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Junior Constable Camp at Barrie Police Service!

Junior Constable Camp at Barrie Police Service!
July 28th, 2014 - Police & the Community

Junior Constable Camp

Today is the first week of the Junior Constable Camp that will be running for the summer! 

The Barrie Police Community Services Unit has teamed up with the County of Simcoe District School Board to put on the Junior Constable Camp. 

Teachers from schools across the city have nominated students to take part in this once in a lifetime camp.  The students were selected based on the idea that they would otherwise not have had the opportunity to attend a summer camp this year.

The students will be with the Barrie Police Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.  Their days will resemble some of the things a police officer is engaged in such as:

• Forensic Identification
• Interviewing
• Drill/Marching
• Physical fitness with the Training Unit
• Marine patrols and much more!

Finally, the week ends with a trip to Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto and a graduation ceremony!

This morning the students took their Oath of Secrecy with Chief Greenwood.

The Junior Constable Camp is the result of funding, $10,000.00, through a Provinical P.A.V.I.S grant.

Barrie Police will soon have some new junior constables as part of our team!  Good luck and have fun!

 

Press Release - Daytime Edition: July 25, 2014

Press Release - Daytime Edition

Today Barrie Police Traffic unit partnered with Georgian College Nursing Program, where students are educating the public on the dangers of distracted driving. They provided will be literature and ...
Posted July 25, 2014 | Read more

Officer Rescues Skunk!

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Officer Rescues Skunk!
July 25th, 2014 - Police & the Community

PC Gastmeier successfully rescues a skunk who got a glass jar stuck on it's head!

Great work and she didn't get sprayed!

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 ccjsccsj@statcan.gc.ca 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

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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

UPDATE JULY 28TH, 2014:

Speeding…..Easy Does It Blitz!

The Barrie Police Traffic Unit along with members of the Uniform Patrols Division took part in the “Easy Does It!” Blitz between the 21st July and the 28th July 2014. The focus of this initiative was to educate the public on the dangers of excessive speed while driving.  Officers were directed to take a zero tolerance position in regards to speeders during this period.  Speeding is a leading factor in most serious accidents today.

As a result of the blitz, a total of 210 speeding tickets were issued to motorists, 3 charges for Driving While Suspended after being stopped for speeding, and 8 charges for Careless Driving.   These numbers at first glance seem rather concerning, but they are trend that we are seeing more and more.  Driver’s seem to be rushing everywhere in this busy world we live, and this poses a direct threat not only to their safety, but the safety of other motorists and pedestrians in our City.  The message is clear….SLOW DOWN, and follow the posted speed limits with the City of Barrie.  Speed effects a vehicles handling, control and stopping distance, which leads to collisions.  Obeying the speed limit will allow you to arrive at your destination without being involved in a collision. 

 

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

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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 info@barriepolice.ca 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

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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: