Brampton community leaders to report on proper police resourcing and measures to tackle the root causes of crime
Statement from Patrick Brown:
I am delighted that retiring Regional CouncillorGael Miles has agreed to serve as Chair of my Public Safety Initiative. I am also excited that the Initiative will draw on the talents of Brampton civic leader Chaplain Gerry Thompson and Peel Regional Police Association President Adrian Woolley. Their report will be made public, and I will work with the next Council on how best to implement their advice.
The Members are free to consider any issue they deem relevant to public safety in Brampton: As a starting point for their work, I have asked the Members to include policy priorities that I have previously outlined in my campaign:
- The Hiring of More Front Line Officers
- A Strengthened COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team) Program
- Affordable Recreation for Youth
- Social Housing Backlog Solutions
- Brampton residents are fed up with the disturbing level of violence in our City. Shootings skyrocketed to a record high in 2017*. Peel Police report that to date in 2018, shootings are 11% higher than last year’s record pace. But when our City looked for support and guidance from City Hall, and a renewed focus on public safety, there was no leadership from Mayor Jeffrey. None!
Our police lack the resources to do their job. Brampton has 138 officers for every 100,000 residents – the rest of Ontario averages 189 officers+. And 42% of their calls are related to mental health issues, handled by police because services which could handle most of these calls for help, like the COAST Program, are drastically underfunded. Meanwhile, the Mayor seems more interested in engaging in media disputes and political infighting with the Chief of Policethan protecting Brampton.
This dysfunctional relationship between Mayor Jeffrey and the police is hampering our ability to protect Brampton. Our City needs need a Mayor who will listen to, and work with, our Chief and front-line officers, not continue with the same old confrontational approach. It’s Time to take Public Safety Seriously and get Brampton Back on Track!
* Peel Regional Police statistics
+ Peel Regional Council
Peel Regional Councillor Gael Miles:
“Action is needed on fighting crime in our city. The police will be central to this strategy, but they can’t do the job alone. Hand guns, youth violence, crime on the streets need decisive action.
Linda Jeffrey as Mayor has dropped the ball on crime and violence. During the past 4 years we’ve seen a rampant increase in crime, illegal guns, and youth violence in Brampton. We need much stronger leadership and teamwork at city hall to tackle these growing problems. I’m pleased to be working with Patrick Brown on his expert panel. He brings a fresh approach and a strong commitment to lead our community in a united stand, working together with our police force, to make Brampton a safe place again.”
Peel Regional Councillor Gael Miles:
Peel Regional Councillor Gael Miles has a distinguished record of public service to the people of Brampton and Peel Region. First elected to Brampton City Council in 1988, Ms. Miles has been recognized by The International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners, Peel Regional Police and The Solicitor General of Ontariofor her work to make our City and Region safe for citizens.
Among her many accomplishments, Councillor Miles was a Founding Member of the Brampton Road Safety Committee; served as the Co-Chair of the Peel Regional Police Connect2End ViolenceCommittee; and served as Chair of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee for 5 years.
Chaplain Gerry Thompson
Reverend Gerry Thompson migrated to Canada from Jamaica at the age of eleven. The culture shock of trying to adjust to Canadian life led him towards the negative influences of ‘street life’. Twenty-five years ago, Rev. Thompson experienced a remarkable spiritual transformation, and made a covenant with his personal Saviour that he would help others who have turned to ‘street life’, regardless of their race, color or religion.
Rev. Thompson’s volunteer work has included motivational speaking at schools and community events, one-on-one mentoring with young people in trouble with the law, and working with police community programs such as Crime Stoppers. He is an ordained Minister of the Gospel, and a well-known gospel and reggae recording artist. He has preached around the world, sharing the stage with many of the world’s most influential pastors. He has also worked with The Bob Marley Foundation and The Red Cross in the schools and communities throughout Jamaica.
Peel Regional Police Association President Adrian Woolley
Peel Regional Police Association President Adrian Woolley has been a police officer for 18 years. As a member of the Peel Police Community Liaison Committee, the 21 Division Community Liaison Officer works with many Brampton community organizations, civic leaders and elected officials to evaluate and find positive solutions to local community crime and safety issues.
Const. Woolley is heavily involved in a number of community initiatives and charities, including children’s breakfast programs, women’s shelters, McHappy Day, Tim Hortons Camp Day, and the local Toys for Tots Campaign. His distinguished career as an officer and community builder was recognized in 2017 with the Police Merit Award at the Mississauga Civic Awards.