During the Police Service Board meeting on Thursday, February 24, the Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (OMBI) , which is a collaboration between 15 progressive Ontario municipalities, presented policing data contained in the recently released 2009 Performance Benchmarking Report .
I am pleased to report that the hard work of the Halton Regional Police Service was evident in these findings. In fact, from 2007 to 2009, Halton Region had the least amount of severe crimes including fewer violent crimes and severely violent offences than 14 other regions across Ontario. All of these accomplishments were achieved with great efficiency as Halton was also reported to have the lowest police to population ratio.
The data released in this report are a testament to the strong police service in Halton – one that has been recognized around the world for excellence in crime prevention and public safety initiatives. In fact, Halton Region has been named the safest Regional Municipality in all of Canada for the third year in a row by Maclean’s magazine.
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, and to these recent findings.
Congratulations to the police service and to the Halton community as a whole.
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