Enhancing Police Response to Sexual Violence – Province Funding Police Pilot Project in Peterborough Riding

Ontario is supporting people who have experienced sexual assault through a program that builds partnerships between community and justice partners, front-line victim service providers and police services across the province.
Fifteen two-year pilot projects have been selected that will provide a more compassionate, sensitive response when survivors of sexual violence come forward and report their experiences.
The projects will also enhance police investigative practices, with a goal of building stronger cases and improving justice outcomes.
In the Peterborough Riding the Peterborough Police Service will be receiving $106,850.00 to enhance the Collaborative Response to Sexual Assault and Harassment Training Project and $99,645.00 to enhance the Collaborative Response to Sexual Assault and Harassment Video Project
This initiative is part of It’s Never Okay, Ontario’s ground-breaking action plan to end sexual violence and harassment, and also supports Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women.
Building a safer, more inclusive and more equitable province is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

QUOTES
“Our police are committed to thoroughly investigating sexual assault cases, removing barriers to reporting and supporting those who come forward. This program will not only help promote safety in our community – the results from the pilot project may also help inform police practices more broadly.”
— Jeff Leal, MPP

“The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre is pleased to partner again with the Peterborough Police Service and other community stakeholders on these projects; both are designed to enhance our collective capacity to support individuals who find themselves navigating the justice and support system because they have experienced sexual violence and/or harassment. At the Centre, our work involves a trauma and violence informed approach to practice and we appreciate the confidence in our expertise afforded to us through this partnership with the Peterborough Police Service”
-Sonya Vellenga, Executive Director Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre

“It is so important that survivors receive the compassionate and appropriate response they deserve from professionals across all sectors. By encouraging police to try new practices and approaches, we will help make the legal system more responsive to survivors. This is a key part of It’s Never Okay, our plan to put an end sexual violence and harassment in Ontario.”
— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Women’s Issues

“The Peterborough Police Service is very excited to move forward with our two grant projects in collaboration with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and a number of other community stakeholders. We have had a long-standing partnership with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and other community partners that preceded these grants.

Victims of sexual abuse and harassment deserve a victim-centred approach and the best possible response from those that they turn to for help. We are committed to working with other service providers, not only in partnership with these grants, but on an ongoing basis to ensure we are in fact providing the best possible response.”
– Chief Murray Rodd, Peterborough Police Service

 

Province Enhancing Police Response To Sexual Violence

Friday February 17, 2017 – Peterborough teen arrested following human trafficking investigation

Following a human trafficking investigation that began in September 2016, a Peterborough teen has been arrested on a warrant and is facing several charges.

Calls for Service:
(Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. to Feb. 17 at 8 a.m.) 70

Human Trafficking Investigation:
A 17-year-old Peterborough teen is facing several charges following a human trafficking investigation.

In September 2016 the Durham Regional Police Service contacted the Peterborough Police Service regarding a potential victim of human trafficking from their jurisdiction believed to be in the Peterborough area. The victim was 17 years old at the time the offences began.

Through the investigation it was revealed that between February and May 31, 2016 the accused forced the victim to have unwanted sexual relations with other individuals for money, which was then handed over to the accused, given illicit drugs and sexually assaulted by the accused. The offences took place in the Peterborough area.

Through the investigation the male suspect was identified. On December 22, 2016 a warrant was issued for the arrest of the accused.

On the night of February 16, 2017 the accused was located and detained at a bus station in the Oshawa area. The Peterborough Police Service attended the location and the accused was arrested on the warrant and was transported in custody back to Peterborough.

As a result of the investigation the accused is charged with the following:

  • Sexual assault
  • Administer noxious thing with intent – endanger life or cause bodily harm
  • Overcome resistance by administering or attempting to administer a drug
  • Procuring
  • Material benefit from sexual services under 18 years (living off the avails)
  • Failing to comply with a probation order X2

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Feb. 17).

Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act the name of a young person cannot be released.

Thursday February 16, 2017- Do you recognize these men? Help us solve these break and enters

The Peterborough Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in locating suspects following three unsolved break and enters at a Lansdowne Street West restaurant.

The break and enters took place at approximately 2:15 a.m. on January 3, 2015 overnight on February 28/29, 2016 and at approximately 2:20 a.m. on January 28, 2017. During each incident cash was stolen. It is believed the same suspects (two males) are involved in all three incidents.

Anyone with information regarding these unsolved incidents is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service’s Crime Line at 705-876-1122 ext. 555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

In order to help identify and locate the suspects the following video is available on our YouTube and Facebook page. Please share widely.

Peterborough Police YouTube Page

Peterborough Police Facebook Page

Thursday February 16, 2017 – 22-year-old Peterborough man charged with domestic assault

The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 22-year-old Peterborough man with domestic assault

Calls for Service:
(Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. to Feb. 17 at 8 a.m.) 58

Domestic Assault Arrest:
The accused, a 22-year-old man, and the victim, a woman in her late teens, are currently involved in a domestic relationship.

