We have longed believed and participated as a community partner in building and delivering programs that are founded through collaboration; policing during a pandemic reaffirmed how important those partnerships are!  We quickly realized that emergency management was our initial priority while working with other Municipal leaders including the Mayor, CAO and a cast of highly motivated Municipal Directors who have always put the interest of Strathroy-Caradoc residents first.

The more things change, the more they stay the same; Strathroy-Caradoc continues to steadily grow with new residents, subdivisions, and businesses making it their home.  Our Service continues to develop and enhance our service delivery to address traffic, property, drug and cyber crimes.  Our members committed to active traffic enforcement during a challenging period when social distancing was always at the forefront of our daily engagement.  Our criminal investigators seized and sought judicial authorizations on several electronic devices as part of many complex investigations; a trend we fully expect to see increase in the years ahead.

We remain as public servants, we require the public’s trust and confidence as we complete our daily endeavours.  Monitoring public complaints from the Office of the Independent Review Director (OIPRD) and Special Investigations Unit (SIU) incidents suggest we are a professional, transparent and community minded Service.

Equally important is the public cost of policing; we ended 2020 with an operating budget surplus along with a small surplus in capital expenditures, these funds have been transferred into the police reserve account.  Annual budgetary increases are minimal and publically accepted by the community members we serve.

In late 2020 we launched our Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team, a partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), bringing a mental health professional to active crisis calls.  The initiative focuses on reducing the stigma of mental health, providing greater resources to persons in crisis and reducing apprehensions and strains on our health care system by diverting people in crisis away from our hospital.  The impact of this program has been wide spread; enhancing our service delivery, our competencies and providing greater programs and services to rural residents in Middlesex County.

We continue to advance our communications with our community; our social media platforms continue to grow and expand yearly and we have a strong relationship with our local traditional media outlets to share and respond to local inquires.  We hope to continue to grow our audience as we build on our foundation of community supporters to enhance community safety and wellness.

Thank you for viewing our site and learning about our community minded police service.

 

Mark Campbell
Chief of Police