September 19th, 2008  

The Peel Police Services Board met this morning and one of the items on the agenda related to the upsurge in Youth Crimes and Violence (especially homicides). This video highlights Peel Police Deputy Chief Jennifer Evans as she provides preliminary data and insights to Board members. Also in the video, Susan Fennell, Mayor of The Corporation of the City of Brampton also offers comments regarding upcoming Youth-related “challenges”.


(Click here to go directly to the clip of Google Video)

As a baseline comparision, I’ve cut and pasted the  November 17, 1994 Peel Police Services Board Internal Correspondence document, “Re: Community Summit – Final Report” from my September 16th Blog entry, “Peel Regional Police Services Board Crime Prevention Community Summit 1994 Final Report (the way we were…)”

While this 1994 Peel Police Services Board report (below) didn’t have any pics, the nature of the Net being what it is, I’ve provided media enhancement as they relate to both the 2000 and 2008 Mississauga Strategic Plans, Community Engagement Visionning Charrettes and the Mississauga Youth Plan.

Once again, special thanks to Chair Kolb who knows the importance of looking back.


Internal Correspondence

To: Chair and Members                                                              From: Frederick Biro

Dept: Police Services Board                                                        Dept: Police Services Board   ==============================================================================

Date: November 17, 1994

File Class:

Re: Community Summit – Final Report

Backqround Information and Discussion:

The Community Summit sponsored by the Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board was held September 30/October lst. The 80 suggestions forwarded as a result of the workshop discussions were condensed into 12 recommendations. These were reviewed and approved by the Community Summit Steering Committee.

It was the advice of the Steering Committee that each recommendation be forwarded to the attention of specific lead agencies who would have responsibility for reviewing and implementing the recommendation if they believed it to be of benefit. This suggestion was incorporated into the Final Report.

The Community Summit – Final Report, and a “How-To’ Manual was prepared by Ms. Sonia Mistri, Community Summit Co-ordinator. The Final Report includes an Executive Summary which is attached to this memorandum.

Complete copies of both documents will be available at the Board meeting.


That the information be received;

further, that the Board, following review and consultation with the police service, respond to those recommendations that have applicability to the Peel Regional Police;

further, the Board determine what action, if any, it wishes to take to advance the goal of the Community Summit.

Frederick Biro

Executive Director

P.R.P. 40



The Regional Municipality of Peel prides itself on being a safe and secure environment for residents, workers and visitors. The Region of Peel has two active crime prevention associations, well supported by a dedicated police service. However, the responsibility and ownership for safety and security resides with all of Peel’s citizens and it is in this spirit that the Community Summit was conceived and developed.

The Community Summit brought together various partners from the community to share what was already being done to maintain the safety and security of the area, to determine what more could and should be done, and how it could be achieved. It was the inception of a multi-disciplinary and integrated effort within the Region of Peel to address the root causes of crime.

The Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board, as the link between police and community, was in a unique position to initiate and sponsor the Summit. At its meeting on April 22, 1994, the Board adopted a motion to sponsor the Community Summit with the objective of developing meaningful and practical strategies which would serve to maintain and enhance the safe and secure environment within the Regional Municipality of Peel.

The philosophy behind the Summit was based on the 1993 report from the federal government’s Standing Committee on Justice and the Solicitor General entitled `Crime Prevention in Canada: Toward a National Strategy.’ The crux of the report, and the mandate of the Summit, required the community to take responsibility for ensuring safety and security, and to do so by addressing the underlying social issues contributing to crime. Community agencies, organizations, police, government and citizens had to be partners in the prevention of criminal activity.

In June 1994, a Community Summit Steering Committee comprised of representatives from stakeholders and constituencies in the Region of Peel was assembled. It was formed to ensure full representation, and therefore ownership, throughout the planning and implementation of this initiative.


