broadcast will be posted on the Board website.
Contact: Mafalda Avellino, Executive Director, email@example.com
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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