Well­ness and com­mu­nity part­ner­ships a focus for new Chief

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CORNWALL, On­tario - Cornwall’s new po­lice Chief Danny Aik­man says that dur­ing his time in of­fice he hopes to pro­mote the safety and well­ness of his of­fi­cers and strengthen ties with the com­mu­nity. Aik­man was sworn in as the new Chief of the Cornwall Com­mu­nity Po­lice Ser­vice (CCPS) on Nov. 16. He had pre­vi­ously served as Deputy Chief since 2003.

“I’ll be sat­is­fied if peo­ple say Danny Aik­man had the best in­ter­ests of his of­fi­cers and the com­mu­nity at heart,” said the new Chief in an in­ter­view with Se­away News.

One of the first ini­tia­tives that Aik­man will have to tackle is the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a po­lice well­ness pro­gram as man­dated by the 2018 Safer On­tario Act.

“I want to make sure that our well­ness pro­gram meets our own unique needs,” he said.

Aik­man said that he would be work­ing closely with City of Cornwall ad­min­is­tra­tion and coun­cil on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a well­ness pro­gram for CCPS. Other fo­cuses for Aik­man in­clude en­sur­ing that CCPS con­tin­ues to op­er­ate within their bud­get and con­tinue to pro­vide the best ser­vice pos­si­ble for the cit­i­zens of Cornwall.

“I think that any­one who knows me knows I’m a strong ad­vo­cate of work­ing within our bud­get,” he said. “I think we’ve had rea­son­able suc­cess in do­ing that. We pro­vide a level of ser­vice to our com­mu­nity that is above what many other sim­i­lar size po­lice ser­vices are able to pro­vide.”

Aik­man pointed to a 45 per­cent re­duc­tion in youth crime over the past 10 years as an ex­am­ple of some of the re­cent suc­cesses of the ser­vice. They have also seen a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in break and en­ters in Cornwall. One area of con­cern is around sex­ual as­saults. Cornwall saw 91 sex­ual as­saults in 2017, a more than 20 per­cent in­crease from the year be­fore.

“There has been an in­crease in sex­ual as­saults af­ter a lev­el­ing out and we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing why that is,”said Aik­man.“We are all work­ing col­lec­tively to re­duce the in­stances of sex­ual as­sault. The pos­i­tives are that these num­bers show that peo­ple are con­fi­dent that if they re­port to us, we will in­ves­ti­gate.”

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CCPS Chief Danny Aik­man

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