National Peace Officers Memorial Run and Canadian Police Officer’s Ride to Remember

During the week of September 18-23rd several members of the Brockville Police Service will be joining their colleagues from across Ontario in participating in the annual National Peace Officers Memorial Run (NPOMR) and the Canadian Police Memorial Ride to Remember leading up to the Canadian Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony on Parliament Hill on Sunday September 24th at 11 a.m.

This year’s run has special significance for local law enforcement as it marks the 10 year anniversary of the passing of RCMP Constable Douglas Scott in the line of duty in the Baffin Island hamlet of Kimmirut, Nunavut. Scott is originally from Lyn and went to St. Lawrence College is being remembered during the stops by the Runners and Riders at a ceremony at approximately 5:30 pm. Friday September 22nd, at Court House Green. Members of the Scott family are joining the Ride to Remember making the trek from the Ontario Police College to Ottawa in remembrance of Doug.

 

National Peace Officers Memorial Run

BPS RunnersThe Brockville Police Service will be represented again this year in the annual National Peace Officer’s Memorial Run (NPOMR) which is taking place September 21st -23rd this year. Constable Dan Hall, Special Constable Sierra Cauley and Acting Staff Sergeant Tom Fournier will all take turns in the 460km relay which starts in Toronto at the Queen’s Park Ontario Peace Officer’s Memorial and finishes at the Canadian Peace Officer’s Memorial on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. They will be assisted by Constable Nicole Henri who shuttles the runners between their relay points and ensures they arrive on time to run with their relay group.

The runners will then participate in the 40th annual Canadian Peace Officers Memorial Service on Sunday September 24th on Parliament Hill.

The National Peace Officers Memorial Run (NPOMR) began in 2005 when members of the Peel Regional Police decided to raise awareness of the annual Police and Peace Memorial Service on Parliament Hill and pay tribute to those officers who had so valiantly given their lives in service of their community and country. This year marks the 13 year anniversary of the run.

As in past years, the run will stop in Brockville on Friday September 22nd for the night. All runners will meet at Highway 2 West at the Lyn Road at 5pm for the short run along King St to Court House after which a short service will be held on the Court House grounds. Members of the public are invited to join the runners during the run from Lyn Rd to Court House and to come out along the route and show their support to the runners as they pass.

Participating officers raise money for the Memorial by selling Memorial Run shirts, but NPOMR also accepts donations and sponsorships. For more information please visit the National Peace Officers Memorial Run website at www.npomr.org

 

Canadian Police Officers Memorial Ride to Remember

BPS BikersThe Canadian Police Memorial Ride to Remember is also taking place leading up to the Canadian Peace Officers Memorial Service on Sunday September 24th. Cyclists will begin their 700km journey on Wednesday September 20th, 2017 at the Ontario Police College and meet up with the runners at the Queen’s Park Police Memorial in Toronto the following day for a morning ceremony before making their way east.

This year the Brockville Police Service will have four cyclists participating in the ride. The team led by Sergeant Andrew Harvie will consist of Detective Laurie Bennett, Constable Mark Chicoine and Brockville Police Chaplain Jonathan Zinck. They will again be joined by Constable Joel Darling of the Gananoque Police Service. Constable David Jeggo will assist he cyclists by driving in the escort and equipment vehicles along the route providing support along the way.

The Brockville Cyclists will leave a day early for the run and cycle from Niagara to the Ontario Police College to join the other cyclists from across the province and adding another approximately 200 km to their journey.

The Police Memorial Ride to Remember will also stop in Brockville on Friday September 22nd at the Canadian Tire Store on Parkedale Avenue in Brockville at 5:00 pm where there will be a brief ceremony and barbeque. Canadian Tire is a generous sponsor of this year’s ride to remember and through their local JumpStart program will be awarding bicycles to selected area youth.

 

Brockville Stop for Cyclists and Runners

The City of Brockville is a popular stop for runners and cyclists participating in the Memorial Run and Ride to Remember who often comment how warm and friendly the community is toward the participants and how nice the waterfront is. The Brockville Police Service thanks everyone in the Brockville area for their continued support and invites everyone to join the cyclists and runners along the route or to participate in the ceremonies at the Canadian Tire Store on Parkedale Avenue and Court House Green.

Award Sgt Harvie

Sgt. Harvie Awarded Certificate of Commendation by Governor General of Canada

The Brockville Police Service is proud to report that Sgt. Andrew Harvie has been awarded a certificate of commendation by the Governor General of Canada.

“On behalf of his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, I am pleased to inform you that a certificate of commendation has been awarded to Sgt. Andrew Harvie in recognition of your actions following an incident in Brockville, on October 15th, 2015.”

Sgt. Harvie without hesitation entered the frigid water of the St Lawrence River moments after a vehicle had submerged at the Home Street Boat ramp.  Sgt. Harvie after repeated attempts to open doors and break the side windows of the submerged vehicle successfully broke the rear window and rescued the lone female occupant from the vehicle.

“We could not be more proud of Sgt. Harvie for his actions on October 15th, 2015 and in his receipt of this award.  Sgt. Harvie is a leader in our organization and we are grateful for his dedication to service in our community.  We would also like to thank St. John Ambulance for their nomination of Sgt. Harvie and their continued work in our community.” – Chief Scott Fraser

 

Pictured above: (l to r) Doug Labron, Sgt. Andrew Harvie, Chief Scott Fraser

Fraud Tip – Phishing Scam

Phishing Scam

The word phishing comes from the analogy that Internet scammers are using email lures to ‘fish’ for passwords and financial data from the sea of Internet users.

Phishing, also called “brand spoofing”; is the creation of email messages and Web pages that are replicas of existing, legitimate sites and businesses. These Web sites and emails are used to trick users into submitting personal, financial, or password data. These emails often ask for information such as credit card numbers, bank account information, social insurance numbers, and passwords that will be used to commit fraud.

The goal of criminals using brand spoofing is to lead consumers to believe that a request for information is coming from a legitimate company. In reality it is a malicious attempt to collect customer information for the purpose of committing fraud.

Often these ‘phishing’ emails will contain spelling errors or ask you to respond to a web browser account with a hotmail, gmail, or yahoo email account which are sure signs the email is fraudulent.

Do not respond to any emails requesting personal or financial information and never give out your password online. If you have any questions about the email you have received please contact your local financial institution and ask questions about it before responding.

March is Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud prevention month and the Brockville Police would like to advise the public of reports we have received this month of fraudulent schemes which have been reported:

Canada Revenue Agency scam is back.

Brockville Police are again receiving reports from local residents reporting they are receiving phone calls from callers pretending to be from the Canada Revenue Agency and claiming an audit has identified discrepancies from past years filed taxes and repayment is required immediately. The fraudster will threaten consumers that failure to pay will result in additional fees or worse the police will issue a warrant and arrest you. Fraudsters will request payment by a money service business or by pre-paid cards or gift cards.

Just a reminder to residents:

1)  Canada Revenue Agency uses registered mail to contact consumers
2)  Contact Canada Revenue first to confirm you owe back taxes.
3)  Never provide personal information over the phone. Ask who is calling and document the conversation
4)  Canada Revenue never requests payment by gift cards

 

Romance Scams

In general romance scams involve the victim and the fraudster meeting over a social media or dating site. The fraudster will gain the trust of the victim through various displays of affection. While the fraudster is usually located in a faraway country either working or serving in the military eventually they want to meet the victim in person. It is at this time, the fraudster will seek financial assistance of the victim either for travel costs or to get out of the country they are in. Other variations include; a medical emergency, car accident or family emergency in which they need financial assistance.

Some incidents have also occurred at the local level where the victims actually out on a date and meet the fraudster who gives a false name and the victim later finds money or jewelry stolen from their home in addition to being tricked out of their money.

Often these occurrences go unreported because the victim’s do not wish to come forward because they were tricked. The Brockville Police are currently investigating two such fraudulent scams from February and in one of these incidents, the victim lost almost $26 000.

Warning signs include:

1) Talking about a friend or loved in another country that is coming to visit and needs help
2) Mentions of Western Union or Money Gram
3)  Frequenting the bank more often and making unusual transactions
4) Large wire transfer to foreign countries

 

Winter Safety

Children will be out of school soon for Christmas break.  Ice thickness is not where it needs to be for walking and other activities.  The recent snow can provide a false sense of security.

Please stay off the ice, recent and forecasted temperatures are not going to improve conditions.  If you observe others on these surfaces, please call police. 

Winter Driving

On the 24th of November, Police received and attended to several reports of motor vehicle collisions. Police are reminding drivers to slow down and leave extra space between vehicles especially when weather and road conditions worsen during the winter months. Drive safe!

