2020 Annual Report

King Yee Jr. Chair, Brockville Police Services Board Chief Fraser
King Yee Jr.
Chair, Brockville Police Services Board
Scott Fraser
Chief of Police

 


The year 2020 started out like most other years, however, quickly changed to a year nobody will ever forget.  The Brockville Police Service was required to make rapid changes to the delivery of services and the manner in which day to day operations existed.  We did not have the ability to close our doors and send staff home.  In fact, the result of many City operations closing caused the Police Service to take on new and important roles.  Partnering with our Community Health Teams in order to establish a Covid 19 testing facility became an integral piece of our response.  Early into the pandemic we understood that it was going to take the community to tackle this issue.  As expected, the community stepped up to the challenge and despite many difficulties worked together for a coordinated solution.  Despite the added resources and costs, we were able to work towards a safe and efficient testing facility at the Memorial Centre in Brockville.  As the City of Brockville began bringing their staff back to work we were able to transition police service members away from the testing facility and back to enforcement.    

We also observed a dramatic increase in our homeless population and the creation of a warming shelter in our community.  This, coupled with a Justice System reluctance to incarcerate offenders due to Covid, directly impacted the police response in Brockville.  We continue to work with our community partners relating to the mental health crisis response and addiction and substance abuse issues.   As Covid 19 left many of those resources unavailable, the Police were often the only available resource to people in their time of need. 

We still have a long road ahead in 2021 but we are ready to face any challenges!  We are very proud of the men and women of the Brockville Police who continually arrive at work ready to work.  Despite increased media and social media scrutiny, and all things Covid 19, our staff worked through the difficult times to do our best in keeping the public safe.  The Police Board working alongside Administration and the Brockville Police Association ensured we were providing the best service possible while keeping everyone safe.  Thanks for taking the time to review our Annual Report.

King Yee, Jr.
Chair, Brockville Police Services Board
Scott Fraser
Chief of Police

 

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