Downtown Brampton is slated to get a new police station.
The Region of Peel Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah announced on October 17 that a new police substation will be established near Four Corners.
Peel Police also announced that they will be doubling the number of officers working in the downtown core from six to twelve.
This increase in the police presence downtown may prove to not only be about quantity but also about quality. Chief Duraiappah says efforts are being made to improve the type and promptness of care for people who need additional help beyond what the police normally provide.
“We can’t arrest our way out of all the problems,” said Chief Duraiappah during the announcement. He acknowledges that a lot of work police officers do in the city is not only criminal work, but also responding to social disorders where mental illness may play a factor.
He says keeping the city safe relies on Peel Police collaborating with multiple sectors, such as the police initiative with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in forming a crisis model. This CMHA model hopes to have mental health professionals working alongside uniformed officers to help with more appropriate response in cases involving mental health.
The new police station will be at 15 Queen Street West and for more information, see the press release from the City of Brampton.
Correction: this article previously stated the collaboration was with Canadian Association of Mental Health (CAMH) instead of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).