Addressing perceptions about safety within the community among key objectives
Addressing the public’s negative perceptions of safety within the community is among the key objectives identified in a three-year strategic business plan approved by the Timmins Police Services Board on Thursday.
The report also identified several objectives under the theme of “community safety.”
• Increased police presence in the community;
• Prioritized drug enforcement strategies to pursue illegal drug supply sources; and
• Enhanced deployment of traffic management initiatives.
The intended outcome of these measures for TPS would be a reduction in violent crime, decreased availability of illicit drugs in the community, and improved perception of safety in the community.
The report also spoke on the benefits of collaborating with local agencies and organizations, and the need to build on those relationships.
“Policing in Canada has never been more challenging,” board chairman Rob Knox states in the report. “Police services have been required to pivot, enhance and augment the traditional responsibilities of law enforcement in order to address the demands and intricacies of complex social issues. Addiction, mental health, diversity, inclusion and cultural awareness are but a few of the new realities of modern policing.”
Kraymr Grenke, the board’s vice-chair who presented the report, noted that police services that embrace collaboration are able to take full advantage of the expertise that is at their disposal within the community through various agencies and organizations.
One such example is the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team which was cited among the police service’s top accomplishments of the last four years.
The team was formed through a partnership involving TPS and the mental health unit at Timmins and District Hospital.
The report noted other collaborations with community stakeholder over the past four years including those with the Business Improvement Association, victim advocacy groups, local school boards and various social service agencies that specialize in addictions, mental health and housing issues.
Knox said, “Communities place their trust in the professionalism, expertise and collective experiences of police services. This trust cannot be taken for granted and is reflected in the many partnerships between local law enforcement and various stakeholders in our city. Our community benefits from the collaborative initiatives outlined in this document.”
The board said once both French and English copies of the report are available, the full document will be shared on the Timmins Police Services website at timminspolice.ca.