South Simcoe Police Partner with Georgian Bay Volunteer Search & Rescue
South Simcoe Police entered into a memorandum of Understanding with Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue (GBVSAR) at Monday's Police Services Board meeting.
The Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue team is a highly trained, non-profit organization which provides support to police agencies during protracted searches of missing persons. The team is also trained to identify potential evidence and bring it to the attention of investigating officers. Darren Buck, the coordinator of GBVSAR was on hand to make a short presentation to the Board outlining the unit's capabilities and the resources available that would be available to assist South Simcoe Police while trying to locate a missing vulnerable person.
The Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue team trains twice per month on various topics such as search patterns, clue awareness, compass, ropes and knots. GBVSAR will be providing training to front-line South Simcoe Police staff and Auxiliary officers this spring to enhance their search and rescue capabilities.
The 2015 - 2017 South Simcoe Police Business Plan calls for partnerships with community agencies to help protect vulnerable persons. "This partnership with Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue will help put additional trained resources on the ground during the critical time of a search" notes Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher. "We look forward to this partnership that will enhance community safety".