St. Thomas Police Services
2008 Annual Report
2 - St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 POLICE SERVICES
Goal: To ensure the citizens of St. Thomas never lose faith in our ability and desire to protect and serve.
A Message from the Chief of Police
On behalf of the dedicated men and women vice whose dedication, profes-
of the St. Thomas Police Service, it is my plea- sionalism and commitment
sure to present our Annual report highlight- enhance the progress of our
ing the challenges, decisions and achieve- organization to meet each and
ments of our policing activities throughout every challenge with courage
2008. The St. Thomas Police Service is com- and compassion; and by the
mitted to preserving the quality of life in our citizens of St. Thomas – volun-
community by ensuring that St. Thomas is a teer groups, support agencies
safe community in which to live and prosper. and interested individuals that
The safety and well being of our citizens is our support our efforts. Policing in
paramount priority. Every day, our ofﬁcers St. Thomas is enhanced by the 2008 Police Services Administration; front row, from left:
and staff strive to serve the community with efforts of the St. Thomas City Lynn Coates, Administrator, Chief Bill Lynch,
courtesy, pride, professionalism, dependabil- Council and their unwavering Deputy Chief Darryl Pinnell. Back: Inspector Jeff Driedger,
ity and sensitivity. We share the responsibility commitment to our Municipal Inspector Mark Traichevich
of maintaining the safety of our community Police Service and all emergen-
with our citizens. The St. Thomas Police Ser- cy services in our community; zens and together we will continue our efforts
vice is committed to building collaborative and by the members of the Police Services to meet the needs and expectations of our
partnerships for the betterment of our en- Board who proudly serve their community community in providing exceptional policing
tire community. Our Service is fortunate to including Chair Carole Watson, (2008) Vice services.
have tremendous community support and Chairman David Warden, (2009) Vice Chair-
the efforts of many citizens whose diligent man Don Cann, and Board Members Mayor
work contributes to the quality of policing Cliff Barwick, Alderman Bill Aarts(2009) and
in St. Thomas. Policing in our community Dean Paddon.
is enriched by the outstanding uniform and Policing in our community is truly a collab- B. Lynch
civilian staff of the St. Thomas Police Ser- orative effort between the Police and our citi- Chief of Police
A Focus on Strong Governance
The St. Thomas Police Services Board contin- The roles and responsibilities for
ues its pursuit of excellence with an emphasis municipal police services boards
on strong accountability mechanisms and are set out in Section 31 (1) of
best practices in governance, policies and the Police Services Act. Board
procedures, meeting its provincially legislated members should not act unilater-
responsibilities in ensuring the delivery of ad- ally, but as a Board. However,
equate and effective police services in the City it is clear that individual Board
of St. Thomas. Police Services Boards are the members have differing roles de-
primary governor of police services and are pending on their origin:
provided specific legislated powers enabling • Two members of Council
them to fulfill their role as an instrument of
(Mayor and one other mem-
public oversight of the police. Civilian gover-
ber of Council appointed by
nance ensures to the highest degree possible
that the police remain sufficiently indepen- resolution of Council) have
dent in their responsibility for operational an inherent duty to act as a
matters, while being suitably accountable to conduit to City Council and
representative civilian authorities. provide current information
relative to the police service. 2008 Police Services Board; front row, from left: Lynn
Police Services Boards are responsible for the
provision of police services within the munici- • Two Board members appointed by Coates, Mayor Cliff Barwick; back row: David Warden,
pality and as such, their role in the provision the Lieutenant Governor in Coun- Dean Paddon, Don Cann and Carole A. Watson
of that service requires that they have a thor- cil on behalf of the Province have
ough and comprehensive understanding of a mandated duty to protect the Carole A. Watson was appointed as Chair of
their legislated responsibilities and ministry provincial interest and ensure that board the Board in 2008 and continues to serve in
expectations in fulfilling those responsibili- governance is conducted in compliance 2009 as Board Chair. In 2008, David Warden
ties; have appropriate policies and processes served as Vice Chairman completing his ten-
with all statutory requirements.
in place to fulfill those responsibilities; have a ure with the Board in December. Mr. Warden
quality assurance process in place relating to • The fifth member of the Board is a person was replaced by Mr. Bill Aarts as a Council
the delivery of adequate and effective police appointed by resolution of City Council to Representative on the Board. Mr. Warden
services; have ministry support mechanisms/ be the representative of the community. maintained his role as Chair of the Building
tools in place that provide direction and This person has a diverse responsibil- Committee for a new police headquarters
advice in fulfilling their responsibilities; and ity – to report to the board any matter of and continues to work in that capacity. In
are part of the regular ministry inspection community concern and ensure that the 2008, the St. Thomas Police Services Board
process to ensure compliance with prescribed community as a whole is served in an eq- also included Board members Mayor Cliff
standards of service. uitable manner relative to policing issues. Barwick, Don Cann, and Dean Paddon.
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To continue as a "Community Police Service" identifying and addressing those issues that concern the citizens of St. Thomas.
Police Operating Budget* Capital Budget
2008 2009 In 2008, City Council approved
Revenue ........................... $441,860 ..............$627,403 $50,000 to replace the 2000 chas-
Salaries and Benefits ......... $7,433,635 ...........$7,959,902 sis and body on the police pris-
oner escort vehicle. This vehicle is
OMERS ............................ $636,466..............$611,992 utilized to transport prisoners to
Training............................ $40,000................$40,000 various detention facilities through-
Public Education .............. $10,000................$10,000 out the province. This service is a
Overtime .......................... $80,000................$90,000 mandatory responsibility of the
St. Thomas Police Service. Council
Vehicle Operations ............ $195,000..............$195,000 also approved $13,000 to replace The old silver model Smith and Wesson
Total Budget .................... $8,246,271 ..........$8,684,391 obsolete computer servers for our 4046 and the new Smith and Wesson
* these numbers do not include all budget ﬁgures. computer aided dispatch centre. M & P semi automatic 40 calibre the
The servers are required for the stor- Board purchased.
age and retrieval of all police com-
Uniform Division munications and are again mandated by the Ministry. In early 2009, Council
The most important factor of our service delivery to the community lies approved $65,000 to replace obsolete semi automatic pistols with new pistols
with the front line officer. It is the front line officer that provides a visible for the uniform division. The transition has now been completed and all ofﬁcers
police presence in the downtown core, in shopping malls, in the parks and have been issued, trained and re-qualiﬁed in the use of the new semi automatic
playgrounds and in each neighbourhood. They are the first responders to pistol.
all emergencies as well as the personal touch of the Service responding to
the non-emergency calls for service and concerns of individual citizens. Civilian Division
Members of the Civilian division including the Police Communicators, Business
The St. Thomas Police Service provides community patrol utilizing office staff, Special Constables and Police Cadets, perform a variety of tasks in
marked and unmarked police cruisers, old clothes assignments of beat, support of the front line officers.
bicycle and cruiser patrols, as well as uniformed foot and bicycle patrols.
Police Communicators are the initial call takers who assess the needs of call-
Through observation and enforcement, officers implement patrol strate- ers and dispatch the necessary officers and support agencies to respond ap-
gies based on crime and calls analysis, crime trends and intelligence infor- propriately to emergency situations. Our Business office staff are responsible
mation to address issues in the community. for a wide range of clerical duties from front reception, data entry of all police
The St. Thomas Police Service is a member of the Four-County Police reports, transcription, record management, CPIC entry and validation, Freedom
Cooperative. This partnership links our Service with the RCMP, the OPP, of Information requests, statistical compilation and relief communication and
London Police, Oxford Community Police, Stratford Police, Aylmer Police dispatch. Special Constables provide security in courtrooms; manage persons
being held in custody, escort prisoners to and from courts from our holding cells
and Strathroy-Caradoc Police Services.
and other prison facilities throughout the province.
The Uniform Division is equipped with mobile data terminals in their Our Police Service, like most organizations, is reliant on the efficiencies of
vehicles providing a direct link to vital information. Officers have the computer technology. In recent years, many changes have been implemented
ability to access information via CPIC directly from the in-car computers to introduce new technology to improve the way in which a variety of tasks are
without relaying information over the police communications systems. performed in both the uniform and civilian divisions. In 2008, an Information
Furthermore, a digital mug shot system has been introduced providing Technology Specialist, Rick Busch was hired to maintain our current systems,
officers with the ability to view photographs at their desktop computers provide technical support, and plan, recommend and implement approved fu-
or in the mobile environment, providing a visual confirmation of identity ture changes to our technology and communications systems. Rick’s experience
of persons. Technology continues to enhance the capabilities of our front will be most beneficial in planning and implementing new infrastructure and
line officers. technology systems in the new police headquarters.
The Ofﬁce of the Chaplain strength to the law enforcement staff and appreciated by the members of the St. Thomas
their families and the community. Chap- Police Service.
No one is confronted with more situations lains listen and participate in the workplace
that demoralize and create emotional, men- of law enforcement officers with empa-
tal and spiritual burdens than today's law thy and experience, advising calmly in the
enforcement officer. These burdens also midst of turmoil and danger, and offering
affect the officer's family and other mem- assistance when appropriate or requested.
bers of the Police Service. Law enforcement The St. Thomas Police Service is fortunate to
agencies need the specialized guidance, coun- have Reverend Roger Landell serving as our Po-
selling and assistance for their officers, families lice Chaplain. Reverend Landell, a former To-
and communities. ronto Police officer, understands the demands
A law enforcement chaplain is a clergyperson of policing and volunteers his time and efforts
with special interest and training for providing to support our members and their families,
pastoral care in the high powered and dangerous always offering a confidential, non-threatening,
world of law enforcement. This pastoral care is listening ear. He also participates as a runner in
offered to all people, regardless of race, gender, the annual Special Olympics Torch Run and is
sexual orientation, national origin, creed, or a member, “identified target” and “enforcer” of
religion. The law enforcement chaplain is the Golden Rule on our Police hockey team for
available and ready to serve those in need. The charity hockey events. His enthusiasm, positive
chaplain's ministry provides a source of personality and unwavering support is greatly Rev. Roger Landell
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To effectively respond to identified community crime and disorder problems.
Ontario Police Exemplary Service Medals
The Police Exemplary Service Medal, created on August 12, 1983, recognizes police officers who have served in an exemplary man-
ner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency. Recipients must have completed 20 years of full-time service with one
or more recognized Canadian police forces. It is a circular medal on the obverse of which are the Scales of Justice, superimposed
on a stylized maple leaf, and circumscribed with EXEMPLARY SERVICE SERVICES DISTINGUÉS, and on the reverse of which is the
Royal Cipher. The Medal is suspended from a ribbon of five equal stripes, two gold and three blue; a Bar, bearing a stylized maple
leaf, is awarded to a recipient of the Medal for each additional 10-year period of full-time service with one or more Canadian po-
lice forces. In 2008, the following members were awarded:
Twenty Year Exemplary Service Thirty Year Exemplary Service
Constable Cameron Constable Constable James Ziegler
Constable Geoff Gosse Chief William Lynch
Sergeant Susan Newton Constable John Burgess
Staff Sergeant Judy Kowalczyk
Deputy Chief Darryl Pinnell
Constable James Ziegler and Police Chief William
Lynch receive recognition for Thirty Years Exemplary
New Hires in 2008
Rick Busch ..............................IT Systems Administrator
Leanne Evans ...........................Cadet
Jacob Fischer ...........................Cadet
Janice Freeman ........................Clerk
Matthew Lobsinger ..................Cadet
Jody Males ..............................Cadet
Elizabeth Miller .......................Special Constable
Carole Watson, Constable John Burgess and Police Chief William Lynch Bradley Mottashed ..................Cadet
Dan Spicer ..............................Constable
Police Services Recognition Dinner Promotions
Scott Berge..............................2nd Class Constable
On Tuesday, February 24, 2009, the 6th Annual St. Thomas Police Service Justin Benwell ..........................3rd Class Constable
Chris Bailey .............................2nd Class Constable
Recognition dinner, hosted by the Police Services Board, was held to honour Scott Hindley ..........................3rd Class Constable
members who attained significant milestones in their careers in 2008. Serving Frank Boyes .............................3rd Class Constable
their entire career with the St. Thomas Police Service, the following members Michael Kaiser .........................4th Class Constable
achieved: Kyle Johnstone.........................4th Class Constable
Darcy Bell................................4th Class Constable
30 Years Service 10 Years Service Aaron Fraser............................4th Class Constable
Constable James Ziegler Sherri Brooks, Clerk Matthew Lobsinger ..................4th Class Constable
Chief William Lynch Cari Milligan, Communicator Lisa Johnson ............................Special Constable
Constable Cameron Constable
20 Years Service Constable Travis Sandham
Sandra Mudge, Clerk Constable Marc Vaughan
Constable Anders Nielsen Constable Reagan Wells
Sergeant Susan Newton Sergeant Scott Barnes
Staff Sergeant Judy Kowalczyk Sergeant Marc Roskamp
Deputy Chief Darryl Pinnell
5 Years Service
Constable Scott Berge
15 Years Service Constable Bev Brennan
Constable Terri Hikele Constable John Cosby
Constable Katherine McNeil Left to right: Special Constable Jim Kaiser; Constable
Constable Dan Gillies Darcy Bell; Chief Bill Lynch; Constable Michael Kaiser;
Constable Lois Swim Constable Sean James Deputy Chief Darryl Pinnell; Constable Kyle Johnstone;
Constable Heather White Constable Chad Nevill Inspector Mark Traichevich.
POLICE SERVICES St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 - 5
To establish a recruiting, training, education and developmental capacity within the service that will maximize
the potential of all our members.
Inspector Mark Traichevich general investigative techniques, domestic violence, mo-
The St. Thomas Police Service spent a considerable bile surveillance training. Accident reconstruction officers
amount of time engaged in formal and in-service training upgraded to technical collision reconstruction level 4
in 2008. status and another Scenes of Crime Officer was trained
to enhance the existing compliment and the Forensic
Five police recruits commenced a period of orientation Identification Unit in their investigations. Other training
and in-service training in 2008 before commencing for- included investigating offences against children, drug
mal Basic Constable training at the Ontario Police Col- enforcement investigations, advanced patrol training and
lege in Aylmer. Each recruit spent 315 days in a formal training in Health & Safety issues.
training setting. After successfully completing the train-
ing, they returned to the St. Thomas Police Service and The primary training venue was once again the Ontario
were sworn in as Fourth Class Constables and then spent Police College, but our service also took advantage of Use of Force Instructors, left to right:
another 2-3 months under the direction of a Coach training opportunities hosted by the Canadian Police Constables Travis Sandham, Reagan Wells,
Officer and their respective College in Ottawa, the Lon-
C Anders Nielsen
d Toronto, Waterloo, Strat- and several civilian members re-qualified in basic First Aid
Six individuals were hired in ford
f Police Service, and Oxford and CPR as well as radar operator training.
2008 as entry level Police Community Police Services
a well as the OPP in Orillia.
as Training remains a very high priority for the St. Thomas
Cadets who are assigned to Police Service. The knowledge, skills and abilities of our
a myriad of duties includ- Officers were also enrolled at
Durham College, the Ontario
D members is second to none in the Province. The experi-
ing communications and ences gained and the networks established through
dispatch, summons and Institute of Technology in Os-
hawa, the St. Thomas Senior’s
h formal training proved worthwhile in 2008 with the
subpoena service, care and successful completion of several high profile cases. Our
control of prisoners, finger- Centre and St. Joseph’s Hospi-
t in London.
tal well-training criminal investigators brought several major
printing, photographing cases to a successful conclusion with arrests in the Marcel
and other related du- Immediate rapid response situational A yearly component of in- Lachance homicide, the missing baby- Abbygail Dice
ties as assigned at the training in local school service training involves provin- case and in the Alma College arson case.
platoon level. Cadets free up sworn Constables from cially mandated Use of Force training for all sworn mem-
time consuming, minor tasks, thus allowing our service bers including annual re-qualification in semi-automatic Lateral transfers to various branches in our Service and
to keep our trained police officers on the street dealing pistols and shotguns as well as the use of the ASP Baton the subsequent specialized training enhance the skill and
with daily issues, criminal activities and enforcement du- and O/C (pepper) spray. The Taser X26 conducted en- abilities of our officers. Officers who serve a tenure in
ties. More than 100 in-service training days are dedicated ergy weapons are reviewed and the front line supervisors specific branches or units of our Service such as criminal
to bring cadets up to speed and the training continues undergo annual re-qualification at the operator/handler investigations, drugs, intelligence or support services
in-house on a regular basis. eventually return to the uniform patrol branch and re-
level. In addition, re-qualification entails defensive tac-
sume their front line patrol duties and bring that training
Space on seventy-five senior courses was secured at vari- tics, suspect apprehension pursuit driver training and and experience to the daily enforcement and investiga-
ous training venues. Several officers took part in upgrade although not mandate, our officers undergo refresher tions which assists other officers on their platoon. Our
training totaling another 300 full training days over training in “Immediate Rapid Deployment to an Active training program enhances the abilities of our members
the course of the year. Some of those courses included Shooter” with various realistic scenario based training to deliver the best possible policing services to the com-
sexual assault investigations; homicide investigations; exercises conducted at local schools. All front line officers munity we serve.
Police Pursuits vehicle when it came to a stop at an intersection. The ward and was instructed to put the vehicle in park. The
Members of the St. Thomas Police Service initiated suspect reversed away from the marked unit and fled male was told he must produce the documents by law.
three police suspect apprehension pursuits during 2008 down a residential street. The uniformed officer activat- He refused and pulled away stating that “if you want it,
as compared to seven pursuits in 2007. In all instanc- ed his roof lights and siren and initiated a pursuit. The you’ll have to follow me home.” The officer ordered the
es where individuals were apprehended, appropriate Criminal Investigations branch Sergeant was in the area driver to stop but he did not. The officer called in a sec-
criminal and/or provincial, charges were laid. In each and immediately called off the pursuit as it was learned ond officer in a fully marked unit to attend and position
incident, members of the Service followed established that the driver was identified and the pursuit would be a himself behind the suspect vehicle and they attempted
procedures and used good judgement in the execution danger to public safety. A short time later, the accused to stop the vehicle using roof lights and siren. The sus-
of their duties. The issue of officer and public safety in was located on foot and arrested after a short chase. pect vehicle refused to stop. Speeds were 45 km/h for
these types of situations remains paramount. The female passenger was also located and arrested. approximately 0.4 km. At this time, two cruisers boxed
The vehicle was located a short distance away. The male the suspect vehicle in forcing the driver to stop. The male
Summary of Pursuits: On February 21, 2008 at ap-
was charged with nine criminal offences including fail- was arrested for failing to stop for police. There was no
proximately 9:00 p.m., police observed a male driving a
ing to stop for police. The female was charged with one vehicle ownership in the vehicle and the insurance slip
motor vehicle northbound on Fairview Avenue at a high
criminal offence. No injuries or damage was sustained had expired. Several traffic summonses were issued and
rate of speed. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle
as a result of this incident. the driver was released. There were no injuries or dam-
using the roof lights. The vehicle did not stop. The of-
age sustained as a result of this incident.
ficer obtained a plate number and discontinued the at- On October 9, 2008 at approximately 12:53 a.m.,
tempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was subsequently officers in an unmarked police unit observed a vehicle 2008 POLICE PURSUITS STATISTICS
located but the driver was not identified. No injuries or near the rear of a commercial building with just the Incidents concluded with
apprehension and charges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
damage was sustained to Police Service personnel or tail lights visible to the officer. The officer, who was in Stolen vehicles involved in pursuits. . . . . . . . . . 0
property as a result of this incident. full uniform, attended at the location and spoke to the Highway Traffic Act Offences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
On August 21, 2008, a male and female were under sur- driver of the vehicle. The male was questioned about his Pursuits Terminated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
veillance by our Drug Enforcement Unit for outstanding presence at this location at that time of night. The male Criminal Code Charges. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
arrest warrants. The plain clothes officers observed was hesitant to answer questions. The officer asked the Highway Traffic Act Charges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
the wanted parties enter a vehicle and subsequently male to identify himself and produce his drivers’ license Controlled Drugs and
requested a marked patrol car to stop the vehicle in and vehicle documents, but the male refused stating he Substances Act Charges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
question. The uniformed officer pulled in front of the had done nothing wrong. The male moved his truck for- TOTAL PURSUITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
6 - St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 REACHING OUT TO
To decrease the number of young persons involved in criminal activity. OUR COMMUNITY
Community Services patient Pamela Calls
pa the way. Thank you to the staff and administration
Constable Tanya Calvert 911”. The program
91 from all the public, separate and private schools in
ha mass appeal and St. Thomas. I could not have enjoyed my visits with
2008 brought new life and new beginnings to our is delivered by a story the students if it wasn’t for your warm welcome and
dedicated safety programs. St. Thomas Police ea- about a girl named
ab willingness to accommodate. I am ever grateful for
gerly awaited the official opening of the new Mitch- Pamela who learns
Pa your appreciation of a safe environment and your
ell Hepburn Public School in October. It didn’t take how
ho to identify what daily dedication to, not only teaching your subjects
long to adopt the new Mitchell Hepburn Public an emergency is and but also, creating a fun, caring, equal opportunity
School to our family of safe schools and by the end proper use of the 911
pr atmosphere for students.
of the year, officers were regularly visiting classes phone system. The
with messages for every grade level. ne program is well
new Special thanks to the Thames Valley District School
Constable Greg Bryant Board and the London District Catholic School
Our Safety Patroller Program launched a new look liked
lik by all the stu-
dents and was a super success story after a grade Board who were instrumental in coordinating pro-
in September with new high-visibility vests. The
one student properly called 911 for help when her grams such as Race Vs Drugs and Risk Watch Injury
Canadian Automobile Association retired the old
little brother began choking. The motto of the les- Prevention. Because of the Boards’ commitment to
orange patroller vests as studies showed that the
son; ALWAYS call 911 in an emergency! reducing injury and creating a safe environment,
combination of neon yellow with reflective tape
police are able to connect with students and build
produced greater visibility for drivers. All vests were 2008 brought many changes to the Community relationships within the community that would
replaced to ensure maximum visibility and maxi- Service Office at the police station. After nearly six otherwise never be.
mum safety. The Safety Patrollers continue their years as the Community Service Officer, it is time
great work assisting pedestrians around participat- for me to return to general patrol. As this will be In April of 2009, the position of Community Ser-
ing school zones! the last time I submit a year-end report for this of- vices Officer has been turned over to Constable
The 911 educational material delivered to all grade fice, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Greg Bryant who continues to deliver the many
one students in St. Thomas was given an overhaul the many people who have cared and shared along programs of the Community Service officer in our
with the introduction of a new program called “Im- elementary schools in St. Thomas.
Community Resource Ofﬁcer R-Safes Committee
R Issue: Pinafore Park loitering and drug use Solution: New
Constable Jason Geddes R-Safes is a road safety com-
R bylaw implemented regarding loitering in the wooded
mittee involving the police,
m lot; Old clothes assignment of officers; two students
Constable Geddes's goal is to facilitate crime fire,
f EMS, public health, and expelled for trafficking; numerous students charged/
prevention and foster positive relationships the
t Ministry of Transporta- suspended for loitering and/or drug use; Park and
between the police and youth. tion. The objective is to de-
t band shell regularly patrolled by uniform officers.
The Community Resource officer’s mandate crease injuries related to road
c Impaired driving and CDSA (drug) presentations to
focuses on two distinct areas – our High safety. The R-Safes Commit-
s educate students.
Schools and Beat Patrol. This officer works tee
t coordinated a youth/par-
closely with the uniform branch, in particular Constable Jason Geddes ent
e drug information forum Grade 9 orientation information sessions attended by
the Adopt-A-School officers and the drug en- hosted at Parkside Collegiate
h police to explain the adopt-a-school and community
forcement unit. In the high schools, the man- Institute. The focus in 2009 resource officer position.
date is to enhance communication between school is educating the public on new provincial legislation Schools and police worked together to stop organized
officials, students, parents, and the police; this officer regarding distracted driving and impaired driving.
g g g p g fighting that was filmed and put on the internet
also maintains regular foot and bicycle patrols in the involving students from various schools and secret
downtown core and in other areas where such a pres- venues.
ence is required, enhancing dialogue with merchants
and the general public. Assist with school issues including behavioral issues,
assaults, threats, weapons (knives), bullying, students
The majority of time is devoted to the four high suspected to be under the influence of drugs/alcohol
schools and one alternative school, mentoring, coun- and advice calls.
selling and speaking with students on police related R-Safes Grad display at Parkside.
matters as well as participating in extra curricular Lectures for New Drivers The two most popular and readily available drugs of
events, parent council meetings and liaising with the Constable Geddes provides lectures for young driv- choice for high school students are marijuana and
teachers, support staff and administration. ers at DJ’s Driver Training. This prepares them for oxycontin. Education through police presentations
the responsibility of safely operating a vehicle. Other and the Safe Schools Act allow school and police to
Safegrad Celebration Program work together to combat drug use.
Safegrad is an initiative aimed at reducing harm due lectures include Grade 9 Orientation Open Houses at
to drug and/or alcohol use for both students and our local high schools. This provides insight into what Wooded lot off Sauve Ave targeted as a hang out for
those who may be affected by their choices. to expect for their first year in high school. students to use drugs. School and police attended the
Talbot Teen Centre area and cleaned it up. City officials removed a bench
Safegrad came about as a way of addressing com- that had been taken from the ball diamond.
munity concerns about teen alcohol use, impaired The Talbot Teen Centre is for youths ages 12-18. Con-
driving, increased drug use, poor sexual choices, van- stable Geddes has established a rapport with staff and Graffiti continues to plague the city and is monitored
dalism and violence at celebrations throughout the the young people that frequent the centre. The youths by school staff and police for possible suspect infor-
school year, especially at prom and graduation. have assumed a great deal of ownership and responsi- mation. Often students will doodle in class and draw
bility for the Centre. pictures and later spray their work on businesses and
Organizations represented on the Safegrad Com- homes. Good communication between teachers and
mittee include our Police Service, Elgin St. Thomas Specific Incidents Addressed
Issue: students loitering around downtown businesses. police assist identifying possible suspects.
Health Unit, Thames Valley District School Board,
Sexual Assault Centre, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (loitering and drug issues) Solutions: some busi- The internet chat rooms seem to be an easy way for
Canada, Centre for Addiction and Mental Illness to ness owners allow police to act as agents and kids to threaten or bully one and other. St Thomas
name a few. For more information on Safegrad, visit enforce trespass charges; patrols by uniform of- Police are educating students and parents regarding
www.safegrad.com. ficers; schools monitoring student absenteeism. Facebook and the dangers of chat rooms.
REACHING OUT TO St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 - 7
To increase the community's participation in helping to prevent and solve crimes.
Crime Prevention / Media Ofﬁcer
The mandate of the Crime Prevention officer is to provide support to the front line officers through the
promotion and expansion of crime prevention initiatives. Through daily contact with the local media,
the Crime Prevention officer provides information to the public about current police activities, criminal
trends, proactive crime prevention techniques and our community policing initiatives.
Constable Anders Nielsen served as the Crime Prevention officer throughout 2008 but turned the reins
over to Constable Cam Constable by year end in anticipation of his tenure as a seconded instructor at the
Ontario Police College in 2009 – 2010.
STEP (Seniors Taking Extra Precautions) • Constable Nielsen presented information sessions
that dealt with home security, personal safety, vehicle security, scams and identity theft. These seminars were
held in a variety of locations including at each of the Ontario Housing buildings in St. Thomas. Police Constable Cameron Constable
Neighbourhood Watch • Neighbourhood Watch in St. Thomas moved into the electronic era in
2008. Application information is now available on the St.Thomas Police web site at www.stps.on.ca. Police incidents of concern to the community
are posted on the website for easy access. If you are interested in being a Neighbourhood Watch captain in your neighbourhood, contact Constable
Cam Constable at 519-631-1224 ext 140.
MADD • MADD continues to sponsor RIDE programs in our community. MADD’s Annual Memorial Service was held in November at the St.
Thomas Christian Church to honour victims of drunk drivers. Constables Jason Geddes, James Fast, Anders Nielsen and Sergeant Chris Herridge
served as an honour guard during the 2008 ceremony. MADD also sponsored the “You’re your Car and Ride Free” event on New Year’s Eve.
Safe Communities • The Safe Communities Committee, based at the Chamber of Commerce office is an extremely effective, working com-
mittee in our community. Members from the Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and the Ministry of Transportation are partners with our
Service on this committee. A tremendous amount of information is exchanged and implemented in safety initiatives throughout our community each
year. The Safe Communities Committee sponsor events such as the RIDE program and the Police Emergency event.
R-Safes (RAISE) • This committee is based at the Health Unit and is co-chaired by two public health nurses. Their initiatives include the Road
Safety Challenge, seatbelt campaigns, car-seat campaigns and the “Heroes” event. The “Heroes” event is a national safety campaign aimed at high school
students for the purpose of informing them of the hazards they encounter on a daily basis and how to make the right decisions to avoid them.
International Emergency Response Day • International Emergency Response Day was replaced in 2008 with a two-day event at the
Memorial Arena involving more than 2,000 local Grade 7 – 12 students. Smartrisk Heroes is a fast paced, theatrical presentation designed to catch
the attention of young people through technology, music and imagery. An injury survivor, someone who has sustained a preventable injury, who
narrates the audience through the program, hosted the show. Smartrisk Heroes took students on an emotional trip to provoke reflection. It makes
them discover that their passion for living is worth more than reckless impulsiveness.
Adopt-A-School Program strates their commitment to the students and strengthens
the student/police relationship. The officers have been very
Our Police Service is committed to building positive relation- well received and it has become a common sighting to see
ships with the youth in our community and the Adopt-a- a uniformed officer in our high schools.
School Program continues to provide the opportunities to
unite staff, students, parents and the police in the common The success of this program can be attributed to the com-
goal of ensuring a safe environment in our schools. mitment of the officers involved along with the support
and commitment of school staff, and cooperation and
The City of St Thomas has four high schools and an Alterna- enthusiasm of the students.
tive school. There are presently 19 frontline officers as well as
the Community Resource Officer, and the Crime Prevention The Community Resource Officer plays a key role in the
Officer that are involved in this volunteer program. These of- communication from the schools to the frontline officer.
ficers work their regular shifts performing their general patrol This position commits an officer to the high schools on a
daily basis. This officer has the most regular contact with
duties but commit to incorporating regular visits to their
school officials and students.
respective schools during their shifts. Officers take part in
various activities such as participating in or attending sport- The goal of this program is to develop a rapport with stu-
ing events and making classroom presentations. dents and provide law enforcement assistance to school
personnel, parents and students. The goal has been met
The most common attendance of officers is not for a sched- in the past years and we will continue to work together to
uled event but rather to just walk through the school and make our schools a better place. Constable Darren
talk to students and teachers. The officer’s presence demon- Congdon
Our Police Service is involved with many other educational materials on how to protect one’s business office (519-631-1224) for assistance.
committees and programs including the Elder self against thefts and scams have been readily
Abuse Action committee based at St. Thomas Our website has been a most useful tool in pro-
available. Furthermore, the fact that people are
Elgin General Hospital. This committee meets as aware that such activity is taking place through- viding accurate and up to date information to
needed to discuss and assess individual cases. out the City enables people to better take action our community. Crime trends and patterns of
This office continued to address three major to avoid becoming a victim. A better understand- criminal activity patterns are assessed; media re-
issues in 2009 – the misuse of the 911 system; ing of the proper use of 911 assists the public in leases and Most Wanted information is posted;
thefts from vehicles and a variety of fraudulent knowing when to use 911 and when to call the and Crime Stoppers tip line is readily available to
scams. With the assistance of the local media, non-emergency police line (519-631-1364) or accept information via the web.
8 - St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 REACHING OUT TO
To secure the cooperation in voluntary observance of laws by encouraging OUR COMMUNITY
understanding and communication between the citizens of St. Thomas and their police service.
Criminal Investigations Unit training in order to effectively handle extensive, year old man who resided at 294 Talbot Street in
complicated investigations. Their enthusiasm and St. Thomas, was murdered in the elevator at his
Solving Major Crimes professionalism resulted in the successful conclu- apartment complex. St. Thomas Police began an
The Criminal Investigations Unit is a specialized sion to a number of serious criminal investigations. extensive investigation.
team of investigators whose mandate is to investi-
gate and help prosecute criminal matters of a more Alma College Arson In October 2007, the St. Thomas Police Services
serious nature. Alma College towered over St. Thomas through Board authorized a $50,000 reward for information
three centuries but on May 28, 2008, the former leading to a conviction in this homicide investiga-
These investigators are highly trained and capable girls school burned in a fire so fierce, a plume of tion, however, the case was solved without its ap-
of handling all types of investigations including jet black smoke was seen as far away as downtown plication.
murders and attempted murders, suspicious deaths London. The roof of the 1877 heritage building’s
and suicides, child abuse, sexual assaults, major On October 1, 2008, after almost two years of
iconic tower collapsed at 12:22 p.m. as thousands dedicated investigation, Susan Heywood was ar-
thefts, robberies and frauds. The sources of these of onlookers watched. The Ontario Fire Marshal
investigations come directly from the victim(s), are rested for the murder of Marcel Lachance. She
and our Criminal Investigations branch was called appeared in St. Thomas court charged with Second
assigned from the platoon level, fit the threshold to investigate. Long vacant, Alma burned just days
of a major case, or are received from other police Degree Murder. At the time of the homicide, Susan
after the Ontario Municipal Board issued a final Heywood resided in the same apartment complex
services or agencies. (i.e. Family and Children's order approving its demolition following years of
Services) as Mr. Lachance. The trial date is set for summer
emotional debate over the school's future. But a 2009.
In 2008, there were a few staffing changes: Consta- heritage campaign to save the college was well un-
ble Jeremy Lapadat joined the unit early in the year; der way. And the fire broke out as a second round Sarah Whittington –
Constable Steve Bogart completed a successful of petitions urging the provincial government to Baby Abigail Dice Investigation
tenure and was replaced by Constable Chris John- act, was being presented in the legislature. After In September 2007, St. Thomas Police were called
son; Constable Sean James joined the unit as a drug an extensive investigation, two local youths, age to a Confederation Drive apartment in response to
enforcement officer. Staff Sergeant Russ Yates, 15 and16, were charged with arson and the case is an unconscious woman. It was determined that
Sergeant Chris Perrin, Constables Brian Kempster, pending the next court date in August 2009. her one month old baby girl, Abbygail was missing.
Kim Manuel, Jeff Pallister, Terri Hikele, John Cosby An exhaustive search of the apartment and sur-
Smith Homicide rounding area eventually expanded to backyards,
and Katherine McNeil remained in the unit for the In 2007, police investigated a domestic related ho-
duration of 2008. More recently, Constables Brian ravines, dumpsters, fields, parks, and conservation
micide at a home on Balaclava Street. The 35 year areas. The investigation continued over the next
Kempster and Terri Hikele returned to uniform old husband of Eugena Smith, Michael Smith, was
patrol and Constable James Fast assumed the du- months and in May 2008, Sarah Whittington, the
charged with first degree murder after her body was missing infant’s mother, was arrested and charged
ties of the full time Forensic Identification officer. found in the residence. A preliminary hearing was
Constable Katherine McNeil serves a dual purpose with causing an indignity to a body. Police believe
held for this case in 2008 and Michael Smith was the baby’s body was disposed of at Hawk’s Cliff on
as a CIB investigator as well as Coordinator for the committed to stand trial for the murder of his wife.
Crime Stoppers program. the shore of Lake Erie at the end of Fairview Avenue.
The trial began late May 2009. The baby’s body has never been found. Sarah Whit-
The members within this unit are a well-trained ded- Lachance Homicide tington was released on a recognizance with condi-
icated team of officers that have received specialized On November 4, 2006, Marcel Lachance, a 77 tions pending future court appearances.
Intelligence Unit fight against organized crime and the safety of our • Black marketing
communities. • Fraud
The mandate of the intelligence officer is to col- • Human trafficking and human exploitation.
lect, analyze and disseminate criminal intelligence CISO began its operations in 1966. Its funding
and support come from the Ontario government Learn more:
information to police service personnel and other Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP)
law enforcement agencies. and the law enforcement agencies in the province
including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
During 2008, Constable Mike Buttinger worked CISO brings together police services and provin- Drug Investigations
on a wide range of criminal investigations involv- cial and federal government agencies to identify
ing Outlaw motorcycle gangs, organized crime, and tackle organized crime across the province. The year 2008 proved to be extremely busy and
hate/bias motivated crime, street gangs and ter- CISO is part of a Canadian network of similar productive for the St Thomas Police Service
rorism. He also assisted the Criminal Investiga- organizations that make up Criminal Intelligence Drug Enforcement Unit. There was an identified
tions Branch with numerous investigations over Service Canada (CISC). (www.cisc.gc.ca) increase in investigations relating to the distribu-
the past year including homicides, sexual assaults tion and trafficking of cocaine, crack cocaine
and frauds. The role of Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario
is to link organizations that are responsible for and oxycodone (oxycontin) within the City of
The intelligence unit also works closely with the intelligence gathering, criminal investigation and St Thomas. Many complex investigations were
drug unit and assists with surveillance on projects enforcing provincial and federal laws. These con- undertaken in conjunction with the Criminal
when needed and assisted in the arrests of numer- nections make it possible for police and govern- Investigation branch, the intelligence unit and
ous persons with outstanding warrants. ment to work together effectively to fight orga- the drug enforcement unit. During 2008, the
The intelligence officer is also a liaison officer who nized crime. Drug Enforcement Unit made seventy-eight (78)
is responsible for attending meetings on a regular CISO provides specialized intelligence training to arrests, laid one-hundred-three (103) Controlled
basis with neighbouring police agencies to discuss police officers and funding to support major orga- Drugs and Substances Act and Criminal Code
multi-jurisdictional investigations and persons of nized crime investigations targeting: charges, and executed thirty (30) search war-
interest. Constable Buttinger is also the St. Thom- • Street gangs rants. A variety of drugs with a street value of
as Police Service representative for the Criminal • Illegal drug manufacturing $115,766 were seized; $7,200 in cash seized;
Intelligence Service of Ontario (CISO). • Weapons and cigarette smuggling two (2) vehicles and five (5) firearms were also
Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario • Auto theft rings
• Extortion seized as a result of these investigations.
Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (CISO) is a The Drug Enforcement unit continues to in-
partnership between the Ontario government and • Money laundering
• Illegal gambling vestigate drug related matters throughout our
the law enforcement community. It focuses on the
• Identity theft community.
SPECIALIZED SERVICES St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 - 9
To promote and enhance partnerships within our community to work together in helping prevent and solve crimes.
Forensic Identiﬁcation Services forensic identification officers compare fingerprint The DNA databank is coordinated through the
and footwear impressions, physical matches and forensic identification office. Since its inception in
Forensic Identification services assist in identifying identify this evidence where possible. July 2000, the DNA databank continues to be used
persons responsible for crimes through the collec- to assist police in the identification of suspects and
tion, analysis and preservation of physical evidence New acquisitions to the forensic identification equip- to solve serious crimes. Data from the Convicted of-
from crime scenes for subsequent court presenta- ment in 2008 include a Total Station Measuring fender’s index is cross-referenced with DNA profiles
tions. Trained personnel include two forensic iden- device which increases the proficiency in recording left at crime scenes and kept in a crime scene index.
tification officers and seven scenes of crime officers scale diagrams. As well, an additional Forensic Iden- Along with submitting forty-one new DNA samples
who provide support to all areas and investigations. tification officer was selected in 2008 and received to the databank in 2008 from convicted persons,
Two additional scenes of crime officers were trained extensive training in early 2009 to complement the there is a liason duty with the Centre of Forensic Sci-
in 2008 at the Ontario Police College to develop crime scene services. Constable James Fast com- ences to investigate hits from DNA submissions.
latent fingerprints with powder, to collect trace menced duties as the Forensic Identification officer
in May 2009, taking over for Constable Terri Hikele Forensic identification services have again assisted
evidence for further examination, to recover two and and supported officers in a wide variety of offences
who takes her expertise back to the front line pla-
three dimensional impressions as well as to photo- from mischief to arson, sexual assaults and hit and
graph crime scenes. In addition to these skills, the run motor vehicle investigations.
Crime Stoppers The St. Thomas Police Service continues to be para- Nations in the fight against global terrorism. The
Constable Katherine McNeil mount to the success of the program by providing conferences theme was “Motivate – Educate – Ac-
the Police Coordinator and office space within police celerate.” Crime Stoppers of St. Thomas received
The success of St. Thomas Crime Stoppers is the headquarters to run its’ day to day operations. The five awards. The first was a Productivity Award for
direct result of the special partnership between our information provided by Crime Stoppers tipsters is
p “Greatest Increase in Total Property Recovered” and
Community, Police Service and local only as good as the police person-
o the remaining 4 were media awards. All three of our
media. 2008 proved to be an excep- nel who receive tips and St. Thom-
n Media Partners were winners. Roger TV’s program
tionally positive year, statistically and as is fortunate to have dedicated Politically Speaking won an award for best Special
publicly. officers who work hard to follow
o Feature/TV, and City Watch won for Best Crime of
A member of the Ontario Associa- up on the tips.
u the Week Appeal on TV. Astral Media won for the
tion of Crime Stoppers and Crime In 2008, our partners in print, Best Crime of the Week Appeal on the radio and The
Stoppers International, our program television and radio media played
te St. Thomas Times Journal won for Best Crime of the
is proud to represent this community an integral role in promoting the
a Week Appeal in newsprint.
in the fight against crime. This not- program by covering fundrais-
p Fundraising events in 2008 included the ever popular
for profit organization gives each and ing events, crime re-enactments
in “Rock and Bowl” which took place November 15th
every citizen the right and opportu- and weekly publication of crimes
a at Park N Bowl in St. Thomas, raising $5,300.00.
nity to provide information regarding Constable McNeil directly affecting our community
d Our annual “Bail or Jail” was held again at The Real
criminal activity anonymously, without through “Crime of the Week” post- Canadian Superstore on May 21st. The community
fear of retribution. Crime Stoppers guarantees that a ings. Rogers TV produced a weekly television pro- came through once again by jailing family, friends
tipster will never have to reveal their identity or testify gram called “City Watch” which widened our audi- and coworkers to raise over $8000.00.
in court. Crime Stoppers has been recognized by the ence with the hope of generating new information
Ontario, Canadian and International Associations of from the public to solve cold cases. The program The “School Crime Stoppers” program continued
Chiefs of Police, and Interpol as being one the most ran daily, but was unfortunately cancelled in June to be a major endeavor this year. Constable McNeil
successful community programs in gathering infor- by Rogers TV. Our thanks to the show’s producer, attended every senior elementary school and one
mation that assists in solving crime. of the high schools to spread the message of Crime
Joe Brown, for his dedication to the Crime Stoppers Stoppers and how together, we can work to keep
January is Crime Stoppers Month. An annual Appre- organization. their schools safe. High School student actors were
ciation Dinner was held in mid January to recognize St. Thomas Crime Stoppers continued to participate recruited to play the “bad guys” in the television re-
the many community businesses that supported the in training conferences in 2008. Representatives enactments on City Watch.
program in 2007. attended the annual Legal Issues seminar hosted Crime Stoppers was also very involved in community
The success of Crime Stoppers is three-fold. Without by the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers in events this year. We had displays at Central Elgin Col-
the commitment and diligence of its partners- the Gravenhurst in April. In June, the Ontario Asso- legiate Health Fair in May, Elgin Mall to launch the
Community, the Police and the Media - Crime Stop- ciation’s training conference was held in Hamilton. “Cash for Guns” campaign in June, Lions Club Cruise
pers would cease to exist. Karen Whitehead, Theresa Holmes, Ryan Comfort Night in June, Seniors Day in the Park in July, the Iron
The Community is represented by a group of extraor- and Constable McNeil attended and received two Horse Festival in August, the Fire Muster Labour Day
dinary citizens who volunteer their time and efforts awards. The first was a Media Award for best Crime Weekend, Halloween Cruise night in September and
to serve as Crime Stoppers Directors. The program’s of the Week appeal on Television – the reenactment the Santa Claus parade in November.
success is a reflection of their dedication and com- of a break and enter into Facca Fasteners on St. In April 2008 the St. Thomas Crime Stoppers pro-
mitment this past year. The 2008 Board of Directors Catharine Street where the teens involved caused gram launched the ability to accept anonymous tips
included: Karen Whitehead, Theresa Holmes, Georg extensive damage to the inside of the business. This on line via our web site www.stthomascrimestoppers.
Bisanz, Marg Goulding, Ryan Comfort, Michelle El- reenactment appeared on the Rogers TV program ca. This allows tipsters to go to our web site, as well
liott, Craig Duncan, Rob Kenny, Janet Brodrip, Dan City Watch. The second award was for the Best as the St. Thomas Police web site and submit a tip
Dale, Al Hughson, Kelly Payne, Grant Hughson, Crime Stoppers Vehicle – a 2008 Dodge Nitro do- on line. Thirty-four (34) Web Tips were received in
Helen Hodgson, Wayne Ward, Jim Malik, Carrie Rid- nated by Elgin Chrysler and decaled by Al Jewell’s 2008.
dell, and Brian Slaght. Perfect Signs.
In August, Karen Whitehead, Theresa Holmes and STATISTICS . . . . . . . . . . .2008 . . SINCE INCEPTION
Karen Whitehead retired from the Board in Septem- Number of Calls . . . . . . . . 269 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ber 2008. Karen began as the recording secretary and Constable McNeil attended the Crime Stoppers Arrests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 783
served as the Chair of the Board on and off for years. International Training Conference in Des Moines, Cases Cleared. . . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1014
We want to recognize Karen’s long term dedication Iowa. Representatives from around the globe were in Rewards Paid . . . . . . . . . $1,775 . . . . . . . . .$134,230
to the program and thank her for all her efforts over attendance to learn how Crime Stoppers is becoming Recovered Property . . . $205,148 . . . . . . $3,453,585
the past 20 years. instrumental in assisting agencies such as the United Recovered Narcotics . . . $24,281. . . . . . . $7,039,661
10 - St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 SPECIALIZED SERVICES
To promote and ensure excellence in Criminal Investigation Services.
Sex Offender Registry mation as possible so they can act quickly when tion about offenders to the National Sex Offender
investigating the abduction of a child for a sexual Registry. Federal legislation requires all provinces to
This is also a responsibility of the Forensic Identi- purpose. Time is of the essence for police when send sex offender information to the national data-
fication officer. The Ontario Sex Offender Registry monitoring sexual predators and investigating base. Members of the public do not have access to
is a provincial registration system for sex offenders crimes committed by these offenders. The Ontario the Ontario Sex Offender Registry. It is a database
who have been released into the community. These Sex Offender Registry helps police in these inves- that provides police services with important infor-
offenders must report to police every year. During tigations by identifying all registered sex offenders mation that improves their ability to investigate
the registration process, police enter information living within a particular geographic area. sex-related as well as other crimes and monitor and
about these individuals into a database. The Ontario Sex Offender Registry sends informa- locate convicted sex offenders in the community.
Experience shows that police need as much infor-
Domestic Violence charges in all incidents of domestic assault where YWCA, Four Counties Health Services, Ministry
Constable Katherine Skinner there are reasonable grounds to do so. Officers of Community and Social Services and West Elgin
employ specialized training and skills when dealing Community Health Centre.
In 2008, officers responded to 531 (562 in 2007)
with domestic violence to ensure support and safety
reportable incidents involving domestic violence oc- This alliance was instrumental in developing Elgin’s
to the victims and their children. Domestic violence
currences in the City of St. Thomas. In 130 (124 in first Domestic Violence Court Advisory Committee
investigators utilize this training mandated by the
2007) of these incidents, charges were laid. in 2004, which is responsible for reviewing and mon-
province to assist them with these sensitive, emo-
Domestic Violence is defined as “any” use of physi- tional and often volatile situations. itoring domestic cases presently before the courts.
cal or sexual force, actual or threatened, in an inti- The St. Thomas Police Service is also a founding
The St. Thomas Police Service is a member of the
mate relationship. This also includes emotional and/ Elgin Alliance to End Violence Committee, a com- member of the newly formed Elgin High Risk As-
or psychological abuse and harassing behaviour. munity resource partnership that has representatives sessment Reduction Team. This group has repre-
Domestic Violence is not gender exclusive although from groups such as Violence Against Women’s sentatives from Violence Against Women’s Services,
the overwhelming majority of violence involves men Services, Elgin Second Stage Housing, Family and Crown Attorney’s Office, Probation and Parole,
abusing women. Children’s Services, Crown Attorney’s office, Pro- OPP and the Aylmer Police Service. This group meets
The St. Thomas Police Service works vigorously to bation & Parole, Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit, once a month to discuss high risk domestic offend-
investigate incidents of domestic violence. Police Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St. Thomas Elgin General ers and how to best manage them in the community
responding to incidents of domestic violence lay Hospital, Elgin Association for Community Living, and offer support/safety for their victims.
Violent Crime Linkage Analysis cialists are RCMP regular members while others work submissions for certain specified offences. These in-
System (ViClas) for the Ontario Provincial Police, the Sûreté du Québec clude homicides, sexual assaults, non-parental abduc-
and a number of other municipal police services. tions, missing persons where foul play is suspected and
ViCLAS is a computer system that assists special- The National ViCLAS Policy Centre, a part of the Be- other serious offences. The St. Thomas Police Service
ly trained investigators to identify serial crimes and havioural Sciences Branch in the RCMP, establishes policies go beyond the mandated criteria to include
criminals by focusing on the linkages that exist among and monitors policy, procedures and minimum stan- all criminal harassment / stalking cases and any other
crimes committed by the same offender. The system is dards regarding the submission and analysis of crimes occurrence that may exhibit a pattern of inappropriate
used Canada-wide as well as in one state in the USA of interpersonal violence onto the ViCLAS database. sexual behaviour (i.e. indecent act).
and nine other countries. In addition, the centre provides strategic direction in Attempt Homicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Police services across Canada contribute to ViCLAS by research and development for the RCMP and other Homicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
submitting information about the violent crime investi- domestic and international law enforcement agencies Sexual Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
gations undertaken in their jurisdiction. In Ontario and using case linkage systems. This work is done in order Unidentified Human Remains . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Quebec, legislation has made it mandatory for police Missing Person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
to continue to improve law enforcement’s ability to Child Luring/Attempt Luring. . . . . . . . . . . . 0
services to submit information to ViCLAS. link crimes of interpersonal violence and to identify Child Pornography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
The ViCLAS specialists are experienced police investi- those responsible for these crimes. Non-Parental Abduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
gators who work collaboratively to ensure that their The Police Services Act mandates all Police Services to Criminal Harassment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
conclusions are reasonable. Many of the ViCLAS spe- Indecent Acts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
make Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System or ViClas
TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Court Services turned to front line patrol duties and Constable Steve made to separate these duties and Cadet Lisa Johnson
The Police Services Act directs all Police Services in Cudney was reassigned as a full time member of the was promoted to the rank of Special Constable in
Ontario to provide court security within its jurisdic- Court Unit. Special Constable Lizzie Miller started with October and assigned to the Court Office with the pri-
tion. We currently have two courts located in the Colin the Court office on January 7, 2008 and took over the marily responsibility for the Property management and
McGregor Justice Building and two courts located responsibility at Provincial Offences Court. as required, to assist in the court office. Rick Busch’s
at the Wellington Street Courthouse. Our Service is A member of the Court Office is responsible for all of duties became that of a full time Systems Administra-
also responsible for providing a Court Manager at the the property that comes into our police service. The tor for our Service.
Provincial Offences Court located at 450 Sunset Drive. property is secured in a locked vault and managed The court office is continuously looking for ways to
The police service is responsible for the transportation daily by the Property Officer to ensure continuity and effectively control the cost of providing these man-
and security of prisoners required to attend court from security. In 2008, the St. Thomas Police Service de- datory court services. During 2008, 1,682 Criminal
local correctional facilities. There are times when our stroyed 63 firearms that had either been turned in for Code charges were laid and 3,665 Provincial Offences
officers are required to attend other provincial deten- destruction or forfeited by the Courts. Other miscel- charges were processed. The St. Thomas Police Ser-
tion facilities, hospitals and other police services to laneous property is returned to the original owner or vice, Aylmer Police Service and Elgin OPP share in
return prisoners from those locations for court. sold at the Police Auctions which are normally held in the security and transportation of prisoners. In 2008,
The Court Unit is required from time to time to take May and September. The money raised at the auction 1,698 prisoners were transported for the St. Thomas
DNA samples from in-custody persons when an order is used to fund community programs such as Kids N’ Police Service, 1,057 for the Elgin OPP and 63 for the
is issued by the presiding judge. As a result, all mem- Kops. Aylmer Police Service. A total of 2,818 prisoners were
bers of the Court Unit have been trained in the proper Rick Busch was hired in January 2008 for a new posi- transported to court for various appearances.
procedure for obtaining DNA. tion that integrated both the duties of the property Effective case management by Constable Jim Ziegler
The Court Office saw a number of new faces and re- officer and information technology systems. Within and Special Constables MacLaren and Miller resulted
sponsibility changes in 2008. Constable Jim Ziegler re- the first 6 months of this new position, a decision was in a decrease in 2008 in court time expenses.
POLICE SERVICES St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 - 11
To promote an understanding through the service that the true measure of police effectiveness is the
absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.
St. Thomas Police Service • Crime Statistics Comparison - 2008
* These numbers reflect the actual number of criminal charges laid. ** These numbers are for the most serious charge with- 2008 2007 2006
in a given incident (i.e. if a male & female were each charged in the same incident the only number reflected in this category
would be the sex of the person charged with the most serious violation) Total Total Total
Crimes of Violence Homicide/Attempt Murder ......................................................... 0 1 3
Robbery ................................................................................... 23 6 15
Sexual Assaults & Other Sexual Offences .................................... 27 34 22
Non-Sexual Assaults ............................................................... 241 261 265
Break & Enter ......................................................................... 291 206 252
Crimes Against Property Thefts - Motor Vehicle and
Thefts Over, Under & Possession ............................................. 901 905 831
Fraud ..................................................................................... 120 95 97
Arson ....................................................................................... 14 11 13
Mischief ................................................................................. 420 429 544
Other Criminal Code Weapons.................................................................................. 14 11 11
Bail Violations ........................................................................ 140 152 163
Controlled Drugs and Substances Act All C.D.S.A. Offences ................................................................ 69 82 102
Criminal Driving Offences Impaired Driving/Over .08 ........................................................ 86 92 140
Refuse Breath Sample ................................................................. 4 5 2
Disqualified Driving .................................................................... 8 14 7
Criminal Charges - General Statistics Number of Criminal Charges ................................................. 1685 1361 1852
Adult Males Charged .............................................................. 540 573 661
Adult Females Charged ........................................................... 164 142 166
Young Offender Males Charged ................................................. 95 93 127
Young Offender Females Charged .............................................. 35 27 35
Provincial Offences and By-Law Statistics Highway Traffic Act (PON's Issued)........................................3161 3121 3385
Liquor Licence Act (PON's Issued) ........................................... 295 304 360
Parking Violations................................................................... 944 896 1042
Motor Vehicle Collisions Fatal MVC's ............................................................................... 1 0 0
Reportable MVC's (without Injuries) ....................................... 329 315 357
Reportable MVC's (with Injuries)..............................................111 114 114
Number of People Injured ....................................................... 156 152 169
General Statistics Number of Incidents .......................................................... 16,524 16,458 17,343
Use of Force Options Utilized in the Field times in 2007, and twice in 2008. The O/C prepared to deal with.
Trends 2006 - 2008 spray was used primary to subdue threaten- During 2008, our members chose the proper Use of Force
During the period of 2006-2008, the number of use of ing individuals who were actively resisting arrest or were
options available to them and utilized them adequately
force Incidents has remained relatively stable, although demonstrating violent or suicidal tendencies. Weapons
and effectively in the performance of their duties. Good
were present once in 2008; none in 2007; and were pres-
members of the Service have displayed firearms to effect judgment was displayed and a minimal amount of force
ent once in 2006.
arrests in almost twice as many situations. This is the result was used wherever possible.
of an increasing level of threat facing officers in their daily The baton has only been used once from 2006-2008. In
Firearms were drawn or displayed to public view in Twenty
duties. late 2008, an officer used his baton on a male party who
was using a makeshift weapon to actively resist arrest for a two (22) incidents during the year. On Eleven (11) occa-
In 2008, officers drew their firearms in twenty-two (22) multitude of criminal offences including dangerous driving sions firearms were utilized to dispatch injured animals
cases, facing threats of guns, knives, as well as vicious and drinking and driving. Officers tried empty hand tech- for humanitarian purposes. The Conducted Energy Device
animals. In 2006, officers drew their firearms nine (9) niques on the subject with limited success. A Supervisor (Taser) was utilized on Two (2) occasions in 2008. Aerosol
times, and in 2007 fifteen (15) times. In 2006-2007, the used a baton to gain control of the subject. No injuries weapons (O/C Spray) were utilized on Two (2) occasions
most common weapons that officers faced were knives. In were sustained as a result of using the baton. in 2008. The baton was used in One (1) incident in 2008.
2008, it was the use, or suspected use, of a firearm. Empty hand techniques were also used in Three (3) situa-
It was also noted that some level of intoxication appears tions in 2008.
The Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) or Taser, has not to be present in many of the situations where officers use
been excessively used during this timeframe. The Taser has empty hand techniques to gain control of and arrested or Firearms
been deployed on five (5) occasions over three years and apprehended suspects. In 2006, all three persons, where In the first incident, an 18 year old male, wanted for as-
displayed to pubic view on two occasions. It has been empty hand techniques were required, were intoxicated; in sault with a weapon (2 knives) and uttering death threats,
used five times to subdue violent persons who were being 2007, one of the three persons were intoxicated; in 2008, was approached by officers a short time after the original
arrested or apprehended under the Mental Health Act. one of the two persons, where empty hand techniques incident. Officers drew their firearms to affect the arrest
The Taser was fired twice and used in the drive stun mode were required, were intoxicated. and did so without incident.
three times. It has also been displayed to the public on The second incident involved the arrest of a male be-
two occasions to gain compliance of individuals during The Use of Force statistics reflect some areas of the yearly
Crime Statistics. 2008 saw a marked increase in robberies lieved to be carrying a concealed gun. A member of the
arrest. To date, no injuries have been sustained by the use public called in the complaint and a male matching the
from 2007 as well as an increase in weapons offences from
of the Taser. description of the suspect was stopped. Officers drew
2007. It appears the use of firearms is increasing in our
O/C or pepper spray use has been consistent from community and is a threat that officers must always be their firearms and arrested the male. A search of the male
2006-2008 having been used four times in 2006, three uncovered a replica firearm. The male was subsequently
12 - St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 POLICE SERVICES
Use of Force cont'd the firearm and was taken into custody. Two stolen long male to distract him long enough to gain safe control of
released and the firearm confiscated and destroyed. No guns (.22 cal / .270 calibre) were recovered from the scene him. Officers deployed the spray but were unsuccessful in
persons were injured. as well as a quantity of ammunition. gaining control of him. The male eventually surrendered
The third incident involved the arrest of a female for armed In the tenth incident, firearms were drawn to affect the without incident. No injuries were received by the officers
robbery involving a firearm. The suspect was chased from arrest of a party wanted on outstanding charges. The in- or accused who was subsequently charged with several
the scene of the robbery to a nearby residence where police dividual, who is known to carry firearms and has behaved criminal offences.
verbally instructed the suspect to exit the residence. The irrationally with Police in the past, was observed leaving a In the second incident, pepper spray was needed to gain
suspect exited the residence at which time she was arrested residence. While outside the residence, officers drew their compliance of an individual who was causing a distur-
at gunpoint and taken into custody without incident. A weapons and arrested the individual without incident. A bance near a Talbot Street bar. As officers were trying to
replica firearm was recovered. quantity of cocaine was located on his person. The male is break up a disturbance, a female began to obstruct the
In the fourth incident, an officer drew his firearm to affect facing criminal and drug related charges. officers. The female was told repeatedly to stand back and
the arrest of a male for a suspected domestic assault. Of- In the eleventh incident, officers responded to a call where to stop interfering. The female turned and clenched her
ficers attended a residence after receiving a 911 call from a a male was observed walking down the tracks in the fists at the officer. The female was pepper sprayed to gain
woman in distress indicating that she had been assaulted. north end of the City with a handgun. The complainant compliance. After being sprayed, the female complied
Upon arriving at the scene, a male presented himself at described a male as wearing a trench coat. Officers were with instructions and was removed from the scene by a re-
the door with a Rottweiler. The male would not respond on the scene immediately and observed a male wearing a sponsible friend. No persons sustained injuries as a result
to verbal commands and would not secure the dog. The of the pepper spray being deployed.
trench coat walking near the tracks. The male was told to
officer pulled his firearm and the male complied with his
show his hands and he would only show one hand. Of- Baton
commands and he was taken into custody. The officer
ficers drew their side arms and took the male into custody An officer attempted to stop an erratic driver. The driver
was able to arrest the suspect and contain the dog without
without incident. The male was searched and no handgun pointed his vehicle at the officer’s cruiser and drove to-
injury or incident.
