Serving 1.3 Million People; Property & Violent Crime Solving Rate High; Road Safety Remains Priority
REGIONAL OF PEEL: The Peel Regional Police has released its 2017 Annual Report which was presented officially by Chief Jennifer Evans to Peel Regional Council this week
“Our employees consistently go the extra mile to keep the Region of Peel safe. Their commitment to the vision of ‘A Safer Community Together’ is why I am proud to present our Annual Report,” said Chief Jennifer Evans.
“The key to our success has been our commitment to community partnerships and the professionalism and dedication of our employees. In 2017, our Community Mobilization Teams, School Resource Officers, Joint Forces Operations, Crime Prevention Teams and Road Safety initiatives clearly demonstrated the strength of partnerships and how proactive policing can increase our capacity to combat crime.
“I recognize and praise the hard work of frontline officers, the determination of our civilian employees and the skillset of the investigators within the investigative units.
“Each day I witnessed examples of our ongoing commitment to community safety as our highest priority. By collaborating with the community, we are also enhancing public trust.
“Last year was a busy year for us and we have many accomplishments to be proud of.”
Peel Regional Police serves over 1.3 million people living in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the 47.1 million travellers who pass through Pearson International Airport annually. Peel Regional Police has five divisions and two Community Stations serving the public. The Malton sub-station maintains a police presence in the community.
Below are some of the highlights for 2017:
• Call volume increased 2.5% we’ve added 37 police officers to offset that.
• While we have seen an increase in gun violence we laid 183 shooting-related charges. Our solvency rates for property and violent crime are above the National and Provincial rates.
• Violent Crime rates in Peel Region were and continue to be below Provincial and National averages.
• Road Safety remained a priority. Impaired driving offences, and traffic collisions are down. Use of electronic device charges increased 19% and our officers laid more than 88,200 Highway Traffic Act Charges which is an average of 242 charges per day.
• Health Canada is researching an appropriate device for testing THC levels to prepare us to test those who are suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana.
• Intimate partner violence, also known as domestic violence, is up by almost 6%. Our officers are increasing awareness using fact sheets, our website, social media and partnerships with support agencies.
• Our partnership with Special Olympics Ontario saw us play host to the Ontario Provincial Summer Games, a real showcase of how police employees and community volunteers can demonstrate their support.
This year, efforts are focused on the three key Areas set out in the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan:
1. Community Safety Together;
2. Professional, Diverse And Supportive Workplace;
3. Quality Service and Fiscal Responsibility.