Halton is leader in community safety and well-being planning

Halton is leader in community safety and well-being planning

Release Date: Nov 27, 2017

The Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services joined Halton Regional Chair Garry Carr and Oakville Mayor Rob Burton who serves as Chair of the Halton Regional Police Services Board, to discuss the importance of collaboration across sectors to address issues that affect community safety and well-being. The Minister was one of a series of speakers addressing community members and representatives from policing, healthcare, public health, social services and education at a Symposium in Halton attended by over 300 people on November 27. Halton Region, together with the Halton Regional Police Services Board and the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) also unveiled Halton’s new plan, Community Safety and Well-Being in Halton: A Plan for Collaboration and Action, at the event.

“Halton Region has partnered with Halton Regional Police Service and the Police Services Board to develop a made-in-Halton approach to community safety and well-being planning,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Halton’s plan enhances our ability to respond to issues in a coordinated manner and builds on many successful efforts that contribute to a strong sense of community safety and well-being in our region.”

The goal of Halton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan is to strengthen collaboration amongst Halton Region, the Halton Regional Police Service and community partners to support individuals who may be vulnerable in our community due to social, economic or health related risk factors. Community safety and well-being planning is about proactively responding to issues in our communities in areas like mental health, neighbourhood safety, addictions, housing and homelessness, social isolation and violence against women so that those in need of help receive the right response at the right time by the right service provider (before there is a crisis).

This approach to planning recognizes that complex risks to community safety and well-being cannot be addressed by one sector alone; a multi-sector response involving policing, public health, social services, education, health care and community-based human service agencies is most effective for addressing challenges that impact the health and safety of vulnerable individuals.

Photo (Left to right):

  • Regional Councillor Dave Gittings
  • Deputy Chief Nishan (Nish) Duraiappah, Halton Regional Police Service
  • Jane MacCaskill, Chief Administrative Officer, Halton Region
  • Alex Sarchuk, Commissioner of Social and Community Services, Halton Region
  • The Honourable Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, MPP Oakville
  • Chief Stephen J. Tanner, Halton Regional Police Service
  • The Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr
  • Deputy Chief Carole Crowe, Halton Regional Police Service
  • Oakville Mayor and Chair of the Halton Regional Police Services Board, Rob Burton
  • Regional Councillor Cathy Duddeck

“We can enhance safety and well-being in Halton by working together to create and protect it,” said Oakville Mayor and Chair of the Halton Regional Police Services Board, Rob Burton. “The leadership of Halton Region and the Halton Regional Police Service in creating this plan promises a better, more fulfilling life for everyone. The Halton Police Board is proud to be able to play its part in Halton Region’s success as one of the safest communities in Canada.”

To learn more about the CSWB Plan, visit halton.ca/safetyandwell-being or call 311.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.

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Media Contact:
Stacey Hunter
Communications Specialist
Policy Integration & Communications
Halton Region
905-825-6000 ext. 7529
stacey.hunter@halton.ca