Policing to mirror rapidly changing region
In the shadow of a 50 storey condominium tower, the officer feels the v jordan 11 oice activated mobile computer on his wrist vibrate.
He has been sent on a bike to canvass residents in the south York Region neighbourhood about break and enters the past few days.
Pulling off to the side of a bike path, the addresses of break and enter complainants, with whom he has been assigned to speak, are highlighted on a tiny computer screen.
It hot and humid, but he comfortable in a breathable uniform made specifically for his bicycle unit. On his belt hangs a gun and a immobilization device, which uses electric current, that fits between his index finger and thumb.
Familiar with the neighbourhood, the officer knows he will put his second and even his third language to use today.
It believed the perpetrator made his escape from the neighbourhood via the subway.
And while the above scenario is only a projection, interviews with police experts monitoring future trends suggest the officer of 2051 will police a region of 1.8 million people a very different region than jordan 11 the one formed 40 years ago in 1971, which had a population of 169,000.
But police today believe the fundamentals of policing will remain the same: face to face communication with residents; and maintaining public safety.
In the days leading up to the formation of York Region, Jan. 1, 1971, patrol sergeant Glenn Phillips was stationed with the Newmarket police department.
In those days, officers would keep an eye on four red lights around town as they patrolled. The lights would flash if an officer was needed after midnight because the dispatcher had gone home for the night, said the former officer, now 81, and retired from policing since 1988.
It was a much simpler time, he said.
all worked together, we all went out together, Mr. Phillips recalled.
When the regional force came together, several events needed to take place to ensure a smooth transition, according to the book The History of Policing in York Region, written by Const. Carol Sokil and published in 1991, the force 20th anniversary year.
All property controlled by municipal police boards was made regional and buildings more than 60 per cent occupied by police were assumed by the region, the book states.
Some feared job downsizing would follow the creation of a regional force and there were issues about equalizing salaries and ironing out the ranks which would prove unpopular with some.
Heading it all was Bruce Crawford, a former Navy officer.
And it likely wasn an easy go. Many police cars were in varying states of disrepair and the communication system was a patchwork, f jordan 11 ormer York chief Armand La Barge said. As a young officer, he was stationed in the same Newmarket police building as Mr. Crawford from 1973 to 1979.
Police offices in Woodbridge, Markham, Stouffville and Sutton were closed.
But it worked out for Mr. Phillips, who enjoyed a salary increase following the changes.
And, while he says there was no confusion in the early days, amalgamation was a big change from working on a small town force.
Most people don remember York bright yellow police cars, he recalled.
we got them, it was a scream, Mr. Phillips said. know what (people) thought. They thought we jordan 11 were taxis. was eight years later, in 1980, that Brad Bulmer would pull on a York police uniform.
Today, commander of York traffic bureau, Staff Sgt. Bulmer remembers Mr. Crawford focus on traffic safety specifically speed enforcement.
York was going through a period on the streets and saw 37 fatal crashes in 1988. Bloomington Road was particularly problematic, he added.
But there was very little public education being done, he said.
It was also more of a society than today, he said, adding softer penalties may have fuelled driving behaviour. But that began to change in the late 1980s and early 1990s when police began doing information blitzes and stepping up spotchecks.
Roadside enforcement has been buoyed by technology, he said. For instance, police have access to computers in cruisers.
I started in the that was pie in the sky, he said. get, Mr. Smith about a broken window
He expects officers will eventually get away from keyboards as better, more mobile technology becomes available.