Board Meeting Highlights - September 25, 2019
2020 Schedule of Regular Board Meetings
The Board approved the 2020 schedule of regular meetings of the Board. Please see here for a copy.
Business Plan Consultation
The development of the 2020-2022 York Regional Police Business Plan relies heavily on consultation with internal and external stakeholders including members of the public. York Regional Police conducted numerous consultation sessions and surveys engaging over 2,000 YRP members and 15,000 community members. The top issues that were highlighted by community are: review and enhance service delivery and police officer visibility; increase the use of social media to enhance communication with the public; increase traffic strategies to reduce distracted and impaired driving, and continue with effective community engagement and safety education initiatives to the public.
Findings from the internal consultation process are: promote diversity and inclusion in recruitment and promotional processes; better communication; continue to enhance efficiencies through improvements to business practices and processes; further explore staff development and training opportunities and succession planning.
Feedback from consultations will shape the goals and objective in the Board’s 2020-2022 Business Plan for York Regional Police.
Crime Rate in York Region
The overall crime rate in York Region increased by 5.2 percent during the first half of 2019 when compared with the first half of 2018. The rate of violent crimes increased by 6.6 percent while the rate of property crimes increased by 12.3 percent during that same period. The rate of sexual violations increased by 25.5 percent to 409 violations during that same period. Assault violations saw a rate of increase of 3.7 percent. Impaired driving violations also experienced a rate of increase of 13.5 percent to 725 incidents. However, we have seen a decrease in drug violations and break and enters. 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. Please see here for a copy of the semi-annual crime statistics report and the 2018 National Crime Statistics Rankings.
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 2019, 63 complaints were filed against York Regional Police officers compared to 86 during the same period in 2018. Twenty-three (23) of those complaints were investigated. Thirty-three (33) 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 2019, 51 percent of complaints were accepted, while in 2018, 47 percent were accepted by the OIPRD. The nature of many of the complaints against YRP relate to police procedure. Please see here for a copy of the public complaint report.
Board Supports St. John Ambulance
The Board approved support of the St. John Ambulance 12th Annual Black and White Charity Gala taking place on November 2, 2019 in Markham, Ontario. The proceeds of this event support the volunteer-run programs which are provided to York Region communities every year.
Next Police Services Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 30, 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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