Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles was recently invited to speak about local policing issues at a breakfast meeting held by the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade.
The chief addressed several issues relating to the business community including crime prevention through environmental design, fraud and commercial break and enters. He was joined by Inspector of 19 Division (Ajax-Pickering) Steve Ross, Staff Sergeant Dean Bertrim and Detective Sergeant Adam Kelly.
He noted that prevention and ongoing two-way communication with our community partners will go a long way toward reducing crime. “We need collaborative efforts and partnerships to ensure all areas of our communities are safe,” says Chief Ewles. “This will also help us understand any threats to our communities.”
With a justice system that is being stretched to the limit, we also need to continue looking at pro-active strategies including Restorative Justice that work to keep young people out of the court system. Chief Ewles said it’s also important to continue towork on building relationships and trust between officers and community members.
In our economic situation it’s not uncommon for some crimes of opportunity to go up such as credit card skimming, however, the Chief noted our crime rate is currently down and our clearance rate is up. He did say we have to be aware of the current economic situation and be mindful of the stresses it can put on families affected by job loss and financial trouble.
He said it’s important not to focus on the negative and to highlight the positives in our community and spread the word about the good news happening in Durham Region.
Chief Ewles praised the members of DRPS for the work they do in keeping our communities safe and that sentiment was echoed by several members of the group.
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Chief Ewles speaks to the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade (JPG file, 58.7K bytes)