was recovered. The male was released unconditionally at wards the officer. After a brief chase, the male abandoned
In the fifth incident, officers were called to a south side the scene. the car and was chased on foot. The officer caught the
residence where a male had been threatening to kill his
Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser) suspect who began to fight, kick and used his keys as a
mother, burn down the house, and may have been in
possession of a handgun. The Officer drew his sidearm On January 24, 2008, officers were dispatched to an ad- weapon. Officers attempted to get the male under control
and entered the residence, looking for the suspect. The of- dress to arrest a male for failing to abide by his release using empty hand techniques with limited success. The of-
ficers located the suspect who would not show his hands conditions and probation order related to a number of ficer used baton strikes to gain control of the suspect. The
or comply with the officer’s demands. Finally, the suspect domestic incidents. An officer spoke to the male who suspect was charged with six criminal offences including
complied with officer demands and was taken into cus- was verbally abusive and unwilling to comply with the dangerous driving, assault police, resist arrest and im-
tody with some resistance. He was charged with robbery, officer’s instructions. The male retreated into his house paired driving. No one seriously injured during this arrest.
threatening death, and other Criminal Code offences. No and threatened to harm himself. Officers entered the
Empty Hand Techniques
injuries resulted during the arrest. residence and began negotiating. The male indicated that
An officer attempted to arrest an intoxicated individual
he was not going to go without a fight and took a fighting
In the sixth incident, firearms were drawn to affect the for being drunk in a public place. The male would not
stance in close proximity of two visible knives. The Supervi-
arrest of a party wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant comply with officer’s demands and resisted arrest. The
sor deployed the Taser but the male pulled out the Taser
for uttering threats to cause death. The individual, who officer placed the male over the rear of a police cruiser to
probe and continued to wrestle with officers. Empty hand
has behaved violently in the past and is involved in the drug techniques were used to subdue the male and take him gain control of him. In doing so the male’s glasses pushed
trade, was arrested by a plain clothed officer on Talbot into custody. He was taken to the Elgin General Hospital into his face causing a small cut over his eye. The male was
Street. The officer drew his weapon to affect the arrest. for precautionary reasons, treated and released. The male taken to the Elgin General Hospital where he was treated
The male was taken into custody without incident. faced several Criminal Charges. No officers were injured and released. The male was not seriously injured during
In the seventh incident, firearms were drawn to affect the during this incident. the arrest.
arrest of a party for assault and a bail violation who was In the second incident, an officer was speaking to a
On June 24, 2008 at approximately 8:00p.m., officers
believed to be carrying a gun. The individual, who has male party who in turn fled on foot from the officer. The
received a call regarding a male acting delusional. Officers
a criminal past of violent offences, and who is actively male was wanted on outstanding warrants. The suspect
attended and attempted to apprehend the delusional
involved in the drug trade, was arrested by a plain clothed jumped several fences and ran into a moving van. The
male under the Mental Health Act. The male resisted
officer on East Street. The officer and his Sergeant drew officer chased the suspect and tackled him on a sidewalk.
the apprehension and was unwilling or unable to comply
their weapons to affect the arrest. The male was taken into The suspect received a small laceration over his left eye as
with officer demands. The officers were trying to restrain
custody without incident. a result of the chase and arrest. The male was taken to the
the male in order to take him to the hospital for proper
In the eighth incident, firearms were drawn to affect the assessment but were unable to gain control of the male. hospital, treated and released. The male is charged with
arrest of a party wanted for breaching his recognizance. The Supervisor utilized the Taser in drive stun mode and several criminal offences.
The suspect, who the officer believed to be carrying a fire- the subject immediately complied, was handcuffed and The third incident occurred on August 9, 2008 at approxi-
arm, was arrested in a vehicle with three other parties after taken to the hospital for medical and psychiatric care mately 12:45am. Officers were called to a Talbot Street
exiting a known crack house. The accused was arrested where he was cleared medically but held for psychiatric bar where staff had problems with an intoxicated female
at gunpoint by a uniformed officer and his Sergeant. The care. One officer received a slight hand injury during the who was attempting to gain entry to the bar with fake
male was taken into custody without incident. apprehension but no persons were seriously injured during identification. The female was combative with staff. Upon
The ninth incident occurred on July 26, 2008 at approxi- the incident. Police arrival, the female attempted to push past officers
mately 3:30 a.m. A citizen witnessed a male handling and Aerosol Weapons and retrieve the forged ID from bar staff. The female began
firing a long gun into the air. The witness observed the On June 14th, officers were attempting to arrest a male flailing her arms at the officers. An officer took control
males and others enter a home with the gun. Officers who had just breached his probation in relation to a of the female, grounded her and placed her under arrest
attended the address and initiated contact with the inhab- domestic matter. The male barricaded himself in a resi- during which she received a bloody lip and sprained wrist.
itants of the house. Officers drew their sidearm and sys- dence with a knife and threatened suicide. Officers com- Officers took the female to the hospital where she was
tematically removed and searched each individual in the municated with the male for more than 80 minutes. At treated and released. The female was charged with a num-
house without incident. A male admitted to discharging one point, officers felt they could use O/C spray on the ber of offences under the Liquor License Act.
Incidents requiring 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Use Of Force (Reportable in nature) 20 Incidents 21 Incidents 29 Incidents 27 Incidents 30 Incidents
ROAD SAFETY St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 - 13
To improve road safety in the City of St. Thomas.
Professional Standards 2008 Complaints: The
first complaint was TYPES OF COMPLAINTS RECEIVED IN 2008
The Police Services Act Part V mandates that made on February 15,
all Police Services maintain a Public Com- Complaints about Police Officer's conduct. . . . . . . . . . 3
2008 regarding the Complaints about Policies or Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
plaints Bureau. In 2008, the St. Thomas Police conduct of an officer
Public Complaints Bureau adjudicated three resulting from an in-
PUBLIC COMPLAINTS IN TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
complaints from 2007. Four 2008 complaints vestigation in August Misconduct Substantiated. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
regarding the conduct of members of the St. 2007. This complaint Misconduct Unsubstantiated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Thomas Police Service were also investigated. alleged that the inves-
The following is a summary of the complaints:
Withdrawn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
tigating officer did not Third Party. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
2007 Complaints: Complaints one and two complete a thorough
Mad in bad faith / third party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
arose from the same set of circumstances. A Ongoing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
brother and sister, in separate complaints, of the complainant’s
alleged that on August 25, 2007, a known family status. The Public Complaints carried over from 2007 . . . . . . . . . 3
suspect seriously assaulted the brother. They complaint was inves- Internal Complaints (initiated by the Chief of Police) . . 2
alleged that they identified the suspect at the tigated and found to Misconduct substantiated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
time and provided this information to the be unsubstantiated.
Ongoing into 2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
police. They accused the officers of negligence The second complaint
in their duties because the suspect was not was laid on February
arrested or charged at the time. Both com- 19, 2008 in relation Commission on Police Services (OCCPS) to
plaints were investigated and found to be to the complainant’s arrest for Domestic As- review the decision and on May 13, 2008, OC-
unsubstantiated. sault on January 1, 2008. The complainant CPS upheld the Deputy Chief’s decision.
alleged that the officer did not have grounds
The third complaint was made on October The fourth complaint was laid on July 15,
for the arrest and behaved rudely during the
29, 2007 by the complainant who had been 2008 in relation to the arrest of the complain-
arrest. The investigation was completed and
arrested two days earlier for domestic assault. ant for Domestic Assault on January 29, 2008.
found to be unsubstantiated.
The complainant alleged that officers used The complainant, a diabetic, was dissatisfied
unnecessary force during his arrest. The inves- The third complaint was laid on February 19, with how medication and food was dispensed.
tigating officer was unable to gain any coop- 2008 and related to the arrest of the complain- The complainant withdrew the complaint.
eration from the complainant over a period of ant for Criminal Harassment in May, 2007.
Since the complaint was made over 6 months The number of complaints received in 2008 (4
three months and was forced to complete the
after the alleged misconduct, the Deputy Chief complaints involving 4 incidents) is the same
investigation without a statement or assistance
(adjudicator) ruled that no further action as 2007 however is down from 2006 (10)
from the complainant. Based on available
would take place as per the Police Services Act. and 2005 (8). This number of Complaints is
information, the complaint was adjudicated as extremely low for a Police Service that handles
unsubstantiated. The complainant asked the Ontario Civilian
in excess of 16,700 calls per year.
Trafﬁc Projects Traffic projects are geared primarily towards on Chestnut Street and Elm Street (carrying
Staff Sergeant Hank Zehr education and enforcement; some complaints over into 2009); speeding and not stopping
received are beyond the control of the police for crossing guard on South Edgeware Av-
Traffic safety, education, and enforcement re- service and need to be addressed differently, enue; traffic light violations at Elm Street and
main a high priority for the St. Thomas Police such as complaints suggesting lower speeds, Fairview Avenue; traffic light at Sunset Drive
Service. In order to effectively address traffic other speed control devices (speed bumps), or and Shaw Valley Drive; Parking at Forest Park
concerns, the St. Thomas Police Service uses a changes to municipal by-laws. Not all traffic School, Wellington Street School; excess of
traffic project format to assess the complaint projects are as a result of a complaint. Some 5 hour parking on West Avenue; bicycles on
and focus on education and enforcement. The traffic projects are generated based on statisti- Talbot Street; dangerous condition on Forest
Police Service works closely with community cal information such as high collision intersec-
resources such as the By-law department, the Avenue; and wrong way on Curtis Street.
tions or known areas where traffic safety is at
Roads department, and our own internal risk. In addition to the traffic projects, St. Thomas
resources such as the Community Services of- Police Service participates in a 4 County Traf-
ficer and our Media Relations officer. In 2008 St. Thomas City Police Service received
fic Initiative with Elgin, Oxford, Perth, and
or generated 32 traffic complaints (on going in
When the police service receives a traffic com- Middlesex counties. The 4 County Traffic
nature), which resulted in 24 traffic projects.
plaint of an ongoing nature, an officer is as- group meets each month to address specific
Of the 24 traffic projects, a total of 199 traffic
signed to investigate and report their findings. project reports were submitted. As a result of traffic problems. The focus is on enforcement.
If the complaint warrants further police action, the 24 traffic projects, 63 Provincial Offence In 2008, the St. Thomas Police Service hosted
a traffic project is initiated and patrol officers Notices (tickets) were issued and several warn- the 4 County Traffic group on August 26th.
are assigned this task daily in addition to their ings were given. Officers from London, Oxford Community,
regular patrol duties. Aylmer, Strathroy-Caradoc, Stratford, and St.
The following were the 24 traffic projects in Thomas Police Service participated. “Hot
Not all traffic complaints result in actual traf- 2008: Speeding on Rosebery Place, Park Av- spots” were targeted within the City of St.
fic projects. If the officer can effectively ad- enue, Wellington Street, Hummingbird Lane, Thomas. The one-day initiative resulted in the
dress the complaint immediately, they will do Riverbank Drive, Elgin Street, Talbot Street
issuance of 57 Provincial Offence charges and
so. If the complaint can be better addressed (east end), Penhale Avenue, Peach Tree Blvd.,
through other avenues or with the assistance of Raven Avenue, Chestnut Street by Central
our community partners, a traffic project may Elgin Collegiate Institute, Park Avenue, Sauve Road safety remains a high priority for the
not be the best way to deal with the situation. Avenue; speeding and stop sign violations St. Thomas Police Service.
14 - St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 ROAD SAFETY
To ensure men and women of the St. Thomas Police Service have access to the best Information Technology
possible which will ensure their and ultimately the community's safety and security.
R.I.D.E. Program Every year police agencies in the Province of On- As a result of the R.I.D.E. programs, there
Staff Sergeant Randy Mundt tario are able to apply to the Ministry of Safety were approximately 13,000 vehicles stopped and
and Correctional Services for grant money. The checked for driver
In 2008, the St. Thomas Police Service conduct- Ministry allocates the funding to eligible appli-
ed 27 R.I.D.E. programs. Each R.I.D.E. program cants. The government doubled the total avail- The R.I.D.E. program initiative has proven to be
is scheduled for approximately 4 hours in length able funding mid-way through 2008 to approxi- an effective deterrent and an effective tool to
and are conducted at several different locations mately $2.4 million. Funds are used exclusively educate the public about the dangers of drinking
in the City. On average, there are 4 police of- to pay officer wages, not to purchase equip- and driving. Statistics show that drinking and
ficers assigned to each R.I.D.E event. ment. In 2008, 172 ap- driving is still the number one cause of criminal
TOTAL TOTAL plications were received for death and injury in our society. R.I.D.E. spot
FUNDED checks send a strong message to all citizens that
2008 2007 funding. The 2008/2009
Solicitor General* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 . . . 11 allocation for our Service is impaired driving is unacceptable behavior. This
R.I.D.E. programs from platoon strength . . . . 7 . . . . 14 $16,000.00 in grant fund- partnership between the Provincial government,
M.A.D.D. funded (one as Joint Forces). . . . . . 3 . . . . .3 ing, an increase from the our local chapter of M.A.D.D. and our Police
Other. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . .2 2007/2008 allocation of Service continues with the efforts to educate and
TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 . . . 30 $8,000.00. act as a deterrent against drinking and driving in
*one was a joint forces R.I.D.E. with the OPP our community.
Drinking and Driving Offences Individuals that are arrested and brought before ministrative Monetary Penalty
Staff Sergeant Randy Mundt an Intoxilyzer Technician and blow over the legal Second Time - (within 5 years) - 7 day licence sus-
limit are either charged with Impaired Driving, pension; Mandatory alcohol education program
Drinking and driving continues to be one of On- CC 253(a), Operate Motor Vehicle with more
tario’s most significant road safety issues. During and $150 Administrative Penalty
than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres
the past decade, more than 2,000 lives have been of blood, CC 253 (b), refuse breath sample, CC Third Time - (within 5 years) – 30-day licence sus-
lost and more than 50,000 people have sustained 254 (5), or a combination of two of the three of- pension; Mandatory alcohol treatment program;
injuries in collisions involving a drinking driver. fences. As a result, a total of 108 Criminal Code Six-month ignition interlock licence condition ;
Drinking and driving hurts everyone – through charges were processed as a result of drinking $150 Administrative Monetary Penalty
deaths, injuries and personal tragedies. It also and driving enforcement. This is down from a Subsequent infractions - (within 5 years) - 30-day li-
hurts our economy through added costs for total of 124 total charges in 2007. cence suspension; Mandatory alcohol treatment
health care, emergency response and property Of the 69 persons tested, 61 were male. The program; Six-month ignition interlock licence
damage. The financial cost to society of drinking oldest person tested was 74 years old and the condition; Mandatory medical evaluation; $150
and driving is estimated to be at least $3 billion youngest was 19 years old, with the average age Administrative Monetary Penalty
annually. being 33 years. One subject registered a reading These roadside licence suspensions cannot be
In St. Thomas, drinking and driving is also one of of 260 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. This is appealed. Suspensions will be recorded on the
our most significant road safety issues. In 2008, three times over the legal limit. driver’s record. For up to five years, these road-
the St. Thomas Police Service conducted sixty- NEW Roadside Licence Suspension. side suspensions will be considered when deter-
nine (69) intoxilyzer tests on suspected impaired Those who choose to drive after drinking en- mining consequences for subsequent infractions.
drivers. Of these, seven were conducted for the danger themselves and everyone else. Roadside What happens if my licence is suspended?
Ontario Provincial Police and two for the Aylmer licence suspensions ensure that drinking drivers You will be given a suspension notice by a police
Police Service, leaving 60 breath tests for the St. are taken off the road immediately and discour- officer, indicating that the suspension of your li-
Thomas Police Service. age individuals from re-offending. cence takes effect immediately. The police officer
Of the 69 subjects tested, 61 produced read- As of May 1, 2009, if you’re caught driving with will take your licence from you and send it back
ings in excess of the legal limit of 80 milligrams a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from 0.05 to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).
of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, while 8 to 0.08 (known as the "warn range"), the police You will not be able to drive home.
produced readings under the legal limit. Those can immediately suspend your licence up to If you are with a sober passenger who is licensed
eight subjects were issued a 12 hour suspension three days for a first occurrence, seven days for and fit to drive, he or she may drive the vehicle. If
and released unconditionally without criminal a second occurrence and 30 days for a third or it is a safe location, you can choose to leave the
charges. Another seven failed to provide a suit- subsequent occurrence. vehicle at the roadside, or the police will have the
able sample of breath or refused to do so. All
Consequences for Driving with a 0.05 to 0.08 vehicle towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.
seven were charged with refusal. Three subjects
were arrested and tested as a result of a motor "Warn Range" Blood Alcohol Concentration For more information: Ontario.ca/drivesober
vehicle collision. First Time - 3-day licence suspension; $150 Ad-
Car Seats safest in the back seat away from all active air bags. vehicle and the child car seat. Most importantly,
Car crashes are the number one cause of death for By law, drivers are responsible for ensuring passen- ensure the seat is tightly secured. If you are having
Canadian children! A properly installed car seat gers under 16 years of age are secured properly. It difficulty or want to have your child car seat instal-
can reduce the risk of serious injury or death by as is mandatory for anyone transporting children to lation inspected, contact our local public health
much as 71 per cent. Car seat clinics indicate that make sure they are properly secured in a child car unit for information on the next car seat inspection
as many as 80 per cent of car seats are installed seat or booster seat. This applies to all caregivers clinic.
improperly. Common errors include not tightening from babysitters to grandparents. Failing to do For more information about child car seat
the seatbelt and harness enough, and not properly so may result in a fine, plus demerit points and a safety contact:
using a tether strap when required. victim surcharge. Ministry of transportation Web:
Make sure your child is safe and secure, and is Is the Seat Installed Correctly? www.mto.gov.on.ca
buckled up right. Children under 13 years of age are Carefully follow the owner's manuals for both your Road Safety. It starts with you.
ONE OF OUR FINEST St. Thomas Police Service Annual Report 2008 - 15
To ensure the men and women of the St. Thomas Police Service have a suitable working environment and access to
information that will enable them to adequately and effectively deliver services to the residents of the City of St. Thomas.
Constable Larry Rabbitts When I started my career as a
Leadership with Responsibility police officer, Constable Rabbitts
Award was already a veteran of the
The St. Thomas Police Service lost one St. Thomas Police Service. For more
of its finest on February 10, 2008, but than twenty years, I had the pleasure of
his legacy will live on in the school working with Constable Rabbitts until
system. Larry’s son, Bill Rabbitts, he retired in 1996. Throughout his
the Principal of South Dorchester career, he touched the lives of many
Public School, established the people – adults and senior citizens,
“Leadership with Responsibility Award” good guys and bad guys, but none
as a legacy to his father’s work in the more so than the generations of el-
elementary schools. The first annual ementary school students that grew
award was presented in June 2008 to up with Constable Rabbitts visiting
Spencer Ray. At the awards ceremony, their classrooms. Constable Rabbitts
Chief Lynch paid tribute to his fellow loved going to the schools. He loved
officer: the kids and they loved him. He had
a special way of communicating with
“Good morning. My name is Bill the kids and making each child feel
Lynch and I am the Chief of the important. Constable Rabbitts taught
St. Thomas Police Service. I am hon- children about safety and the rules
oured to be here today to present the of the road, but more significantly,
first Annual Constable Larry Rabbitts Constable he taught them about the importance
“Leadership with Responsibility” Larry Rabbitts of making good choices and being
Memorial Award. responsible for their actions.
Constable Rabbitts led by example.
He was a dedicated officer who took
his responsibilities as a role model in
the community very seriously.
Constable Rabbitts demonstrated
leadership with responsibility through-
out his career by treating everyone
with consideration, kindness and
Constable Rabbitts would be very
pleased and proud that his son’s
school - South Dorchester Public
School, the Staff and Administration,
have established a student leadership
with responsibility award program for
Spencer Ray receives the ﬁrst 'Leadership with Responsibility Memorial Award'. Left to right: the first time this year in his memory
Chief Bill Lynch; Spencer’s Parents; Spencer Ray, Ann Marie Stevens (Larry’s daughter),
Pat Rabbitts, Bill Rabbits; Trish Bechard (school secretary); Greg Rabbitts.
to recognize and celebrate his legacy.
To ensure victims of crime are treated with respect and understanding; to provide victims of crime with the support from the police service and
community groups during the investigation, court process and beyond in the form of appropriate referrals and information about their case.
To use only minimal force required on any particular occasion and only when persuasion, advice and warning
is found to be insufficient to obtain public observance of the laws.
To promote a professional police image by demonstrating impartial service to the law and by offering service and friendship
to all citizens without regard to race, sex, colour, ancestry, place of origin, ethnic origin, marital status, same sex partner
status, sexual orientation, age, disability, citizenship, family status or religion.
The Police Service, in concert with other agencies and the citizens of St. Thomas, is instrumental
in preserving the quality of life in our community by maintaining St. Thomas as a secure place in
which to live and prosper.
In doing so, we are dedicated philosophically and operationally to the concept of preventative policing.
Our primary focus is on crime prevention, crime detection and apprehension, and trafﬁc safety.
Our most effective tools are positive community relations, education and the use of current
technology to analyze conditions, trends and the deployment of resources.
"To optimize public safety in the City of St. Thomas"
We are he re to help .
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