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Missing Person

Occurrence Type: BA14051628
Occurrence Number: Missing Person
Prepared by: Sgt Berriault
Missing Person
October 24th, 2014 - Major Press Release

The Barrie Police Service are requesting the assistance of the public to locate a missing person.  Nicholas Smith DOB: 16 Nov 96 was last seen at his residence on Royal Park at approx. 3:30 pm  Nicholas has down syndrome and most likely will be on foot.  The male is described as m/w, 5'3", skinny build, short brown hair with high forehead, last seen wearing a dark colour hoody, possibly wearing a red jacket and carrying a backpack.  If anyone has any information on his whereabouts please contact the Barrie Police Service

Acts Of Violence In Ottawa And Quebec

Acts Of Violence In Ottawa And Quebec
October 22nd, 2014 - Police & the Community

We are closely monitoring the events that happened in Ottawa today.  We are saddened by the acts of violence in St. Jean Sur Richelieu, Quebec on Monday and today in our nation’s capital, Ottawa.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those that have died and all Canadians who mourn today.

Chief Greenwood states:

‘There is no identified threat to our community.  However in light of these recent tragic events we can assure our community that Barrie Police Service will be highly visible within our city and public areas.  Barrie Police Service remains committed to the citizens of Barrie and the community; the safety of everyone is of paramount priority.’

We are asking the citizens of Barrie to be vigilant and if they witness suspicious activities to call police.

We will continue to monitor the situation with our community and safety partners.

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Emergency Support Unit: Search & Rescue Training Exercise

Emergency Support Unit: Search & Rescue Training Exercise
October 22nd, 2014 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Service Emergency Support Unit (ESU) will be conducting Search and Rescue training in the following areas:

 Wed Oct 22

  • Afternoon only: Dead end of Salem Road

Thurs Oct 23:

  • @ 2 pm: Dead end of Bryne Drive (Leons area) towards Harvie Road
  • @ 6 pm: Dead end of Salem Road/McKay Road Area

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Are Your Little Ones Safely Secured?

Are Your Little Ones Safely Secured?
October 21st, 2014 - Police & the Community

The Ontario Highway Traffic Act and the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada) govern our use of seat belts and child restraint systems in motor vehicles. The Barrie Police Service believes that the proper use of seat belts and child seating systems provides the safest environment to drivers and passengers within a motor vehicle, helping to protect against serious injury and death if involved in a motor collision.

Choosing, installing, and using the proper child seating system for your child is the law. Children must be buckled-up in a seat or restraint made for their weight, height, and age.

All child seats are different. Make sure you read the label on the child seat and the child seat manual carefully; to make sure your child fits the weight and height range of the restraint.

It is safest to keep your child in each stage for as long as possible.

Stage 1: Rear-facing child seat. A rear-facing child seat must be used from birth to a minimum of 10kg (22lbs), and at least until 1 year of age, and until your child can walk unassisted. All three criteria must be met before transitioning to Stage 2.

Transport Canada Stage 1 Information

Stage 2: Forward-facing child seat. A forward-facing child seat can be used after the child reaches 1 year of age, weighs over 10kgs (22lbs), and is walking unassisted. A child must remain in a forward-facing child seat until they reach 18 kg (40lbs).

Transport Canada Stage 2 Information

Stage 3: Booster seat. A booster seat can be used if your child weighs over 18kg (40lbs) and meets the height guidelines in your booster seat user manual. A booster seat must be used until your child reaches one of these criteria: weighs 36kg (80lbs), turns 8 years old, or reaches a minimum height of 145cm (4 feet 9 inches).

Transport Canada Stage 3 Information

Stage 4: Seatbelt. Once your child is weighs a minimum of 36kg (80lbs), turns 8 years old, or reaches a height of 145cm (4 feet 9 inches), they can use a seat belt if the shoulder belt rests on your child’s shoulder, never on the neck or arm and the lap belt is snug against your child’s hips, and not the stomach.

For More information:

Transport Canada - Keep Kids Safe

Thank You Hillcrest Public School!

Thank You Hillcrest Public School!
October 20th, 2014 - Police & the Community

Thank you Mrs. Sweeney and students from Hillcrest Public School for making Officer Hopper's visit to your classroom fun!

Officer Hopper visited some Hillcrest Tigers to talk about making good decisions!

Are You Man Enough To Walk A Mile In Her Shoes?

Are You Man Enough To Walk A Mile In Her Shoes?
October 17th, 2014 - Police & the Community

UPDATE: Monday October 20th, 2014

A huge thank you to all the men from Barrie Police and the community for participating this weekend in the 'Walk a Mile In Her Shoes'!

Thank you to Barrie Artist John David Hart for donating a beautiful sculpture that now has a home at The Barrie Women's and Children's Shelter.


