CKPS Annual Report (2016)


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The Annual Report for the Chatham-Kent Police Service for the year 2016.

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2016 ANNUAL REPORT CKPS / Aeryon Labs Inc. “Skyranger” Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)


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VISION In partnership with our citizens, we will serve and protect our community with integrity, fairness and courage.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS Message from Chief Gary Conn ............ Message from CKPSB Diane Daly ......... 4 5 COMMUNITY PATROL ........................ Deployment Model ............................... HELP / Mobile Crisis Team .................... Community Mobilization Team ............. CIRT Team ............................................ Traffic Stats ........................................... RIDE Checks ......................................... 6 7 7 8 9 10 11 ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT ............... Special Projects .................................... 911/Dispatch ........................................ 12 12 13 Organizational Chart ............................ 14 OPERATIONAL SUPPORT .................... Crime Snapshot .................................... ICE / DFU / CAS / SOR ........................ Intell & Street Crimes ........................... Professionalism ..................................... Use of Force ......................................... Forensic Ident ...................................... Chaplains & Youth Programs ................ Collision Reporting Centre ................... 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Milestones ............................................ BC


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4 Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report Message from Gary Conn Chief of Police On behalf of the dedicated members of the Chatham-Kent Police Service I am pleased to present our 2016 Annual Report to our community. Our Police Service continued to meet the many challenges of modern-day policing as we moved forward in fulfilling the goals of our 2015 – 2017 Business Plan and our Mission of “Making Chatham-Kent the safest community in Ontario”. Fiscal pressures were met with a conservative and responsible budget through the efforts of our Police Association and our Police Services Board. These two entities further mitigated these challenges by ratifying a new five-year Collective Agreement, which will see our Service through to December 31, 2020. In 2016 we completed a re-engineering of our Records Department and Communications Centre via Lean Six Sigma reviews. As a result of these service reviews, we have implemented and will continue to implement changes in order to streamline and obtain efficiencies which ultimately results in cost savings for our citizens, while maintaining adequate & effective policing. Leveraging technology to gain these operational efficiencies continued in 2016 with the introduction of our In-car Panasonic Toughpad tablets. In addition to the tablets we were able to slowly transition from the now antiquated Blackberry technology to the more current Android -based technology. This will still be with Blackberry, however it updated our applications to more current based technology. Our piloting of an electronic Crown Brief process (SCOPE 4) for the Province, communication upgrades and the expansion of our Information Technology (IT) partnership with the municipality, has allowed us to work faster and more efficiently, keeping our officers on the streets and in our neighbourhoods in order to enhance community safety and well-being. As is the case with most years, 2016 was very busy and saw the implementation of many new services to the citizens of our municipality. For example, Crime Plot which is currently on our website and can be accessed by any member of the public who has internet service. This service presents a visual tool for mapping crime in Chatham-Kent, including all of our communities. In addition, another new service was the application of Cop Logic. Through the use of this Online Crime Reporting system, citizens are now able to report select crimes from the comfort of their home or on their handheld device when it is convenient for them. The use of technology in moving forward has proven to be one of the strengths of our service and continued efforts to stay on the cutting edge will leverage this strength even further. Finally, our Service introduced a Vulnerable Person Registry. The VPR is a database that can be used as an investigative tool to assist in gathering important information when an emergency arises surrounding the vulnerable sector of our community. The efforts and successes of our front-line patrol officers and investigators targeting chronic offenders and engaging citizens has resulted in a falling crime rate, improvements in our Crime Severity Index (violent and non-violent crime) and an increase in our clearance rates. The creation of our FIRST (Fast Intervention Risk Specific Teams) strategy is already showing positive results, providing cross-sectoral collaboration to the root causes of crime and social issues. Our dedicated officers and staff are adaptive, innovative, committed, and continue to prepare themselves for upcoming challenges and opportunities. The ongoing support of the community, including the Police Services Board, our Municipal Council, our many partner agencies, community groups, service clubs and citizens, is sincerely appreciated. We are looking forward to the future and the opportunity to build even stronger relationships and achieving even greater successes as we work together to keep our community safe. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report 5 Message from Diane Daly Police Services Board Chair On behalf of the Chatham-Kent Police Services Board, I am pleased to present the 2016 Annual Report and I encourage you to peruse our report. The Police Services Board is a civilian body responsible for governing the Chatham-Kent Police Service. The Board is driven by our diverse community needs, and is responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services, crime prevention and law enforcement within the Municipality. I believe the Chatham-Kent Police Service has a great team of men and women, both sworn officers and civilian support staff, who serve our community with professionalism, dedication and compassion. I wish to further convey a special note of thanks to their families who support them in maintaining a work life balance, which we recognize is a very critical and essential component contained within the policing profession. I would also like to extend a personal thanks to my fellow Board members who assisted me throughout the past year with their time and proficiency. Policing today requires the clearing of many hurdles and often faces much debate and dialogue as to how these challenges are to be met and mitigated. In this regard, policies, procedures and strategic planning are reviewed with respect to budgeting, operations, administration and communications. This past year has been met with the success of many new additional services being offered to our community. In addition and in the spirit of community mobilization and engagement the assistance provided by our citizens through social media, neighbourhood watch, FIRST strategy and community forums has been greatly appreciated in having a positive impact towards mitigating societal conditions which lead to crime. Lastly, we have much to be proud of, including the partnerships and traditions that have been formed. As the Chair, I have the privilege and pleasure to attend various community functions and police activities where I am able to interact with our police personnel. It is an honour to work on behalf of the men and women of our Service and to be a part of this wonderful organization. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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6 Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report COMMUNITY PATROL Branch Commander Inspector Brian Biskey Watch Commanders S/Sgt Ed Gibson • S/Sgt Rob Renders A-B-C-D Community Patrol Platoons • Sgts/Officers/AROs Community Mobilization Team • Sgt Jim Lynds Patrol Support • Sgt Ed Maclean CIRT Team • Sgt Matt Stezycki Community Patrol officers represent the majority of officers who report to work in uniform. The four Community Patrol Platoons are the uniform officers who are most visible in our community. They respond to the vast majority of calls for service from the public. Many of the constables on the platoons have specialized training in various areas, such as Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCO), Intoxilyzer Technicians, Drug Recognition Experts, CIRT Team members, and HELP Team members. In 2016 the Community Patrol Branch completed a significant Patrol Supervision reorganization. In previous years each of the four Community Patrol platoons had an assigned Staff Sergeant, two confirmed Sergeants, and one Acting Sergeant. Under the new model two Staff Sergeants (“Watch Commanders”) now provide overall administrative direction to all four platoons, while the role of the platoon sergeants have been increased to maintain adequate supervision at all times. Our new Watch Commander model ensures adequate & consistent supervision is available at all times to ensure the safety of our patrol officers and the efficient, effective, and responsive delivery of policing to the citizens we serve. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report 7 Four-District Deployment Model HELP Mobile Crisis Team The HELP Team includes 40 front-line officers, 8 Special Constables, 7 ECO’s, 4 civilian members and 11 Patrol Support officers who have received special training in regards to persons with mental health issues. This training is developed and facilitated by the HELP Mobile Crisis Team in cooperation with community partners. In 2016, 452 Attempt or Threat of Suicide and 384 other mental health -related incidents were investigated by police. The Mobile Crisis Team is a secondary response unit that builds & maintains relationships with community partners while maintaining a trust between police and persons afflicted with mental health issues. In 2016, the MCT reviewed, initiated or followed up 846 mental health -related incidents while initiating 37 client or community partner visits. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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8 Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services has recently introduced a strategy to reduce crime by increasing the overall health of communities in Ontario. The plan is currently in its pilot stage. Six communities have been chosen to participate in this approach, with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent being one. All human service sectors in Chatham-Kent are collaborating to address the root causes of crime and social disorder, and increase safety and well-being in our community. In staying true to our mission of making Chatham-Kent the safest place in Ontario and our commitment to the Ministry’s plan, the Chatham-Kent Police Service established the Community Mobilization Section. This section is dedicated to uniting with other community agencies to improve the health and safety of the citizens of Chatham-Kent. The focus of this section is to identify and assist citizens who are potentially at risk prior to police involvement; to encourage the community to engage in the improvement and development of the neighbourhoods in which they live; and strive for a healthier and safer community overall. One ongoing CMS research project which has been supported financially through grant opportunities saw the Fast Intervention Risk Specific Team (FIRST) strategy become operational in February. The CMS was involved with 8 of the 15 FIRST Strategy situations that took place in 2016, with 3 situations brought forward by CMS officers. Our section also reviewed and approved 195 special event applications with 52 events requiring on-duty assistance. Most of these were parades or events requiring traffic control. We also assisted front-line patrol with 24 neighbour disputes. CMS continues to provide support to the Chatham Central Community Association. In 2016 the group established a board and organized a number of events and projects. The group also received a grant which is allowing them to continue valued work in the community. This group has quickly become a success due to the commitment and the enthusiasm demonstrated by its members. The group continues to grow and requires less hands-on by the founding committee. As this group needs less guidance by our CMS team it frees-up time for other focuses. During this time the Wallaceburg Community Mobilization Committee was looking for a new focus. The idea of starting a community group in the south Wallaceburg area was presented to the committee, and CMS officers will assist as necessary to ensure it launches successfully. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report FOCUS ON CIRT TEAM 9 The Chatham-Kent Police Critical Incident Response Team consists of 1 Sergeant, 2 Team Leaders and 10 Constables. These officers are included in the platoon complement and are deployed 24 hours a day 7 days a week, allowing for rapid response to high-risk situations that endanger the public and officers. They are an integral part of a Community Patrol team and are the ones who are called when risk to life and property is greatest. CIRT team members are a highly-trained and specialized unit that are primary responders to calls such as high-risk weapons calls, K9 tracks, highrisk drug warrants, and search & rescue operations. Warrants Executed K9 Tracks Assisted Search & Rescue Weapons Calls TASER Calls Team Page-Outs (Weapons) Team Page-Outs (Search & Rescue) Miscellaneous 2015 18 19 8 39 4 3 1 44 2016 9 19 13 54 3 0 1 53 CIRT expertise was required on 154 calls for service in 2016, representing a 13% increase from 2015. Calls and assists have consistently increased since 2010, which may be attributed to the increasing complexities & responsibilities of policing our community. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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10 Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report FOCUS ON TRAFFIC STATS The number of Traffic Unit call-outs in 2016 remained constant from a serious life-threatening injury standpoint, while showing a slight increase in fatal motor vehicle collisions. In the 7 fatal collisions investigated in 2016 we lost 7 members of our community. Total Collisions Reported Traffic Unit Call-Outs Fatalities Alcohol-Involved Fatalities Alcohol-Involved Serious Injury 2015 2,004 16 5 0 0 2016 2,531 18 7 2 3 Commercial Vehicles Inspected Commercial Vehicles Failed 230 82 113 29 Vehicles thru RIDE Checks 12,352 9,111 The Traffic Unit mandate is to investigate and reconstruct life threatening and fatal motor vehicle collisions. Members of the Traffic Unit provide escorts for major municipal events and funerals as well as training to front-line officers in the fields of collision investigation, radar and laser operation, Highway Traffic Act enforcement, and commercial motor vehicle enforcement. Unit members also assist other branches of the police service in mapping crime scenes to provide scale drawings for court purposes. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report FOCUS ON RIDE CHECKS 11 The Chatham-Kent Police Service again participated in the provincial government’s sponsored RIDE program this year. A total of $24,365 was allocated for the 2016 season. The numbers reported here are for the calendar year of 2016, and include both platoon-based initiatives and overtime events. In addition to overtime RIDE events, officers took part in other RIDE checks of varying length at locations throughout Chatham-Kent to discourage drinking and driving. The statistics below include RIDE check -issued suspensions for having blood alcohol levels above the legal limit while driving. Total RIDE Programs (OT & Platoon-based) Vehicles Stopped Roadside Alcohol Tests Administered Three-Day Suspensions Issued Seven-Day Suspensions Issued Impaired Driving Charges Laid Other Provincial Offences Notices (PON’s) Issued Drugs Seized During RIDE Checks 2016 69 9,111 54 3 0 3 27 1 PON’s include: Driving Under Suspension, Driving Without a License, Driving Without Insurance, Expired Validation Stickers, Liquor License Act Charges, and offences related to not having the correct motor vehicle documents. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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12 Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT Branch Commander Inspector Trevor Crane Corporate Services - Staff Sgt. Kirk Earley Emergency Communications Centre • Records • Special Projects Court Services - Sgt. George Vieira Criminal Court • POA Court • Domestic Violence Coordinator The Administrative Support Branch provides the administrative functions to support the operation of the Service, including key areas of Infrastructure, Records, and Court Services. The Quartermaster, Firearms & Ammunition, and the Property Stores are part of this Branch, as are Fleet, Information Technology Services, and maintenance services for all CKPS buildings. The Corporate Services Staff Sergeant is responsible for the Emergency Communications Centre, Records Office, Criminal Court and Provincial Offences Act Court, and Special Projects. Special Projects Corporate Services Staff Sgt Kirk Earley was kept busy throughout 2016 managing a number of Special Projects including a major Patrol Zone realignment and preparing for the trial phase of a Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) deployment that keeps each cruiser in constant digital communication with the Intergraph CAD Dispatch software inside the Communication Centre. The patrol zone realignment was deployed successfully in Q1 2017 but it required a significant amount of planning, historic calls-for-service data analysis, and received input from all areas of the police service. In addition, the Citizens’ Online Reporting System went live in 2016 which allows citizens with an internet connection to file reports of crimes without suspects online at their convenience. The Vulnerable Persons Registry went live in 2016 as well. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report FOCUS ON 911/DISPATCH 13 In 2016 the Emergency Communications Centre (ECC) processed a total of 164,704 telephone calls. This includes 29,954 voice E911 calls and 4,221 non-voice E911 callbacks. Overall call volume dropped by 3.1% in 2016, largely due to a reduced need for officers to phone-in to Dispatch because event information is now readily available on their Blackberry devices. Of all E911 calls, 37% were transferred to secondary agencies while 63% remained for CKPS or CKFES interrogation. The ECC maintained an average time-to-answer of 9-seconds for all E911 calls. The ECC generated 51,378 CAD events for CKPS & CKFES in 2016, up 12% over 2015. This large increase is due to an increase in CKFES record-keeping events which are not dispatched but still represent important, value-added work done by Emergency Communicators. We are proud that our Fire Dispatch performance is significantly faster than NFPA standards, with an average Answer-to-Dispatch time of 38.5 seconds for all CKFES events, regardless of classification. E911 Calls Received (Voice + Non-Voice) Calls to CKPS Dispatch - Non-Emergency Calls to CKFES Dispatch - Non-Emergency CKPS CAD Events Dispatched CKFES CAD Events Created CKFES CAD Events Dispatched Average E911 Call Answer Time 2015 31,730 90,174 7,617 38,417 6,689 2,625 9 seconds 2016 29,954 89,969 6,989 44,265 7,113 2,874 9 seconds Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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14 Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2016 Annual Report 15 CHATHAM-KENT POLICE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONAL CHART (2016) Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario



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