Operational Support Services

Highlights

Operational Support Services consists of many specialized units that include Tactical Support, Traffic, Marine, Court Services and Communications. These units work closely together to ensure residents receive timely responses to their calls and that responding officers have the specialized skills needed to deescalate complex situations. They also work closely with the community to look for opportunities to collaborate with social service agencies and utilize volunteers who share a passion for public safety.

CRISIS OUTREACH AND SUPPORT TEAM

Emergency Room Diversions

203

Follow-Ups

294

Mental Health Act Calls for Service

1,505

 

About Collaborate Barrie

Collaborate Barrie is a multi-agency intervention (Situation Table) focusing on addressing the onset and potential escalation of criminal and antisocial behaviour through a twice weekly, multi-sectoral discussion. It identifies individuals, or families, experiencing “acutely elevated risk” behaviour, and gives the agencies present at the table the ability and collaborative responsibility to intervene before the risk escalates.

Collaborate Barrie is not a service delivery agency or mechanism, but rather a way of utilizing and mobilizing existing systems and resources in a coordinated and collaborative way.

ACUTELY ELEVATED RISK (AER) CASES BROUGHT FORWARD TO THE SITUATION TABLE

71% OF AER SITUATIONS ACCEPTED BY THE TABLE HAD THEIR OVERALL RISK LOWERED AND WERE CONNECTED TO SOCIAL SERVICES.

Operational Support Services

Communications Unit

The Barrie Police Service Communications Unit is the first point of contact for many residents who call and require the assistance of the Barrie Police Service. In 2022, the Unit implemented a new call handling system which assists with better mapping capabilities and captures both inbound and outbound calls for service. This system was implemented to allow for Next Generation 9-1-1 capabilities that will be operational in 2023.

Phone Calls Processed by Communications

2020 2021 2022
Phone Calls Processed* 138,393 139,280 183,410
*Calls processed include internal, emergency and non-emergency calls.

 

Did you know: 95% of 911 calls are picked up in less than 20 seconds!

Operational Support Services

Alternate Response Unit

The Alternate Response Unit investigates non-emergency calls that are reported through the non-emergency line (705-725-7025) or online reporting at www.barriepolice.ca/citizens-online-reporting/. In 2022, this virtual reporting method was expanded to include incidents of fraud and offers a convenient and easy way for residents to report an incident to the Barrie Police Service.

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ONLINE REPORTING OCCURRENCES

2020 2021 2022
LOST PROPERTY 243 247 347
PROPERTY DAMAGE 376 379 516
THEFT OF GAS 283 400 546
THEFT 1,076 1,323 1,496
TRAFFIC COMPLAINT 114 190 374
DISTURB THE PEACE* 21 175
SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES* 53 332
TRESPASS TO PROPERTY ACT* 9 171
FRAUD 324

 *New Category Added in 2021
**New Category Added in 2022

Operational Support Services

Community Safety & Well-Being Unit

In February 2022, the Barrie Police Service created the new Community Safety and Well-Being Teams. One team will be focused on addressing high-harm occurrences through an evidence-based lens, while a second team will work closely with community partners to respond to calls that relate to social disorder such as homelessness, addictions and mental health.

The City of Barrie’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan: Our Shared Plan For a Safer Barrie, was in its second year of implementation in 2022. The Barrie Police Service continues to work with community partners to tackle 11 of 15 action items that address systemic issues within our communities. The Barrie Police Service also hosted the plan’s first Annual Forum and continues to provide support to the plan and its partners.

Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT)

In July 2022, the Barrie Police Service and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre began a six-month pilot project to launch a Mobile Crisis Response Team. This new program continues to establish a collaborative partnership between the Barrie Police Service and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre with the shared goals of minimizing police and hospital interactions through enhanced de-escalation, crisis assessment as well as intervention and triage options for follow up supports.

Emergency Room Diversions

104

Follow-Ups

136

 

Operational Support Services

Citizens on Patrol 

Citizens on Patrol is a community initiative that utilizes the skills and experience of residents in Barrie who volunteer their time to participate in the observation and reporting of any criminal or potential criminal activity to the Barrie Police Service.

In 2022, Citizens on Patrol volunteered over 383 hours.

