Community Policing Committees

 Community Policing Committees/ Safe Community Committees

These committees are comprised of local citizens who are concerned about healthy and safe communities. Committee members are volunteers and as such they have the option to come and go. Ideally the committee should reflect the community having broad-based membership, i.e. students, senior citizens, social/community agencies, business leaders, education leaders, service and faith-based organizations, and municipal or county politicians to name a few.

Wellington County OPP officers act as community safety partners to aid in the proactive problem solving of identified community concerns. As such the police will not take an executive role in the committees. While the police are the main enforcement component within the community, they also bring crime prevention strategies and analytical capabilities to the attention of the committees.

Currently committees exist in Guelph/Eramosa, Puslinch, Mapleton, Erin, Minto and North Wellington. If you'd like to participate in a committee in your community please contact Staff Sergeant Jack Hunjan.

 

Safe Communities - Wellington County

The vision of Safe Communities Wellington County as part of Parachute is "To make Wellington County, the safest and healthiest place in which to live, learn, work and play in Canada."

A safe community is one that promotes safe and healthy behaviours and protects people from hurt and harm. The Safe Communities Wellington Committee, with representatives from local municipal councils, emergency services, public health, hospitals, school boards and other stakeholders with an interest in making Wellington County a safe place to live.

On November 22, 2012 residents and representatives from private, public and non-government organizations assembled for a priority setting excercise where seven priorities were identified for Wellington County. We extend a sincere thank you to all those who participated and assisted with the exercise.

In 2014, Safe Communities Wellington County will be establishing priority advisory groups to address the top 3 injury prevention priorities.

The top three injury prevention priorities identified were:

  1. Falls - includes all falls
  2. Motor Vehicle (On / Off Road) - All on road motor vehicle collisions (cars, buses, motorcycle etc), all off road motor vehicle collisions (ATV, snowmobile etc)
  3. Intentional Self Harm - All purposely self-inflicted injuries hanging, drug overdoses etc (suicides and attempted suicides)

Other identified priorities include:

  • Sports and Recreation
  • Injuries from Agricultural, Machinery and Tools
  • Accidental Poisonings
  • Pedestrians and Cyclists

The Safe Communities Designation Ceremony took place on Thursday June 20, 2013 at the Mount Forest & District Sports Complex at which time, Wellington County was designated as the 28th Safe Community in Ontario and 64th in Canada.

If you or your organization are interested in getting involved with Safe Communities, please contact Sarah Bowers-Peter by email or by phone at 226.820.1413

Safe Communities Designation Ceremony