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2020 Annual Report

Message from the Barrie Police Services Board Chair

As the new Chair of the Barrie Police Services Board, it is my pleasure to be able to present the 2020 Annual Report of the Barrie Police Service.

When 2020 began, we were excited for our upcoming move, and launching our new Strategic Plan. Although the year turned out much differently than anyone had expected, the Service and the Board continued to work together to ensure adequate and effective policing.

This year’s budget process was the most open and transparent we have ever had. Our public engagement included a budget questionnaire, letters, as well as deputations. On behalf of the Board, I thank everyone who took the time to learn more about the Service and share their feedback. As well, our 2020 Community Safety Survey also gathered more than 1,600 responses. You will find some of the results of that survey within this Annual Report, and the data collected also guides the Service’s focus for the coming year.

I would like to thank the other members of the Board for their commitment and dedication to their roles. This year saw Linda Collins finish her term as a provincial appointee, and we thank her for her years of dedicated service as a member of the Board. In her place, we welcomed new member Arif Khan. A second Deputy Chief position was also added. We were proud to announce the internal appointment of Deputy Chief R. Wyllie Allan and thank retiring Deputy Chief Ken Weatherill for his commitment to policing throughout his career. On behalf of the entire Board, we thank Chief Greenwood and the Leadership Team, as well as all members of the Barrie Police Service for their ongoing dedication during this challenging year.

This past year was unprecedented in terms of challenges faced by police services, and through it all, I have been honored to be a part of this organization. Our Members continue to deliver exceptional service to our community, while taking on countless other challenges related to the pandemic.

I look forward to continuing to work towards implementation of the goals and priorities outlined in our Strategic Plan.


Greg Ferguson
Board Chair

Message from the Chief of Police

On behalf of the Barrie Police Service, I am pleased to present the 2020 Annual Report. This report covers a year that has been full of new challenges and opportunities. Through it all, I am proud of the way our members responded and ensured that we never lost focus on our responsibility to the community, and our commitment to public safety.

There is no question that 2020 has been challenging for everyone. When we rang in the new year, no one was expecting that this would be the year that would see a global pandemic, widespread calls to re-examine policing budgets, and increased focus on diversity and equality.

However, throughout all of this, 2020 was also the year that reminded us why we do the job that we do. Our members, whether they are civilian or sworn, are drawn to a career in policing to help people when they need it most. When people are struggling, when people feel unsafe, that is when our officers and the civilian members that work alongside them, step up and step forward. This past year will certainly be one that is remembered for how difficult it was for many of us, but I also look back at 2020 with pride, as it was a year that allowed our members, day after day, to help our community through an extremely tough time. Whether it was through online Barrie Police Service presentations to youth, virtual remand hearings and officer testimony for court matters, delivering donated dinners to the displaced vulnerable population, or closing roads to allow demonstrators to safely make their way through our streets, our members have exhibited nothing but the highest levels of professionalism, dedication and commitment this year, as they do every year.

In early 2020, our Service moved to a new Headquarters, combining three locations into one, and did so without any interruption to emergency services. We welcomed a second Deputy Chief and launched a body-worn camera pilot project involving more than 20 officers. In November, we made the largest seizure of cocaine and Canadian currency in the history of our Service, which made a significant impact on the drug trafficking in our city.

The issues we have faced in 2020 will not vanish with the change of year. To help address these issues, we will continue with innovative and collaborative initiatives such as the systemic review of our Service, partnerships between policing and other social service agencies and incorporating evidence-based practices into our work. We will continue to serve our community, as we position our Service to meet the needs of our growing and changing city.

The year 2020 will not soon be forgotten, but what I will remember most is how our members, and our community, pulled together to protect the most vulnerable, and to protect each and every one of us.

We look forward to being able to see you all in person again soon.


Kimberley Greenwood
Chief of Police

Board Chair Greg Ferguson


Policing excellence to ensure a safe and secure community.


To enhance our community by providing professional, accountable and sustainable police services.


Through our actions and dedication, we model the principles of

Diversity and

Photo Disclaimer: Some photos and/or videos in this report were taken prior to the recommendations around physical distancing and wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.). What is pictured does not necessarily reflect the current guidelines on distancing and wearing of P.P.E.

2020 Organizational Chart Changes

  • Added Second Deputy Chief Position
  • Added Case Management Unit
  • Added Sergeant position in Professional Standards Unit
  • Auditor moved to Strategic Planning
  • Community Outreach And Support Team moved to Operational Support
  • Property & Evidence moved to Risk Management
  • Risk Management moved to Professional Standards Unit

Barrie Police Services Board

The Barrie Police Services Board is comprised of civilian members that provide oversight of the Service and ensure that the City of Barrie is provided with adequate and effective policing. As outlined in Section 31(1) of the Ontario Police Services Act the Board reviews and approves policies such as the Strategic Plan, the annual budget submission to City Council, and is responsible for collective bargaining with the police associations. The Board meets regularly throughout the year and moved to virtual meetings in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  These meetings are available to the public to watch live at BarriePolice.ca, or to view on YouTube.

Angela Lockridge

Angela Lockridge

Board Chair

Greg Ferguson

Greg Ferguson

Vice Chair

Sarah Young

Sarah Young

Board Administrator

Councillor Thomson

Councillor Thomson

Arif Khan

Arif Khan

Mayor Jeff Lehman

Mayor Jeff Lehman

Deputy Chiefs

Former Deputy Chief Ken Weatherill

Deputy Chief R. Wyllie Allan - Appointment

On July 29, 2020 the Barrie Police Services Board was pleased to announce the appointment of Inspector R. Wyllie Allan to the position of Deputy Chief – Support Services.

With the continued growth of the city the role of Deputy Chief – Support Services, enables the Service to support the changing needs of the community. Deputy Chief Allan is currently leading the introduction and integration of Next Generation 9-1-1, and is responsible for Support Services including Finance, Information Technology, Operational Support and Records and Information Management Services.

