Categories: Bylaw enforcement & policing

Police identify hot spots for proactive policing; calls for service go down

This past summer, Halton Regional Police Service implemented a focused foot  and bike patrol program in the downtown core. The program is run via the PAVIS team, which stands for the Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Team. Among the goals of the program is to provide police presence in hot spot areas to discourage crime before it is committed or escalated to more violent offences.

Representatives of the HRPS PAVIS team attended my semi-annual Downtown Hospitality Working Group meeting in early November, and reported on the results of their work over the summer:

  • For the vast majority of Friday/Saturday evenings over the past 10 weeks HRPS had two officers dedicated to foot and/or bike patrol in the downtown core.
  • The program is in response to an increase in calls for service in this area of the city  during the summer months, as well as to address a number of community concerns.
  • This HRPS identified 5 “hotspots” based on analysis of calls, as well as community feedback. Officers who were assigned to the foot patrol program  were expected to proactively patrol each of the 5 hotspots at least once during their shift.
  • The chart below summarizes the overall results of the program.
5  hot spots Times Attended Warnings Arrests Person Stop Criminal Charges PON’s
Tim Horton’s in Lower Brant Plaza 21 2 0 3 4 0
Bike Path Guelph Line-Pearl Street 18 0 0 0 0 0
Beach Strip 31 83 4 1 0 18
Retail Premise on Brant south of Caroline Street 30 13 4 2 2 14
Parking Garage on Locust Street 31 3 4 0 (CDSA )                    1 10
Intelligence Gathering reports  – 27

The beach strip area was clearly the hotspot that resulted in the most enforcement. HRPS anticipate running the program again next summer. The visibility of the program acts as a deterrent to persons who may otherwise act in a disruptive manner, particularly later in the evening after they have consumed a quantity of alcohol.  On their nightly report, several of the officers noted that they received very positive and unsolicited feedback from members of the community about the foot patrol program. Police will use this years’ results, as well as feedback from the community throughout the next 8 months, to identify next year’s hot spots.

You can help. Police track incident reports and their locations to determine where to proactively deploy officers on foot and bike patrols. To report crimes after they have occurred (for example, vandalism), contact the police non-emergency line at 905-825-4777.


Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

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