As a former member of the Police Service Board, Gary is proud of the hard work and dedication of our Police Chief, Deputy Chiefs, officers, civilians, volunteers, elected officials, and community partners alike who have all contributed to Halton’s designation as The Safest Region in Canada.
The Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (OMBI), which is a collaboration between 15 progressive Ontario municipalities, presented policing data contained in the recently released Performance Benchmarking Report .
Gary is pleased to report that the hard work of the Halton Regional Police Service was evident in these findings. In fact, from 2007 to 2014,Halton Region had the least amount of severe crimes including fewer violent crimes and severely violent offences than 14 other regions across Ontario. All of these accomplishments were achieved with great efficiency as Halton was also reported to have the lowest police to population ratio.
The data released in this report are a testament to the strong police service in Halton – one that has been recognized around the world for excellence in crime prevention and public safety initiatives. In fact, Halton Region has been named the safest Regional Municipality in all of Canada for the 7 years in a row by Maclean’s magazine.
Maclean’s Magazine has named Halton Region the Safest Place to live in the Great Toronto Area and the Safest Regional Municipality in Canada.
Our reputation as the Safest Region in Canada is one of the reasons that so many people and businesses choose to call Halton home. Maclean’s bases its ranking on aggregate results of the annual crime data from Statistics Canada’s for Municipal police services serving the nation’s 100 largest populations and the Crime Severity Index (CSI) scores. The CSI scores six personal and property crimes including homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, auto theft, robbery and breaking and entering.
One of the Region’s action items, as laid out in the Citizens’ Priorities – Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan, is to work with the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and community partners to improve community safety. Our ongoing partnership with the HRPS is crucial as we continue to take on several key programs to support safety in our community. Some of the programs we have implemented include Speedi, Halton Community Road Watch , and Drive SAFE. In November of 2011 we also added two new Vehicle Activated Traffic Calming Signs to Halton’s Road Safety Programs. Other community programs include D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) , and Motive8 , two programs that teach students about positive decision-making and drug abuse prevention.
This achievement is the result of our residents, businesses and local municipalities, working together with the great police officers and staff of the Halton Regional Police Service, to ensure Halton Region is a safe place to live, work, raise a family and retire.