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Operation Impact 2022: Put Your Best Foot Forward

Oct 4, 2022

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This Friday marks the beginning of Operation Impact 2022, a national public awareness campaign aimed at making Canada's roads the safest in the world. 
By promoting safe driving behaviours, we hope to help prevent collisions, save lives, and reduce injuries on our roads. 
From October 7th to 10th, 2022, traffic officers with the Brantford Police Service will be focused on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, and other road users at risk: impaired driving due to alcohol, drugs, or fatigue, as well as aggressive driving, distracted driving, and driving without a seat belt. 
Most collisions are not ‘accidents,’ they are generally the direct result of a conscious decision an individual driver has made. This year, our message to residents in our community is to ‘Put your best foot forward.’ Drivers are expected to do this by ‘putting the brakes on’ bad driving behaviours. 
Each year, motor vehicle collisions kill about 2,000 Canadians, seriously injure another 10,000 people, and injure about 165,000 citizens in this country. 
It is not a coincidence that the timing of this campaign to achieve safer streets and highways takes place during this long weekend. More people are travelling, and collisions are therefore more frequent. 
The local roadways are to be shared and enjoyed by everyone, please keep this in mind when operating a motor vehicle. The Brantford Police Service is committed to increase public compliance with safe driving in order to prevent collisions, save lives, and reduce injuries on our roads. 
Operation Impact is organized by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, under the leadership of the CACP Traffic Safety Committee, in support of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025.

CRIME BRIEF: October 3, 2022

Oct 3, 2022

Type:             Mischief
Incident:      22-40622
Location:     Market Street
On Monday, October 3, 2022, at approximately 9:30 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a report of a man who had allegedly started a fire within Victoria Park, Market Street.
Officers attended and located the male suspect. The fire had been extinguished prior to police arriving on scene.
Information received indicated the accused had provided a false identity to officers and was in violation of a valid probation order.
As a result of this investigation, a 36-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
 Mischief Under $5000
 Obstruct Police
 Breach of Probation Order
 

Type:              Weapons / Threats
Incident:       22-40622
Location:     Oakhill Drive
On Monday, October 3, 2022, at approximately 2:45 A.M., police were dispatched to attend a residence on Oakhill Drive, in regard to an offensive weapons call. 
Investigation revealed that the accused and victim, a 21-year-old man, were in a verbal altercation. The altercation escalated when the accused allegedly retrieved a sword. The accused is then reported to have used the sword in a threatening manner towards the victim while also verbally threatening harm.
The victim fled the residence and contacted police. No physical injuries were reported.
Both parties were known to each other. 
As a result, a 41-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
 Weapons, Dangerous
 Uttering Threats
 Assault with a Weapon
The accused was held for bail.

 
Type:             Utter Threats
Incident:      22-40517
Location:     Nelson Street
On Sunday, October 2, 2022, at approximately 8:45 A.M., officers were dispatched after receiving a call to report a man with a knife in the area of Nelson Street. 
It was reported that the accused man attended a location on Nelson Street in search of the victim, a man he had allegedly had a prior dispute with.
 
The accused was reported to be in possession of a knife, was irate and threatening harm when he located the victim. Upon learning that the man was not at this location, the accused left on foot.   
Officers attended, located, and arrested the accused at a nearby location on Dalhousie Street.
The accused was also determined to be in violation of a valid judicial release order.
As a result, a 22-year-old man from Branford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
 Uttering Threats to Cause Bodily Harm or Death
 Possession of Weapons for Dangerous Purpose
 Failure to Comply with Judicial Release
The accused was held for bail.
 

 
Type:              Impaired
Incident:      22-40501
Location:     Colborne Street West
On Sunday, October 2, 2022, at approximately 4:30 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a fast-food restaurant located at Colborne Street West after staff reported a male who appeared to be passed out behind the driver seat of a motor vehicle.
Officers attended and located the male within his vehicle. In speaking with the man, officers observed signs of impairment.
The accused was arrested for Operation while Impaired and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were twice the legal limit.  
As a result, a 21-year-old man from Burford stands charged for the following Criminal Code offences: 
•  Operation while Impaired 
 80 Plus
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

Type:             Mischief
Incident:      22-40328
Location:     Colborne Street
On Saturday, October 1, 2022, at approximately 3:15 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched after receiving a call to report a man creating a disturbance at a retail location at Colborne Street near Park Avenue.
The accused had allegedly become physically aggressive within the store after being asked to leave, damaging many items, and threatening the store employee.
The accused fled on foot prior to police arrival. 
At approximately 3:30 A.M., officers were on scene conducting the investigation, when the accused re-entered the store.
The accused refused to identify himself to officers, and actively resisted arrest. 
Once the accused was placed under arrest, he assaulted an officer. The officer did not sustain any physical injuries.
During the booking process, the accused assaulted two additional officers, causing minor physical injuries.
As a result of the incident, a 31-year-old male from Hagersville stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
 Mischief Under $5000
 Obstruct Peace Officer
 Assault a Peace Officer X3 
 Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm 
 Cause Disturbance 
 Resist Arrest 
The accused was held for bail.
 

