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 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

CRC Team

On-Line Criminal Record Checks

Chief of Brockville Police, Scott Fraser announced today the Brockville Police has adopted a new electronic process for assisting in the completion of criminal record checks. This addition to the current process means our citizens will now have the option of completing the whole application process on-line from within the comforts of their own home. They will not have to visit police headquarters to start the process and may never have to attend the police station at all – unless the application requires something further, like fingerprints.

An applicant will be invited to complete an online form, dependent on the type of check required and submit their application on-line. The electronic nature of the system allows for expedited service with most checks completed within a 15 minute time period. The results sent electronically to the applicant via email. Whereas in the past, applicants had to come in and have their ID verified and then return to pick up their completed criminal record check.

There is an electronic administration fee charged for the use of this new system which was developed under the auspices of a standing MOU with Triton Canada Inc. Our citizens will continue to have the option of making an in-person application to Brockville Police Headquarters at 2269 Parkedale Avenue, Brockville, Ontario during the hours Monday to Friday 9:00am until 5:00pm. To use the online service, visit our Criminal Record Check Page

LEEDS & GRENVILLE COUNTY COMMUNITY PARTNERS HOLDING MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION SESSION FOR PUBLIC

Leeds Grenville Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P), Brockville Police Service, Gananoque Police Service, Lanark Leeds & Grenville Addictions & Mental Health, and Leeds & Grenville Mental Health Crisis Team are joining together to provide the public with an information session around mental health services available in the Leeds Grenville area.

The session is being held during Mental Illness Awareness week as part of the 38 recommendations from the 2014 Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Matthew Roke. The information session will provide the public with information regarding services available for persons suffering mental illness as well as how to access these services.

The session will also provide information regarding how to navigate the mental health system as a caregiver of a person suffering mental illness.

There will be a presentation around a personal experience with mental illness and the mental health system.

The information session will include:

  • Partnerships demonstrating a proactive approach to dealing with mental illness presented by Lanark Leeds & Grenville Addictions & Mental Health, Leeds Grenville Mental Health Crisis Team, Leeds Grenville O.P.P and Brockville Police Service.
  • Mental Health Diversion and Services presented by Lanark Leeds & Grenville Addictions & Mental Health, and Leeds Grenville Mental Health Crisis Team.
  • Training provided to first responders presented by Brockville Police Service.
  • Hospital involvement and care presented by Brockville General Hospital.
  • Available Support Systems presented by Lanark Leeds & Grenville Addictions & Mental Health.
  • The Mental Health Act presented by Brockville Police Service.
  • Leeds & Grenville Mental Health Crisis Team presented by Leeds & Grenville Mental Health Crisis Team.

Please join us on Thursday October 6th from 6 pm to 8 pm at the 1000 Islands Mall in Brockville, ON, in the Community Room next to Sears.

Pokeman Go

Community Reminder

Pokeman Go is becoming a very popular activity for people to engage in.  We are experiencing phone calls at our Service in regards to folks trespassing and being in all areas of the city at late hours.  Please respect the property of others and understand that Officers may speak to you if found in areas at night normally vacant of pedestrian or vehicle traffic.  People are getting hurt due to being distracted as well.  The Brockville Police have not received calls resulting in harm to anyone but other media outlets have reported these incidents.

Chief Fraser awarded the International Leadership Award

It is with great pride that the Brockville Police Services Board would like to congratulate Chief Scott Fraser on being awarded the International Leadership Award by the FBINAA of NYS and East Canada Chapter at their recent conference.

Chief Fraser serves as a significant leader in our community and inspires those around him with his energy and positive attitude.  He is highly respected within the community for his dedication and professionalism in leading a progressive police service in the City of Brockville.  Chief Fraser is compassionate and exudes confidence and leadership to the numerous community committees and organizations he participates with.

Chief Fraser is a graduate of the 226th Session FBI National Academy.

 

2015 Annual Report

Thank you for taking the time to review our 2015 Annual Report.  I am happy to report that 2015 saw tremendous change within the Brockville Police organization.  As a result of everyone’s hard work and sacrifices we ended 2015 with a surplus in our operational budget.  We also continued to build our criminal record check business which resulted in a surplus of several hundred thousand dollars.  It is very important to understand that policing and preparing a budget for law enforcement is a difficult task.  In spending dollars in prevention we attempt to offset expenses that are derived after a critical incident or violent offence.  Violent offences such as homicides are very expensive to investigate and are too important to spare an expense.  2015 in Brockville was consistent with the national trend of a decrease in violent offences. Those who are unaware will state that as a result of decreased violent offences policing budgets should decrease.  In reality, social disorder offences and police response to mental health calls have skyrocketed.  As funding is removed from areas such as healthcare and social services, police services are forced to perform tasks which should be handled by others.  Unfortunately, if people only speak of the bottom dollar, policing will continue to be subject of criticism.  The Brockville Police Services community involvement and investment in youth and crime prevention may cost money now, but will undoubtedly save in the future.  Thanks again for taking the time to review our annual report 2015 Annual Report

Special Olympics Torch Run

The Brockville Police are happy to announce that the 2016 Torch Run will take place on Friday June 10th.   We will be leaving the Metro parking lot on King Street West at 11 am.  We will travel East on King to Court House, North on Courthouse to Wall St continuing North to Pearl Street, West on Pearl to Stewart and North on Stewart ending at Home Hardware.  We will have a BBQ at the Home Hardware lot.  Members of the public are invited to attend and we are happy to have some participation from the School Boards this year.  If you can’t make the run come out and support the runners along the route!

We hope to see you there!