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Published on Monday, June 5, 2017

Community Safety & Well-Being Plan feedback requested

Collaboration by region, police, and community groups

Community Safety & Well-Being Plan feedback requested
Cover of Draft Plan
Copies of the plan available from www.halton.ca and www.haltonpolice.ca/
By Gary Carr, Halton Council Chair

Halton Region, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and the Police Services Board have partnered to develop a Community Safety & Well-Being Plan that will focus and coordinate local government, community and volunteer resources to make Halton neighbourhoods safer, healthier and more successful.

We are now seeking improvements to the draft Community Safety & Well-Being Plan, which has been created in consultation with dozens of community groups and agencies over the last year.

The Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, when adopted, will set out ways to strengthen how Halton Region, the HRPS and community partners work together to support vulnerable populations and create safer and healthier communities.

A draft of the Community Safety & Well-Being Plan is now ready for review and Halton Region and HRPS are soliciting comments and suggestions. Halton residents, service providers, community agencies, businesses and others with an interest in community safety and well-being issues are invited to attend public consultations taking place in each local Halton municipality in June and July to learn about the plan and provide their input.

Building safer and healthier communities is a shared responsibility. The Community Safety & Well-Being Plan expands on our commitment to work with the Halton Regional Police Service and community partners by creating a model to identify and address emerging issues and trends that impact safety and well-being in our community. I encourage you to attend one of our consultation sessions or provide your input through an online survey.

Community safety and well-being planning is about proactively responding to issues in our communities in areas such as mental health, neighbourhood safety, addictions, housing and homelessness, and social isolation so that those in need of help receive the right response at the right time, rather than after a crisis develops.

“Responding to community needs is at the forefront of our community policing approach,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, Chair of the Halton Regional Police Services Board. “Halton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan will enable us to respond to issues as they emerge and before they take deeper root. This will allow us to keep our longstanding distinction as Canada’s safest regional municipality.”

A Public consultation session on the Community Safety & Well-Being Plan in Halton called “A Plan for Collaboration and Action” will be held in Oakville on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre‘s Black Box Theatre.

Register online at halton.ca/safetyandwell-being to attend a session.

In addition to the consultation sessions, the public is also invited to provide input on the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan by completing a brief online survey. For more information on the Plan or to complete the online survey, visit halton.ca/safetyandwell-being or call 311.
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