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Community Survey Results

Bradford West Gwillimbury/Innisfil Police Services Board

(South Simcoe, ON), The Bradford West Gwillimbury/Innisfil Police Services Board conducted a community survey from December 19th, 2014 until January 23rd, 2015 to assist in the preparation of their 3 year Business Plan. The survey was available through the South Simcoe Police website. The Board is responsible under the Police Services Act to consult with a broad range of stakeholders when developing the Business Plan.

The survey was expressly designed to "solicit focused comments and feedback from our communities to help us improve on the quality service we already provide" says Board Chair, Sharon Villani. "It was an opportunity to measure the thoughts of our residents and give them a chance to voice their opinions on public safety issues in our municipalities"

170 results were received during the survey period. 64% of the respondents were from the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, 31% from the Town of Innisfil and 5% indicating they were non-residents. The average age of respondents was between 36 and 50 years old.

Of the respondents, 74% indicated they had an interaction with South Simcoe Police or the Police Services Board within the last three years. Of those, 33% reported an incident to police.

79% of the respondents reported their contact with South Simcoe Police was either "Very Favourable" or "Favourable"; 15% as "Satisfactory" and 6% indicating their contact was "Not Favourable".

When asked about their overall impression of South Simcoe Police, 76% of respondents indicated it was "Very Favourable" or "Favourable"; 20% indicated it was "Satisfactory"; 3% indicated it was "Reasonably Favourable", and; 1% indicated it was "Not Favourable".

Road safety was the predominant concern of the majority of respondents in both communities. When asked about current South Simcoe Police programs, R.I.D.E. received the most response, followed by working with youth and teens in the schools and communities. Respondents indicated that more resources should be committed to these programs.

The Police Services Board would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Your comments are valuable and all of your suggestions will be considered by the Board in finalizing the Business Plan.

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Suspicious Fires

Suspicious Fires

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police and Bradford West Gwillimbury Fire & Rescue Services are currently investigating two arsons that occurred earlier today in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury. The first incident occurred around 3:00 a.m., and involved a Honda Civic that was set fire on Fox Run Lane. The second occurred around 3:15 a.m., when a child's slide was set fire outside a home on Noble Drive. Firefighters made quick work extinguishing both fires

Both occurrences have been turned over to the Criminal Investigations Bureau for follow-up. Anyone with information is asked to call South Simcoe Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Canine Units Get Their Men

(Bradford, ON) On Saturday, August 23rd, shortly before 11 p.m., a vehicle travelling south on Highway 400 between Line 10 & 11 of Bradford West Gwillimbury was involved in a motor vehicle collision with another car. Three males ran away from the accident scene into dense brush West of the highway to evade police. South Simcoe officers set up a perimeter around the area. The South Simcoe Police - Canine Unit was called into action, and provided back-up support to a OPP Canine handler.

The multi-agency teamwork payed off. All three suspects were successfully tracked down and found hiding in the brush near 5th Side Road. The men were arrested without incident and turned over to OPP for further investigation.

Media Release. Friday, August 29, 2014.

Warrant Executed

(Newmarket, ON) A 50 year old Newmarket man was investigated by York Regional Police on Thursday, August 28th in the early evening hours. During the investigation, York officers learned that the man was wanted by South Simcoe Police on a bench warrant for Failing to Appear on fraud charges. The man was arrested and transported to the South Division for processing. The man will be appearing for a bail hearing later today in Barrie facing an additional charge of Failing to Appear.

 

No Insurance

(Innisfil, ON) On Thursday, August 28th, South Simcoe Police were conducting traffic enforcement on Queen Street (Hwy 89) in the Town of Innisfil. Around 9:30 a.m., a constable stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the investigation the officer learned the vehicle was being operated without any insurance. The driver, a 28 year old Beeton woman has been charged with Operating Without Insurance. She will be appearing before a Justice of the Peace in November and is facing a minimum $5,000 fine under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.

 

Toronto Police Complete Review of Fatal Collision Investigation

For Immediate Release: August 15, 2014.

(Innisfil, ON) An independent third party peer review has confirmed the findings of South Simcoe Police in their investigation of a fatal road accident dating to October 2012.

The Toronto Police Traffic Services reviewed all files related to our technical traffic collision investigation of a car-bike collision on Innisfil Beach Road on October 28, 2012 in which a cyclist, Brandon Majewski died.

Toronto Police found the South Simcoe Police investigation to be thorough and complete.

The Toronto review is the third independent review in connection with the collision investigation. A complaint concerning the actions of the investigating officers had already been reviewed by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OPIRD), concluding there was no misconduct. The Provincial Prosecutors Office reviewed the file to determine the appropriateness of laying charges. No charges were laid.

Despite the prior reviews, some members of the community expressed concerns about our investigation, prompting the Toronto Police review this spring.

“We understand that daily we have to earn and maintain the public’s trust and confidence”, says Chief Rick Beazley. "We owed it to our community, and especially to the Majewski family, to ensure every piece of evidence was properly collected and analyzed."

The evidence we collected will be used to inform legal proceedings. This matter is currently being considered in Civil Court.

On Friday, investigators from South Simcoe and the Toronto Police met personally with members of the Majewski family to discuss the Toronto review and to answer questions about the collision.

South Simcoe Police is committed to openness and transparency.

 

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