In the past 12 months, Halton Regional Police Service laid 72 separate charges and rescued 12 victims of human trafficking. Most charges were the result of investigations that began after receiving a tip from a member of the public.
“Human trafficking has no place in Halton. Maintaining our position as the safest large community in Canada is a priority of the Board, and we are pleased to support the excellent work our Police Service is doing to prevent trafficking and support victims.” - Rob Burton, Chair of the Halton Police Board and Mayor of Oakville
As the HRPS governing authority, the Board aims to provide effective governance of a proactive rather than reactive nature through vision and planning, and an environment where our service can be innovative and collaborative with community partners.
One recent example of this collaboration was an October 16 education session, presented by Crime Stoppers at Halton police headquarters, which focused on informing hospitality industry employees about how to spot the signs of human trafficking. Hotels, motels and Airbnbs are commonly the bases of operation for sex traffickers.
“Young women are being trafficked in Halton every day. It is our collective social responsibility to bring these crimes out of the shadows in order to bolster community safety and well-being. The Halton Regional Police Service is grateful to be part of this strong collaboration with the shared goal of better supporting survivors on their journey towards healing.” - HRPS Superintendent Kevin Maher
HRPS continues to partner with community groups to prevent trafficking and support victims; Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) of Halton, which has developed the Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (HCAHT), and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton, which works in partnership with community agencies to provide supports and services to address human trafficking in Halton.
“Since 2015 SAVIS of Halton and the Halton Regional Police Service have been working collaboratively to combat human trafficking and to ensure that survivors of this crime are supported with the trauma-informed supports they require.” - Kat Gibbons, Manager of Grants, Research, and Advocacy, SAVIS of Halton
“Collaborative relationships and coordinated approaches are crucial in preventing and combating human trafficking in our region. Our prevention and intervention efforts address barriers, educate youth and support women and girls who have been, or are being exploited.” - Deborah Riddle, Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton
About the Halton Police Board
The Halton Police Board is a seven-member Board that provides strategic governance to the Halton Regional Police Service. It is a provincially mandated legal entity that operates independently from Regional or Municipal Council. As such, it is the Board’s responsibility to ensure that the residents of Halton Region receive adequate and effective police services in accordance with policing standards issued by the Province. The Board is the trustee of public interest regarding the provision of all police services in the community.
Each month, the Halton Police Board will share a recent story of interest to Halton residents through media advisories, and on Twitter.