2012 Annual Report (Highlights)


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The 20-page printed Highlights of the 2012 CKPS Annual Report.

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2012 annual report


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chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report message from dennis poole chief of police it is my honour and privilege to present the 2012 annual report to our community on behalf of all the dedicated men and women of the chatham-kent police service during this past year our police service has experienced a flurry of activity as we move forward at a rapid pace in our continuing evolution to meet the challenges of today s modern policing environment of particular note the implementation team of the blackberry project has vaulted our service ahead in the area of data dictation the full implementation of operational security controls in niche records management and the canadian police information centre cpic deployed a playbook tablet platform for a mobile in-car terminal and have designed and implemented full computerized data dictation for all officers which is capturing valuable time and enhancing efficiencies special recognition is due to the project manager s/sgt barry childs and his team including constable ken koke i.s technicians anita scott and quentin sprik rms coordinator julie peters commcentre trainer brian french and fleet manager keith cooper and key business partner gary bauer of mobile innovations the project has been recognized with several technology innovation awards and the team has had numerous invitations to speak at national and international conferences in 2012 our records section commenced a lean six sigma review led by project manager s/sgt brian biskey with the assistance of xerox systems specialist tamara mcallister the process is still ongoing and has encompassed several new technologies that allow for the electronic building of briefs computerized data entry of reports and the streamlining of processes that will also be incorporated into a pilot project for e-briefs and e-disclosure in partnership with our local crown attorney s office the efficiencies gained will allow for better allocation of resources to meet increasing demands for service especially in the area of criminal record background checks and the ever-increasing demands of the justice system our continuing emphasis on road safety resulted in fewer collisions and fewer fatalities in 2012 and the opening of the collision reporting centre has allowed for better citizen service in the reporting of minor collisions freeing up police resources for more urgent matters as economic pressures continue to affect our community property crime rates continue to be a challenge this is spurring an increase in citizen engagement as more people are becoming involved in neighbourhood watch programs supported by the c-k crime prevention board new strategies are being developed to combat residential break-ins frauds against seniors and child exploitation violent crime is down overall and indeed chatham-kent is a very safe community in which to live work and play i would like to thank all of our members and the police services board for their dedication and commitment to our police service and community we will continue to work hard to earn and keep the trust of our community as we protect and serve with integrity fairness and courage 3 message from pat belanger police services board chair i am pleased to present the 2012 annual report on behalf of the members of the chatham-kent police services board this past year saw the retirement of deputy chief clare wiersma who served his community honorably for many years with dedication and professionalism after a competitive hiring process the board selected gary conn as its new deputy chief gary brings enthusiasm and a new perspective to this position and we look forward to working with him thanks must go to our board members for their diligence and commitment in meeting the requirements of the police services act in the decision-making process our chief dennis poole is recognized throughout the province and canada as a police leader for his innovative ideas and leadership qualities and the citizens of chatham-kent are fortunate to have such an individual leading their police service i would sincerely like to thank our officers and civilian personnel who work tirelessly on and off the job to be responsive to community needs they make chatham-kent a safe community in which to live and play and they do it with heart enthusiasm and pride lastly the citizens of chatham-kent are to be congratulated for their involvement in various community safety endeavours as volunteers and as participants in the citizens police academy they are great ambassadors as 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 they make me proud to be a member of the chatham-kent police services board dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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4 chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report operational support branch commander inspector wess dore recruiting public internal complaints risk management planning policy public information professional standards section s/sgt rose kucharuk use of force firearm discharge to protect self firearm drawn to effect arrest firearm destroy an animal intermediate weapons hard soft impact weapons police dog apprehensions 2011 0 26 22 21 0 1 2012 0 38 27 18 7 1 patrol support section sgt mike domony training professional development unit sgt jon mulder 911 emergency communication centre sheri oliphant manager police chaplaincy unit sgt gabe tetrault victim services pamela fasullo executive director dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report professional standards section 5 the professional standards section is tasked with dealing with issues of human resource management within the service public internal complaints and the professional development of personnel to enhance the effective operation of the service professional standards is also tasked with reviewing the use of force reports submitted by members patrol support section the patrol support section is comprised of the traffic marine safety police dog services and auxiliary police units this section is tasked with dealing with issues related to road and waterways enforcement investigation and educational initiatives and the coordination of our auxiliaries training professional development unit the training and professional development unit continued to build on traditional systems of police learning and implemented several new initiatives managed by sgt jon mulder through e-learning and enhanced partnerships as part of the unit s objectives local and regional training providers were used to contain costs of travel and accommodation 911 emergency communications centre the emergency communications centre is chatham-kent s call/dispatch centre for police fire it is also our community s 911 answering centre there are 22 full-time and one part-time employee deployed as emergency communications operators including manager sheri oliphant and five supervisors in 2012 eco s processed 202,023 telephone calls including 33,978 911 calls approximately 40,000 police events and 4,900 fire events were created by calltakers police chaplaincy unit the chaplaincy unit provides compassionate healing and faith-based support services to members of the police service and the community at large in co-ordination with police officers and our victim services there are nine ordained police chaplains throughout the municipality of chatham-kent in 2012 our chaplains volunteered 548 hours of their time including 57 ride-alongs on september 7 2012 chaplain mike koppes was on a ride-along with const john hicks when the officer suffered a stroke chaplain koppes recognized the signs immediately and assisted in taking him to the hospital doctors credited chaplain koppes with saving const hicks life the police service is grateful for chaplain koppes decisive actions and we are pleased to report const hicks has since returned to work under modified duties and is progressing well victim services the ckps is partnered in an embedded relationship with chatham-kent victim services there are four fte s employed by the c-k victim services board plus 53 volunteers who provide a multitude of services to victims of crime tragic circumstance in our community pamela fasullo is the executive director dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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6 chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report criminal investigations branch commander inspector tim mifflin major crimes section d/sgt trevor crane homicides attempted homicides sudden deaths suicides robberies violent crimes kidnapping abductions sexual offences arsons investigative support section sgt gabe tetrault forensic identification unit fraud financial crimes unit child abuse investigation unit internet child exploitation unit crime stoppers youth co-ordinator intelligence section det kirk earley drug unit street crimes unit biker enforcement unit crime analysis unit asset forfeiture unit dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report major crimes investigative support sections 7 the criminal investigations branch cib is comprised of major crime investigators as well as members from the investigative support and intelligence sections there are 32 sworn and civilian staff that make up the investigative branch all members have specialized training in their respective fields and provide direct support to the community patrol officers inspector tim mifflin was the branch inspector in 2012 overseeing all administrative functions detective sergeant trevor crane tended to the operational needs of the branch and was the major case manager for the police service in 2012 the members of the criminal investigations branch investigate all serious criminal offences where the investigative expertise required is beyond the normal training of a community patrol officer the investigative support section annual report outlines statistics that are a direct reflection of calls for service to the investigative branch but the amount of work and dedication that goes into these investigations is difficult to quantify over the past two years members of the branch have undergone significant change in terms of office composition the creation of the financial crimes unit as well as the internet child exploitation unit bridged a service delivery gap that was lacking in the past and augmented the level of service provided to the municipality those units were formed from the existing complement the number of major occurrences remains steady but the number of investigators was reduced this served to be a challenge for the existing unit trying to balance case loads along with the major cases the challenge to the unit was to work smarter not harder this challenge galvanized the team and together they brought forward the idea of re-structuring the existing teams this initiative allowed for greater team member interaction information sharing allowed for better coverage for all shifts and assisted in bridging a gap between