In the early morning hours of February 15, 2017 the accused and victim became involved in an argument while at their Peterborough residence. Police were called and officers attended. While at the residence it was reported that the accused had assaulted the victim during a previous dispute on February 11, 2017.

As a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with domestic assault. The accused was held in custody and appeared in court on February 15, 2017.

The name of the accused will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victim in this domestic incident.

Assault Arrest:
A 29-year-old Peterborough has been charged with assault following a Tuesday evening family dispute.

On February 14, 2017 police attended a Peterborough residence for a family dispute. It was reported that during the dispute the 29-year-old male accused assaulted his sister and his sister’s boyfriend. Both victims are in their 20’s.

As a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with assault X2.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on March 2, 2017.

The name of the accused will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victims in this family dispute.

Wednesday February 15, 2017 – Man charged after pizza delivery driver robbed at knifepoint

The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 26-year-old Peterborough man with robbery with a weapon following an early morning incident at a Hunter Street East apartment building.

Calls for Service:
(Feb. 14 at 8 a.m. to Feb. 15 at 8 a.m.) 62

Robbery with Weapon Arrest:
A 26-year-old Peterborough man has been charged after a pizza delivery driver was robbed at knifepoint while at a Hunter Street East apartment.

On February 15, 2017 at approximately 12:20 a.m. police were dispatched to a Hunter Street East multi-unit residence for a robbery.

It was reported that when the victim, a 28-year-old male pizza delivery driver, arrived at the building to deliver pizza the accused brandished a knife and demanded money from him. The victim attempted to flee the building during which time he was cut with the knife.

The accused then fled with the pizza and police were called. Officers and EMS attended and the victim was taken to a local hospital where his injuries were treated and he was released.

Shortly after 2 a.m. police located the accused still inside the building.

As a result of the investigation Cody Craig Patterson, 26, of Hunter Street East, is charged with robbery with a weapon and failing to comply with a probation order.

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today (Feb. 15).

As part of the ongoing investigation police remain on scene.

Tuesday February 14, 2017 – Peterborough man charged with attempt murder following stabbing at Anson Street home

A 46-year-old Peterborough man has been charged with attempt murder following a stabbing at an Anson Street home.

On the morning of Tuesday February 14, 2017 police attended an Anson Street residence for a 59-year-old male that had been stabbed. The male was initially taken to a local hospital and later transported to a Toronto-based hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The accused and the victim know each other.

As a result of the investigation Robert Reginald Reay, 46, of Anson Street, is charged with attempt murder.

The accused has been held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court later today.

Tuesday February 14, 2017 – Anson Street Stabbing investigation

The Peterborough Police Service is currently on scene at an Anson Street residence for a stabbing. The male victim was taken to a local hospital and the status of his injuries are unknown at this time.

Police have a male in custody and it is believed there is no threat to public safety. The male in custody and victim are known to each other.

The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released when available.

Tuesday February 14, 2017 – Woodville man charged with sexual assault

A 27-year-old Woodville, Ontario man has been charged with sexual assault following an investigation.

Calls for Service:
(Feb. 13 at 8 a.m. to Feb. 14 at 8 a.m.) 79

Sexual Assault Arrest:
On February 13, 2017 the accused and victim, who know each other, were at a Peterborough residence. During the evening it was reported that the accused inappropriately touched the victim, a woman in her teens.

As a result of the investigation Justin Kroezen, 27, of Woodville, Ontario, is charged with sexual assault. The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on March 2, 2017.

Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose Arrest:
On the afternoon of February 11, 2017 the victim, a man in his late teens, and his friend were walking in the area of Park Place and Paterson Street in Peterborough when he encountered the three accused.

A verbal altercation took place between the two groups of people, who know each other.

The victim and one of the accused began a consent fight. However, during the dispute the one accused brandished a knife and threatened the victim. The victim then left the area and police were called.

Several units were dispatched to the area. A short time later officers located the three accused in the area of Wolfe and Stewart Streets.

As a result of the investigation Trevin James Rodda, 20, of Bethune Street, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Possession of a schedule II substance (marijuana under 30 grams)
  • Failing to comply with a probation order

During the investigation the female accused repeatedly swore and yelled at police, disturbing passerby in the area at the time.

Josslynn Doreen Pearson-Parker, 25, of Wolfe Street, is charged with causing a disturbance.

Also during the investigation the third accused was found to be breaching his probation order by not keeping the peace and associating with people he is on conditions to not associate with.

Clayton Ray Anness, 32, of Water Street, was arrested and charged with failing to comply with a probation order X2.

All three accused were held in custody and appeared in court on February 12, 2017.

Assault Arrest:
On February 10, 2017 police were dispatched to a Lakefield residence for a family dispute.

During the dispute it was reported that the accused, a 14-year-old male, had brandished a knife, threatened family members and assaulted a family member.

As a result of the investigation the accused was arrested and charged with assault, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

The accused was held in custody for court on February 11, 2017.

Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act the name of a young person cannot be released.

Theft:
The Peterborough Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in locating suspects after a roofing kettle was stolen from a local church.
Sometime between February 1, 2017 and February 4, 2017 a hot tar roofing kettle was stolen from a church located on Consumers Place in Peterborough. The theft is valued at $20,000. (Pictures attached).

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

Break and Enter: Chamberlain Street
Sometime between 2 p.m. on February 10, 2017 and 10:30 a.m. on February 13, 2017 unknown person(s) stole a queen size bed frame and mattress from a Chamberlain Street rooming house while the homeowner was away.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stopcrimehere.ca

Drug Awareness Week February 13 – 17, 2017

On Monday February 13, 2017 community partners met at Mather and Bell IDA Pharmacy to kick-off Drug Awareness Week 2017 and the Take Back Medication Program. (L-R Dr. Jennifer Sparks, R. Ph., Staff Pharmacist at Mather and Bell IDA Pharmacy, Constable Andrew Hatton, Peterborough Police Service, Deanna VanderBroek, Health Promoter, Substance Misuse Program, Peterborough Public Health, Mark Scanlon, R. Ph., Pharmacist Owner Mather and Bell IDA Pharmacy, Inspector Larry Charmley, Chair of the Peterborough Drug Strategy.

On Monday February 13, 2017 community partners met at Mather and Bell IDA Pharmacy to kick-off Drug Awareness Week 2017 and the Take Back Medication Program. (L-R Dr. Jennifer Sparks, R. Ph., Staff Pharmacist at Mather and Bell IDA Pharmacy, Constable Andrew Hatton, Peterborough Police Service, Deanna VanderBroek, Health Promoter, Substance Misuse Program, Peterborough Public Health, Mark Scanlon, R. Ph., Pharmacist Owner Mather and Bell IDA Pharmacy, Inspector Larry Charmley, Chair of the Peterborough Drug Strategy.

Police, healthcare and public health partners are encouraging the community to use Drug Awareness Week as a time to have serious conversations about substance use and abuse.
“Whether it’s on the way home from school with the kids, at the dinner table, or while having coffee with a loved one or friend it’s crucial we are having these important conversations,” says Peterborough Police Service Constable Andrew Hatton.
Drug Awareness Week is one in a series of themed days and weeks that shine a light on issues critical to the safety, health and well-being of our community and highlight practices that can help keep families in our area safe.
Constable Hatton and other Community Services Officers are in area schools each day helping to educate students on the impacts of substance abuse, including the use of prescription medications, marijuana, e-cigarettes and vaping, and the importance of building resiliency that will help them make good lifelong choices.
“The Peterborough Police and Peterborough Public Health are committed to reducing the harms that substance use has on our community,” says Constable Hatton.
As a founding members of the Peterborough Drug Strategy, Peterborough Public Health, Four Counties Addiction Services Team, PARN- Community-based HIV/STBBI Programs and the Peterborough Police Service work with community partners and citizens to address the harms associated with drug and alcohol use.
The Drug Strategy is just one such mechanism of local collaboration recognizing that complex issues like addiction are best addressed from a multi-sector perspective. The Drug Strategy works from a four-pillar collaborative model, including prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement strategies.
“Working together and understanding how our organizations intersect help us all to see the bigger picture and collaborate in ways that provide better service to the community,” explains Peterborough Police Inspector Larry Charmley, Chair of the Peterborough Drug Strategy.
“Every day addictions to drugs and accidental overdoses are causing extreme hardship in our society and destroying lives and families. Surprisingly, stigma around these issues continues to isolate the many people who struggle with addiction. Collectively we need to do more to educate the general public, especially our youth, and find ways to reduce the devastation that drugs are having on our loved ones.”
In November 2016, Peterborough Regional Health Centre became one of the first hospitals in Ontario to launch a program that will see Naloxone, a lifesaving drug-overdose treatment, made available through the hospital’s Emergency Department. The funding for this program came from a Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing Grant awarded to the Peterborough Police Service.
Another collaborative effort supported by Drug Strategy members, the Peterborough Family Health Team, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and the Peterborough and District Pharmacists Association is the Medication Take Back campaign.
According to the Ontario Drug Use and Health Survey, in 2015 an estimated 95,000 youth (grades 7 to 12) reported using a prescription opioid pain reliever for recreational purposes in the previous 12 months, with more than 56,000 saying they got the drug at home (Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey) .
“Parents and grandparents play a huge role in preventing youth access to prescription medications by locking them away securely, keeping track of quantities, and taking them back to the pharmacy for proper disposal,” says Deanna Vandenbroek, Health Promoter at Peterborough Public Health.
The Medication Take Back campaign is an ongoing initiative, but once again this year Drug Awareness week is the perfect time to highlight the importance of medication safety (please see attached poster). By using the following three principles, everyone can help reduce the harms of prescription medication in the community:

• SECURE your medication
• KEEP TRACK of quantities
• TAKE BACK unused or expired medications