The Community Patrol Unit
The Community Patrol Unit utilizes a team policing concept. This Unit promotes crime prevention and the shared responsibility between the community and the police for resolving crime problems and maintaining public order that may be unique to a specific area of the City of Peterborough, the Village of Lakefield and the Township of Cavan Monaghan. Teams annually set goals and objectives, plan Team meetings in the community, and design strategies to achieve their goals and objectives.
- Area one showcases Peterborough’s downtown, which is mostly a recreation and service industry.
- The Area One patrol zone is bordered by Wolfe Street to the South, Parkhill Road to the North, Park Street to the West and the Otonabee River to the East.
- Geographically, area one is Peterborough’s smallest zone with the same number of calls for service as any other patrol zone. Unique to Area One are Foot Patrol Officers. These additional officers result in Area One to have the best coverage over any other patrol zone.
- Team members have a strong relationship with the Downtown Business Improvement Association and merchants, in order to provide service that contributes to the safety and vibrancy of the downtown.
- A large percentage of team policing projects in Area One is geared around the LCBO establishments. Peterborough Police Service works closely with the AGCO and the bar owners to ensure a safe Downtown experience.
In 2015 Project Watershed was a major focus for Area 1 officers. Due to ongoing and frequent complaints of individuals who were intoxicated, using illegal drugs and causing disturbances along the waterfront in the downtown core, Project Watershed began. The project took a zero tolerance and enforcement approach to people participating in this behaviour. Through displacement, the Project was deemed a success, resulting in a reduction of calls to this area and and an increased sense of safety for citizens who were attempting to enjoy the waterfront. Yet, this project also resulted in these individuals being displaced from Area 1 into Area 4. Our Service recognizes that any permanent solution to the issue of unwanted individuals must come from a multi-agency, multidisciplinary approach addressing issues including mental illness, addictions, poverty and housing. In 2016 our Service will partner with other agencies on a Provincial program called “Situation Tables” that will identify at-risk individuals and connect them with the resources and services they need.
- Area Two encompasses the northern part of the City and includes Trent University, the Rotary Trail, the Riverview Park & Zoo and the Chemong Road corridor.
- The Rotary Trail is a former rail line that travels along the east bank of the Otonabee River from Ashburnham Drive to Nassau Mills Road and beyond. This trail is travelled by people commuting to and from work as well for recreational purposes. Team Two utilizes bike patrols to ensure safety on the trail.
- Team Two focuses on traffic enforcement in areas of heavy traffic and in residential areas where speed has been identified as an issue for residents. Chemong Road and Water Street are areas of focus.
- Team Two has a well-established partnership with Trent University and provides students with programs concerning substance use, sexual assault, and personal safety. We work together with the University to support their efforts to provide a safe, enjoyable campus for students and staff. Learn about crime prevention for post secondary students under the “Learn” tab.
While criminal calls for police service decreased in 2015 non-criminal calls increased. Officers assigned to Area 2 focused on a number of projects and partnerships with various community agencies to help reduce calls to police. One proactive initiative included helping put into place the proper supports and interventions for an individual who had come to police attention 249 times between the late 1980s and 2015. A police intervention was held in 2015 with an officer being assigned to become a point-of-contact for this individual. Several meetings involving the individual were held with the ultimate goal of getting his life back on track. Since that intervention, that brought together police and other supporting agencies, calls for police service have been dramatically reduced. This individual is now enjoying a more satisfying quality of life. Our Service will continue this type of community collaboration in 2016 during a more formalized process called Situation Tables.
- Team Three is made up of retail, industrial and residential areas, largely in the west end of the City. Team Three includes Fleming College, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Jackson Park, and a significant portion of the Lansdowne Street corridor.
- Both Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board secondary schools are in Area Three.
- Traffic safety is a high priority in Area Three due to the volume of traffic and the high collision level.
- Team Three works in partnership with Fleming College to address noise and other issues related to student housing. This continues to be a priority, in order to ensure a harmonious relationship between incoming students and the permanent residents of the west end. Learn about crime prevention for post secondary students under the “Learn” tab.
Traffic issues remain a serious concern in Area 3. In 2015 Area 3 had seven out of the Top Ten intersections in the City for highest collisions including Lansdowne Street and Monaghan Road and Clonsilla Avenue and Sherbrooke Street. These Top Ten intersections will continue to be the focus of targeted enforcement efforts during 2016 in an effort to reduce collisions.
