Ontario Supporting 27 Police-Based Community Safety Programs
Twenty-seven police-based programs will benefit from Ontario's Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing Grant.
Police services across the province were invited to apply for funding for projects that align with this year's theme, "Creating a Safer Ontario through Community Collaboration."
The successful applicants are:
Barrie Police Service
Project Safe Horizon
Project Safe Horizon will work to identify an appropriate and viable response protocol and longer-term transition plan for victims of human trafficking within the City of Barrie. This will allow local agencies to effectively respond to the needs of victims by providing them with the services and supports they need.
Brockville Police Service
Brockville Community Hub from Piloting to Programming
The Brockville Police Service, in partnership with community organizations, will create a community hub to improve the coordination of services and communication for local agencies that help high-need families. The hub may also serve as an emergency youth shelter.
Cornwall Community Police Service
Cornwall and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SD & G) Situation Table
The Cornwall and SD & G Situation Table will bring together all key community partners to identify situations where individuals are at risk of being in crisis. The partners will provide rapid, wrap-around supports as appropriate for each circumstance.
Durham Regional Police Service
Durham Situation Table
The Durham Situation Table will use a problem-based learning model to expand across the region and improve service delivery. Teams from various sectors will work together to identify data, research and experience-driven opportunities for overcoming systemic issues, reducing barriers to support, aligning service delivery, encouraging institutional reform, cultivating lasting behaviour and policy changes and planning improved community safety and well-being outcomes in Durham Region.
Gananoque Police Services
Community Collaboration to Support Youth at Risk
The Connections program offers academic and social/emotional support to at-risk youth (aged 12-17) who are serving short-term suspensions, or an alternative to suspension, from school. The program provides a structured school alternative and associated programming to increase social skills and to decrease the likelihood of new or continued contact with the justice system.
Guelph Police Service
Community Response to Human Trafficking
The goal of this project is to eliminate and prevent human trafficking and to assist victims of human trafficking in Guelph. Activities include training for community stakeholders and police, and conducting undercover operations to identify and support victims of human trafficking and to identify offenders.
Halton Regional Police Service
The Halton Region Community Safety and Well-being Plan
This project aims to develop and implement a Halton Region Community Safety and Well-being Plan. This will be accomplished through the coordination of activities aimed at identifying and addressing the key risks threatening safety and well-being in Halton.
Hamilton Police Service
Crisis Support for Emergency Situations
The Hamilton Police Service's crisis response unit will work in partnership with Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Inc. to help eliminate barriers and improve services for clients in crisis who interact with police. The goal of the project is to provide the right care at the right time and to relieve crisis response unit staff so they can attend to more clients.
Mobile Engagement Trailer (MET)
Kingston Police and their partners will use a mobile trailer to engage local residents and leverage the assets of all partners to increase the well-being of all citizens. Engagement will focus on education, early intervention, physical fitness, and safety.
The MET project will target various types of police and community interactions, particularly with groups such as youth.
Lac Seul Police Service
Collaboration for Community Wellness
Lac Seul Police and local First Nations partners will develop a framework to identify and provide best practices in the delivery and promotion of intervention programs to individuals and families that are considered "at risk". The project aims to reduce occurrences of attempted suicides, domestic abuse, assaults and bullying by providing a forum that supports positive parent-child relationships, improved self-esteem, trust, safety and well-being of individuals and families within Lac Seul First Nation.
Nishnawbe Aski Police Service
This project supports the purchase and training on the use of x-ray security scanning equipment in centralized secure locations for use by Nishnawbe Aski Police Service and all partner agencies.
OPP Dryden Detachment
Dryden/Ignace and Area Impaired Reduction Strategy (DAIRS)
The community group DAIRS will address issues of underage drinking and alcohol-related incidents, including impaired driving through the development of a comprehensive strategy. The strategy includes three main areas of focus across the community, including providing education and skill building opportunities, creating more supportive environments to enable safer choices (changing norms) and enforcement efforts.
OPP Frontenac Detachment
This project will establish a working committee for Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) consisting of the OPP and other community service agencies that focus on seniors needs in the Township of South Frontenac.