Deputy Chief Allan served 11 years with the Toronto Police Service, prior to joining the Barrie Police Service in May of 2000. He has worked in a variety of roles including Courts, Media, the Downtown High Enforcement Action Team (H.E.A.T.), Communications, Corporate Support, Professional Standards, and since 2017, as the Executive Services Inspector.

He is also a graduate of the Rotman School of Business – Police Leadership Program, working towards a Master of Public Safety through Wilfrid Laurier University, is a Critical Incident Commander, and a designated Hearing Officer under the Police Services Act.

Former Deputy Chief Ken Weatherill

Deputy Chief Ken Weatherill - Retirement

On October 23, 2020 the Barrie Police Services Board announced that after 35 years in policing, Barrie Police Service Deputy Chief Ken Weatherill would retire on November 13, 2020.

Deputy Chief Weatherill began his career in 1986, with the Hamilton Police Service where he served in progressively responsible positions.

Deputy Chief Weatherill joined the Barrie Police Service in 2017 and worked with local organizations, community based Diversity and Inclusion Operational Committee and introduced the Service’s Neighbourhood Policing Model.

Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus

As of March 16, 2020, the new Barrie Police Service headquarters located at the Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus, 110 Fairview Road, is fully operational.

Construction on 110 Fairview Road began in November 2017, and by March 7, 2020, the Service began moving to the new Campus. Throughout the move the Barrie Police Service maintained business continuity, with no service interruptions, and was completely operational just prior to COVID-19 restrictions coming into effect. The transition to a single location has proven to be a definite advantage in managing the pandemic response.

Partnering with other First Responders, the Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus brings together the Barrie Police Service, Simcoe County Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service. It also provides additional space for Barrie Police Service partners such as Victim Services of Simcoe County and the Collision Reporting Centre (Accident Support Services International Limited). The Campus provides cost-efficiencies, and its central location allows for a more effective response across the community.

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The Information Technology Unit was integral in ensuring our new location was fully operational and prepared for the arrival of the Service.


Pandemic Response

Mandatory P.P.E. Deployment

The Service has been a leader at the forefront of early adoption in health and safety protocols including mandatory Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) both inside the Barrie Police Service Headquarters and in the community.

Active Screening Practices

When COVID-19 restrictions first came into effect, Barrie Police Service acted early across all Units and maintained high standards throughout the Pandemic. We were one of the first police services to implement active screening for all members reporting to work.


The Service introduced an on-site decontamination room for personnel, equipped with defoggers, and a machine designed to rapidly disinfect, sanitize, and protect police equipment and gear.


The Information Technology Unit ensured the Barrie Police Service had digital devices and communication channels enabled to support the needs of the virtual work environment.

New Deployment Model

Barrie Police Service launched a Police Operations Centre in early March. This served as a centralized location to respond to pandemic needs while focusing on ensuring the continued provision of core policing services to enhance public safety.

Constant Communication

The Service holds an active role in the City of Barrie Emergency Operations Centre and focuses on helping educate the community about new COVID-19 related legislation.

Members of the Barrie Police Service worked closely with City of Barrie Municipal Law Enforcement Officers, and Public Health Inspectors to respond to calls for service regarding COVID-19 regulations and restrictions. Members kept up-to-date with changing restrictions, utilizing several different pieces of legislation including the:


  • Health Protection and Promotion Act
  • Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
  • Quarantine Act
  • Reopening Ontario Act

Shifting services for online accessibility

Barrie Police Service adapted and shifted services for members and the community to be accessible in an online format or by alternative means while maintaining physical distancing and adhering to public health requirements.

View online services at barriepolice.ca/services

Thank You

The City of Barrie custodial staff continue to go above and beyond with exceptional cleaning efforts and extraordinary support provided to our Service throughout the transition to the new building, and during the pandemic. All members of the Custodial Staff were awarded Chief’s Coins for their dedicated contributions.

Collaboration with Community Partners

The Barrie Police Service holds an active role within the City of Barrie Emergency Operations Centre (E.O.C.), and works collaboratively with community partners, to ensure an effective response during the Provincial and Municipal State of Emergency, and pandemic response. E.O.C. members include the City By-Law, Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Simcoe County Paramedic Services, and local social service-based organizations.

Corporate Communications

Social Media

Social media is an essential communication tool that promotes community engagement and collaboration. It serves as a platform to distribute immediate updates and has proven to be a successful investigative tool. The public has helped locate missing persons, identify suspects, and provide valuable feedback regarding the Service and its initiatives. Social media is aligned with the 2020-2022 Strategic Priorities and has helped increase awareness and strengthened engagement with residents to ensure a safe and secure community.

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Facebook Followers

Twitter Followers

Instagram Followers


YouTube Video Views

Crime Prevention, Community Safety & Law Enforcement

Social media alerts the public to safety risks in our community. It highlights enforcement and awareness initiatives throughout the year, such as Operation Impact focusing on road safety, and Crime Prevention Month.

Community Engagement & Collaboration

The Barrie Police Service uses social media to share information around engagement opportunities, and community events and initiatives that our
members take part in. Social media is an effective tool to mobilize the public in high-profile, non-criminal occurrences such as missing persons investigations.

Organization Excellence & Sustainability

As a Service which prides itself on being a leader in policing, social media is used to share information with the public on initiatives and programs available to the community and our members. Examples include the Body-Worn Camera Pilot Project and enhanced online reporting.


A centralized online space to connect, learn and share with the Barrie Police Service. Residents can stay informed and access online resources and reporting tools including:

  • Damage/Mischief to Property
  • Damage/Mischief to Vehicle
  • Key Holder Registry
  • Lost Property
  • Report a Bully
  • Record Checks
  • Theft from Vehicle
  • Theft of Gas
  • Theft Under $5,000
  • Traffic Complaint
  • Vulnerable Person Registry

Learn more at barriepolice.ca/services

In the year 2020 there were 143,809 website visits with the most popular pages being:

Join Our Team


Media Releases


Police Constable Requirements


Records & Information Management Services


Special Constable/Court Security Requirements

Community Engagement

Members of the Barrie Police Service volunteered in-person at community events prior to pandemic restrictions and continue to seek innovative ways to participate virtually.

