Police survey sees positive feedback

The “Policing for Results” survey conducted in the district last October through January shows many residents are satisfied with the job the OPP is doing, acting detachment commander S/Sgt. Steve Shouldice told town council during Monday night’s meeting.
He noted that on a scale of four, respondents to the phone survey gave a 3.1 rating when rating how safe they thought their community was.
They also felt “satisfied to very satisfied” that police were solving local problems while maintaining contact with the public and good visibility in the community.
Respondents also were “satisfied to very satisfied” that police officers were doing a good job in traffic enforcement and dealing with property crimes, noted S/Sgt. Shouldice.
The compete survey results will be available soon, he added.
S/Sgt. Shouldice said the survey was random and anonymous, but it is known most of the respondents were from within the Town of Fort Frances.
In other news, S/Sgt. Shouldice told council a replacement for former detachment commander S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis, who retired June 30, has not been found yet—and probably won’t be until the new year.
In the interim, there has been a series of acting detachment commanders, including himself. The next to step in will be Det. Insp. Bill Olinyk, who will assume the role in mid-October.
S/Sgt. Shouldice also gave council an update on policing stats for the second quarter of 2006. From April through July, the OPP here worked 10,505 hours, with 655 hours of overtime.
This brings the year-to-date totals for both to 18,567 and 1,386, respectively.
He noted this was in line with numbers from the same time last year.
Police received 1,906 calls for service from April through August, for a year-to-date total of 2,671. This is 246 less calls than received over the same span in 2004.
Between January and August, Fort Frances OPP laid 249 Criminal Code charges, 505 Traffic Highway Act charges, 124 Liquor Licence Act charges, 12 Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act charges, 17 Controlled Substances Act charges, and eight municipal bylaw violations.
Police also have generated $7,739 in revenue so far this year in the form of criminal record checks, traffic accident reports, administrative services, and a police auction.
This is $2,200 higher than at this time last year because of an especially-successful police auction held in May, noted S/Sgt. Shouldice.
He added there is a full complement of officers on staff, including one probationary constable and two new cadets. And the district will be getting Cst. Dan Bailey of Chatham—a new K-9 handler—in January.
S/Sgt. Shouldice said the K-9 unit definitely will be used for search and rescue operations, and most likely drug-sniffing duties at the border here.
It’s possible the unit also may be used to find explosives, but that will depend on the specifics of the dog’s training.