The role of the Safety Services Committee is:

  • to improve safety through the development and implementation of programs to address issues that affect the safety and security of residents and properties in the town.
  • to provide oversight for the policing of the town through liaising with the Stratford RCMP, monitoring crime statistics, public safety bylaws or programs and recommending changes to the strength of the local police force;
  • to provide oversight for the fire protection through liaising with the Cross Roads Rural Community Fire Company, monitoring fire losses, coordination of the town water supply for fire fighting, fire safety bylaws or programs and recommending changes to personnel or equipment;
  • to provide oversight for the delivery of animal protection and control through the animal control contract, bylaw and registration program;
  • to recommend policies for street lighting to provide a safe environment for residents in a sustainable manner and to approve requests for street lighting in accordance with the policy, subject to approved budgets;
  • to oversee the development and implementation of an emergency measures plan for the Town;
  • to provide oversight for the delivery of transit services through the transit contract and recommendations to improve the service where warranted;
  • to oversee the development and implementation of policies, bylaws and regulations regarding unsightly premises in the town;
  • to develop and enhance partnerships with individuals, organizations, corporations and governments to improve public safety in the town; and
  • to provide advice to council on matters of public safety.

Committee Members

  • Chair - Councillor Derek Smith
  • Vice-Chair - Deputy Mayor Gary Clow
  • David Harris
  • Tom Jasmyn
  • Wilfred MacDonald
  • Melanie McCarthy
  • Michael Ross