As part of the Police Services Act, municipalities are now required to develop and implement a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.
Rather than tackle it alone, municipalities across Grey and Bruce have banded together to develop the Plan.
Hanover CAO Brian Tocheri says many municipalities face the same challenges and as such it makes sense to work together to overcome these challenges.
This joint Community Safety and Well Being Plan will tackle a number of social issues including: homelessness, addictions and mental health problems.
Grey County has contributed $55,000 to the project, while Bruce County and its communities have contributed a combined amount of $50,000.
Hanover has allocated $5,000 in its 2020 budget to cover additional local planning expenses.
Tocheri says the joint Plan involves all 16 municipalities in Grey and Bruce Counties.
As part of the development of this Plan municipalities will work collaboratively with a multi-sectoral advisory committee comprised of representatives from various sectors including: Child and Youth, Community and Social Services, Education, Health and Mental Health and Police Services.
The Plan says Tocheri will incorporate identifying priority risk factors and strategies to reduce the prioritized risk factors, setting measurable outcomes and monitoring and reporting on results.
Public consultation is another key factor in the development of this Plan.
Before the end of April there must be a minimum of two public engagement sessions conducted in each community across both Grey and Bruce Counties.
This will be followed by a Risk Analysis exercise and the creation of Performance Measurement Framework.
The Plan itself should be complete and ready for implementation by December. (2020)