O'Connor Township

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Lakehead Police Service Board

O’Connor Council, with Municipality of Neebing, Township of Conmee and Township of Gillies embarked on a joint police contract for OPP services.  Having a contract (rather than default policing by OPP) is advantageous because:

  1.  The OPP are enabled to enforce municipal by-laws;
  2.  The Police Service Board is eligible to apply for grants for certain police programs; and
  3.  A Police Service Board has some (but not alot) greater authority than a Community Policing Advisory Committee, and has access to more information.

Please click on the links below to access meeting agenda and materials.

January 8, 2020

COMMUNITY SAFETY AND WELL-BEING PLAN

Changes to the Police Services Act in 2019 make it mandatory for all municipalities in Ontario to have a “Community Safety and Well-Being Plan”.  The Townships of Gillies, O’Connor and Conmee are working together with the Municipality of Neebing to create a joint plan which will serve all 4 communities.  As northern, rural municipalities, we share many characteristics, and can be more  efficient by working on this important plan together.

What exactly is a “Community Safety and Well-Being Plan”, you ask?  That is a very good question!  As you can imagine, since the requirement is embedded in the Police Services Act, it does involve community safety in terms of crime reduction and crime prevention – but it involves more than just policing.

There are a lot of demands on our police services.  As we all know, police are often called upon to respond to complex situations that are non-criminal in nature.  Many of these situations, such as an individual experiencing a mental health crisis, would be more appropriately managed by other    community partners.  Working with community stakeholders to determine what problems we actually face and what might be done to eliminate those problems is a forward-thinking activity.  Studies show that communities with these types of plans in place experience improvements to the statistics relating to crime and crime response.

What makes someone resort to committing a crime?  There are many, many factors – and – of course – people are unique and have individual circumstances.  Governments are recognizing,  however, that the “social determinants of health”, which are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age (such as education, early childhood development, food security, quality housing, etc.) have major impacts on how individuals develop, grow, and participate properly and lawfully in their communities.  All of these considerations are part of the Community Safety and   Well-Being Plan.

Please see attachment below for a community survey so that you can have appropriate and full input into this important project.  We all want to live in a safe and healthy community – and while many of us feel that we already do – this pro-active planning process will help us keep it that way!   For additional hard copies please contact the Township office. We request that the survey be submitted to the Township of O’Connor office by March 13, 2020.   Thank you for your input!

Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Survey