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  • Barrie Food Bank Donations
  • Barrie PRIDE
  • Black History Month Luncheon at the Sandbox
  • Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police COVID-19 Symposium
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Coldest Night of the Year
  • Hospice Simcoe Gala
  • Law Enforcement Torch Run
  • Leadership Team Diversity Training
  • Mask & Mitten Tree
  • Movember
  • Ontario Provincial Police Accolade Awards
  • Roundtable – Provincial Strategy Design Victim Supports and Anti-Human Trafficking Enforcement at Queen’s Park
  • Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
  • Police & Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day
  • Rock 95/Kool FM Toy Drive
  • Run for Nova Scotia
  • Run to Remember
  • Seniors Secret Santa
  • Women in Business Awards

    “Barrie Police was one of the first Partner for Life organizations in Barrie and remains one of
    the most dedicated, consistently filling our beds when we need it most, around long weekends
    when the need can be greater. We couldn’t be more proud to partner with them in saving lives!”

    Elaine St. Pierre

    Territory Manager, Donor Relations & Collections ON, Canadian Blood Services

    Throughout the year, local companies also donated items ranging from personal protective equipment, including sanitizer and masks, to breakfast or lunches that the Service delivered to displaced and vulnerable members of the community.

    Personnel & Recruiting

    The Human Resources Unit is responsible for recruitment of both sworn and civilian personnel. The Barrie Police Service continues to be a top choice for those seeking to enter a career in policing. Our Recruiting Team receives hundreds of applications every year for positions within the Service and strives to uphold fair and equitable recruiting practices to ensure our membership reflects our values and our community.

    In 2020 we welcomed new members in both sworn and civilian roles to bring our Service up to the allocated complement. With COVID-19 limiting travel and face-to-face meetings, Recruiters worked to ensure effective screening and review of candidates despite new challenges.

    Sworn Members

    Leadership Team


    Staff Sergeants






    Total Sworn Members


    Civilian Members

    Leadership Team


    Special Constables




    Total Civilian Members


    Constable Selection System

    2020 saw the implementation of the new Constable Selection System, as created by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of
    Police and adopted by police services across Ontario including the Barrie Police Service. This new system is designed to reduce various barriers in becoming a police officer. It provides the Service an opportunity to hire from a more diverse candidate pool. The Barrie Police Service strives to identify the most competitive and best suited individuals to become sworn members who will better reflect the makeup of our community and its unique identity.

    Human Resources

    Training & Professional Development

    Training and professional development opportunities support Barrie Police Service member adaptability for critical thinking and problem solving to align with the needs of the community and changing legislation. Member and community safety is a training priority. With the onset of COVID-19, all members completed the online Canadian Police Knowledge Network (C.P.K.N.) Infection Control and Pandemic Preparedness and Personal Protection Strategy for Infection Prevention and Control courses. The Service adheres to Public Health regulations where in-person training is mandated, and continues to expand online professional development opportunities.

    Training Hours


    Service Wide Hours


    Special Constable Hours


    Auxilary Officer Hours

    Professional Development Highlights

    • Cambridge University – Evidence-Based Policing
    • Canadian Police College Specialized Training
    • Canadian Police Knowledge Network Online Training
    • Intercultural Development Inventory Qualified Administrators
    • Mandatory & Specialized Internal Training
    • Ontario Police College Specialized Training
    • University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
      Police Leadership Program

    Operational Services


    2018 2019 2020
    Calls for Service* 64,998 74,112 66,280**
    911 Calls Received 25,014 30,425 31,876
    9 1 1 Calls Misdials 9,325 14,495 15,693
    Busiest Month of the Year May July July
    Busiest Day of the Week Friday Friday Friday

    *Computer Aided Dispatch (C.A.D.) Created Events

    Five Most Frequent C.A.D. Occurrences

    911 Call or Hang up

    Traffic Enforcement

    Police Assistance*

    Motor Vehicle Collision

    Traffic Related Complaint

    *includes a range of calls from checks on well-being to assisting other Police Services.

    Calls for Service include Emergency and Non-Emergency calls, either of which could result in criminal charges if warranted.



    Calls that require immediate police response to protect people and/or property. They may be non-criminal but are urgent.


    These are calls that may be criminal and have already taken place or are proactive enforcement measures such as traffic stops.

    Inside the Call

    Watch the video below for an inside look at how the Barrie Police Service responds to ensure a safe and secure community. 

    Paid Duty Events

    Organizations or members of the community may request a paid duty officer through the Barrie Police Service. These officers are off-duty and hired to provide a police presence for a range of functions. Costs of officers and vehicles are recovered by the Service from the organization.

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    Total Paid Duty Events


    Officer Hours


    Operational Services

    Community Outreach And Support Team

    2020 is the second full year of operation for the Community Outreach And Support Team (C.O.A.S.T.). Working collaboratively with several community partners the program provides proactive and reactive face-to-face crisis intervention and mental health support. This Unit is instrumental in helping to ensure members of the community have appropriate and timely supports in place for mental health and wellness.

    C.O.A.S.T. responds to multiple calls for service including, but not limited to:

    • Crisis calls
    • Concerns of safety & well-being
    • Emotional disturbances
    • Follow-up safety & well-being checks

    Although COVID-19 restrictions impacted several areas and services in our community, C.O.A.S.T. continued to operate without service interruptions to face-to-face services. The Unit strengthened its mandate and completed additional advancements including:


    • Enhance reporting tools & analytics
    • Expanded community partnerships
    • Implementation of the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Transfer of Care Protocol
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    Community Support & Response

    The Barrie Police Service continues to build on collaborative partnerships with the City of Barrie and community partners. Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were especially evident among members of the vulnerable population. The Service continued to operate the Crisis Outreach And Support Team Unit at full capacity despite restrictions and provided additional support through this difficult time.