To learn more or apply to join the Citizens on Patrol visit: https://www.barriepolice.ca/join-our-team/cops-citizens-on-patrol/

Auxiliary Unit

The Auxiliary Unit is a volunteer complement to the Service that has been an invaluable resource since 1976. As pandemic restrictions were lifted throughout 2022, the Auxiliary Unit was excited to return to many of the city’s in-person events and assist the Barrie Police Service with patrol escorts, traffic and community-based policing initiatives.

Learn More About the Barrie Police Service Auxiliary Unit at: www.barriepolice.ca/join-our-team/auxiliary-policing-program/

HOURS DEPLOYED

734

MEMBERS

22

RIDE ALONG HOURS

104

SPECIAL EVENTS HOURS

630

 

Operational Support Services

Tactical Support & Canine

The Barrie Police Service is fortunate to have a highly trained Tactical Support and Canine Unit. These Units had over 312 hours of specialized training in 2022 and offer support for high-risk incidents or calls pertaining to drug identification or tracking of criminals or lost persons. In total these Units attended over 2,742 calls for service including providing additional front-line coverage and assisting with special events like the South Simcoe Police Service Funeral where they provided extra security for the thousands in attendance.

TACTICAL SUPPORT CALLS FOR SERVICE

 

ASSIST OTHER UNIT

37

CLEAR RESIDENCE

22

COMMUNITY SERVICE

41

CONTAINMENT

17

PERSON STOP

19

SEARCH-SUSPECT

12

TRACKING (CRIMINAL)

27

TRAFFIC STOP

115

WEAPONS CALL

84

 

CANINE CALLS FOR SERVICE

 

ASSIST OTHER UNITS

8

ASSIST UNIFORM

280

COMMUNITY SERVICE

7

CONTAINMENT

23

SEARCH-FIREARMS

7

SEARCH-MISSING PERSONS

20

SEARCH-SUSPECT

8

TRACKING (CRIMINAL)

71

TRACKING (NON-CRIMINAL)

14

TRAFFIC STOP

13

WARRANT SERVICE

7

WEAPONS CALL

7

 

Operational Support Services

Court Services Unit

The Court Services Unit is responsible for the security and control of prisoners from across Simcoe County who must appear at the Barrie Courthouse. This Unit operates out of the Courthouse building and is comprised of a group of dedicated Barrie Police Service members including a Staff Sergeant, Sergeant, Police Constables, Special Constables, Record Clerks and Administrative Assistants. In 2022, the Courts Unit slowly transitioned back into more in-person sessions and reflected on ways to modernize many processes with the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Crown Attorney.

 


6,010

Virtual Sessions

1,148

In-Person Sessions

933

Court Appearances By Members to Testify or Provide Evidence

 

Operational Support Services

Traffic Unit

The Traffic Unit was extremely busy in 2022 as road safety remains a priority for the community and the Barrie Police Service. The Unit continues to utilize evidence-based enforcement initiatives to prioritize areas of high-harm and address community concerns around speed and sound.

TRAFFIC RELATED STATISTICS

2020 2021 2022
FATAL INJURY COLLISIONS* 10 4 5
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORTS* 783 899 908
NON-FATAL INJURY COLLISIONS* 234 246 219
PROVINCIAL OFFENCES NOTICES ISSUED 6,725 10,742 4,186

 *As reported by Accident Support Services International Ltd. 

A police radar device in the foreground shows a reading for a vehicle pulled over in the background.

RIDE Stops

The Traffic Unit continues to carry out Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) stops targeting impaired driving on the streets of Barrie. In 2022, 10 RIDE
programs were completed.

ERASE Programs

Eliminating Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere (ERASE) programs resulted in 81 charges being laid which included 77 that fell under the Highway Traffic Act, one under the Criminal Code, two under the Liquor Licence Act and one charge under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.

Operational Support Services

Remote Piloted Aircraft System & Marine

The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) is a tool that continues to be utilized to assist the Barrie Police Service. As more members receive
training on the RPAS, the Service has been able to expand its capabilities and utilize it more robustly to support a variety of operational needs.

 REMOTE PILOTED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM

Operational Flights

32

Training Flights

7

Trained Operators

12

 

MARINE

Calls for Service

65

Marine Deployments

9

 

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