The 12 largest police boards in Ontario met in Ajax recently to discuss the some of the key issues facing the policing community in Ontario.
Durham Regional Police Services Board Chair Terry Clayton and Chief Mike Ewles welcomed numerous high profile police leaders from across the province to the Hilton Garden Inn, located in Ajax, for a day of meetings and informative presentations.
Among the attendees were Toronto Police Board Chair Alok Mukherjee and Chief Bill Blair; Halton chair Robert Maich and Chief Gary Crowell and Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police President Robert Herman from Thunder Bay. Regional Chair and PSB member Roger Anderson addressed the group and emphasized the importance of working together to address common challenges.
Many of the challenges facing police services and their governing bodies are similar across Ontario. These issues were reflected in the agenda for the meeting, which included such topics as court security costs, changes to the rules involving criminal information requests and the province’s Justice on Target initiative. There was also a session on post-traumatic stress disorder and the impact it has on police officers.
“It’s a great opportunity to discuss some of the common challenges we face, to share ideas and to talk about solutions and partnerships in an informal setting,” says DRPSB Chair Clayton.
The Big 12 police boards meet a few times a year but this was the first year in many that the meeting was hosted in Durham Region. Members are from Ottawa, Durham, York, Toronto, Peel, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara, Waterloo, London, Windsor and Sudbury.
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PSB Chair Terry Clayton (right) Discussing Issues (JPG file, 82.9K bytes)
Chief Ewles Interviewed By Rogers TV (JPG file, 77.3K bytes)