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York police partner with social services for vulnerable individuals

April 15, 2024

Posted on: April 15th, 2024. By: NewmarketToday Staff,, Original Article.

Agreement that’s unique to York Region ‘represents a significant step forward in streamlining support services and enhancing collaboration between law enforcement and community organizations,’ Blue Door says.

York Regional Police has partnered with eight community service organizations in York Region to ensure the highest standard of care and service for vulnerable residents.

The updated memorandum of understanding (MOU) provides a clear framework to strengthen and streamline “respectful, fair and equitable” interactions in a variety of situations between police and program staff at each service organization, according to a Blue Door news release.

The eight organizations are 360°kids, Blue Door, Inn From the Cold, John Howard Society of York Region, Krasman Centre, Salvation Army, Sandgate Women’s Shelter and Yellow Brick House.

“Situations included in the framework include service organizations calling 911 for onsite support, as well as York Regional Police contacting service providers about missing people, child apprehension, or arrests on an outstanding warrant,” the agency states.

The MOU, initially established in 2014, was significantly revised to reflect current legislation, address evolving community needs, and add many service organizations eager to foster better collaboration, Blue Door said.

“This MOU is a huge step forward supporting frontline agencies and our partners at the York Regional Police to continue to work together in the most efficient and effective way to serve our most vulnerable” said Michael Braithwaite, CEO of Blue Door.

“We’re very pleased to be a partner in updating this important MOU, a vital document that improves communication and understanding between police and community service organizations,” said Chief Jim MacSween. “Breaking down barriers and building relationships among agencies will help us achieve our shared goal of better serving York Region’s vulnerable populations.”

All partners will participate in annual joint training sessions to promote ongoing dialogue, improved understanding and collaboration.

“Unique to York Region and reflective of York Regional Police’s longstanding commitment to community engagement, the MOU represents a significant step forward in streamlining support services and enhancing collaboration between law enforcement and community organizations,” the agency said. “This collaborative effort further emphasizes the importance of community partnerships in addressing complex social issues and delivering effective solutions.

To learn more about the MOU, listen to On the Way Home’s podcast episode: