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1710 Kingston Rd., Pickering, ON L1V 1C6  
 
 

Inspector Jeff Haskins

West Division serves two of the eight municipalities that make up Durham Region. The Town of Ajax, with a population of 119,677, is located along the north shoreline of Lake Ontario, less than half an hour east of Toronto. It is bounded on the east by the Town of Whitby and on the north and west by the City of Pickering. The City of Pickering, with a population of 91,771, is the western most municipality in Durham Region, and borders Ajax on the east, the Township of Uxbridge to the north, and Toronto on the west. Although both municipalities are largely urban in nature, significant portions of the northern part of Pickering are still primarily rural. Plans have been completed for the community of Seaton to be built within the City of Pickering in the near future. This new community along with the proposed airport will significantly add to the population in the next few years.

The Town of Ajax and the City of Pickering combine for a total land area of approximately 300 square km and have a rapidly growing population. These two communities are the most diverse in the Region of Durham with approximately 37% of the population comprised of new Canadians. The Town of Ajax has the highest percentage of visible minority population (56.7%) in Durham Region, followed by Pickering (42.9%).

West Division is under the leadership of Inspector Jeff Haskins and is policed by 150 officers and supported by eight civilian members. There are three main units in West Division: Uniform Patrol, Community Resource Unit (CRU), and the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), all of which are supported by Administrative Assistants, Crime Analysts and civilian Station Duty Operators. The staffing of West Division represents 26.1% of the police officers deployed to all policing divisions in the Region of Durham.

Body Worn Cameras
In late 2017, the Durham Regional Police Services Board approved the Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Project as part of the 2018 DRP Budget. This pilot, launched June 22, 2018, saw the deployment of BWCs for officers in 19A and D platoons, as well as the Regional Traffic Unit. This pilot has been designed to provide evidence on the value of BWCs to areas such as accuracy and quality of evidence, transparency and enhanced accountability. Find more info and updates here.

Durham Live Entertainment and Tourism Destination
On April 3 of 2018, Ontario Gaming GTA LP (OGGLP) announced that it will be proceeding towards "municipal permitting" for the proposed Durham Live entertainment and tourism destination. The sit chosen for this capital development is located just off of Highway 401 near Bayly Street in Pickering. The Durham Live project will include an indoor water park, film studios, hotels, convention space and casino. The project is expected to create over 10,000 jobs and between $800 million and $1.4 billion in visitor spending per year. The Durham Live Casino is set to be operational in late 2019.

Seaton Development
The Seaton Development is a housing and employment development located within central Pickering, east of the West Duffins Creek. The area is made up of 7,000 acres of land, with 3,064 acres devoted to residential, commercial and institutional uses. Upon the completion of the development, approximately 70,000 people are expected to live within six neighbourhoods and 35,000 people are expected to be employed in various sectors. Final planning and design work is still being conducted on the development, including a number of studies on economics, finances, land use, services, and transportation.


2017 West Division Community Safety Plan