This Sunday Barrie Police and many others will slip on red high heel shoes and 'Walk a Mile In Her Shoes' in support of the Women's and Children's Shelter of Barrie.

Join us in supporting this important event:

Sunday, October 19 at Heritage Park, Barrie
Registration, Shoe Fitting, Team Pictures: 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks and Kickoff Ceremony: 11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Walk Begins: 12:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: 12:30 p.m.
Prizes to top individual, top team, most spirited, and “Dude Looks Like a Lady”



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211 Resources

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October 16th, 2014 - Police & the Community

211 Helpline in Ontario can be used by anyone anywhere in Ontario.

Dawn Nelson Speaks About Her Mother Katherine Janeiro-Homicide Investigation From 1994

Occurrence Type: Homicide
Occurrence Number: BA941676155
Date of investigation: October 10th, 1994
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Dawn Nelson Speaks About Her Mother Katherine Janeiro-Homicide Investigation From 1994
October 15th, 2014 - Unsolved Major Crime Investigations

UPDATE: Thursday October 9th, 2014 @ 11:38 am

Janeiro Investigation Press Conference:


The homicide investigation of Katherine Janeiro reaches its 20th anniversary tomorrow. Katherine Janeiro was murdered in her apartment located at 258 Dunlop Street West in the City of Barrie. On October 10th, 1994 during the attack Katherine suffered multiple stab wounds and she succumbed to her injuries long before her friends found her lifeless body.

The Barrie Police Service began an investigation with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police Forensic Identification Bureau after being dispatched to the crime scene in 1994. After an extensive and exhaustive investigation the case was turned over to the Ontario Provincial Police in October of 1999 in order to facilitate an investigative technique that was beyond the scope of the Barrie Police Service at that time. Unfortunately the investigative technique did not yield any results that would assist the investigation in pursuing the suspect(s). In February of 2012, the investigation was turned back over to Barrie Police Service.

The Barrie Police Service has obtained hundreds of witness statements and collected hundreds of pieces of physical evidence throughout this investigation. We are currently working with the Center of Forensic Science to re-examining some of the existing evidence in light of scientific advancements in forensic analysis that have been made over the years. We have sought the opinion of experts in various investigative and scientific fields, including DNA analysis and DNA mixtures, both here in Canada and the United States.

The procedures and investigative techniques that I have mentioned have enabled investigators to eliminate certain persons of interest and have led police to identify suspects in the murder of Katherine Janeiro. At this time, we would like to reach out to people who were very close to Katherine or to this investigation.  We believe that there are people who are holding back key pieces of information out of fear, ultimately harbouring evidence that may be required to secure a conviction and bring closure to this investigation.

In 2007 the OPP launched a $50,000 reward campaign for the Katherine Janeiro homicide Investigation. Now that the investigation has been returned to the Barrie Police Service, investigators feel that the 20th anniversary of this crime would be an appropriate time to launch a NEW reward campaign to match the previous reward by the OPP.

The Barrie Police Service continues to work diligently on ALL of our cold case investigations and we are committed at solving the murder of Katherine Janeiro.

At this time, I would like to ask Dawn Nelson, Katherine Janeiro’s daughter, who was only 2 ½ years old at the time of her mother’s death to speak about Katherine and the need to bring closure after 20 years.

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Fake 50's Circulating In Barrie

Fake 50's Circulating In Barrie
October 15th, 2014 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Service Fraud Unit would like to make the public aware of fraudulent 50 dollar bills circulating throughout local business in Barrie.

Two fake 50 dollar bills surfaced as recently as yesterday.  Local businesses are asked to check all bills, especially 50 dollar bills and call police if they have any suspicions about the validity of the money and the person attempting to hand it over.


Robbery- Meridan Bank Video-ADDITIONAL Video Link

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Robbery- Meridan Bank Video-ADDITIONAL Video Link
October 15th, 2014 - Police & the Community

Occurrence: BA14049859

Occurrence Type: Robbery- Meridan Bank



On the 14th day of October 2014 at 2:38pm, a lone suspect entered the “Meridan” bank located at #18 Collier St. in the city of Barrie and committed a robbery.

The suspect demanded money from the teller.  There was no mention of any weapon nor was any weapon observed by witnesses.

The suspect made off with an undisclosed about of currency and no employees or customers were injured as a result of the robbery.

Suspect Description:

Male white, 5’10-6’3” tall, slender/thin build.  Wearing a black knit balaclava, dark clothing and light coloured gloves.

The suspect fled the scene on foot in a westerly direction. The K9 unit was utilized but, had negative results due to high pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the immediate area.

The investigation is continuing and video will be released if it is obtained.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Barrie Police Service Investigative Services at (705)725-7025 at  or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477