    In support of the community, the Barrie Police Service also coordinated with the Busby Centre, the City of Barrie Bylaw, and other social agencies to ensure a peaceful and uneventful removal of persons from the area of Milligan’s Pond, as per local by-laws. The Barrie Police Service ensured residents of Milligan’s Pond were aware of services and support available for to them in regard to housing and overall health and well-being.

    Throughout the pandemic, C.O.A.S.T. continued doing inperson wellness checks. We also increased to two C.O.A.S.T. officers during this time, which has been benficial. While we’ve unfortunately seen an increase in mental health concerns, including people with no history of mental health concerns, our C.O.A.S.T. program has enhanced our referral system and transition process between front line officers and C.O.A.S.T. to ensure effective follow ups and to best serve those that are vulnerable in our community.”

    Constable Brown

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    Operational Services

    Alternate Response Unit

    The Alternate Response Unit investigates non-emergency calls for service that are derived from calls into the station or reported online. Comprised of officers stationed at the Barrie Police Service Headquarters, the Unit helps assure frontline deployment is maximized for emergency calls for service. Several successful investigations were completed in 2020, including the discovery of a theft ring which targeted local pharmacies.

    Operational Support


    The Communications Unit is a vital part of the Barrie Police Service and is preparing for the legislatively mandated transition from traditional 911 voice services to Next Generation 9-1-1, which will include Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and text messaging capabilities. The transition will ensure the Service is current with its technologies to ensure a safe and secure community.

    Phone Calls Processed by Communications


    2018 2019 2020
    Phone Calls Processed* 99,988 121,881 138,393

    *Calls processed include internal, emergency and non-emergency calls.
    These do not include online communication channels

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    Member Highlight

    For the past 28 years, Communicator Shirley Dunn has been one of the calm, capable voices answering 911 calls for the Barrie Police. In 2020 she retired & was given a fitting send-off as she left her final shift. 

    Court Services

    Responsible for the security and control of individuals who are in custody and must attend court, there were several changes due to COVID-19 restrictions.


    Video Court Appearances/Remote Testimony

    Due to Covid-19 several modifications were made to ensure the health and safety of our members of the Court Services Unit and the prisoners themselves. The use of video was introduced to address bail hearing and remands, which has improved time management and significantly decreased the number of prisoners lodged and transported to the Courthouse.


    Case Management

    While the creation of this Unit has been in the approval stage for a number of years, a pilot project was initiated in November 2020. This initiative is to ensure the robust completion of Crown Briefs for assistance with timeliness and the successful prosecution of Barrie Police Service cases.

    Operational Support

    Tactical Support Unit

    The Unit is comprised of highly trained and skilled officers who tactically manage and resolve high-risk events, with the safety of all involved as a top priority. Occurrences can range from a weapon related call or bomb threat, high-risk prisoner escorts, robberies and in progress break and enters.


    2019 2020
    Bomb Threat 1 1
    Break & Enter 7 2
    Presentations* 11 10
    Robbery 20 9
    Weapons 39 20
    TOTAL 78 42

     *Presentations include supporting school staff with debriefing & supporting lock-down drills 

    Tactical Resources

    • Breaching Equipment
    • Explosive Disposal Robot
    • Logistics Truck
    • Long Range Acoustical Device
    • Reconnaissance Robots
    • Remote Piloted Aircraft System
    • Rescue Vehicle


    2019 2020
    Alarm 1 3
    Assaults 9 10
    Break & Enters 16 22
    Controlled Drugs And Substances Act 8 11
     Missing Persons 7 10
    Robberies 40 14
    Stolen Vehicles 7 10
    Tracking Criminal Occurrence 89 66
    Tracking Non-Criminal Occurrence 14 14
    Weapons 8 9
    Warrants 15 21
    TOTAL CALLS 191 152


    K9 Retirement

    2020 marked the retirement of Barrie Police Service K9 Thor, who has been with the Barrie Police Service since 2011. Thor and his partner Constable John Lamont have conducted hundreds of tracks that resulted in countless criminal apprehensions, and missing persons located and evidence being found.

    Use the side arrows below to scroll through images of Thor. 

    Community Services Unit

    Responsible for Crime Prevention, School Resource Officers, and the Safety Patroller Program, the Community Services Unit has worked hard throughout the year to help ensure a safe and secure community.

    The Unit is able to deliver in-person and online presentation, focusing on areas including:

    • Collaborative partnerships
    • Fraud prevention
    • Human trafficking
    • Residential and commercial security
    • Technology-based crimes
    • Traffic safety
    • Vulnerable populations

    Visit the Barrie Police Service YouTube Channel to explore some of these topics further, as presented during the Virtual Crime Prevention Week: youtube.com/c/BarriePoliceService

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    Crime Prevention Week videos.

    Project Angry Bird

    The Community Services Unit investigated damage inflicted to several schools over the summer and fall. The investigation resulted in six arrests and five charges. The Community Services Unit also solved a $15,000 vandalism incident that occurred at a local high school in October.

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    Schools Support

     Schools Support Officers*

    Police Constables


    Special Constables


    *Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of Schools Unit Officers may have altered, and V.I.P.  presentation statistics span the period of January 2020 to March 2020


    School Visits

    Values, Influences & Peers program (V.I.P.)


    Patroller Training

    Inside Out - New Youth Program

    In June of 2020, the Barrie Police Service launched the research and development of a new evidence-based, youth-centered prevention program known as Inside Out. This is a multi-year prevention program that seeks to build relationships between officers and youth while adapting to different learning styles. It is anticipated Inside Out will be introduced to elementary schools in the fall of 2021. The importance of specialized training in trauma-informed approaches, equity, diversity and inclusion, for Service members delivering the program, was emphasized in the development of Inside Out.

