THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police faced challenges this week. From a homicide to dealing with weather, quality of life, assaults, sexual assaults, and a string of vehicle thefts, it has been another busy week for Thunder Bay Police.
Over the past twenty four hours, Thunder Bay Police dealt with fifty-five incidents. This included one weapons offence, twenty-six Quality of Life calls; including seventeen liquor offences. Liquor offences top the list for police almost every day.
Thunder Bay Police – Liquor Control Officers
There were four incidents over the weekend in the 400 Block of George Street that required officers to attend.
The Thunder Bay Police via social media are also engaging with a user over information from last December’s reported sexual assault and abduction of an Aboriginal female.
Police are asking members of the public who have information to use ‘regular channels’ to report or share information.
That is not uncommon.
Police Services across North America seek that the public contact them through regular channels. Often Twitter and Facebook pages are not monitored 24-7, while their normal communications channels are.
The other issue is that to keep operational security and integrity in cases, police need to be able to work more quietly behind the scenes in their investigations.
That may not help those in the public who want to see action, but as long as there is a solid balance between information updates to the public and investigation integrity maintained both sides benefit.
Likely in many cases to achieve greater community engagement, Thunder Bay Police Service are going to need to build more solid bridges in the community between themselves and First Nation’s residents and visitors in the city.
Right now the truth is those bridges are not fully there. The Aboriginal Liaison Officers are doing their part in as many ways as they can.
It is likely that the Chief, and Deputy Chief are going to need to lead from the front, and take the point to support the work of their Aboriginal Liaison Unit.