Board Meeting Highlights - September 22, 2021
2022 Schedule of Regular Board Meetings
The Board approved the 2022 schedule of regular meetings of the Board.
York Regional Police Celebrates 50th Anniversary
York Regional Police celebrated its 50th anniversary. The milestone was recognized by the Board who congratulated YRP for its public service over the last 50 years. The Service has grown with the Region, not only in size but in skills, expertise and diversity and composition, which continues to change in order to respond to the needs of the 1.2 million residents of York Region. YRP continues to adapt to the changing needs of the communities and continues to be a forward-thinking organization. The Chair thanked the officers and civilians who have served in the past and those who currently serve the many communities in this Region.
Crime Rate in York Region
The overall crime rate in York Region increased by 0.4 percent during the first half of 2021 when compared with the first half of 2020. The rate of property crimes decreased by 3.2 percent during that same period. The rate of sexual violations increased by 22.3 percent to 368 violations during that same period. Assault violations saw a rate of decrease of 1.5 percent. Impaired driving violations also experienced a rate of increase of 8.6 percent to 603 incidents. However, we have seen a decrease in fraud and break and enter violations. Over the past five years, crime rates in York Region have been gradually increasing. York Region, however, continues to be a safe community with one of the lowest crime rates in Canada and among comparators in the GTA.
Semi-Annual Public Complaints Report
The Chief of Police reports to the Board on an annual and semi-annual basis with respect to public complaints against York Regional Police. During the first half of 2021, 121 complaints were filed against York Regional Police officers compared to 81 during the same period in 2020. Fifty-four (54) of those complaints were investigated in the first half of 2021. Six (6) complaints were unsubstantiated, 16 complaints were withdrawn and eight (8) complaints were resolved by way of informal resolution. Sixty-seven (67) complaints were not accepted by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (“OIPRD”) as they were deemed to be not in the public interest, frivolous, or more appropriately dealt with under another Act or law. In 2021, 45 percent of complaints were accepted, which is unchanged from 2020. This represents a two-year decrease compared to 2019 where 51 percent were accepted by the OIPRD. The nature of many of the complaints against YRP relate to police procedure. Semi-Annual Report on Public Complaints.
Next Regular Meeting of the Police Services Board
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 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. All meetings will be held virtually until further notice.
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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