     Schools Support conducted online presentations with youth groups and elementary school classes on a variety of safety related topics. The Unit maintains dialogue and engagement with youth in the community and has many innovative virtual activities planned for 2021.

    Schools Covered By Barrie Police Service

    School Presentations

    Values, Influences & Peers Programs

    Kids Zone

    Collaborate Barrie


    Top 5 Overall Risk Factors


    Mental Health


    Criminal Involvement


    Physical Health


    Basic Needs


    Anti-social / Negative Behaviour


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    Learn more about Collaborate Barrie at


    A community partnership representing key sectors in the human services system of Barrie that have come together with a common passion and goal of responding collaboratively to the needs of those in high-risk or crisis situation.


    Community Partners who Participate


    Primary Organizations


    Secondary / Tertiary Groups


     Acutely Elevated Risk
    cases brought forward to the Situation Table.

    Operational Support



    Our Traffic Unit applies evidence-based enforcement and proactive measures to enhance traffic safety throughout the community. The Municipal and Provincial Stay at Home Order reduced the volume of vehicles on roadways throughout the year, and 783 motor vehicle accident reports were recorded by Accident Support Services International Limited. This represents a 27% decline when compared to the year 2019. Non-fatal injuries totaled 234, a 29% decrease from 2019, while tragically there were also 10 fatal collisions.

    Alongside standard traffic safety initiatives, the Barrie Police Service implemented several education and research-based traffic measures including quarterly Traffic Unit enforcement, R.I.D.E. Programs, road safety awareness, education campaigns, and exploring new technology that can enhance traffic safety.

    Learn more in the Strategic Plan Update Report.
    Presented at the April 15, 2021, Board Police Services Board Meeting.

    Field Sobriety Course

    The Barrie Police Service hosted a Standardized Field Sobriety Course at the new Barrie Simcoe Emergency Campus and successfully trained 12 members.

    Drug Recognition Evaluations

    The Barrie Police Service had a 67% increase in Drug Recognition Evaluations. 55 were completed in 2020, compared to 33 in 2019.


    The Marine Unit oversees the safety of Kempenfelt Bay and assists our marine partners on Lake Simcoe including: the Coast Guard, Ontario Provincial Police, Durham and York Regional Police, and South Simcoe Police Service. Although marinas were closed for the early portion of 2020 the Unit remained vigilant and responded to all calls for service in our jurisdiction, completed vessel checks, and issued warnings for moving and equipment violations.


    Five Most Frequent Investigative Scenes Attended

    Death Investigations




    Missing People

     Forensic Identification

    2019 2020
    Assist Other Services 29 6
    Crime Scenes Attended 315 230
    D.N.A. Authorizations/Warrants/Consents 102 40
    Fail to Appear Identification 229 254
    Fingerprint/Photograph Destructions 36 20
    Investigations at Centre of Forensic Sciences 5 17
    Persons Fingerprinted/Photographed 1,366 2,629
    Photo Lineups 53 53


    Investigative Services Highlights

    2019 2020
    Controlled Drugs & Substances Act Charges Laid 83 173
    Criminal Code Charges Laid 1,720 1,561
    Estimated Street Value of Drugs Seized $1,401,100 $1,500,000


    Technological Crimes

    The Technological Crimes Unit obtains evidence from a large variety of digital devices that are used to commit crimes. This includes but is not limited to, cellular phones, tablets and computers.

     2019  2020
    Audio & Video Retrieval 60 50
    C.C.T.V. Downtown Video Request* 47 39
    C.C.T.V. Business Video Seized* 238 260
    Custody & Booking Video Retrieval 266 232
    Electronic Devices Seized 138 122
    Police Assist 5 6
    Residential Video Seized 58 30
    Vetting/Redacting of Video & Audio 15 19
    Video Analyzing, Image Clarity 163 190
    911 Calls Retreived for Investigation 328 410

    *C.C.T.V. – Closed-circuit television

    Investigative Services

    Street Crime & Drug Enforcement

    Project Glaze

    In July 2020 officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit commenced a four-and-a-half-month investigation into trafficking cocaine in the City of Barrie. Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrants were executed at four residences in Barrie and another in Innisfil. The Tactical Support Unit and K9 Unit were required to execute all high-risk warrant services and two high-risk vehicle stops which resulted in:


    Cocaine Seized

    Approx. 4.5 kg

    Money Seized


    People Charged


    Vehicles Seized



    Project Glaze - half a million dollars cash, 4.5 kilos of cocaine seized. 14 charges laid against 3 people

    This was the biggest drug investigation in the history of the Barrie Police Service.

    Project Moon

    This was the investigation of a Toronto street gang that was attempting to establish itself in Barrie. It attempted to use a downtown Barrie licensed establishment as a base. On April 24, 2020, The Tactical Support Unit executed three different high-risk search warrants across the City of Barrie. All searches were completed without incident including the arrest of a male who was wanted for a string of break and enters.

    People Charged


    Arrests Made


    Licensed Establishment Closed


    Investigative Services

    Victim Supports

    Board Navigation IconThe Barrie Police Service provides a range of supportive victim services and programs. Working collaboratively with subject matter experts and community partners, the Service continues to expand victim reporting methods and increase community awareness of victims and vulnerable groups. Partners include, but are not limited to Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling and Advocacy Centre, Barrie Native Friendship Centre, Gilbert Centre and Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie.

    Speak Out App – Canadian Framework for Collaborative Police Response on Sexual Violence

    Following the national launch of the Canadian Framework for Collaborative Police Response on Sexual Violence in December 2019, Barrie Police Service helped introduce Speak Out. Speak Out is a new online service that allows those who have experienced sexual assault or sexual violence to report it anonymously.

    Described as a “Crime Stoppers” type tool for sexual violence, Speak Out allows advocates and the Barrie Police Service to gain a better understanding of the types of occurrences, the locations, and the circumstances that are happening in our city related to sexual violence, which is known to be under reported.

    While filing a report through Speak Out is not the same as filing an official police report, the information might assist investigators in ongoing, or future sexual assault investigations, leading to a better chance of charges and convictions. The information gathered through these reports can help to strengthen our response to the community and shift the narrative around sexual violence.

    Users are not required to give their names and can always choose to report the occurrence to police later if they feel comfortable doing so.

    This program helps build on the national response and framework which continues to serve as a foundational guide for municipal, regional, provincial, and national police organizations to build upon in their own policies, inclusive of sexual violence reviews. Any information you provide is helpful and every word you share counts.

    For more information, or to fill out a report, please visit:


    Investigative Services

    Human Trafficking



    Investigations Criminal Code Charges Laid


    Notable Information

    • An investigation, led by the dedicated Barrie Police Service Human Trafficking Unit, resulted in the accused pleading guilty to multiple human trafficking-related charges.
    • All Sworn members completed Human Trafficking awareness training through the Canadian Police Knowledge Network.
    The Barrie Police Service is committed to ensuring the needs of residents are addressed in a timely and efficient manner. The Records and Information Management Services Unit enhanced its online services and continued to provide the community with records checks throughout the pandemic. The Service is continually working to further expand digital
    services to assist the public.


    2018 2019 2020
    Canadian Police Information Centre Entries 10,020 12,439 11,891
    COPLOGIC (Online Crime Reporting) Reports 1,202 1,420 2,241
    Fingerprint/Photograph Destruction Requests 74 77 27
    Freedom of Information Requests 452 426 255
    Motor Vehicle Collision 4,187 4,097 2,876
    Police Criminal Record Checks 12,018 11,748 7,138
    Occurrences 66,207 76,117 70,025
    Record Suspension Applications 120 103 76
    Vulnerable Persons Registered 100 102 128


    Records & Information Management Services

    Online Reporting

    Main Occurrences Reported Through COPLOGIC in 2020



    Property Related


     Expanding Online Services: Electronic Intake (E-Intake) Pilot Project

    Although the pilot began in November 2019 it was ongoing through 2020. Working closely with the Ministry of the Attorney General (M.A.G.) and Ontario Police Technology Information Co-operative to ensure success of the project and improve system efficiencies, E-Intake is now being rolled out to other police services across the province. This is improving operational efficiency by saving officers hours of waiting to have documents signed at the courthouse and reducing processing costs. E-Intake is completely electronic and is an integral part of the M.A.G. modernization strategy.


    Electronic Record Checks

    2020 introduced the ability to send record checks electronically and has reduced:

    • Costs
    • Wait times for record checks
    • Ecological footprint


    2020 Highlights

    Drug Submissions
    Firearms Submissions
    Investigative Property
    (D.N.A., swabs, etc.)
    Knife Seizures
    Property Submissions
    (Currency, identification, suspected counterfeit currency)
    Vehicle Impounds

    Fleet Services

    Front-Line Vehicles
    Remote Piloted Aircraft System 1
    Utility Vehicle
    Vehicles in the Fleet

    *Utility trailers are regular load-bearing trailers.

    The Barrie Police Service introduced several hybrid SUVs to the front-line fleet, which operate on electric and engine power. Preliminary data shows the hybrid SUVs have lowered idling time and reduce stress on the engine and fuel costs. The Service will continue to monitor these vehicles for cost-saving measures, conduct a fleet audit to look for efficiencies in operations, vehicle use, processes, and controls.

    Average kilometers annually traveled per front-line vehicle:


    Executive Services

    Evidence-Based Working Group

    The Barrie Police Service continues to transition to an evidence-based decision making model that encourages proactive policing practices. Members from all areas of the Service are engaged in various research projects that explore potential solutions to repetitive crimes and community concerns. These are further evaluated for effectiveness through collaborative partnerships with local community partners and post-secondary institutions across the Province. While some projects were placed on hold due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, programs were still tested through an evidence-based lens including, but not limited to:

    • Collaborative Crisis Response
    • Hot Spot Policing
    • Intimate Partner Violence
    • Youth Crime Prevention Programming

    The Barrie Police Service presented preliminary findings of various initiatives at the 2020 Criminology Consortium virtual conference.

    Forty-six members completed Cambridge University’s Online Evidence-Based Policing Course for Police Leaders. The Service has also filled an Organizational Researcher position to conduct research studies and educate members on evidence-based practices.

    Body-Worn Camera

    Body-Worn Camera research began in the year 2016, and the Barrie Police Service launched our own pilot program on October 13, 2020. Cameras were issued to front-line officers and used to capture video and audio evidence during police interactions. The digital material offers additional transparency to our  community and serves as visual evidence for court proceedings.

    Image of a body-worn camera on an officer's uniform

    Executive Services

    Digital Evidence Management System

    The Digital Evidence Management System is a centralized database that manages and stores digital evidence captured from scenes by officers and bystanders using electronic devices. This is an innovative way to manage digital evidence. It breaks down data silos and streamlines data management for strengthened operational efficiencies and abilities to address community issues.

    The Digital Evidence Management System Project originated as a joint pilot program between the Barrie Police Service and the Barrie Crown Attorney’s Office in November 2018. Collaborative support and inputs were received from the Provincial Traffic Court and Federal Crown Attorney throughout the pilot and led to the program’s successful implementation in 2020.

    The Barrie Police Service is an early adopter of this unique system. The Service is a leader in the implementation of the Digital Evidence Management System and developed multiple training videos, resources, and reference material to guide and assist other Services through the Province and the Ministry of the Attorney General in implementing the system. Our members are fully trained to use the Digital Evidence Management System as a centralized source to manage digital evidence and set a precedent for other Services.

    Executive Services

    Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

    The Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (E.D.I.) Committee was formed in 2019 with the mandate to enhance inclusivity and diversity by engaging our members and community through strengthened partnerships. The committee started with seven members and has grown to 10 members in 2020.

    The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis both saddened and shook the local community and Barrie Police Service. What took place was tragic and did not reflect the training Ontario Police Officers receive. In an effort to respond to this event, E.D.I. member Staff Sergeant Moorhouse participated in an organized video chat with the group ‘Mothers of Black Children’ and Sergeant Phillips spoke with the group ‘Fathers of Black Children’ to enhance relationships and encourage communication.

    The E.D.I. Committee continues to encourage conversation and introduce initiatives to model the principles of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence to ensure a safe and secure community.

    Some of the 2020 and ongoing initiatives include:

    • Active participation in community events
    • Exploring two-way communication & engagement with community partners, the public & members
    • Expanding cross-cultural awareness & professional development opportunities & resources
    • Participation in the Oath of Inclusivity for Barrie PRIDE, on behalf of the Barrie Police Service


    • Strengthening & expanding collaborative partnerships including, but not limited to:
      • Barrie PRIDE
      • Ethnic Mosaic Alliance
      • Georgian College International Students Association
      • Local Immigration Partnership Council
      • Simcoe-Muskoka Black Community Committee

    Executive Services

    Systemic Review of Organizational Culture & Systems

    With the increased focus on systemic issues in policing around the world, the Barrie Police Service has taken this opportunity, to proactively embark on a Systemic Review of Organizational Culture & Systems.

    The review will include an assessment of organizational culture, practices, and policies. It will identify any areas of improvement regarding response, processes, and engagement both internally and with the community. Part of the review has also included input from community focus groups made up of residents who volunteered their time.

    Overall, the year saw an increased focus on policing, and the role of the Barrie Police Service in the community. On June 29, 2020, the Barrie Anti-Racism Task Force, funded in part by the Barrie Police Service, was established by Barrie City Council. Throughout the summer of 2020, the Service also worked with Black Lives Matter organizers to ensure peaceful and safe demonstrations were held within the community.

    As the City of Barrie continues to grow the Barrie Police Service strives to enhance the community by providing professional, accountable, and sustainable policing services.

    Executive Services

    Professional Standards & Risk Management

    Classification of Public Complaints Accepted by O.I.P.R.D.*






    Policy / Service


     *O.I.P.R.D.- Office of the Independent Police Review Director


    Conduct & Police / Service Complaint Dispositions




    Formal Discipline

    0 0 0

    Informal Resolution / C.S.R.* / Local Resolution / E.R.**



    4 2 3





     *C.S.R. – Customer Service Resolution  **E.R. – Early Resolution

    Public Complaints




    Total Complaints Not Accepted by O.I.P.R.D.*


    Total Number of O.I.P.R.D.* Complaints


     *O.I.P.R.D.- Office of the Independent Police Review Director

    C.I.I.C.C.* Report




    Total Occurrences


    *C.I.I.C.C. – Collection of Identifying Information in Certain Circumstances


    Barrie Police Service


    The Barrie Police Service hosts an annual awards ceremony that recognizes bravery, exceptional achievements and the efforts of numerous citizens and members of the Service. The Awards Ceremony was scheduled to take place April 16, 2020. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions the event was cancelled, and members were recognized through digital channels. The following lists the 2020 recipients.


    Amie Doucett
    Canada Border Services Agency

    Detective Constable Ashley Hogg
    Ontario Provincial Police

    Detective Constable Jeffrey Wright

    Detective Constable Justin Ford

    Detective Constable Lindsay White

    Detective Constable Michelle Jansen

    Detective Constable Sherri Span
    Ontario Provincial Police

    Detective Constable Vicki Thisdelle

    Kathryn Chytuk

    Mohammed Al-Shalchi
    Canada Border Services Agency

    Natasha Moodley
    Canada Border Services Agency

    Staff Sergeant Bryan Daley

    Staff Sergeant Valarie Gates

    Stephen McCammon
    Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

    Sunny Marriner
    Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review Project Lead


    Constable Kody Groh
    Constable Jamie Todd
    Constable James Westcott
    Grant Hipgrave
    K9 Serge
    Katia Giraldo
    Kim Quigley
    Mark Turcotte
    Nicola Davies
    Special Constable John Peacock
    Special Constable Michael Boucher
    Special Constable Supervisor Teresa Hummell
    Sergeant Tanya Lynch



    Constable Jackie Parkin



    Matthew Anderson



    Wayne Cameron



    Kirsty Chubb
    Sharon Dow
    Trishawna Patterson



    Diane Bruder
    Kim Burt


    Constable Benjamin Hayes (x2)
    Constable Emily Harris
    Constable Jason Dorion
    Constable Joshua Knight
    Constable Matthew Baker
    Detective Constable David Koopmans
    Detective Constable Jason Storey
    Detective Constable Vicki Thisdelle
    Sergeant Christopher Alton
    Staff Sergeant Valarie Gates



    Constable Curtis Reid
    Constable Daniel Schaly
    Constable James Peters
    Constable James Westcott
    Constable Jason Dorion
    Constable John Lamont
    Constable Jonathan Watt
    Constable Matthew Marshall
    Constable Trevor Crosby
    Sergeant Jelena Rajkovic
    Sergeant Michael Ross




    Constable Gary Turner
    Constable Janet Schefter
    Deputy Chief R. Wyllie Allan

    Barrie Police Service

    Total Property Crime Occurrences




    Break & Enter
    Possession of Stolen Property
    Theft Over $5,000
    Theft Under $5,000
    Total Clearance Rate

    Total Violent Crime Occurrences




    All Assaults
    828 909
    All Sexual Assaults
    Attempted Murder 5 8 1
    Conspire to Commit Murder
    Forcible Confinement
    Trafficking Persons
    Total Clearance Rate

     *Also Includes Manslaughter
    **The vast majority of these relate to Project Temora, a joint investigation that saw dozens of victims of labour human trafficking rescued on a single day in February 2019

