MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF OF POLICE
I am pleased to present this 2015 annual report. This report reflects the fantastic work done by the outstanding professionals of the Cobourg Police Service. From our Civilian staff to our Police Officers and Volunteers, we strive to provide our community with the best policing service possible. Their dedication to the community can be seen across the whole organization and is realized through a safe and thriving community.
The year 2015 was a monumental year for the Cobourg Police Service. With the Cobourg Police Services Board 2015-2017 Business Plan as our road map for success, we began to navigate the police service towards a new direction asked by our community stakeholders. We made many significant gains after finishing the first year of this three year plan. To highlight one of many areas of success, the goal of community – police engagement, our officers can now be found attending elementary school breakfast clubs, enhanced foot patrols, lecturing to seniors groups and service clubs to name a few community engagement activities.
Other strategic priorities like crime prevention and reduction continues to produce positive results. In 2015 our community realized a 57% decrease in theft over $5,000.00, a 30% decrease in theft under $5,000.00, a 19% decrease in break and enters and a 43% decrease in property and vehicle thefts.
We increased leadership training during the year for our frontline supervisors and command staff. Some of our supervisors were given the opportunity to attend FBI and IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) leadership training. Deputy Chief Paul VandeGraaf attended a four week intensive Police Leadership Program at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and proudly represented our Police Service by being selected as the class valedictorian. We will continue to develop our leadership team as they are critical in providing the right direction and support to accomplish the goals of the Board.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and express my appreciation to the Police Services Board for their continued support and governance. To our Sworn, Civilian members and Police Volunteers a big thank you for their continued work and dedication to driving crime downward while being responsive to the quality of life issues important to our citizens. I am very proud of all our members because of their collective contributions, 2015 was another very successful year.
Chief of Police