Public consultations for the Police Services Board's next business plan are in full swing and dozens of community organizations met in Oshawa Oct. 7th to provide input.
One of the themes emerging from the all-day session held at the Jubilee Pavilion in south Oshawa was the need to work together and collaborate on common issues of safety and well-being. Some of the stakeholders in attendance were the Region of Durham Social Services Department, the Durham District School Board, Bethesda House, Durham College, the Durham Catholic District School Board, Durham Children's Aid Society, Ontario Shores, Community Justice Alternatives and Boys & Girls Clubs. Each of these organizations works closely with the Durham Regional Police throughout the year.
The 2017-2019 Business Plan will build on the plans before it and help shape the strategic direction of the Durham Regional Police Service. Police services boards in Ontario are required by law to have multi-year business plans - blueprints for policing programs and service delivery. The DRPS operates within a three-year planning cycle and always conducts a public opinion survey as part of the research. The current survey is available here.
The current Business Plan is available on our website here..
The Business Plan helps us achieve our statutory core functions of crime prevention; law enforcement; assistance to victims; public order maintenance; emergency response; and administration/infrastructure. The DRPS values the opinions of its stakeholders and is interested in acknowledging their ideas and concerns in the upcoming business plan. Bringing issues and ideas forward is an important step in improving DRPS programs and services.
One of the discussions during the Oct. 7th stakeholder session was the importance of working together. Graham Wight of the DRPS talked about the success of the community mobilization model called "The Hub." In this model, agencies share information about families at risk and draw up plans to help the family get the right support services. Representatives have been meeting weekly for several months and more agencies are hearing about the success of the hub model and are interested in getting involved.
Graham Wight Talks About the Hub Model (JPG file, 364.2K bytes)
CAO Stan MacLellan Talks with Stakeholders (JPG file, 198.4K bytes)
Brad Carter from DRPS Planning Speaks with Stakeholders (JPG file, 283.3K bytes)
Chief Martin Brings Greetings to Kick Off the Day (JPG file, 188.4K bytes)