Type:              Impaired
Incident:      22-40325
Location:     Grand River Avenue
On Saturday, October 1, 2022, at approximately 3:00 A.M, patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a vehicle travelling in an erratic and dangerous manner on Grand River Avenue. 
Officers initiated a traffic stop to determine the driver’s sobriety.
 
Speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of impairment. A demand for a roadside screening device was issued, which the driver failed. 
The accused was then placed under arrest for impaired operation and was transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over the legal limit.
As a result, a 27-year-old female from Brantford, stands charged with operating a conveyance with over 80 milligrams of alcohol contrary to the Criminal Code. 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

Type:              Break and Enter
Incident:      22-39902
Location:     Nelson Street
On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at approximately 9:45 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to a Nelson Street residence for a report of a break and enter in progress. 
Officers attended and located the accused sleeping on the floor of the residence. The accused was taken into custody without incident.
 
A search incident to arrest found the accused in possession of a replica pistol, and a switch blade knife. 
Investigation revealed the accused is currently in violation of valid peace bonds.
As a result, a 24-year-old female from Hamilton, stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 
 Break and Enter with Intent
 Breach Peace Bond x 2 
 Possess Prohibited Weapon 
The accused was held for bail.

BPS investigate hate-motivated vandalism, seek public information

Oct 3, 2022

#22-40342, 22-40343, 22-40344, 22-40348, 22-40351, 22-40352, 22-40356, 22-40362, 22-40383, 22-40395 
The Brantford Police Service are investigating a number of reports of hate-motivated vandalism and are seeking information from the public in an effort to identify the suspect(s) responsible.
Between the hours of 10:00 P.M., Friday, September 30, 2022, and 9:00 A.M., Saturday, October 1, 2022, a number of vehicles parked on several city streets were vandalized with hate-motivated graffiti. 
Reports were received from residents on the following streets:  
 Buffalo Street – two vehicles
 Darling Street
 Dufferin Ave
 Terrace Hill Street
 Banks Street
 Dundee Street
 Burwell Street – two vehicles
 Wilkes Street
Hate-motivated crimes not only affect individual victims, but also negatively impact the community at large. 
These types of crimes have consequences that reach far beyond a specific incident and are particularly concerning because they can foster community unrest. The Brantford Police Service is invested in the betterment of our community and works diligently to provide a safe and inclusive community for all of Brantford’s residents.
Investigators are asking any members of the public who reside close to or were near the location(s) of the incident, and who have not already done so, to review any video surveillance footage which may have captured the suspect(s). Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Ryan Groen at 519-756-7050 ext. 2206.
Information can also be provided anonymously to Brant - Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 
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Brantford police seek public assistance to identify robbery suspect

Oct 3, 2022

#22-38649
Brantford police continue to investigate a robbery of a retail business and are seeking information from the public to help identify a suspect. 
On September 19, 2022, at approximately 3:00 P.M., a robbery of a Rawdon Street convenience store occurred. 
Information was received to indicate a lone male suspect entered the business, appeared to have a weapon, and demanded cash from the store employee. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.
No physical injuries were sustained during the incident.
Detectives have now obtained a still image from nearby surveillance video of the suspect and are distributing it to the public in hopes that information will be provided to assist in the identification of this individual.  
 
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
Male, Caucasian, thin build, wearing a red baseball hat, a dark-coloured long-sleeved shirt, dark-coloured pants and black shoes.
  

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Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the person of interest in the supplied photo. If you have any information related to this investigation, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   
 
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BPS arrest 18-year-old man in homicide investigation

Sep 30, 2022

UPDATE: 

Brantford police continue to investigate the homicide of a Brantford man that occurred Thursday evening at a Henry Street residence.

The victim has been identified as a 60-year-old man who was known to the accused. The victim’s name is not being released at this time out of respect for the family.

18-year-old, Aedyn James Pickering, of Brantford was arrested at the scene, and is charged with first degree murder. 

Pickering appeared in bail court this morning and was remanded into custody.

Members of Brantford Police Service remain on scene at the Henry Street residence. 

Police are not looking for any other suspects.


