Chief Mike Ewles, members of the DRPS, DRPA and the Police Services Board attended the Business Plan Stakeholders Consultation at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility on May 29.
The purpose of this meeting was to speak with members of different organizations and to share concerns about the current status of the Durham Region, the Durham Regional Police Service and the DRPS Business Plan for 2011 – 2013.
Stakeholders included Crime Stoppers, Durham District School Board, Bethesda House, Durham College, Fernie House, Community Justice Alternatives, Town of Whitby and the City of Pickering. Each of these organizations work closely with the Durham Regional Police and are affected by police matters on a regular basis.
Open and interactive discussions were held about crime, police visibility, domestic violence and drug trafficking. Chief Ewles and Sergeant Dave Robinson sat with stakeholders and held open forums about the place they envision the Durham Region being five years from now. “Being able to walk anywhere, anytime” and “Safe green spaces for our children” are examples of statements made by some of the stakeholders.
The DRPS values the opinions of their stakeholders and are interested in acknowledging these concerns in the upcoming business plan. Bringing these issues forward was an important step in improving DRPS and continuing to make the Durham Region a safer place to live, work and play.
Members of the community who wish to express concerns or opinions can still participate in the DRPS Business Plan Survey. It is located under the “What’s New” section of the website.
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