THUNDER BAY – Crime – Regional Crime Report – March 3 2013 -Across Northwestern Ontario making our communities safer takes a combination of efforts. First responders are the Police Services. The efforts of the OPP, Nishnawbe Aski Police, Dryden Police Service, Sault Ste Marie Police Service, and Thunder Bay Police Service can only happen with the active cooperation of the citizens.
Regional Crime Report
On March 1st 2013 sometime between 6:30PMCST and midnight a black Jeep Commander was keyed. The vehicle was parked in the lot behind Princess Court.
Police report the scratch started on the driver’s door, continued to the taillight, and across the rear hatch.
If you have information on this incident, contact Dryden Police at (807) 223-3281
Kenora – Kenora OPP report that officers responded at 10PMCST to a complaint of individual who were causing a disturbance on Minto Avenue. The call came in on Thursday, Feb 28, 2013. Arriving on the scene, OPP Officers found damage had been done to a parked vehicle. Two suspects were taken into custody and then taken to the OPP detachment.
Joshua Bigblood, 23, has been charged with mischief. Bigblood along with twenty-one-year-old Michaela Fisher were also charged with causing a disturbance.
Both suspects will appear in Kenora Court on April 4th, 2013.
Thunder Bay – One of the focal points for the Thunder Bay Police Service has been traffic accidents. The Thunder Bay Police have been responding to a number of motor vehicle accidents in recent weeks. TPPS report, “The Traffic Unit of the Thunder Bay Police has concluded the investigation of the collision on John St. Road last week that resulted in the death of a young Thunder Bay man”.
A very thorough investigation that included witness interviews, forensic vehicle examination, scene survey measurements, and information provided by the coroner’s office has allowed officers to determine that both speed and alcohol were the major contributing factors in the cause of this collision. It has been further determined that the driver of the front-end loader was driving at slow speed, with all required lights and on the part of the road required by such a vehicle. This vehicle was struck from behind with significant force, causing the front-end loader to crash on the opposite side of the road. The driver of the loader sustained only minor injury.
The only charge laid is a Provincial offences ticket to the driver of the loader for failing to ensure that a slow moving vehicle sign was displayed upon the rear of that vehicle. It is believed that this detail would not have altered the outcome of the event.
The investigation in this matter is now concluded.
Nishnawbe Aski Police – NAPs is facing a problem as funding for this critically important, and needed police service is under attack. A letter from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Harvery Yesno states “Because it is a funding program without a legislative mandate, it can be discontinued at any time, which negatively affects both staff retention and long-term contracts such as rental agreements… No such provision exists for NAPs: Any funding issues are to be resolved among the 3 signatories”.
Nishnwabe Aski Police Service was investigated and cleared over an investigation into the death of a person who was in custody. Part of the problem facing NAPs is that the buildings the services uses are not up to the standards that NAPs wants.
The service was cleared of any wrong-doing in the incident.
Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are preparing for OPP Bound 2013 – An Initiative to Recruit Women. “OPP Bound 2013” is a 3 ½ day recruitment camp being held at the Provincial Police Academy from July 6-9, 2013 in Orillia, Ontario. The camp will serve as a vehicle to provide qualified women with an opportunity to explore a career with the Ontario Provincial Police.
Fifty (50) participants will learn about the history and traditions of the OPP and the program will include a number of mentoring sessions with key female officers who will share their experiences. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience the life of an OPP recruit at the Academy, taking part in exercises, fitness drills, police vehicle operations and other practical exercises.
The application deadline is April 12, 2013 and up to 50 women will be selected for the 3 ½ day mini-OPP recruitment camp, being held at the Provincial Police Academy, Orillia from July 6 – 9, 2013.
Women interested in taking advantage of this opportunity can obtain information from the OPP website at: www.opp.ca or by calling the Ontario Provincial Police Recruitment Section at 1-877-OPP-HIRE (1-877-677-4473).