Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) “Protect Your Property Day”

Protect Your Property Day” is part of the OACP’s annual crime prevention campaign, which focuses on a broad range of crimes that impact Ontario residents and businesses, including on-line fraud, identification theft and other cybercrimes, auto theft, break-and-enters, bullying, and elder abuse. A new crime prevention booklet is now available to members of the public though the OACP and police services. The booklet contains helpful crime prevention tips and information.

To download OACP’s new booklet – “Crime Prevention. Protect Your Property. Protect Yourself” visit www.oacp.ca

PROPERTY CRIME TRENDS IN CANADA

Police-reported break-ins continue to decline

Break-ins are one of the most serious forms of property crime, and their decrease in 2013 contributed more to the decline of the overall Crime Severity Index (CSI) than any other offence. In 2013, the rate of break-ins in Canada decreased 12%, reaching 445 per 100,000 population. The roughly 156,000 incidents reported by police in 2013 represented a decrease of about 20,000 from 2012. Over the past decade, the rate of police-reported breaking and entering has decreased by half (-51%).

While B&E’s reported are down, cases of fraud and ID fraud are increasing

Cases of identity theft and fraud have increased across Canada from 10,807 in 2012 to 11,594 in 2013 – a 6% increase. Identity thieves are looking for such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export and even take out a mortgage against victims’ properties without their knowledge. Victims may not realize they have been victimized until it is too late, costing them time and money to rectify the damage.

Factors influencing police-reported crime

There are many factors that influence police-reported crime statistics. First, an incident must come to the attention of police. The decision by the public to report criminal incidents to police has a considerable impact on the number of crimes ultimately recorded by police. The 2009 General Social Survey on Victimization, which provides the most recent information on Canadians’ crime reporting behaviour for selected offences, indicated that about one-third (31%) of crimes in the year prior to the survey had been reported to police.

Second, differences between individual police services, such as available resources or departmental priorities, policies and procedures can also have an effect on police-reported crime. For instance, as a crime prevention measure, some police services have implemented initiatives to focus attention on prolific or repeat offenders within the community. Moreover, certain crimes such as impaired driving, prostitution, and drug offences can be notably affected by a police service’s enforcement practices. Some police services may also make greater use of municipal bylaws or provincial statutes to respond to minor offences such as mischief and disturbing the peace.

Thirdly, and more broadly, social and economic factors can influence the volume of crime at a national, regional, municipal or neighbourhood level. In particular, crime rates can be affected by age demographics (Stevens et al. 2013; Carrington 2001), economic conditions (Andresen 2012; Phillips and Land 2012; Pottie-Bunge et al. 2005), neighbourhood characteristics (Livingston et al. 2014; Charron 2011; Savoie 2008), the emergence of new technologies (Wall 2010; Nuth 2008) or by Canadians’ attitudes toward crime and risky behaviour (Ouimet 2004).

Source: Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2014001/article/14040-eng.htm

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Undated – Suspicious Package Being Investigated Near Kent Street

item will be removed by student with us. The OPP’s Emergency Disposal Unit has been called off

confirming package was part of a students experiment, with the help of our media partners he became aware of the concern called us thx all

our suspicious package may be a student’s experiment…will be following up with student asap & will advise

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service is investigating a suspicious package in the area of Kent Street and Angeline Street.  At 10:30 AM this morning, two males were seen placing an item in a field behind a snow bank. The pair left the area in a dark coloured, dirty pick-up truck.  The item was partially wrapped in a black garbage bag. There have been no threats and no reason to believe there is any public safety issue. We are, however, investigating the package as suspicious.  Out of an abundance of caution, the south sidewalk on Kent Street between Adelaide Street and Angeline Street has been closed to pedestrian traffic, for the investigation.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service is requesting any members of the public with information on this incident to contact our police service or Crime Stoppers.  We are also asking the persons who placed the article at this location to contact the Kawartha Lakes Police Service immediately.  A photograph of the suspicious package can be found below.

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Inspector Mark Mitchell

City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service

Office: 705.324.5252 ext 526

2014 Use of Force Report

Background:

In Ontario, all police officers are required* to submit a “Use of Force Report” in any of the following circumstances:

  • Anytime a member draws a handgun in the presence of the public
  • Anytime a member discharges a firearm in the course of their duties
  • When a weapon, other than a firearm, is used on a member of the public**
  • When any force is used that results in an injury that requires medical attention

*R.R.O. 1990 Reg. 926

**Includes expandable batons, aerosol weapons (OC Spray), and conducted energy weapons (Taser)

All Use of Force Reports submitted by KLPS officers are reviewed by a supervisor and a training officer to ensure compliance with Provincial legislation and our own policies on the use of force.

Summary:

In 2014, City of Kawartha Lakes Police Officers submitted 36 Use of Force Reports involving a total of 45 force options (several reports involved more than one force option being utilized).

The following is a summary of the reported incidents from 2013:

Handgun Drawn or Pointed at Another Person (22 Incidents):

The majority of incidents involve officers arresting subjects who are non-compliant and officer safety concerns exist.

Firearm Discharged (1 Incident):

An officer used their issue sidearm to humanely destroy a deer that had been injured in a collision with a vehicle.

Empty Hand Techniques (9 Incidents):

A Use of Force report solely for the use of “Empty Hand Techniques” is only required if the subject involved receives an injury that requires medical attention.  Empty Hand Techniques are often used before or in concert with other force options.  Those incidents are also captured in use of force reporting.

Aerosol Weapons (6 Incidents):

OC spray was used on one occasion in 2014 to assist officers in gaining control of a subject who was combative and resisting arrest

Conducted Energy Weapons (10 Incidents):

In 2014, a KLPS officer deployed a conducted energy weapon (Taser) to apprehend a male party who was armed with two knives.  In the remaining 9 incidents, the CEW was displayed, but not deployed.

Canine (2 Incidents):

On 2 occasions, the City of Kawartha Lakes Police K-9 was utilized to forcibly bring uncooperative subjects into custody.  Those incidents resulted in very minor injuries to the involved parties.

 

 

2014 Police Complaints

Background:

The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) was created in 2007 and began operations in October 2009. The OIPRD is responsible for handling all public complaints against the police in Ontario.  Their mandate is separate from that of the Special Investigations Unit which investigates only incidents of serious bodily harm or death that have resulted from a criminal act by a police officer.

Members of the public who are not satisfied with the services provided by a Police Service or the conduct of an individual officer have the option of filing a complaint with the Police Service involved, another Police Service or directly to the OIPRD http://www.oiprd.on.ca/En/Pages/Home.aspx .

Upon receipt of a public complaint, the OIPRD has the following options:

  • The complaint may be “screened out” and no further action taken*
  • The complaint may be referred back to the involved Police Service for investigation
  • Another Police Service may be directed to conduct the investigation
  • The OIPRD may conduct their own investigation

* Complaints that are vexatious, made in bad faith, older than 6 months or not in the public interest may be screened out at the discretion of the OIPRD

Regardless, of who conducts the investigation, the OIPRD has the authority to review all findings and to direct a hearing under the Police Services Act if needed.  Members of the public may appeal the findings of an investigation conducted by police, but decisions made by the OIPRD are final and not subject to review.

Summary:

In 2014, the OIPRD received a total of thirteen public complaints filed against members of the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service.  Of those complaints, seven were screened out by the OIPRD as they were deemed to not warrant any investigation.  Thorough investigations were conducted into the remaining six complaints that were screened in by the OIPRD.  Four of the investigations were conducted by our police service and the remaining two investigations were conducted by the OIPRD. At the conclusion of the investigations conducted by our police service, two of the complaints were resolved informally after the complainants and the officer came to a mutual understanding. The remaining two complaints were “Substantiated”, meaning that minor misconduct had occurred. The minor misconduct was resolved with an apology and additional training.

Both complaints retained by the OIRPD for investigation were deemed to be “Unsubstantiated”.

Overall, the volume of public complaints against members of the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service is relatively low and consistent year to year.

Police Service Board Vacancy Information Sheets

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Public Safety Division has just distributed this information to all Chiefs, OPP Commissioner, Police Service Board Chairs and encourages us to share it with our communities.


Police services boards play an important role in Ontario. Filling police service board vacancies is a lengthy process that includes: receiving applications, interviewing candidates, selecting a candidate, and conducting a candidate background check. Once the background check is complete, an Order-in-Council must be approved by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and subsequently by Cabinet. Following Cabinet approval, the appointment may be subject to review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies. Finally, the Order in Council is signed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, and the appointment is complete.

Before this process can begin, however, the Ministry strives to ensure that there is a strong pool of candidates.

Individuals interested in applying to be a member of a police services board can find specific information on qualification requirements, expectations, and how to apply by reviewing the attached “Police Services Board Vacancy Information Sheets”. Depending on the type of board, there are two information sheets: Municipal Police Forces and OPP Service Provision Agreements.

Both Police Services Board Vacancy Information Sheets can be found on the Ontario Public Service website through the links below:

http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/police_serv/PolicingServicesBoards/PSB.html
http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/french/police_serv/commissiondesservicespoliciers/PSB_fr.html

Recon Is On Duty!

After an intense training course with the Durham Regional Police Canine program, Recon is now certified as a general purpose police service dog.

In October of 2014 we asked you, our community, to name your police dog. After tallying up all the submitted names, we narrowed the choice down to three submissions.

With the assistance on an online survey posted on October 24th, you elected to name your community police dog “Recon”

Now that Recon is an active member or our team we thought we would take this opportunity to introduce you to the person who submitted his name.

On April 22nd 2006 Corporal Randy Payne, a Canadian Forces Military Police Officer was killed in Afghanistan.

Corporal Payne, the son of a Peterborough area couple was killed by a roadside bomb.

Shirley, a close family relative residing in Peterborough suggested we name him “Recon” (short for a military reconnaissance) in honor of her nephew.

On Thursday December 18th we caught up with Shirley in Peterborough and introduced her to Recon.

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New Media Officer @klpsmedia

On December 31st of 2014 Sergeant Terry Cox will be moving to manage our Criminal Investigations Branch and Sergeant Tom Hickey, a 27 year police veteran and current Platoon Sergeant will be assuming the media responsibilities as of January 1st 2015.

Sergeant Hickey started his career with the Durham Regional Police Service and has been serving our community since September of 1999.

Sergeant Cox has evolved the traditional role of “Media Relations” by embracing social media platforms with Facebook and Twitter, frankly due to his engagement efforts we have never been more connected than we are now, thank you Terry!