CKPS Annual Report (2013)


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The Annual Report for the Chatham-Kent Police Service for 2013.

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2013 ANNUAL REPORT Const. Rick Bertok and Partner “Arry"


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report Message from Dennis Poole Chief of Police On behalf of the men and women of the Chatham-Kent Police Service I am pleased to present our 2013 Annual Report to the community. 3 Message from Pat Belanger Chair, Police Services Board ! ! As economic pressures continue, service requests from the public increase, and the demands of the Justice System continue to rise, our Police Service continues to adapt and evolve to meet these challenges. During this past year we continued our service review process to utilize technologies to rationalize our records management and reporting systems, building on our Blackberry project to include voiceto-text transcription, and piloting an electronic Crown brief process (EBrief) for the Province. These processes allow us to work faster and more efficiently to keep up with the increasing pace of our business, and keep our officers on the streets and in our neighbourhoods. Our embedded partnership with the Municipality continues to provide economic efficiencies, and we have been pleased to host a number of delegations from other Police Services from around the Province who are interested in our innovative policing model. On behalf of the Chatham-Kent Police Services Board, it is my pleasure to introduce the 2013 Annual Report.  ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Our Board continues its support of senior staff by providing governance and civilian oversight.  This close collaboration ensures that the Chatham-Kent community remains safe and secure. This  report  will detail challenges our Service faces and also highlight its achievements.  Policing today requires clearing many hurdles and often faces much discussion and debate as to how these challenging times can be met.  On a regular basis, policies and procedures are reviewed with respect to budgeting, operations, and communications.  We have also met with significant success in using our website to engage the local community. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal served to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.  Several members of the Chatham-Kent Police Service were named as recipients in recognition of their contributions to the community. Many of our employees, both sworn and civilian, devote many hours to volunteer pursuits, as do our  Auxiliary members to whom we owe a great deal of gratitude.
 It is an honour for me to work on behalf of the men and women of our Service who serve tirelessly to ensure the citizens in our Municipality are safe and secure. ! ! Undercover drug projects, targeting chronic offenders, and engaging citizens has resulted in a falling crime rate, improvements in our Crime Severity Index, and increased our Clearance rates. Re-deploying our resources to better engage citizens and community partners through our Community Mobilization Team has already provided results, even though it is still under development. Our Team hosted a Provincial Crime Prevention Symposium for Southwestern Ontario in partnership with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and has actively participated in the ongoing re-engineering projects that are exploring better ways of creating safer communities through extensive collaboration with community partners in social development, mental health issues, educating and engaging youth and promoting community wellness and resilience. We look forward to these exciting developments in the coming years that will indeed make our community safer and enhance the quality of life of our citizens. ! ! Our dedicated officers and staff are adaptive, innovative and committed to their mission, and we are very appreciative of the support we receive from the community, including the Crime Prevention Board, and our Police Services Board, our Municipal Council and the many partner agencies, community groups, service clubs and citizens, who work with us on a daily basis to help keep our community safe. We look forward to building even stronger relationships and achieving even greater successes in the future as we serve and protect our community. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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4 Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report COMMUNITY PATROL Branch Commander Inspector Trevor Crane 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, CIRT Team members, and HELP Team members. Community Patrol constables are assigned to a District, inclusive of a smaller Zone which they patrol, 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. ! ! ! ! Our Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is also part of the Community Patrol Branch. CIRT officers receive intensive training in high-risk incident management, crime scene containment, and dealing with armed and/or barricaded persons. CIRT officers are assigned to one of the four platoons and respond to all types of calls for service. This ensures CIRT members are always on duty. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report 5 1 3 4 2 DISTRICT MAP First Nations Partnership: Lenape Restorative Justice Project This is an innovative partnership between the Chatham-Kent Police Service, Delaware First Nations (Moraviantown), the Chatham-Kent Crown Attorney’s office, and the O.P.P. (Moraviantown Police). Youth and adults charged with non-violent criminal offences have alternatives to a possible conviction and a criminal record. Diversions may involve counselling, community service or other forms of restitution that recognizes the sensitivities of the circumstances involved and encompasses the culture of the Delaware First Nations people. Proactive Partnership: Community Violent Threat Risk Assessment Protocol Signed on April 4, 2013, this protocol supports collaborative planning between Police Services, schools, community partners, families, children & youth, to reduce violence and reflect safe, caring and supportive approaches. It fosters timely sharing of information about a child or youth who poses a risk for violence towards themselves or others. It reflects the process of identifying the signs that a person is moving on a path towards violence before a violent act occurs. The protocol promotes supportive & preventive plans being put in place, while balancing personal privacy with community safety. A total of 37 agencies are participants. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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6 Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report N FOCUS O 911/DISPATCH In 2013 the Emergency Communication Centre (ECC) handled a total of 188,802 telephone calls, down 6.7% from 2012. Even with fewer calls, the demands on the Emergency Communication Operators (ECO) to focus on Customer Service and Data Quality remains high. Customer service expectations and mandated questioning also require more time-consuming caller interrogations. ! 911 callback procedures continue to take time and resources of our ECC personnel in verifying the legitimacy of calls entering the 911 network. All efforts towards information gathering is reflected in the data quality entered into our RMS system, which lends credibility to the integrity of the data. Between incoming calls, ECO’s also assist with Records functions by assisting with CPIC entries, and adding forms of release after-hours and on weekends. 2012 Police (Non-911) Fire (Non-911) Internal Direct-to-Dispatch Outgoing Calls from ECC 911 Emergency Total Calls (Incoming + Outgoing) 103,487 7,263 6,933 50,712 33,978 202,373 2013 98,472 7,486 5,568 45,034 32,242 188,802 CHANGE -4.8% 3.1% -19.7% -11.2% -5.1% -6.7% ECO’s processed 3,217 hang-up 911 calls where our call back procedures were initiated. Of these, 31% of the time ECO’s were unable to make contact with the original caller, leaving voice mail messages for the owner. In 3,903 calls contact was made with the caller who reported dial errors or “pocket dial” situations. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report 7 OPERATIONAL SUPPORT Branch Commander Inspector Jeff Littlewood Investigative Services - Staff Sgt. Keith Myers Investigative Support • Major Crimes • Intelligence ! ! ! ! Patrol Support Section - Sgt. Mike Domony Traffic • Canine • Auxiliary • Marine
 ! ! ! ! Victim Services - Pamela Fasullo, Exec. Director In 2013 the Chatham-Kent Police Service downsized the Senior Officer’s Rank from four Inspectors to three. This change directly affected the structure of the Operational Support Branch. This Branch is now comprised of Investigative Services and the Patrol Support Section. Further restructuring resulted in the downsizing of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit, replacing it with a much-needed Computer Forensic Analyst. This position deals with extracting information from seized computers, cell phones, and other electronic storage devices. The Operational Support Branch is also responsible for our Service’s close relationship with Chatham-Kent Victim Services. The Inspector serves as a Director on the Victim Services Board and the Service provides office space and $45,000 in annual funding. There are four FTE’s employed by Victim Services and 62 volunteers who attend to the needs of victims of crime and tragic circumstances in our community. ! Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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8 Investigative Support Section Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report The Investigative Support Section is comprised of Forensic Identification, Fraud & E-Crime, Child Abuse (Children’s Aid partnership), Youth Co-ordinator, Mental Health/Mobile Crisis Team, Crime Stoppers, and the very successful Police Chaplaincy program. ! ! ! Major Crime Section The Major Crime Section is responsible for the investigation of our community’s most serious crimes, such as Homicides, Aggravated Assaults, Sexual Assaults, Abductions, and Robberies. Intelligence Section The Intelligence Section is responsible for the management of Drug & Organized Crime investigations, Street Crimes, Asset Forfeiture investigations, and Crime Analysis. Traffic Unit The Traffic Unit is comprised of one Sergeant and six Constables. The mandate of the Traffic Unit is to meet the Provincial Adequacy Standard of being able to investigate & reconstruct life-threatening and fatal motor vehicle collisions, and provide enforcement and education regarding traffic issues. Members of this Unit also provide escorts for major municipal events and funerals, as well as ongoing training to front-line officers in the specialized fields of Collision Investigation, Radar/Laser Operation, Highway Traffic Act Enforcement, and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. Members also assist other branches of the Service in mapping crime scenes to provide scale drawings for trials. ! Canine Unit The Canine Unit provides Police Dog Services within our community, providing fast response times and local control. The Canine officer works a modified shift to provide the broadest coverage. In 2013 the Canine Unit saw the retirement of Const. Larry Johnson and his partner Bounty, brought about due to injuries overtaking Bounty’s health. In September 2013 Const. Rick Bertok and his partner Arry completed their intensive training and their team became operational. Arry's training is such that he is a dual-purpose dog and can be utilized for both suspect tracking & article searches as well as drugs & weapons. ! Auxiliary Unit The Auxiliary Unit is a group of volunteers trained to assist & supplement police officers for special event security, traffic control, and to participate in ride-alongs giving our officers “extra eyes & ears” while on patrol. When 2013 started there were 18 members of our Auxiliary Unit, however that number dwindled to 10 members by the end of the year. This was due to our volunteers finding it hard to commit to events in consideration of other life pressures. However a recent recruitment drive added 10 new members to the Unit, which in conjunction with two members being promoted to Auxiliary Sergeant, will result in two 10-member Auxiliary Platoons. Our Auxiliaries are valuable partners in our community safety initiatives. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report 9 N FOCUS O CRIME SNAPSHOT 2012 2013 0 27 495 943 65 18 631 27 72 137 1,537 63 368 249 4 528 CHANGE -100% -46% -3% -19% -22% -5% -24% -18% -28% +6% -18% -24% +39% +17% Abductions Arsons Assaults Break-and-Enters Impaired Driving / Over .08 Indecent Acts Mischiefs Robberies Sexual Assaults Stolen Vehicles Thefts Weapons (Used/Seen/Implied) Weapon-Related Seizures Guns Seized Guns Tested for Court Evidence Guns & Knives Destroyed 1 50 510 1,203 83 19 832 33 92 129 1,867 83 265 213 Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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10 Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report N FOCUS O TRAFFIC STATS 2012 2013 1,862 21 10 4 1 1,784 20 6 1 1 Traffic Unit investigators were called-out 21 times in 2013, once more than the year prior. Officers attended 10 fatal collisions, up significantly versus 2012. Seven of the ten fatalities were singlevehicle collisions, and two of these were recreational vehicles (one snowmobile and one dirt bike). Total Collisions Reported Traffic Unit Call-Outs Fatalities Alcohol-Involved Fatalities Alcohol-Involved Serious Injury Commercial Vehicles Inspected Commercial Vehicles Failed 72 52 65 48 Total Vehicles thru RIDE Checks 10,157 7,102 Looking ahead to 2014, the Traffic Unit will continue to work to reduce overall collisions through ongoing enforcement, proactive media campaigns, and public education. Traffic officers will also be engaging in some “directed patrols” around high-collision locations. It is our hope that our efforts will deter offences and have a positive effect on the driving behaviour of the motoring public, resulting in a safer community for everyone. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report 11 N FOCUS O INTELLIGENCE 2012 2013 116 237 $1,200,000 $62,210 $34,868 38 1 1 $33,810 The Intelligence Section is a multi-purpose unit with many responsibilities including undercover operations and surveillance. The 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 152 333 $2,100,00 $135,897 $28,230 15 6 1 $86,560 The Intelligence Section developed & implemented a covert undercover drug project to target the trafficking of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine in Chatham-Kent, dubbed “Project ATAM”. The investigation lasted five months and resulted in 22 arrested and 100 criminal charges. Seven search warrants were executed at homes around our community. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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12 Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report N FOCUS O FORENSIC IDENT. 2012 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 261 333 437 39 880 206 41 105 5 50 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. Members also oversee the work completed by eight Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCO) assigned to front-line general patrol duties. 