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Barrie In Top Ranking For Safest City

Barrie In Top Ranking For Safest City
July 23rd, 2014 - Police & the Community

July 23rd, 2014 – Police and the Community

Statistics Canada has released the 2013 Crime Severity Index Data.   The Crime Severity Index (CSI), which measures the severity of crime, has decreased by 9% on the national level.

Barrie’s 2013 overall CSI is reported at 47.6% which is a noteworthy change from the 2012 overall CSI which was reported at 56.7.                                                                      

Barrie’s Violent CSI is reported at 47.1 is slightly reduced from the 2012 report of 53.1 and Barrie’s Non-violent CSI is reported at 47.7 down from the 2012 report of 57.9.

Based on its comparators the Barrie Census Metropolitan Area is ranked one of the three safest communities with a population of at least 100,000 of which 50,000 or more live in the urban core.  Barrie is ranked 33 of 33 Census Metropolitan Areas with a population of a least 100,000 of which 50,000 or more live in the urban core. (1 = highest and 33 = lowest index/rate).  Utilizing the Statistics Canada data those communities ranked between 1 and 30 would have a higher severity of crime reported than Barrie and those ranked 32nd and 33rd would have a lower severity of crime reported. 

What is the Crime Severity Index?

The Crime Severity Index (CSI) is a measure of police-reported crime that reflects the relative seriousness of individual offences and tracks changes in crime severity.  First introduced in 2009 it complements two other measures of crime; the police-reported Crime Rate, which measures the volume of crime, and victimization survey data, which measure Canadians’ experiences of crime.

What can the Crime Severity Index be used for?

The index gives us a different view of crime and allows us to answer questions that were not easily answerable previously, such as:  Is police reported crime in Canada more serious than it was last year?  Is police reported crime in my jurisdiction more or less serious than in another jurisdiction?  Has police reported crime become more serious over time?

What does the Crime Severity Index tell us?

The Crime Severity Index tells us if police reported crime was relatively more or less serious than in previous years.  For ease of interpretation, the index is converted to 100 for the base year.  For jurisdictions, the Crime Severity Index is particularly useful in determining if police reported crime has become more or less serious over time, or if police reported crime is more or less serious in one area than another.

How is the Crime Severity Index calculated and are the weights updated regularly?

The seriousness of each offence is determined by using objective sentencing data from the nation’s courts.  Each individual offence is “weighted” according to the severity of the sentences handed down by judges.  Sentencing data come from Statistics Canada Adult and Youth Courts Surveys.  Weights for the Index are based on the average of five years of courts sentencing data and they are updated every five years, using the most recent data available from the courts.  It should be noted that outliers (atypically very long and unique sentences for a given offence) are not included in the average.

What is a Census Metropolitan Area?

A census metropolitan area (CMA) consists of one or more neighbouring municipalities situated around a major urban core.   A CMA must have a total population of at least 100,000 of which 50,000 or more live in the urban core.  To be included in the CMA, other adjacent municipalities must have a high degree of integration with the central urban area, as measured by commuting flows.  The Barrie CMA consists of the Barrie Police Service and the South Simcoe Police Service. Stats Canada reports that the crime severity Index for the Barrie CMI is 42.8, down 14% from 2012 51.3.

Where can I obtain more information?

For more information on the Crime Severity Index and other police-reported crime statistics, please contact the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics at or at 1-800-387-2231

The Barrie Police Service remains committed to our citizens to identify the necessary strategies that will further decrease crime in an effort to make Barrie a safer community.

We remain… ‘committed to our community’.

For further information or clarification regarding this release please contact:
Media Relations Unit at (705)725-7025 extension 2926 or 2210

Robbery-One Male Still Wanted

Robbery-One Male Still Wanted
July 22nd, 2014 - Police & the Community

UPDATE: July 22nd, 2014

Photo released of second outstanding suspect.  Anyone with information are asked to contact D/Cst Nicolle #7073 at (705)725-7025 extension 2731 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477


On Saturday July 19th, 2014 at approximately 6:45am two males attended Tim Horton’s located at 80 Bradford Street, Barrie.  The males placed an order before telling the clerk to open the till.  The clerk fled to the back while one male grabbed the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation donation box and fled on foot.

Investigators identified one of the suspects captured on video surveillance and a warrant was obtained to arrest the 28 year old man of no fixed address.

Today, at 7:38am Barrie Police Service located this wanted man downtown.  The male was arrested for Robbery and Theft.  He was held for bail.

The second suspect is still outstanding.  He is described as a white male, approximately 5’9” tall, thin build, wearing a black hooded sweater, black pants and black running shoes. Anybody with information can contact Det/Cst. Nicolle #7073 of the Barrie Police Service.

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Barrie Police Speed Enforcement Safety Week July 21st – 28th, 2014

Barrie Police Speed Enforcement Safety Week   July 21st – 28th, 2014
July 21st, 2014 - Police & the Community

In its continued efforts to enhance road and pedestrian safety, the Barrie Police Service –Traffic Unit will be leading a sustained effort during the week of July 21st – 28th to focus on a Speed Enforcement initiative called “Easy Does It”.

The issue of excessive speed is directly related to most accidents. Studies conducted by Transport Canada indicate that 27% of all fatalities and 19% of serious injuries caused in accident were as a result of speeding.

