Halifax Regional Police (HRP) is planning for the future and looking to HRM citizens for their input.
Today marks the official launch of the REenvision Project, an initiative designed to help HRP develop its 10-year strategic plan. Throughout the month of October, citizens will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on a number of topics: their perception of crime in HRM; the role they want HRP to play in the community; the services and approaches to policing that are currently working, need improvement or are lacking altogether; their level of trust in police; and what HRP can do to increase or sustain that level of trust.
“We realize that as our community grows and evolves over the next 10 years, our role, services and approaches will need to change,” says Chief Jean-Michel Blais. “It’s crucial that we hear from all of our stakeholders to ensure we’re moving in the direction that will best serve our citizens now and in the future.”
This public engagement will include an online survey for citizens and a separate online survey for HRP employees. Citizens and employees can also provide input through social media, email and traditional mail.
Once the feedback has been collected, collated and analyzed, themes will be identified and communicated back to our citizens and employees. This information will help shape HRP’s ten-year strategic plan. The plan will then support, direct and guide the department for the next decade of policing throughout HRM.
“We want our citizens and employees to know just how valuable their input is to this process,” says Chief Blais. “We can’t possibly meet their needs without hearing directly what they want in a police service.”