Shine he Light

Shine the Light Campaign

On November 5th at 11 am members of the Brockville Police and Staff and Volunteers from Interval House raised the flag on the Shine the Light Campaign.  The month of November is awareness month for violence against women and children. Our hope is to turn the City Purple with lights and decorations as purple is the colour of this campaign.  This also kicks off Crime Prevention Week and we are happy to share this moment with Interval House.  The flag will fly for the month of November and together we can all make a difference.  Let’s do our part to put an end to domestic violence!

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Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving:

This long weekend officers will be joining their provincial counterparts and will pay special attention to distracted drivers during their long weekend safety blitz targeting distracted driving.

Ontario data on collisions from 2013 show:

  • one person is injured in a distracted-driving collision every half hour
  • a driver using a phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver focusing on the road

Distracted Driving Campaign

The Brockville Police Service will be participating in next weeks distracted driving campaign along with the Ontario Provincial Police. The campaign will run from Monday March 12, to Sunday March 18 and will focus on education and enforcement of drivers using hand-held devices.

This traffic violation carries a $490 fine and three demerit points. Please drive safe!

Brockville Police Service Deputy Chief Appointment

The Brockville Police Services Board is happy to announce the appointment of Deputy Chief Mark Noonan.

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Deputy Chief
Mark Noonan

Mark will be replacing Deputy Chief Lee MacArthur who retired today after 33 years of service with the Brockville Police.  Mark started with the Brockville Police Service in July 1992 and has held numerous positions within the organization.  Mark is currently supervising the Criminal Investigation Branch and is a member of the Senior Management team.  The Brockville Police Services Board conducted an internal search for a replacement for Deputy Chief MacArthur when he announced his plans to retire.  “We are fortunate to have a number of qualified individuals within our current organization and we are pleased to be able to promote from within.” – King Yee Jr – Chair of Brockville Police Services Board.

Moving forward, we look forward to working with Deputy Chief Noonan and we wish Deputy Chief MacArthur all the best in his retirement.

Brockville Police Service Retirements

It is a day of mixed emotions for members of the Brockville Police Service family as we say “good-bye” to 3 of our valued members and wish them and their loved one’s the very best for a happy and healthy retirement.

Deputy Chief Lee MacArthur

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Deputy Chief Lee MacArthur was hired under Chief Gerry Curtis and throughout his career worked under eight Chiefs and was the Deputy Chief to four of them.

While working his way up through the ranks, Lee became a Detective Constable in 1990, and in 1996 became the first full-time Drugs and Intelligence officer for the service. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant in charge of the detective office. He was again promoted in 2002 to the rank of Inspector and became Deputy Chief in 2007.

Deputy Chief MacArthur is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and of the Executive Management Course at the Rotman School of Business.

A native of New Brunswick, Lee and his wife Connie own a summer home on the Bay of Fundy where they can now spend their summers enjoying the beautiful view.

 

 

Constable Robert Ferguson

Constable Robert FergusonConstable Robert Ferguson began his career with the Brockville Police Service in May of 1983 as a general patrol officer, a position he thoroughly enjoyed throughout most of his career. “Fergie” as he was referred to by his colleagues is very much a people person, a gift which made him such a successful patrol officer during his career.

Constable Ferguson was one of the Brockville Police Services training officers during his career and helped train over 10 recruits currently working for the service. For several summers, he and retired Constable Ryan Hayes enjoyed being part of the summer bike patrol in downtown Brockville. Constable Ferguson was also trained as a Drug Recognition Officer (DRE) for detection of drug impaired drivers and early in his career was a member of the Service’s Containment Team.

An avid sportsman, Rob was an accomplished baseball player and now enjoys refereeing basketball and is Vice-President of the Referees Association of Canada.

 

 

Support Services Coordinator Deena Shaw

Deena Shaw Support ServicesDeena has been a member of the Brockville Police since 1985 when she was first hired as a 911 dispatcher in our communications centre of the Brockville Police Service.

In 2009, Deena was promoted to the position of Support Services coordinator, a positions which includes supervision of the Communications Centre, being in charge of the Evidence and Property Room, Firearms, and the licensing of taxi and ensuring compliance of the taxi by-law.

During her career with the Brockville Police Service, Deena has worked with 8 Chiefs of Police, volunteered with the Brockville Police Association in a number of positions.

In her personal life, Deena was a big supporter of Canadian Aid for Chernobyl and over the years sponsored 4 children for summers in Canada. One of those children eventually achieved her landed immigrant status in Canada and lived with Deena and her family eventually graduating from BCI and St. Lawrence College in nursing and is currently working as an RPN in Alberta.

Deena has two other children, Jason who is a member of the Canadian Forces, and Mathew who works locally at Hendrix and is a volunteer firefighter.