In 2015 an officer continued to work with a west end youth group home. Through forging positive police relationships and experiences with the residents at the home, calls for service have decreased substantially over the past three years. Many issues at this home in the past resulted in unnecessary calls for service, which have now been averted by these efforts. The officer has even gone so far as to help organize a “fun” day for the youth which consisted of a barbecue, scavenger hunt, road hockey and soccer tournament. This partnership is a shining example of community engagement and collaboration that results in reduced calls for service.
- Team Four encompasses the south and east end of the City and includes Lansdowne Place Mall, The Memorial Centre, Crary Park, East City, the Liftlocks and most of the shoreline that falls within the City limits.
- Events held around Little Lake or in Del Crary Park are central to the City’s vibrant cultural and artistic presence. Team Four collaborates with event organizers to ensure events are planned and provided with safety in mind.
- Team Four includes several of the busiest intersections in the City. Traffic enforcement around these intersections serves to remind motorists of safe vehicle operation and intends to reduce collisions.
In 2015 Area 4 officers identified and developed solutions to a number of community issues. Of the six projects, four were a result of specific problems brought forward to police from community members living in Area 4 while the remaining two projects were a result of drug and intelligence information gathered.
Projects included: working with the Ministry of Natural Resources to address ongoing complaints of illegal fishing at the locks; creating a “door hanger” used by officers when they receive no answer during a canvass check following a break and enter; managing the high number of public nuisance calls that resulted from displaced individuals into Area 4 during Project Watershed (see Area 1); monitoring and conducting high visibility patrols in the area of the Vagos Clubhouse; conducting increased foot patrols in the East City business district and, as a result of ongoing complaints regarding unsafe parking in school zones during drop-off/pick-up time, working with Community Services officers to help educate parents and caregivers about traffic laws in and around schools.
- Team Five provides service to the residents of the Village of Lakefield. Four officers are assigned and work collaboratively with residents and business owners there.
- Officers in Lakefield have the benefit of a satellite office from which to work. The Lakefield Station is located at 12 Queen Street. It is open for walk-in business during specified hours. Please call for information.
- Service is augmented by other units such as traffic, community services and investigative services. Officers provide school programs in Village schools, conduct RIDE and traffic details in the village and provide forensic and investigative services as required.
- Team Five works in partnership with Lakefield Campground, Lakefield-Smith Community Centre, area schools, the Lakefield Agricultural Society and other local groups to provide support for events and ensure everyone’s enjoyment of amenities of the Village.
Our Police Service provides policing to the Ward of Lakefield on a contract basis. We enjoy a positive and strong police and community relationship with the citizens and Township staff. Area 5 members understand the importance of these strong relationships to ensure a safe and vibrant community. Traffic safety continues to be a concern for the residents of Lakefield, particularly in the summer months. Projects taken on in 2015 by Area 5 members included conducting high visibility police enforcement to specifically address these concerns. Other projects tackled by Area 5 members included: working with the Township to resolve a persistent neighbour dispute that resulted in 35 calls for service over a period of two years down to zero calls for service; improving the relationship with the Lakefield Fair Committee and working with a resident with addiction issues to reduce calls for service to police and ensure the individual has the proper supports in place to succeed.
- Team Six provides service to the residents of the Township of Cavan Monaghan.
- Six Uniform officers are assigned to the township and work collaboratively with the residents and business owners in the community.
- Officers have the benefit of two satellite offices to work from. The Township office, located at 988 Kawartha Lakes County Road 10 in Millbrook and the Peterborough Airport, located at 925 Airport Road in Peterborough.
- Uniform service is complimented by all other facets of the Peterborough Police Service and works in partnership with a number of local groups to provide support and ensure enjoyment of amenities throughout the township.
On October 1, 2015 the Peterborough Police Service began policing the Township of Cavan Monaghan on a contract basis. This signifies the first time our Service has taken on rural policing and marks a new and exciting time in our history. The transition was relatively seamless and initial feedback has been very positive. There are currently four officers permanently assigned to police Cavan Monaghan and they are supplemented as needed by other frontline officers along with Traffic, Canine and Community Services in order to provide a minimum of 36 hours of dedicated service each day. During the first three months our Service undertook to get the majority of our frontline officers and 9-1-1 staff to the Township for an orientation tour to familiarize themselves with the geographical layout and the area as any officer can potentially be deployed to Area 6 as back-up at any given time.