Police to focus on crime prevention, road safety

Preventing criminal activities related to guns, drugs, cybercrime and organized crime is among three objectives York Regional Police (YRP) will focus on over the next three years.

As part of its commitment to ensuring the region remains “safe and secure,” YRP will also focus on improved road safety and a coordinated response to emergency events, YRP Board Chair Virginia Hackson says in an introduction to the service’s 2020-2022 Business Plan, available for the first time online at https://businessplan.yrp.ca.

Within objectives and actions related to its people, YRP promises to promote a culture that supports innovation by leveraging technology that enhances the effectiveness and safety of its members, work with members to come up with creative ideas and solutions, and to broaden evidence-based practices to support crime detection and enforcement.

Within objectives and actions related to the community, YRP says it will maintain public trust and confidence by educating the community and promoting awareness of its law enforcement and crime prevention programs using a variety of platforms, among other things.

Developed in consultation with York residents, business and community partners, as well as YRP members, the Business Plan also includes a new set of organizational values – compassion, fairness, courage, respect and professionalism – as well as a code of ethics. “Our members are committed to achieving the objectives outlined in the plan as we continue to modernize our service, while at the same time keeping our community safe, now and into the future,” says Chief Jim MacSween.

Photo: Screenshot from the introduction to York Regional Police’s new business plan, available online for the first time.

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