Further characteristics of fatal collisions involving speeding include:

  • 40% of speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes were 16 to 24 years of age
  • Most drivers killed in speed-related crashes were the ones speeding
  • 80% of young adult passengers who were killed in a speeding crash were in the vehicle with a speeding driver of similar age
  • Single-vehicle crashes accounted for more than 50% of speeding deaths and serious injuries;
  • One in three speeding drivers involved in a fatal crash had been drinking
  • Urban roads at night are the primary location for fatal crashes involving young adult drivers, speed, and alcohol since urban areas have a high concentration of bars, restaurants and other places where alcohol is served

“Most traffic accidents are preventable” explains Barrie Police Traffic Sergeant Glen Furlong. “It seems everyone is in a rush to get nowhere fast.  Drivers are rushing around at excessive speed, driving aggressively on our city streets. As a community, we need to modify our driving habits and simply slow down to ensure everyone’s safety“.

Officers throughout the Barrie Police Service will be at various locations in the City conducting speed enforcement during this week long initiative.  They will be issuing infractions for all violations that relate to speed.

The Barrie Police Traffic Unit is committed to road and pedestrian safety.


Help Name Our New K-9 Member

Help Name Our New K-9 Member
July 18th, 2014 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police Service would like you to help us name our new K-9 Member.  We are holding a colouring contest for children ages 4- 12 years old.  Contest closes Friday August 8th 2014, and the winner will be notified by Barrie Police.  Submit an entry by email to or in person/mail to

  • 29 Sperling Drive Barrie, ON L4M 6K9
  •  Attention Media Unit: K-9 Colouring Contest.
  • Winner will receive 4 passes to Canada's Wonderland

About Barrie Police Service K-9 Unit

The Barrie Police Service currently has three canine teams.  The canines typically begin their policing career at the age of 18months. Barrie Police Service newest K-9 member is a  German Shepard/ Malinois mix breed  from Slovakia. K-9 units are deployed for tracking individuals, searching buildings, locating evidence, search and rescue of missing people, detection of drugs, criminal apprehension and protection of their partner the K-9 handler.

When these teams are called in for a task it may have the potential for significant physical demands such as occurring in severe weather conditions.  These factors can make the task exhausting on them as tracking a suspect may last several minutes to several days.  Often in situations lasting numerous hours another K-9 team will be on standby for relief.

The teams are expected to maintain an exceptional level of physical fitness and have continuous weekly training exercises throughout their career for both the handler and K-9 member.

The K-9 teams are more than just partner’s on the job; duty, off-duty the teams reside together and the handler is the caregiver.  Often upon retirement of the K-9 member which usually occurs after 9 years of service, the handler assumes all responsibly for the canine including food, shelter, and veterinary services.  The officer’s in this unit, and any officer wishing to become a member of the unit, are aware of the demanding expectations placed upon them and still seek out these competitive positions.
The commitment from these K-9 teams to the Barrie Police Service is a combination of dedication and passion.  We would like to recognize all of our K-9’s and their handlers.  We thank them for their service and devotion to the Barrie Police Service and welcome our newest K-9 member to the family.


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Press Release - Daytime Edition: July 17, 2014

Press Release - Daytime Edition

On July 17th around 6:00am police conducted a traffic stop in the south end of Barrie resulting in an arrest. Investigation revealed the driver, a 48 year old Barrie male was prohibited from ...
Posted July 17, 2014 | Read more

Theft of Trailer

Theft of Trailer
July 16th, 2014 - Police & the Community


Barrie Police would like to know  if you have seen this trailer.  The trailer is very distinct, it is black in colour and has white lettering on the rear "Moritz", with Ontario marker L58 25J.  The trailer was stolen during the night from a parking lot in the area of Bellfarm road. and St. Vincent street.

If you have any information regarding this theft please contact Barrie Police Service Cst. Adam Tombs at 705-725-7025 extension 2974 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Fraud Scam

July 16th, 2014 - Fraud Alert

Barrie Police have been notified of another telephone prize scam occurring in our area offering a cruise to the Bahamas.

This scam is an automated call that request you to follow numerous prompts and enter personal information such as your credit card number and other personal information. 

Please be cautious when providing personal information.  There is never a rush to give out your personal information.   

For more information on how to educate your self with these types of scams please refer to:

Preventing Opiod Deaths (POD) Program

Preventing Opiod Deaths (POD) Program
July 15th, 2014 - Police & the Community

On July 7th, 2014 the SMDHU is launching the POD (Prevent Opioid Death) Program, a harm reduction initiative that distributes Naloxone kits to opioid drug users. The purpose of the POD program is to put Naloxone into the hands of people who use opioids in Simcoe Muskoka so that they can use it in the event of an overdose. The Health Unit will provide training to interested clients who use opioids and upon completion of training will give the client a take home POD kit.

The POD program is part of a province-wide response to the alarming increase in the number of deaths from opioid overdose in Ontario. Provincially, deaths connected with opioid use have risen 41 per cent over the last decade. In Simcoe Muskoka, there were 31 overdose deaths in 2012. Simcoe and Muskoka has a 29% greater opioid related death experience relative to Ontario.

Up until now Naloxone has only been available through specially trained advanced-care paramedics in Simcoe County, or at hospitals. Before receiving the POD kit, individuals will be trained in the use of the Naloxone. POD kits will be provided at all health unit locations, as well as in the community at set drop-in training sessions.


Making Crime Reporting easier along with the OPP.

Making Crime Reporting easier along with the OPP.
July 9th, 2014 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police Service and OPP offering on-line crime reporting for minor incidents.

To find out more information or to report a crime see the "online crime reporting" link above.





Texing and Driving Statistics

Texing and Driving Statistics
July 7th, 2014 - Police & the Community

11 teen deaths EVERYDAY are due to texting and driving.  Put the phone away and keep your eyes on the road.  Drive safe!

Texting and Driving STATS