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Durham Regional Police
Services Board Highlights

A Year of Community Engagement

In the early part of 2021, the Board conducted a poll of the community and members on policing issues in Durham Region. The purpose of the poll was to understand perceptions of the DRPS, and following the period of consultation, the Board introduced a draft Action Plan to Enhance Trust and Confidence in Policing, with four key priorities: transparency in decision-making; improving diversity, equity and inclusion practices and procedures; strengthening the response to mental health calls; and supporting the DRPS’ four initiatives to address systemic barriers and the Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. The Board looks forward to the ongoing implementation of the Plan and to realizing lasting and meaningful change.
Late in the year, the Police Services Board, with the assistance of Environics Research, held public and stakeholder consultations on the qualities and characteristics that should be prioritized in the Board’s search for a new Chief of Police. These consultations will serve as the foundation for the Board’s leadership recruitment and evaluation of candidates for the Chief of Police position. The Board is grateful for the contributions of all who participated in offering their perspectives to assist the Board in making one of its most important decisions.

Farewell to Board Member Steve deBoer

The Board bid farewell to Steve deBoer in 2021, following almost three years of service. Mr. deBoer passionately advocated for effective governance practices, and exercised his voice diligently at the Board table, especially on matters that affected the membership and leadership of the DRPS. His presence will be missed.

Launch of New Board Web Site

The Board was pleased to establish its own direct communication link with the community with the launch of its new web page in 2021. Additional information is included on the site, including budget information, and the site provides easier navigation to the Board documentation and meeting information. We encourage everyone to take a tour at
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