Board Meeting Highlights - June 27, 2018
Presentation on Controlled Substances
The Board received a presentation by York Regional Police on controlled substances with an overview of organized crime, the illicit drug market, partnerships within York Region and reducing the harm posed by the use and distribution of controlled substances. Organized crime, which focusses primarily on the distribution of illicit drugs as a source of income, costs Canadians millions of dollars. The presentation outlined the trends for trafficking illicit substances such as online activities like the “dark web”, apps and crypto-currency which have made it more challenging for police forces to track down drug traffickers. The presentation showed that although York Region has the lowest opioid impact compared to other jurisdictions, many illicit drugs still remain prevalent in York Region with prices varying based on demand. Fentanyl use is becoming a crisis and will continue to move eastward as it is cheap to create, easy to source and very potent, making it profitable and attractive to organized crime. The presentation highlighted the need for enhanced treatment centres and more education to service providers and a robust community strategy to address usage. York Regional Police has varied partnerships within the Region to assist with community outreach. To view the presentation, please visit the Board’s website.
2017 York Regional Police Annual Report
The Board received the 2017 York Regional Police Annual Report. The Annual Report profiles the objectives, performance indicators and results achieved by the York Regional Police. It includes data on the administration and disposition of public complaints, a summary of high-profile investigations, information on community engagement and crime prevention programs, crime statistical information, the actual cost of policing, data on the collection of identifying information and the 2017 Business Plan objectives and performance indicators. To view the report, please visit the Board’s website.
Asset Management Planning
The Board received an update on Regional Council’s approval of the 2018 Corporate Asset Management Plan and more specifically of the asset management planning practices of York Regional Police. The report outlines key areas including the alignment of the asset base with goals, policy and legislation; achieving excellence through state of infrastructure reviews; York Regional Police asset management strategy and the delivery of financial priorities. The Asset Management Plan approach along with the annual budget process serves to provide a rigorous review to balance expenditures with performance and risk.
Wounded Warriors Canada and York Regional Police
The Board supported the inaugural “To Serve and Savour” fundraising event which takes place September 7, 2018 at the Magna Tent in Aurora, ON. The event is a partnership between Wounded Warriors Canada and York Regional Police. All proceeds benefit Wounded Warriors Canada which is a charitable organization that provides mental health support to ill and injured Canadian Armed forces members, veterans, first responders and their families.
Future Aces Golf Tournament
The Board approved sponsorship of the Future Aces 25th Silver Anniversary Tournament in memory of Dr. Herbert Carnegie to be held on July 16, 2018. The Future Aces Foundation is committed to fostering self-esteem and ethical behaviour and to assist youth in reaching the highest level of achievement both personally and academically.
Next Police Services Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Location: Committee Room A, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket.
Media 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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