 

Ontario Crime Prevention Week

This year, the week of November 6 to 12, 2016, has been designated Crime Prevention Week in Ontario.

This year’s provincial theme is “Planning Together for Safer Communities”. It promotes a collective responsibility for community safety and well-being planning and emphasizes the importance of a collaborative process that engages a variety of sectors at the local level.

Our campaign theme this year focuses on financial crimes and fraud. Our goal is to raise awareness on the various ways you can be victimized and provide tips on how to prevent yourself and loved ones.  Our campaign theme is “Know Who You’re Dealing With….”

During the week we will be presenting Elder Abuse information to medical professionals to assist them in identifying the signs of elder abuse.

On Tuesday we will be at the 1000 Islands Mall from 1:00-3:00pm with an information booth to educate the public on current scams.

On Wednesday our volunteers will be handing out information pamphlets to businesses to raise awareness of scams targeted to businesses.

 

Halloween

Halloween Safety

The Brockville Police would like to wish everyone a very fun and safe Halloween!

In doing so the service would also like to remind residents of a few safety tips for both trick-or-treaters and drivers:

Halloween Safety:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags or bring a flashlight to help drivers see you
  • Always WALK and don’t run from house to house
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers
  • Carry emergency contact information

Driver’s Tips:

  • DON’T drink and drive
  • Slow Down
  • Drive with extra caution, children may be excited and distracted and have reduced visibility from costumes

Happy Halloween !!

Liberty for Youth

Liberty for Youth Award

Chief Fraser had the honour of receiving the Liberty for Youth Award on behalf of Constable Mark Heffernan on October 19th 2016.  Frederick Dryden and his team attended the Brockville Police Service in order to present the award.  Frederick is on a 21 day Marathon running from Ottawa to Hamilton in order to raise awareness and funds for Liberty for Youth programs.  Please take a moment and watch his video at https://runwithfrederick.com/ 

Constable Heffernan was not available for the presentation, however, when contacted by telephone was ecstatic to hear he had been recognized.  “Engaging with our youth is important in every community and we are fortunate to have avenues such as the Hub , Connections and many other programs to bridge the gap.  We share the same vision with Liberty for Youth and challenge you to donate or support a youth engagement initiative.”

We wish Frederick and his team all the best as they continue their journey to Hamilton.  Be safe!

 

Kijiji Scams

The Brockville Police Service are receiving increased reports involving online rental scams and frauds. The typical scam involves a Kijiji advertisement claiming to have a property for rent. The victim makes contact and then is asked to forward a portion of the rent via E-Transfer, or Money Wire Transfer. The victim will eventually determine that the property is not for rent and is often unable to recover the funds sent. Brockville Police are asking the public to consider the following in an effort to prevent becoming a victim of these scams.

Advice for Renters:

– Avoid ads that are “too good to be true.” Ads for apartments or houses with rents significantly below market value are almost always lures used by scam artists. Check other listings in the general area and see what the going rates for rentals are before responding.

– Always see the rental in person before sending any money or providing personal information such as your social insurance number, or driver’s licence number, even if it’s just to fill out an application. It is NOT recommended to do business with an overseas landlord unless you have personally verified their identity and that they actually own the rental advertised.

– Dealing locally is best. The safest way to deal is in person and face to face. Be suspicious of the prospective landlord only wants to communicate using electronic means, is currently out of the country or residing overseas or far from where the apartment is located. Be extremely suspicious of a perspective landlord who refuses to talk on the phone or claims they cannot talk on the phone.

– Exercise extreme caution before wiring deposits or rent payments, especially to foreign countries. Money transferred overseas is very difficult to recover from fraudulent schemes and will likely result in a losing all of it. Electronic money transfers and specifically wire transfer services are very popular for Internet scams because the funds are available instantly, untraceably and worldwide.

– Scan any attachments from landlords with anti-virus software before opening. One of the latest scams involves a “landlord” e-mailing an unsuspecting renter additional photos of the apartment for lease. However, one or more of the e-mail attachments contains a virus that can fool your Web browser to make it appear as though you’re going to a legitimate site but in fact are being sent to a site controlled by the scammer. The best way to protect yourself is by using commercial anti-virus software, keeping it up to date and by scanning all e-mail attachments before opening or double-clicking them.

For more information on Fraudulent Rental Scams:

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/

Internet Fraud Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov