The Dryden Police Service is looking forward to another busy year, filled with working with community organizations – as well as keeping the public safe.

“The Dryden Police Service has been busy,” said DPS Inspector Ann Tkachyk. “Some of that is due to our calls for service, but we’ve also been busy because of our community service commitments to the Dryden community. We’ve partnered with a number of organizations.”

Tkachyk noted that the DPS is currently working with a wide-variety of community partners to help develop a Community Well-being Plan. This plan would help address mental health crisis concerns, food insecurity, addictions, poverty, housing, homelessness and more.

“We need a shelter. We need subsidized housing. We need to address food insecurity. Those are directly related to what we’re dealing with right now – crime. This is the ultimate crime prevention tool. If you can stabilize somebody, address addiction, that’s crime prevention.”

“Are we 20 years behind? Probably. But if we don’t address these issues, we’re not going to see any solutions. We’re going to see more violent crime, more abuse, more assault, and more people victimized by crime.”

The plan includes a steering committee of roughly 20 organizations. Municipalities across Ontario are now mandated to start creating a well-being plan, effective as of January 1, 2019. The DPS will approach the City of Dryden to get involved with the well-being plan early this year.

“We’re busy, but a lot of it is a positive kind of busy. We want the community to know that we are policing as well. We want to keep the public informed. We do have some issues that are very challenging. But I think 2018 was a good year for us.”

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