THUNDER BAY – Crime News – The Thunder Bay Police rolled out the Zone Policing Model on June 3, 2014. Thunder Bay Police in a media statement report, “This new method of patrol deployment will see officers being dedicated to specific zones in the city in order to become very familiar with the issues impacting that specific zone and be able to work proactively with partners in the community to help deal with identified safety and crime issues”.
In order to ensure officers have the time to dedicate to proactive policing, the TBPS will be focusing on the Core Police Functions as outlined in the Police Service Act. These functions are:
1. Prevent Crime
2. Enforce the Laws
3. Help Victims
4. Keep Public Order
5. Respond to Emergencies
“The aim is to provide our frontline officers with more opportunities to actively patrol our streets and to engage with members of the community, including members of Zone Watch.
“Police have been regularly dealing with a number of calls from citizens relating to issues and concerns which are not police related. Call takers and front desk employee will be directing citizens to the organizations and departments in our city that are better equipped to handle their particular complaints.
“The Thunder Bay Police Service will be responding to non-priority calls in a more appropriate manner. Non-priority calls are estimated to account for over 30% of our total call volume. We have developed an Alternate Response Guideline which determines the appropriate response to deal with various calls for service”.
Depending on the type of call or issue, complainants will be advised:
1. To report online – www.thunderbaypolice.ca
2. If the report may be taken over the phone – 684-1200
3. If the complainant must come to the police station to file a report – 1200 Balmoral Street