By Alaric Woodrow, Binbrook
Re: Shelter director slams reappointment, June 26.
In my opinion the re-appointment of Chief Glenn De Caire is a good thing for the City of Hamilton and the surrounding suburbs.
What the executive director of Interval House wanted is not the only factor that matters. It is more important that the crime rate in Hamilton has dropped by 29 per cent during Chief De Caire’s tenure.
The fact that domestic violence calls are the most frequent calls applies to most cities, not just to Hamilton, so that cannot be used to fairly judge performance. If social service groups wish to work more closely with the Hamilton Police Service, my experience tells me that would not be difficult to achieve. But closer relationships need both sides to engage.
What seems to be missing in the observation made by the Interval House executive director is the fact leaders lead and set examples for others to follow. One does not strategically change the person at the head of an organization unless you are certain the leadership cadre as a whole can work through change and still do the tasks required.
That said, there are some very big tasks ahead for the Hamilton police when the PanAm Games come to town. Changing the lead person would not be smart.
The broader view reveals Hamilton Police Service performs very well and does a good job supporting and serving our community, and where it may not be all things for all people, it does its best to serve and protect quite well.