For the third year in a row, Maclean’s magazine has named Halton Region the Safest Place to Live in the Greater Toronto Area and the Safest Regional Municipality in Canada.
Maclean’s based its ranking on aggregate results of the Statistics Canada 2009 per capita crime rates and Crime Severity Index (CSI) scores in six personal and property crimes: homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, auto theft, robbery and breaking and entering.
I know that this ranking is the result of our residents, business owners and municipalities, working hand in hand with the Halton Regional Police Service, to ensure we have a safe place to live, work, raise a family and retire. I want to thank everyone who has done their part to prevent crime in our Region because it is only by working together that we can continue to build a better, safer community.
We are so fortunate to have such a strong police service in Halton. The Halton Regional Police Service is recognized around the world for its excellence in crime prevention and public safety initiatives. In fact, in 2010
- Halton Regional Police Service opened a new police station in Oakville;
- announced that Halton’s crime rates are decreasing; and
- won a prestigious provincial traffic safety award.
The Halton Regional Police Service has undertaken key programs to make Halton a great place to call home. Those programs include Speedi (pronounced “Speed Eye”), that displays speeds of passing motorists and takes video pictures of speeding vehicles and their licence plates. Road Watch is another great program, that enables residents to report dangerous or careless drivers to the police either by phone or by filling out an online form. A warning letter is then mailed to the driver, advising them of their reports actions.
Other programs are SmartRisk, an internationally-recognized program geared to teenagers that promotes awareness of the consequence of risk, and DARE -Drug Abuse Resistance Education – targeted to 6th grade students that promotes the dangers of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, and provides students with a decision-making model to assist them in making positive choices.
As a member of the Police Service Board, I am 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 our designation as The Safest Region in Canada.
Congratulations to the Police Service and to the Halton community as a whole.
And we can, with our hearts in our hands, humbly say “Thank you”.
Gary Carr is the Regional Chair of Halton – which consists of Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills. Contact Chair Carr by telephone at 905-825-6115 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org