By Mike Shea, Supt. of Corporate Services, Hamilton Police Services
Glenn De Caire has pride in quality service and an extremely strong resolve in regard to community partnerships. Under his leadership, traffic enforcement has increased by more than 50 per cent and criminal arrests have increased significantly—in excess of 1,400 per year. Motor vehicle collisions have decreased and the number of impaired driving arrests has increased each year; our roads are safer due to this strategic focus.
The Hamilton Police Service ACTION Strategy, Bail Compliance Unit, Social Navigator Program and Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team are innovative strategies designed under De Caire’s direction. These initiatives assisted the HPS in being recognized as having the greatest decline in violent crime severity in the nation.
De Caire presented a business case for funding to address immediate issues involving persons in crisis. Not only was he able to secure base funding for this initiative, the extremely successful “made in Hamilton” strategy is now being replicated throughout the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network and is being studied by policing agencies worldwide.
Every policy within the HPS has been reviewed and updated under De Caire’s command and, for the first time in the history of the Hamilton Police Service, an annual ministry audit reported “no recommendations”.
As a result of De Caire’s leadership, the HPS is recognized as a leader in com- munity partnerships—top in the province for programs such as COAST, High Risk Domestic Offenders monitoring, Bail Safety Program, Missing Persons Risk Factor Model and Search Urgency Protocol.
Since he became chief of police, robberies are down 54 per cent, break & enters are down 31 per cent, and stolen autos are down 61 per cent.
De Caire is a tireless advocate in regard to issues surrounding homelessness, poverty, hunger, mental health, crime, and abuse in Hamilton. He is recognizable at almost every major event in this city— in uniform.