The Community Summit took place on September 30 and October 1, 1994. Over 130 delegates, representing a wide cross-section of the community members, service providers, stakeholders, and political representatives, participated. Delegates pledged their commitment to the Summit’s objectives by signing a Declaration of Intent which read:

We, the undersigned, publicly declare our commitment to the fostering of a safe and secure community through local partnerships and initiatives, through a sense of ownership of both problems and solutions, and through pride in what has been and will be achieved in the Region of Peel.



A total of twelve workshops focusing on issues specific to Peel Region were offered on Saturday. Workshop topics evolved through considerable research with stakeholders, service providers and community members as to which issues were most important and relevant to the Region of Peel.

The workshop topics were: Crime Prevention; Collaborative Action (taking control through partnership); Revitalizing Neighbourhoods; Youth and Crime; Building Relations Between Cultural Groups; Substance Abuse; Weapons Use; Family Safety and Security; Investing in our Future; Safety in the Home (domestic violence); and the Role of Senior Governments.

From these workshops, delegates generated a total of over eighty recommendations. These have been condensed into twelve specific proposals which are listed below. This report has been distributed to all stakeholders and bodies to whom the recommendations are addressed, as well as to all delegates and interested parties. A mailing list has been created to keep the community informed as to future happenings.

The Steering Committee will reconvene in one year to discuss the progress made on the implementation of each recommendation and to determine the next step or further course of action. In the interim, it was determined the Regional Task Force (Recommendation 3) would be the group best able to encourage, monitor and record progress made on the recommendations.


Recommendation 1: Crime Prevention

Delegates recommend that crime prevention initiatives be unique and tailored to local communities. It is recognized that the two existing Crime Prevention Associations are the best vehicle for program development and implementation. A process of accountability and evaluation should be built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness.

Mississauga Councillor PAT SAITO on the Peel Youth Charter (3 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip of Google Video)

Recommendation 2: Security of Property

Delegates recommend that:


Recommendation 3: Regional Task Force

Delegates recommend that the Regional government initiate and set up a Strategic Task Force to create a Strategic Plan for safety and security issues in the Region. The Task Force would co-ordinafe specific projects at the Regional level. This would complement and overlay the work of the local Crime Prevention Associations. A multi-disciplinary sub-committee of the Task Force should develop a youth strategy targeted at youth most at risk. The Task Force would also review funding levels and sources, and lobby the senior levels of government on crime prevention issues.


Recommendation 4: Planning

Delegates recommend that:

MissCorpSec guard prevents kids from entering (faces brushed)_

(kids’ faces slightly “brushed” for anonymity)

Recommendation 5: National Crime Prevention Council

Delegates recommend that:

—     The Justice computer network;

—     National Crime Prevention Council newsletters;

—     the creation of a database of information and contacts;

—     the Council hosting practitioners’ conferences;

—     the Council providing for training materials;

Recommendation 6: Youth

Delegates recognize the importance of preventing youth from becoming involved in criminal activity. It is recommended that:



Recommendation 7: Programs In Schools

Delegates recommend that:

Recommendation 8: Skills Training

Delegates recommend that, for the purpose of raising individual self-esteem, recipients of social assistance be required to attend skills training sessions which focus on topics such as job skills, parenting skills and social skills.

Recommendation 9: Cultural Diversity

Delegates recommend that government funding at all levels be targeted towards:

MissCorpSec welcome wagon Malton Youth Meeting


Recommendation 10: Substance Abuse

Delegates recommend that:

Recommendation 11: Weapons Use

Delegates recommend that:

Recommendation 12: Media, Television & Film Industry

Delegates recommend:



And I might as well….


(Click here to go directly to the clip of Google Video)



The Mississauga Muse


“I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible.” (Hazel McCallion on Mississauga Corporate Security, March 17, 2007 Audit Committee Meeting)

“Social issues should not concern you.” (One City of Mississauga Commissioner, One Director, and One Manager to The Mississauga Muse)

Peel Regional Council Inaugural on 061207

`The truth is that we, as a society – all of us – simply don’t consider children very important. We talk a good game but we don’t think kids are as important as other things, like fixing the roads.’ (Jim Paul Nevins (Ontario Court Judge October 4, 2001 report)


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