Road safety, property crime and improving mental health outcomes will be the top priorities for the Chatham-Kent police over the next few years.
Chief Gary Conn presented the 2018-2020 strategic plan during Tuesday’s police services board meeting.
“As we move forward, our service will continue to seek out new and innovative ways to help reduce calls for service and serve our communities and their needs at the right time and in the right manner,” he told the board.
“We have delivered and continue to deliver a solid performance, which is well documented within this plan.”
Conn said the CKPS will continue to collaborate with other community organizations through various partnerships and initiatives.
He said the business plan was an “extensive and concerted effort” to put together, involving the service, the board and the community at large.
The previous two plans focused on new technology, in an effort to make the CKPS more efficient. This included a mobile data terminal program, radio upgrades, E-911 service delivery, as well as a drone to assist with investigations.
According to the current plan, it is expected that fiscal pressures at all levels of government will continue and “become more acute,” especially in Chatham-Kent.
The plan will be funded through the existing operating budget, reserves and potential surplus funds.
Grant opportunities and regional partnerships will also be pursued.
The CKPS has 164 sworn officers, 65 civilian staff and a $31.4-million operating budget.
During the 2015-2017 span, the service had a 91.4-per-cent clearance rate for major crimes, and in 2017 had a 91.4-per-cent clearance rate for violent crimes.
However, property crime only had a clearance rate of 24.86 per cent.
“Property crimes are one of the most prevalent crimes and, therefore, affect a significant number of our citizens,” the plan stated. “Break and enters often cause victims and others to feel unsafe in their homes. Many property crimes are committed by those who are involved in illicit drug use and trade.”
To view the full CKPS strategic plan, visit http://www.ckpsannual.com/2015/ewExternalFiles/CKPS%20Strategic%20Plan%202018-20%20[WEB].pdf