22-40131
 
September 29, 2022
One man is deceased, and another is in police custody after a disturbance at a Henry Street residence earlier this evening. 
On Thursday, September 29, 2022, at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a disturbance at a residence located on Henry Street, near Stanley Street.
Upon arrival, officers located the male victim, who had sustained life-threatening injuries. 
In addition to the Brantford Police Service, Brantford Fire and Brant County Paramedics also responded.
The victim received medical treatment and was transported to hospital. Despite receiving life-saving efforts he succumbed to his injuries.
An 18-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene. 
At this time, the Brantford Police Service would like to advise the public that there is no threat to public safety as a result of this incident.
This investigation is active and ongoing.
Additional information will be released once available.

BPS arrest wanted man after suspicious vehicle call

Sep 28, 2022

#22-39106
On Friday, September 23, 2022, at approximately 9:00 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a report of a suspicious vehicle at a location on Tenth Avenue.
Officers attended, located the vehicle, and observed a man occupying the driver’s seat of the vehicle who appeared to be unconscious. The man was identified by officers to be Joshua BEAVER, wanted on an active arrest warrant for a prior incident.
Investigation revealed that the subject vehicle the accused was occupying was previously reported as stolen with a neighbouring police service.
Officers woke the accused, who was arrested and taken into custody.
During this time, the accused became unresponsive. Emergency Medical Services was contacted and transported the accused to hospital to receive medical treatment. 
As a result of this investigation, Joshua BEAVER, 33, of Brantford, stands accused of the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Possession of Stolen Goods over $5000 
  • Resist Arrest 
  • Failure to comply with Undertaking 
  • Operation while Prohibited x6 
Additionally, in relation to the incident which occurred on August 7, 2022, BEAVER also stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Operation while Prohibited by Order x 7
  • Possession of Stolen Goods over $5,000
  • Dangerous Operation
  • Flight from Police Officer
  • Failure to Comply with Undertaking
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Assault with weapon x 2
The accused was held for bail. 

#22-31781
 
August 8, 2022
Brantford police continue to investigate an incident that occurred in the City’s north end after a stolen vehicle was involved in multiple motor vehicle collisions before fleeing from police. 
Two male suspects remain outstanding; one has been identified and a warrant issued for his arrest. The other suspect has yet to be identified. 
Police are seeking information from witnesses, including video surveillance footage which may be available. 
On Sunday, August 7, 2022, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Brantford Police Service received a call from a concerned citizen to advise of a suspicious vehicle and possible impaired driver located within a parking lot at Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway.
Officers attended and located the vehicle in question. Two men were observed within the vehicle. Both men appeared to be unconscious. 
Investigation revealed the vehicle had previously been reported as stolen from a neighbouring jurisdiction.
Police cruisers and tire deflation devices were positioned in an effort to prevent the subject vehicle from vacating the parking space.
The suspects awoke and the driver utilized the stolen vehicle to ram the police cruisers and a civilian’s motor vehicle in an effort to flee the scene.
With significant damage to the vehicle, the suspects drove recklessly with no regard for public safety, proceeding thru the mall parking lot, heading westbound through two West Street parking lots before entering a residential neighbourhood where the suspects abandoned the vehicle, fleeing on foot. 
After a short foot pursuit, officers located the driver of the vehicle in the rear yard of a residence. The accused then is reported to have sprayed two police officers with bear spray to facilitate his escape.
As a result of the incident, two police cruisers and one civilian motor vehicle, were damaged. Other property damage was sustained. No personal injury occurred. 
The subject vehicle, a 2005, red GMC Sierra pick-up truck was recovered by police. 
SUSPECT DESCRIPTIONS:
Suspect #1: Identified as - Joshua Evan BEAVER, 33, from Brantford
  • 6’3”
  • 248 lbs., heavy build
  • Brown hair, brown eyes
  • Male 
  • Indigenous
A warrant has been issued for BEAVER’s arrest for the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Possession of stolen good over $5000
  • Dangerous Operation 
  • Flight from Police Officer 
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking 
  • Operation while Prohibited by Order x 7
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose 
  • Assault with weapon x 2
If observed, police are reminding the public to not approach the suspects and contact police at 9-1-1.
Suspect #2 
  • male, approximately 20-30 years of age
Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance. If you have any information related to this investigation, including video footage of the incident, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   
 
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CRIME BRIEF: September 26, 2022

