Halton Region – The Halton Police Board passed a resolution at its February 23, 2017 meeting that the Board undertake a review of how sexual assault cases are handled by the Halton Regional Police Service, including policies and procedures and the classification of sexual assault occurrences. The resolution further set out that the Board undertake this work in collaboration with local community and justice partners. The ultimate goal of the review is to ensure victims of sexual assault are provided a timely and dignified response, the best support possible from the police service, and that the process is comprehensive, fair and respectful.
The review has commenced and the Sexual Assault Case Handling Review Team is expected to submit a report with recommendations to the Board in June 2017.
As part of the review, the team is seeking comments from sexual assault survivors on the treatment their cases received. This information is crucial to the work of the review team and will help inform its findings. It is the intent of the review team to submit a supplementary report to the Halton Police Board by the end of fall 2017 that captures survivor feedback (individual input will remain anonymous in the report).
Specifically, the review team is seeking answers to the following two questions:
- If you are a survivor of sexual assault and reported the crime to the Halton Regional Police Service, what was your experience?
- If you are a survivor of sexual assault and chose not to report the incident to the Halton Regional Police Service, what were the reasons why?
Individuals are invited to provide input to Julie Moscato, Executive Director of the Halton Regional Police Services Board by July 31, 2017. This input can be provided by phone (905-825-4747 Ext. 5014), by email (Julie.Moscato@haltonpolice.ca), by letter (addressed to 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON, L6M 3L1), or in person, by appointment, with Julie Moscato.
Feedback can also be submitted through an anonymous online form by clicking the following link: https://www.haltonpolice.ca/about/psb/sexualassaultreview.php.
If individuals would like support while providing input, they may wish to contact any of the agencies listed below, who are also a part of the review team. These agencies will also accept input into the review.
Nina’s Place, The Regional Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre, Joseph Brant Hospital – 905-681-4880,
Thrive Counselling - 905 845-3811 Ext.117,
Halton Women’s Place - 905-332-7892 or 905-878-8970 , or
The Victim Services Unit of the Halton Regional Police Service – 905-825-4810.
Mayor Burton, Chair of the Halton Police Board, commented that: “The Board wants sexual assault survivors to know their information is important to ensure the policies governing the police will meet their needs and provide a safe, respectful, and healing experience for all who experience this form of assault."
Chief Stephen Tanner of the Halton Regional Police Service added: "I am fully supportive of the review being conducted by our Police Services Board in relation to sexual assault investigations. I am hopeful that individuals will take the time to provide meaningful feedback to the Board as they review the very important policies that oversee the service. The Halton Regional Police Service looks forward to further improving the quality of service that we provide to all we serve, and particularly to the victims of sexual assault. We are also hopeful that there will be meaningful changes to the manner in which Statistics Canada collects data, and to the headings in relation to criminal occurrences".