Lee, Rob and Deena:

From your Brockville Police Service family thank you for almost 100 years of combined service to this community. Congratulations on a well-deserved retirement!

Brockville Police Association’s – Random Act of Christmas!!!

Random Act of Christmas!!!

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Constable April Muldoon and Sergeant Darryl Boyd of The Brockville Police Association had the wonderful experience of meeting Adam MacDonald in our first ever Random Act of Christmas! Police Association members met him at a local gas station in downtown Brockville. We made his holiday season a little merrier by filling up his gas tank. We will be doing more random acts of kindness throughout this Holiday season so you could be next! Follow us on Twitter at @BPS_Association.

Street Closures for the Santa Claus parade

Street Closures for the Santa Claus parade

Brockville Police would like to advise residents of street closures in effect for the annual Santa Claus parade on Saturday.

  • North Augusta Road between Reynolds Drive and Keefer Streets will be closed between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For North-South traffic and access to the Centennial Youth Arena and Broadway please use Oxford Avenue.
  • Pearl Street between North Augusta Road and Park Streets will be closed from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
  • Park Street between Pearl Street and King Street will be closed from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
  • King Street between Park Street and Edward Street will be closed from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Motorists travelling east or west in the City during these time please use Reynolds Drive.

Parking restrictions will also be in effect along the parade route along Pearl Street between North Augusta and Park Street, Park Street from Pearl to King Street and King Street from Park Street to Edward Street. Police are asking that all vehicles along the parade route be removed by 3 p.m. Saturday for the parade.

Aviva Community Fund Voting

The Brockville Police Service and volunteers with their After School Program will be setting up voting stations at Stingers this afternoon from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. as part of a community effort to obtain a grant through the Aviva Community Fund. There will 8-10 voting stations set up at Stingers using iPads, laptops and desktop computers for voting and volunteers to assist members of the community who wish to vote to support the project. For those who wish to vote at home and have not already voted the link is https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/17-423#plus

The Aviva Community Fund has for the past 8 years invested in charitable community initiatives across Canada, protecting people and things you love in your community, and supporting community causes you care about the most.

The Brockville Police After School Program was developed to fill a gap in after school programming for youth in the Brockville area. The program allows youths in grades 7-12 to participate in a variety of activities and be connected to resources in a safe, inclusive adult supported environment.

The program which focuses on fitness and health runs every Tuesday during the school year from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and participants take part in activities such as laser tag, basketball, hockey, baseball, volleyball, badminton and obstacle courses. Youths can also play board games, magic, arts and crafts and fun team building games.

In addition the program, youths have access to a healthy snack or meal to stay energized throughout their participation. Students also have access to peer support in the homework area for those who wish to take advantage of this opportunity as well.

The program also provides opportunity for children to access many community agencies which may become important at some time in their lives such as the Employment and Education Centre, the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Health Unit and Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville.

The program is free of charge for all participants.

Please support the Brockville Police Service After School Program and the Brockville’s youth by casting your vote at https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/17-423#plus today.

 

Fill a Cruiser for the Food Bank

Friday afternoon from 4-5pm members of the Brockville Police Service will be on hand at the Real Canadian Superstore to stuff one of their police cars full of groceries for the Food Bank.

Staff from the Brockville Police Service will be on hand to assist persons who wish to donate groceries by packing the donations into a Brockville Police cruiser and in support of area food banks.

Please come out and support area food drive Friday afternoon and help those local families in need.

 

Youth Mental Health Forum October 3, 2017 at St. Mary’s

The Human Services Justice Coordinating Committee of Leeds and Grenville will be presenting a Youth Mental Health and Addictions Awareness forum tonight at the St. Mary’s Library from 6pm-8pm.

The public forum was a jury recommendation of the May 2014 Coroner’s Inquest into the death of local resident Matthew Roke. Matthew was an active youth in the community when he and his family started noticing signs that he was not well in his late teens and early twenties. He became increasingly frightened and afraid to leave his house; his sleep was disrupted and would not sleep at night. Matt and his family struggled to find the right help for Matt in the local mental health community right until the time of his passing.

After last year’s forum and hearing Jody Roke speak about her son’s life, participants felt this year’s forum should concentrate on Youth Mental Health Services in Leeds and Grenville. This year speakers from Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health, RNJ Youth Services, Connections, will present. As well, Mark Heffernan of the Brockville Police Service will speak about a proactive Community Oriented Patrol program operated by the Brockville Police Service to help those in need locally.

Several agencies will have displays and people present including Connect Youth, Municipal Drug Strategy of South Grenville, Making Play Possible, Family and Children’s Services of Leeds and Grenville and Victim’s Services of Leeds and Grenville.

The Forum is open to all parents and caregivers, youth and community members and agencies who serve our youth. Cost is free.