    Youth Interactions






    Total Other Criminal Code Offences




    Bail Violations 1,171 1,479 814
    Bribery / Perjury 0 2 0
    Child Pornography 15 22 15
    Counterfeit Money 57 73 50
    Disturb the Peace 316 201 166
    Drugs 392 336 397
    Indecent Acts 21 27 30
    Prostitution 15 10 5
    Obstruct Public Peace Officer 96 122 87
    Total Clearance Rate 85.8% 89.9% 88.9%

    Cost of Policing




    Police Services Board $97,842 $66,692 $66,792
    Salaries, Benefits & Operating Expenditures $55,433,960 $57,754,661 $60,175,420
    Capital Expenditures $1,448,953 $1,521,260 $1,560,000
    Total Expenditures $56,980,755 $59,342,613 $61,802,212
    Total Revenues ($5,165,888) ($6,057,967) ($5,990,354)
    Net Expenditures $51,814,867 $53,284,646 $55,811,858

    Use of Force




    Conducted Energy Weapon 66 50 55
    Firearm Discharged 1 2* 2*
    Firearm Drawn 41 28 37
    Impact Weapon (Baton) 1 2 0
    K9 10 4 3
    OLEO Resin Capsicum Spray 1 0 3
    Physical Control 37 17 17

     *Animal destruction

    Community Safety & Well-Being


    Barrie Police Service has been active throughout the year in the planning and creation of the City of Barrie’s Community Safety & Well-Being Plan. The creation of a CSWB Plan is a legislated mandate for the City of Barrie, in partnership with Barrie Police Service.



    2020 marks the first full year of the Barrie Police Service Neighbourhood Policing Model. This model is designed to improve relations and encourage interactions between the community and the police to work towards enhanced community safety. Neighbourhood patrol officers are assigned to neighbourhoods for a period of 18-24 months, where they have the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with residents and business owners even during the difficulties experienced by COVID-19 related restrictions.

    2020 Community Safety Survey

    Thank you to all community members who participated in the voluntary 2020 Community Safety Survey, that was available online from October 26, 2020 to December 11, 2020. 1,667 survey responses were received, which is a 358% increase from 2019.

    Data collected informs the Barrie Police Service on public perception of safety in the City of Barrie.
    Click here for the full report presented to the Barrie Police Services Board on Junauary 21, 2021. 

    Public Perception of
    Barrie Police Service

    In the City of Barrie, how well do you feel the Barrie Police Service is doing in:

    I support Barrie Police Service

    I am comfortable and confident approaching a Barrie Police Service Officer

    Do you agree the Barrie Police Services models its value principles (P.R.I.D.E.)

    Were you a victim or witness of a crime in the year 2020?

    I am satisfied with
    service provided by
    Barrie Police Service




    No Opinion



    Five Top Safety Concerns Within The City of Barrie

    Substance Abuse

    Disorderly Conduct / Public Intoxication / Noise Violations

    Traffic Safety / Speeding

    Child Abuse / Trauma

    Driving Under the Influence

    Community Safety Survey


    The 2020 Community Safety Survey was available from October 26, 2020 to December 11, 2020 and saw 1,667 responses, an increase of 358% from 2019. This section shows the demographic breakdown of the survey respondents. Click an image to make it larger.

    Strategic Plan Accomplishments

    Strategic Priority 1: Crime Prevention, Community Safety & Law Enforcement

    Strategic Priority 2: Community Engagement & Collaboration

    Strategic Priority 3: Organization Excellence & Sustainability

    2020 – 2022 Strategic Plan


    The Barrie Police Service remains committed to enhance our community by providing professional, accountable, and sustainable policing services, as demonstrated through the Strategic Plan for the Year 2020-2022.



    • Visible & Approachable Police Service
    • Safer Roads and Pathways
    • Supportive Victim Services



    • Increasing visibility through effective deployment
    • Effective downtown strategy
    • Education and research-based traffic enforcement
    • Using technology designed to enhance traffic safety
    • Researching and implementing online reporting for victims
    • Increasing community awareness of vulnerable groups



    • Community Partner in Proactive Policing
    • Trust & Transparency with the Community
    • Authentic Two-Way Communication with Community & Members



    • Utilizing advisory committees to enhance our service delivery
    • Actively participating in community events & encouraging volunteerism
    • Town hall meetings to discuss safety and well-being
    • Emphasis on customer service & appropriate police response to calls for service
    • Transparent & appropriate leadership
    • Technology that is designed to enhance data & information sharing



    • Safe & Supportive Workplace
    • Progressive Professional Development
    • Leaders in Innovative Policing Practices



    • Enhance member wellness
    • Providing a safe & supportive environment
    • Adopt human resources and good practices
    • Greater offerings of professional development learning opportunities
    • Using technology designed to improve efficiencies & front-line deployment
    • Utilization of evidence-based policing to address community issues

    Looking Forward

    committed to our community

    With the City of Barrie projected to grow to a population of 210,000 people in less than 10 years, we know that our role will become that much more challenging. Working with our partners, we are endeavouring to broaden the availability and access to services within our community that can reduce the pressure on our Service and decrease the number of calls for service we receive. Our role will change, we will adapt, and we will remain committed to our community.

    “We moved from GTA to Barrie over 20 years ago and it was the best decision we ever made. Love Barrie and we think the Barrie Police do an awesome job…”

    – Community Comment

    Comments from the Community

    I believe our police do their job well. I strongly believe they need more support both from our court system and our government. I feel they have so much to deal with that they need more resources and support.

    I don’t have answers, but I appreciate all those working to solve problems and help the community at large. Thank you!

    I haven’t lived here that long, and with the COVID-19 lock downs, I haven’t had a chance to find out where everything is yet, but, I feel safe enough, and like it here.

    I also want to acknowledge how difficult the job of policing must be, being held to some of the highest possible standards in society.

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