Thursday, April 24, 2014

OPP to conduct another survey

A new OPP Community Satisfaction Survey will be conducted starting in January.
Speaking at this morning’s Police Services Board meeting here, OPP Insp. Steve Shouldice noted the telephone survey is a tool for gathering public opinion on policing issues and ratings on OPP services.

The survey will run from January-March, and once again be conducted by professional research company R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd.
This company has been retained by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Information gathered is treated confidentially.
Insp. Shouldice said the results of the 2013 survey—and years prior—are available at
That survey showed 93 percent of respondents had an overall satisfaction with OPP service here.
In other news, the number of motor vehicle accidents spiked in November.
Insp. Shouldice said collisions resulting in property damage in Rainy River District jumped from 43 in October to 63 in November, 18 of which occurred in Fort Frances.
Causes ranged from icy and snowy road conditions and a motorist swerving to miss a dog to following too closely, failing to yield right of way, improper turns, and improper lane changes.
Nine charges were laid in relation to these collisions.
The number of personal injury collisions in the district went from two in October to seven in November, with none of those occurring in town.
On the bright side, the number of impaired driving-related incidents dropped from eight in October to three in November, with two of the latter occurring in Fort Frances.
One of these was related to a stolen motor vehicle which police recovered and consequently found the driver impaired.
In the second incident, police charged the impaired driver for being in care and control of a parked vehicle.
Meanwhile, there was an increase in the number of sexual assaults, rising from one in October to three in November.
All three, including one which did not take place in November but was reported that month, occurred in Fort Frances and are continuing to be investigated.
The five-year average for sexual assaults in Rainy River District for November is seven.
Overall, the OPP had 280 calls for service in November, resulting in 97 charges.
While the number of calls is about average, the number of charges is above average.
In other business, John McTaggart was appointed as board chair and Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft as vice-chair for one-year terms.
The board also authorized payment of the 2014 membership to the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards in the amount of $1,133.39.

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