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.

 

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