Since the beginning of this year, the Halton Regional Police Service has seen an increase in the number of suspected opioid overdoses in the communities they serve. The opioid crisis does not distinguish among age, socio-economic status, gender, or cultural boundaries.
“We anticipate that the issue of opioid use will be a long-term challenge for our organization, the community and our external partners. In this regard, we have established a leadership group that collaborates closely with the Region’s Health Department to foster sharing of data, and agility from a communications perspective when we detect trends related to opioids in the community,” said Superintendent Kevin Maher, Regional Investigative Services. “This is not an issue that can be addressed by any one entity in isolation, and we are committed to continuing to work with strategic partners to reduce overdose deaths in our region.”
As the HRPS governing authority, the Board aims to provide effective and proactive governance through vision, planning, innovation and continued collaboration with community partners.
One recent example of the community collaboration has been our ability to take a proactive, upstream approach to prepare and address community risks related to the illicit use, misuse or abuse of opioids in our community and mitigate the impact. This includes our work across various sectors to build resiliency in all four municipalities through the Halton Region - Community Safety & Well-Being Plan.
“Responding to evolving community needs, like the need to reduce opioid-related harm, remains at the forefront of our policing priorities, partnerships and Community Safety & Well-being plans.” - Rob Burton, Chair of the Halton Police Board and Mayor of Oakville
HRPS continues to partner with regional and municipal resources, local support agencies and first responders as we recognize that the impact of opioid use will be a long-term challenge for the community.
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.