2013 224 298 434 21 868 175 42 100 10 46 Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report 13 ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT Branch Commander Inspector Ed Reed Professional Standards • Training • Recruiting • Records Corporate Services - Staff Sgt. Rose Kucharuk Court Services - Sgt. Jason Chickowski ! ! ! ! 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. Corporate Services include Professional Standards, Recruiting, Training, Public Information, I.T. Systems Support, Fleet and Infrastructure, Quartermaster, Records Management and Property Management. ! ! Professional Standards The Professional Standards Section administers the intake and investigation of Public and Chief’s (Internal) Complaints pursuant to the Police Services Act, the Ontario Independent Police Review Directorate, Police Services Board Policies, and our own Service procedures and orders. The goals and responsibilities of this Section are to improve the professionalism of our members, correct misconduct, and maintain the public’s trust in the integrity and professionalism of the Service. There were 15 Public Complaint investigations and 40 Chief’s Complaint investigations commenced in 2013.  These investigations were resolved through formal/informal resolutions, internal discipline, policy changes, retraining, and findings that the allegations were unsubstantiated. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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14 Recruiting Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report Our Recruit Selection process is designed to achieve our goal to hire the best-possible candidates. In 2013 we hired Greg Dilliott, who recently completed Basic Constable Training at Ontario Police College. We also hired one experienced officer, Const. Fraser Curtis. Both are currently assigned to the Community Patrol Branch. ! ! Promotional Process Twenty-four members registered to write the 2013 Provincial Promotional Exam. The Chief initiated a promotional process in May for the ranks of Sergeant, Staff Sergeant and Inspector.  Thirteen members were named to the Sergeant’s Promotional Pool, eight members to the Staff Sergeant’s Promotional Pool, and four to the Inspector’s Promotional Pool. Training Initiatives & Online “E-Learning” The Training & Professional Development Unit had a slight decrease in amount of training  time related to traditional training. In-class training occurred  within a wide variety of venues, including Ontario Police College courses, regional & local opportunities, and In-Service training. Members logged a total of 11,195 hours of training time in 2013. In an effort to reduce costs and provide the efficient delivery of training, orientation or certification requirements, E-Learning continued to be used in combination with or as an alternative to traditional classroom learning methods. The Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN), C-K Learning, and the Ontario Police Video Training Alliance (OPVTA) through membership agreement were all utilized. ! Public Information Officer Live “Tweet-a-Thon” On Friday March 22 we participated in a ‘Global Tweet-a-Thon’ where calls for service were tweeted in real time between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Over 200 police departments, from 10 countries, speaking 123 languages participated. This ‘virtual ride-along’ was an excellent way to showcase the efforts of police officers working to keep our community safe. It was also a great forum to engage local residents by providing them with crime prevention/safety tips along with answering questions throughout the shift. This was very well received by the community. ! CKPS Cop Camp for Kids For a fourth year, CKPS held a four-day ‘Cop Camp for Kids’ for those 12-13 years of age at the Children’s Safety Village in August. Fifteen local youths participated and were exposed to life as a police officer for a week. Throughout this week, the youths took part in presentations about Traffic & Bicycle safety, the CIRT Team, 911/Dispatch, Forensic Identification, and the Intelligence Unit. The camp was geared towards the value of teamwork and many activities were created to foster this objective. Campers toured CKPS HQ and the Courthouse. Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario


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Chatham-Kent Police Service • 2013 Annual Report 15 N FOCUS O PROFESSIONALISM 2012 Total Sworn Officers OIPRD Complaints Inquiry Only Withdrawn Continuing Unsubstantiated OIPRD Refused Complaint Informal Resolution Other Chief’s Complaints Unsubstantiated Counseled / Admonished Police Services Act Hearings Informal Discipline Investigations Carried-Over Chief’s Commendations Awarded Deputy Chief’s Letters Awarded 170 17 1 0 3 3 7 1 2 82 13 26 2 7 1 44 45 2013 167 15 1 0 3 1 7 1 2 38 4 4 1 3 5 16 66 Dedicated to Making Chatham-Kent the Safest Community in Ontario



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