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.
Area 1 is a unique patrol zone due to its downtown culture. The area has a large business and service industry during the day and an entertainment district at night, but also houses a residential area.
Area 1 has the largest number of officers, 16, patrolling this area, with eight assigned as foot patrol in addition to the eight community patrol drivers.
There were two team meetings held during 2018 where team members met as a group to discuss current trends and issues and to establish a focus for members of the team to work collectively in order to best serve the downtown community as a whole. Members from the Downtown Business Improvement Area were invited to express their views of the downtown and their policing needs.
The main area of focus for 2018 was persons drinking alcohol in public areas, being a general nuisance to the community, and youth congregating at George and Brock Streets requiring a combined enforcement effort between Area 2 officers and the downtown’s foot patrol units.
In 2018 officers worked on a known drug house in the downtown core where drug trafficking was identified by the community as a concern. Following a month long investigation a search warrant was executed at the house where five people were arrested and a significant amount of controlled substances located and seized.
- 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.
In 2018 Area 2 had the highest reported crime calls and calls for service when compared to other areas, a trend that has continued over the past couple of years.
In 2018, officers were assigned to work together in pairs to accomplish team projects and be responsible for liaising with community groups and businesses highlighted as having the greatest number of calls for service. The main goal was to reduce the number of calls for service in Area 2 and form partnerships with community stakeholders.
The landscape of Area 2 has changed dramatically in the past two years. The area, bordered by Murray Street to the north and Brock Street to the south, encompasses a large number of marginalized members of our community.
Due to the close proximity of various community organizations supporting vulnerable members of our community there is a constant congregation of marginalized individuals in the area of Victoria Park and the intersection at Brock Street and George Streets. An Area 2 officer was instrumental in understanding the issues and the concerns of the stakeholders in the area and in attempting to find a solution.
In 2019 Area 2 will focus on these areas in an effort to reduce the number of calls for service but also reduce the number of community complaints including those from businesses in our downtown
- 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.
In 2018 Area 3 officers liaised with several group homes in an effort to positively impact the youth living there. Additionally, officers provided support and advice to group home staff and worked collaboratively on issues of mutual concern. As a result of this positive partnership calls for service in Area 3 have not increased.
In March of 2018, officers attended a Bolivar Street Neighbourhood Association meeting to discuss concerns and discover ways to work together towards a resolution regarding an ongoing neighbour issue.
The Association reported a marked decrease in activity from identified problem multi-resident dwellings and was complimentary to our Service for the attention given to resolving a community concern.
During the summer months the Service began receiving numerous complaints about residents and activities at a Bolivar Street residence. Area 2 officers once again worked with the Bolivar Street Neighbourhood Association making their concerns a priority as the community impact was enormous. Officers randomly conducted foot patrols of the rooming house and increased their patrol presence in the area.
Observations and notes made by officers helped the Peterborough Fire Services in shutting down the building through a safety check that was conducted. As a result of the action taken the neighbours were extremely grateful for the response and resolutions.
- 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 2018 critical issues identified in Area 4 included: Traffic enforcement/education regarding school safety zones and yielding to school buses in the area of Bensfort Road and River Road; reducing calls for service at area group homes and tackling ongoing challenges presented by the green space located at the east side of the train bridge being used by youth and marginalized members of the community.
As a result of a dedicated police presence in the area of Bensfort and River Road officers have seen a measurable change in driver behaviour.
Officers initiated a proactive approach to local group homes and built rapport and trust with two youth in particular responsible for the majority of missing person reports. Through the positive relationship formed the youth began routinely calling police if they were going to be absent from the home therefore reducing stress on staff and reducing police time spent attempting to locate the youth.
A 2017 audit on the green space at the east end of the train bridge identified an abundance of foliage making it a hidden and therefore an inviting place for people to engage in illegal activities. Officers asked City Public Works staff to remove the foliage but were informed that no action would be taken.
However, routine patrols of the green space and a no tolerance policy by our Service for persons in this space engaging in illegal activity has resulted in a sharp decrease in calls for service to this area.
- 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.
Team 5 has been responsible for policing the Village of Lakefield since 1999 first as an amalgamated police service up until 2015 and since then as a contracted service.
Community policing is the core function for officers in the Village of Lakefield. The Area 5 officers continue to work with the community to maintain positive relationships while educating citizens in efforts to reduce crime and calls for service.
In 2018 there were 500 calls for service in Area 5 with the highest number of calls being traffic related. Most significant was the issue with the left turns at Water and Bridge Streets. Improved signage was added in 2018 to help educate the public prior to the intersection. Motor vehicle collisions were the second highest calls for service in 2018. Efforts will be made in 2019 to identify the causes of these collisions and conduct selective traffic enforcement in those areas.
Neither the skateboard park, nor Youth Unlimited, presented any issues this year for Area 5 officers.
Officers continued efforts to build rapport with the staff and children at the two primary/intermediate schools located within the Village.
Through dedicated foot patrols efforts will be made in 2019 to visit all the businesses in the Village to connect with the owners and staff in order to collect up-to-date information for key holders and businesses.
As part of regular team meetings officers will also make an effort in 2019 to educate the various businesses regarding the Service’s online reporting system which is available 24/7 through its website www.peterboroughpolice.com
- 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.
In 2018 there were 1,051 calls for service in Area 6. Traffic enforcement continues to be a primary concern within this rural area. Officers continue to set team objectives and create traffic enforcement details within the Township. The team traffic enforcement approach educates drivers, places value on citizens’ concerns and complaints and further deters future motor vehicle collisions.
Team enforcement results have been recorded for 2018 and a total of 1,938 provincial offence notices were issued. Many of these offences were radar enforcement to address community concerns that were brought forward to the area officers.
In 2018 the top 10 reported occurrence types in Cavan Monaghan Township were:
• Traffic Complaints
• Motor Vehicle Collisions
• Police Assistance
• Traffic Enforcement
• Suspicious Persons
• Community Services
• Non-Police Matters – Low Priority
• Family Disputes
• Domestic Disputes
The Cavan Monaghan Volunteer Policing Committee assisted at more than 50 events in their first official 12 months of operation including the Agricultural Fair Parade, Hockey Night in Millbrook Arena, Senior Safety Seminar, Seniors Workshop on Elder Abuse, Car Seat Workshop, North Cavan School Spring Fling Traffic Control, Agricultural Fair Parade, the Lions Dog Walk and Canada Day Traffic Control.