community patrol and investigations the branch is continuously evolving and with that so is the expertise of its members the existing members are dedicated professionals who are innovative in their approaches to investigations current with existing investigative challenges and are continuously looking for ways to move the service forward intelligence section the intelligence section is a multi-purpose unit comprised of a sergeant and nine members dedicated to drug enforcement biker intelligence organized crime and street crimes the intelligence sergeant supervises this team of investigators and is a member of the criminal intelligence service of ontario ciso responsible for the intelligence needs of the service as well as the needs of other law enforcement agencies provincially nationally and internationally dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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8 chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report community patrol branch commanders insp george flikweert a/insp jeff littlewood community patrol platoons a b c d each comprised of one staff sergeant two sergeants 25 constables one special constable 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 and help team members community patrol constables are assigned to a district inclusive of a smaller zone which they are responsible for patrolling and then an even smaller atom in which they are expected to concentrate their activities knowing communicating with and mobilizing citizens is the heart of community-based policing dist #1 wallaceburg dresden mitchell s bay dist #2 thamesville ridgetown blenheim districts 1 2 3 4 dist #3 tilbury wheatley merlin dist #4 chatham surrounding area one sergeant and one public education special constable were assigned to each district in 2012 participating in the safety planning for community events monitoring chronic offenders and local crime trends providing public education crime prevention initiatives and community safety instruction dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report 9 1 3 4 2 district map critical incident response team sgt jon mulder our cirt team is comprised of 14 highly-trained officers dispersed across all platoons and on-call for incidents involving weapons hostages armed suicidal persons search rescue and search warrants the critical incident response team responded to 96 calls in 2012 up two from the previous year most were for weapons-related offences the team participated in three training scenarios throughout the year mobile crisis team help team const brent milne our mct is a unique partnership of a specially-trained officer paired with a psychiatric crisis nurse responding with uniformed officers to persons experiencing a mental health crisis this allows uniform officers to be available to respond to more core police functions while providing proactive intervention to persons suffering from mental illness in 2012 the mct reviewed initiated or followed-up 669 mental health -related calls and initiated 48 community service visits or public presentations in 2012 officers investigated 392 attempt/threatened suicide and 274 mental health act incidents dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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10 chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report administrative support branch commander inspector ed reed records management section bev evans manager data entry niche rms co-ordinator cpic ucr freedom of information fleet services buildings and logistics information technology services infrastructure section property stores quartermaster exhibit co-ordinator firearms unit property management section court services section criminal court provincial offences court dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report records management section 11 the records management section is responsible for the capture storage retrieval and dissemination of information the unit is comprised of 17 full-time and 1 part-time civilian members deployed at chatham headquarters as well as at the wallaceburg tilbury ridgetown and blenheim offices in 2012 there were 40,724 occurrence records created within our niche rms database in the last decade nearly a half-million occurrences have been added to our database in december 2012 the service began a lean six sigma evaluation of its records management business process position responsibilities time requirements and current delivery of services the goal of this project is to create capacity within the records section by utilizing technologies and role/work responsibilities in a more efficient manner fleet buildings and logistics civilian logistics co-ordinator keith cooper is responsible for six police buildings and 71 fleet vehicles in 2012 our fleet travelled 2,650,000 kilometres at least 18 different vendors are utilized on a regular basis for vehicle repairs maintenance information technology services 2012 was an extremely busy year for our two full-time i.t staff ongoing projects include the rollout of blackberry devices to all officers mpa dictation pilot program the e-brief pilot program a major upgrade to our video monitoring system and dispatch records software upgrades a total of 613 calls for i.t assistance requiring more than 30-minutes were logged during the year quartermaster exhibit co-ordinator quartermaster katie eagen is responsible for purchasing and distributing all clothing equipment used by police personnel in 2012 a total of 158 purchase orders were placed with suppliers for uniforms and police equipment her exhibit co-ordinator responsibilities include