Police project aims to reduce nuisance-type behaviours in Oakville public spaces

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Published June 3, 2021 at 2:26 pm

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Project Police on Park Patrol (POPP) is back this summer in Oakville.

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRP), in partnership with the Oakville Municipal Enforcement Services, is bringing back the project that aims to reduce incidences of nuisance-type behaviours in public spaces for a second year.

POPP will run until this September 25.

The HRP, Town of Oakville Municipal Enforcement Services and Oakville Councillors have received an increased number of complaints and calls for service related to nuisances in public spaces in recent weeks.

“We want to assure residents of Oakville that we recognize and share your concerns,” the Halton Police said.

To address these concerns, Project POPP will be beginning proactive patrols at a number of municipal parks, school properties and trails systems across Oakville.

The focus of these patrols will be on loitering/trespassing in parks and schools, illegal drug and alcohol use, serious criminal activities (robberies, assaults), and mischief and damage to property.

Their enforcement approach during these patrols will centre on the 4Es: Engage, Explain, Educate and, only as a last resort, Enforce.

HRP and its partners say they remain committed to community safety and livability through prevention, education and enforcement initiatives.  

Residents with nuisance-related concerns in Oakville who feel they should be addressed by Project POPP, can email their concerns to [email protected]

You can also call the Halton Regional Police Service non-emergency line at 905-825-4777 to report your concerns. A reminder that 911 is for emergencies only.

All other by-law issues can be reported to the Town of Oakville Municipal Enforcement Services by calling 905-845-6601 or emailing [email protected]

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