Ontario Provincial Police - Headquarters
Community Collaboration to Combat Human Trafficking
This project will engage community stakeholders to develop both short-term and long-term solutions to combat human trafficking and ensure adequate victim care and support.
Ontario Provincial Police - Headquarters
The OPP, in partnership with Orangeville Police Service, will develop an Overdose Action Plan and create an opioid overdose provincial coordinator position to maintain and expand the Facethefentanyl website.
OPP Lanark Detachment
Situation Table Phase 2
Phase two of the project will continue the work of the situation table and create a steering committee to draft a community safety and well-being plan, develop a comprehensive resource/database of services in the area, increase education/awareness of where people can turn for help, and seek endorsement for the plan from municipalities, police services boards and agencies.
Collaborate Nottawasaga will focus on addressing the risks associated with criminal and antisocial behavior through a collaborative approach with service providers (e.g., police, mental health, probation and parole, community housing, etc.). Identifying the risks at the early stages will help agencies offer immediate, integrated services tailored to meet the unique needs of at-risk individuals or families. This program will also help to achieve the long term goal of building a safer, stronger community.
OPP Renfrew Detachment
Renfrew County Situational Hub Project (RCSH)
RCSH aims to address the root causes of crime and social disorder by providing a more robust response through the sharing of information across partnered agencies from all sectors (justice, health, mental health, social services, education and local government). RCSH will focus on situations that create the most risk for individuals, families and/or the community, and develop a coordinated response to mitigate the identified risks.
Peterborough Police Service
Emergency Department Naloxone Access
This project will support the purchase of naloxone kits for individuals who access emergency services at Peterborough Regional Health Centre and are at risk of an opioid overdose. Individuals will also be trained on how to use the kit, how to recognize and respond in an opioid overdose situation, as well as how to prevent a future opioid overdose. Naloxone is a drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and can save lives.
Rama Police Service
Human Trafficking Prevention Initiative
This initiative builds on the efforts of the Community Mobilization Action Committee, (CMAC) established two years ago with previous grant funding. It expands the collaboration and partnerships of the Rama Police Service to focus particular attention on factors that contribute to human trafficking of First Nations and Métis women living in the Simcoe region.
Sault Ste Marie Police Service
Mobile Crisis Intervention Team
Through this pilot project a specially trained police officer and hospital "crisis worker" will respond jointly to police calls for service involving mental health. The initiative will also develop multi-agency training around issues associated with mental illness, including how to recognize signs and symptoms, de-escalation techniques, support services available within the community and the role of "mobile crisis teams".
Six Nations Police
Six Nations Community Safety through Community Collaboration in Action
The Six Nations Community Safety through Community Collaboration in Action project will evaluate and enhance the current community partnerships of the Six Nations Police. The project will also engage community agencies, services and groups to identify high priority issues and determine the appropriate partners to address the associated risk/issues.
Stratford Police Service
Project SMART (Social Media Awareness and Responsibility Training)
Project SMART is a multi-pronged initiative for prevention and awareness of computer-based crime. It will target those most at risk of technology-driven crime and social issues, particularly school-age youth and the elderly.
Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service
Community Creating Change - A Community Situation Table Project
The project will create a situation table including mental health and social services, victim services, violence against women, justice partners and education to work together to better support individuals and families identified as at risk.
Toronto Police Service
Community Asset Portal
The Community Asset Portal will be a leading-edge resource that will connect members of the Toronto Police Service and community and neighbourhood supports such as shelters, community resource navigators, and mental health and youth support services. In collaboration with partners across these different sectors, this project will develop a comprehensive, easily accessible portal for police, social service providers and eventually the public to find available services that offer solutions to problems specific to those most at risk in Toronto neighbourhoods (e.g., mental health and addictions, housing).
Treaty Three Police Service
Not For Sale
This project is a broad-based prevention strategy focussed on raising awareness and supporting education activities and cultural restoration to prevent human trafficking.
York Regional Police
This initiative will address child sex trafficking. Through partnerships with service providers, the project will examine the underlying intersection between child protection services and child sex trafficking. The project will be implemented in four concurrent phases, involving the police and six sectors - education, health, social services, justice, housing and the private sector - all working together to build local capacity and strong networks to proactively address identified risks for children.