logging lodging releasing and destroying drug evidence seized during investigations in 2012 476 occurrences had drugs seized or submitted as evidence property stores property co-ordinator liz baker logged and inventoried over 7,000 articles of property in 2012 approximately 2,500 items were disposed-of either by auction destruction transfer to another agency or returned to the rightful owner the annual police auction brought-in $9,500 niche rms co-ordinator julie peters is responsible for rms training application support and best practices in the operation of our niche records management system as partners of the ontario police technology information co-operative optic julie also took a lead role in integrating the workflow of the privately-run assi collision reporting centre which has enabled tremendous efficiencies in the processing of non-injury motor vehicle collisions dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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12 chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report focus o n child abuse 2011 2012 86 54 28 108 251 74 433 30 98 established in 2001 the composition of the child abuse investigation team includes two social workers chatham-kent children services and as one police officer each team member is trained and experienced in interviewing child victims of abuse and their alleged offenders given the complexity of conducting child abuse investigations each member brings a very distinct perspective to the team which ultimately provides for better service and resolution of cases involving children total investigations sexual assault investigations physical assault investigations victim interviews witness interviews interviews of accused persons total interviews arrests made charges laid 99 43 49 95 301 87 483 28 74 the purpose of this joint initiative is to develop a consistent approach to the investigation interviewing and protection of children who are at risk for physical sexual and/or emotional abuse this unique program is premised on the belief that a child victim should only be required to tell their story once dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report 13 focus o n i.c.e unit the internet child exploitation unit investigates crimes involving child pornography and luring the criminal code defines child pornography as a photographic film video or other visual representation that shows a person who is or is depicted as being under the age of eighteen years and is engaged in explicit sexual activity or the dominant characteristic is any written material or visual representation that advocates or counsels sexual activity with a person under the age of eighteen years luring is the attempt to communicate with a child or a person whom the accused believes is a child for sexual purposes or to facilitate offences such as abduction 2011 investigations complete/ongoing interviews devices seized images categorized arrests made charges laid 18 16 12 1,500,000 7 18 2012 18 13 50 2,500,000 9 36 these statistics represent only a small portion of what is believed to be occurring on the internet in our community these investigations require a consistent pro-active approach to demonstrate to the individuals involved that citizens of chatham-kent will not tolerate their appalling behavior dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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14 chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report focus o n forensic ident 2011 crime scenes attended photos processed fingerprint comparisons fingerprints identified soco requests dna orders from criminal court dna hits centre of forensic sciences subs fatal motor vehicle collisions sudden death investigations 233 298 470 14 937 177 19 87 10 61 the forensic identification unit fiu is comprised of three sworn members highly-trained in the area of forensic analysis the fiu is committed to identifying individuals and analyzing forensic evidence in a professional objective and efficient manner fiu members also oversee the work completed by eight scenes of crime officers soco assigned to front-line general patrol duties 2012 261 333 437 39 880 206 41 105 5 50 dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario


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chatham-kent police service · 2012 annual report 15 focus o n intelligence 2011 2012 152 333 $2,100,00 $135,897 $28,230 15 6 15 $86,560 the intelligence section is a multi-purpose unit with many responsibilities including undercover operations and surveillance the intelligence sergeant who supervises this team is a member of the criminal intelligence service of ontario ciso and is also on-call to respond to the needs of agencies provincially nationally and internationally portfolios within the intelligence section include intelligence drugs street crime biker enforcement crime analysis and asset forfeiture arrests drugs property crimes total criminal charges laid value of drugs seized value of property recovered cash seized drug investigations guns prohibited weapons seized vehicles seized thru a.f.u houses seized thru a.f.u cash forfeited to revenue canada 163 315 $6,300,000 $81,700 $38,300 8 8 1 $98,000 this was a transitional year as investigators gained experience in their respective areas and honed their skills and abilities with new changes to the criminal code adding mandatory minimum sentences for various drug offences offenders will now face mandatory jail sentences for specific drug-related charges dedicated to making chatham-kent the safest community in ontario



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