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Strategic Plan Review
The DRPS Strategic Plan is a guiding document that outlines the priorities of the community and the Service. It sets out objectives and actionable measurement goals, as well as forms the basis for subsequent community safety plans in each of the five divisions.
With the Strategic Plan in its second year, there were a number of important achievements in 2021. It is important to note that each of these three goals guide the delivery of Services to the people of Durham Region every day.
Deliver services and programs that inspire the trust of all communities
Improve reported levels of satisfaction across the communities we serve
Identify, prioritize and strengthen partnerships to support equity-seeking groups in the community
Increase community participation in crime prevention by providing relevant and timely crime and safety information
Attract a skilled workforce that reflects the diversity of the community
Enhance police visibility to instil community confidence and reduce fear of crime
Body-Worn Cameras Project
On Thursday, September 16, 2021, DRPS began a phased deployment of Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs). The rollout follows a year-long pilot project to determine the value of BWCs to the DRPS, our partners and the community regarding evidence collection, trust, transparency, accountability and service effectiveness. For more, visit
Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC)
Established to deal with challenges that impact the diverse communities of Durham Region, DAC is made up of appointed citizens who sit as a consultative and advisory body to the Office of the Chief of Police. The committee met 10 times during the year and also participated in recruit interviews, and the review of policies, procedures and directives. For more on DAC, visit
Enhanced Communication with the Public
In 2021, the Service revamped its approach for reaching the public with timely and relevant information. More than 2,400 public statements were issued, which was a 73% increase from 2020. This increase is partly due to an increase in social media campaigns aimed at crime prevention and public education.
Provide efficient and effective evidence-based policing services
Improve road safety by focusing enforcement on the most dangerous driving behaviours
Prevent, investigate and solve criminal activity using intelligence, partnerships and data analysis
Prevent re-offending
Maintain cost-effective service through innovation and continuous improvement
Durham Vision Zero
This strategic road safety action plan is a partnership between the Region of Durham and DRPS. The plan aims to create safer roads for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. To view the plan, visit
Four-Point Plan
Introduced in 2019, the Four-Point Plan to Address Systemic Barriers was introduced by the Service. A key achievement in 2021 was the release of race-based data for use of force interactions. This aligned with the first of the four points of the plan: race-based data collection and analysis. For more on the Four-Point Plan, visit
Crime Analysis
The Crime Analysis Unit provides ongoing, crucial analyses that contribute to building a safer community. This is done through mapping and analyzing crime, and identifying and monitoring priority crime patterns and emerging trends. In 2021, the Service increased its focus on identifying and responding to crime in hotspots, assisted with 38 major project investigations and identified 12 significant regional crime trends that were then communicated to members for follow-up.
Foster a positive organizational culture
Support the physical and mental health and general well-being of members
Ensure a respectful, bias-free and inclusive workplace
Identify and resolve the barriers to effective internal communication
Improve the transparency and clarity of member evaluation and development processes
Mental Health Investments
The Service has a number of remarkable programs to promote the mental well-being of its members.
  • DRPSupport App, which provides access to resources
  • Unlimited mental health benefits
  • Road to Mental Readiness Training
  • Mental Health Awareness Program for New Recruits
  • Critical incident stress support and peer support teams
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