Thursday, April 24, 2014

Crime stats down

The number of charges laid by the Fort Frances OPP was down in October, with a total of 89 compared to 103 at this time last year.
Theft under $5,000 was a major source of criminal activity in October.

The district saw a total of 18 thefts reported to the OPP, with 14 of those taking place in Fort Frances, OPP Insp. Steve Shouldice told the local Police Services Board at its regular meeting last week.
Thefts included fishing rods stolen from a boat at a residence, a wagon stolen and then recovered nearby, three stolen bike incidents, and two youths caught going into vehicles and stealing from them.
There also was a theft of a licence plate, two shoplifting incidents, a snowmobile stolen and then recovered, alleged theft of money, an accessory stolen off a truck, and jerry cans stolen from a yard.
There also were four drug investigations in October, including an incident Oct. 23 when a man was caught transporting oxycocet pills from Thunder Bay to Fort Frances.
He was arrested and charged.
Meanwhile, OPP community service officer Cst. Anne McCoy held a child car seat workshop, which saw seven participants now certified to facilitate their own car seat clinics.
Cst. McCoy also attended the Rainy River District Victim
Services Program’s annual general meeting, spoke to 17 Canadian Mental Health Association clients regarding online safety, and did 23 presentations to all district schools for students up to Grade 8 regarding Hallowe’en safety and glowsticks.
Meanwhile, Police Services Board members agreed to meet at The Place on Dec. 14 to buy groceries to donate for the Rainy River District OPP’s annual “Stuff-a-Cruiser” event.
With the assistance of their policing partners, the Treaty #3 Police and CN Police, officers will be outside The Place, Walmart, and Safeway here, as well as Cloverleaf in Emo and Beaver Mills in Rainy River, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that day.
Officers will be collecting non-perishable food items to support the local Salvation Army, United Native Friendship Centre, Sunset Country Métis, and Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau food banks.
In other business at Friday morning’s meeting, the board:
•learned the estimated policing cost for the Town of Fort Frances in 2014 will be $2,878,232 (this is due to an 8.5 percent pay increase over this year, for which the town’s estimated policing cost is $2.66 million);
•provided input on the rules and procedures protocol review (the board agreed that each December, it should review the terms of its board members and determine whose term is up when);
•heard that Insp. Shouldice and Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig have worked out a process so that town administration is notified of events, such as a bomb threat at a local bank, in conjunction with the media (if the mayor or town administration has any more questions, they can contact Insp. Shouldice directly);
•learned that the district OPP are on track to stay below the target number of 7,500 overtime hours for 2013; and
•learned that Cst. Ashleigh Dutton has transferred from the Atikokan detachment to the Fort Frances detachment as of Oct. 28.

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