Sep 26, 2022

Type:              Impaired
Incident:      22-39554
Location:     Brantwood Park Road
On Monday, September 26, 2022, at approximately 12:15 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a call to advise of a possible impaired driver in the area of Brantwood Park Road. 
Officers attended the area, located the suspect vehicle, and conducted a traffic stop to determine sobriety of the driver.
Speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment and the accused was arrested and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law.
Both samples provided were over the legal limit.
As a result, a 20-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 
 Operation While Impaired - Alcohol and Drugs 
 80 Plus 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

Type:             Impaired
Incident:      22-39397
Location:     King George Road
On Saturday, September 24, 2022, at approximately 8:45 P.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a call to advise of a possible impaired driver at a King George Road Restaurant.
Officers attended and located the accused within his vehicle in the restaurant’s parking lot.
In speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of impairment. 
The accused provided a breath sample into the approved roadside screening device which resulted in a fail.
 
The accused was then transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were nearly three times the legal limit. 
As a result, a 63-year-old man from Lethbridge, Alberta, stands charged with: 
 Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.

Type:              Impaired
Incident:      22-38935
Location:     Wellington Street
On Sunday, September 25, 2022, at approximately 9:30 P.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a report of a motor vehicle collision at a location on Wellington Street where a male driver was reported to have struck a parked motor vehicle.
Officers attended, located the accused driver, and observed signs of impairment.
The accused registered a Fail on an Alcohol Roadside Approved Screening device.
 
Police formed reasonable and probable grounds that the accused was impaired by alcohol. 
As a result, the accused was arrested and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples of breath were nearly four times the legal limit.
As a result, a 68-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
 Operation while Impaired-Alcohol 
 Operation while Impaired-Blood Alcohol Concentration 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

Type:              Impaired
Incident:      22-38936
Location:     Grand River Avenue
On Thursday, September 22, 2022, at approximately 8:15 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a call regarding a possible impaired driver in the area of Grand River Avenue.
Officers attended and located the subject male occupying the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle. The accused appeared to be unconscious.
Officers were able to wake the man and observed signs of impairment. The accused was subsequently arrested for impaired operation by drug. 
The accused was transported in order to submit to a drug recognition expert for further testing. 
The results of the testing determined that the accused was believed to be impaired by drugs.
As a result of the investigation, a 44-year-old man from Simcoe stands charged with: 
 Operation While Impaired - Alcohol & Drugs, contrary to the Criminal Code
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

Type:              Break and Enter
Incident:      22-38919
Location:     Tutela Heights Road
On Thursday September 22, 2022, at approximately 1:45 A.M., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a location on Tutela Heights Road after receiving an alarm call.
Investigation revealed that a man had been observed entering the building thru a window, and after triggered the alarm, vacated the property. The accused was located seated on the front porch of the building.
Further investigation determined that the accused was in violation of a valid Probation Order.
As a result of this investigation, a 36-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  Break and Enter with Intent 
•   Breach Probation

Type:              Impaired
Incident:      22-38836
Location:     Elgin Street
On Wednesday September 21, 2022, at approximately 1:30 P.M., a man attended the Brantford Police Service station located at Elgin Street to report a motor vehicle collision.
While speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of impairment. 
The accused was read the Approved Screening Device demand, which he registered a fail. Samples of breath were then provided. Both samples provided were over twice the legal limit.
As a result, a 65-year-old man from Caledonia, stands charged with 80 plus contrary to the Criminal Code.
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.

BPS Citizens on Patrol is recruiting volunteer community members

Sep 22, 2022

The Brantford Police Service Citizens on Patrol (COP) program is recruiting community members who want to get involved to help make a positive difference in their community.
Citizen on Patrol volunteers are goodwill ambassadors whose main purpose is to observe and report any suspicious behaviour. By promoting community safety, the Citizens on Patrol volunteers provide a visible presence while fostering partnerships with police, local businesses, and residents to identify and expand opportunities to deter criminal activity and reduce crime. 
Volunteers will receive comprehensive training provided by officers of the Brantford Police Service and will be provided a uniform to wear while on patrol. 
Activities include vehicle patrols, foot patrols, and attending public events to represent the unit and promote community involvement.
The mission of the COP Unit is to be non-intrusive, trained civilian eyes and ears of the Brantford Police Service to contribute to the overall safety and wellness of Brantford.
This program does not promote, require, or ask for any involvement of members in the apprehension of criminals. The sole purpose of this unit is strictly to observe and report suspicious behaviour.
We are looking for mature, community-minded adults who represent a wide-range of ages, occupations, and reason for participating. Security checks will be completed before selection of the participants and valid photo identification is also required.
Members from the community are invited to submit applications to join this volunteer program. More information about the program and online applications can be found at www.bpscitizensonpatrol.ca 

Sudden death investigation ruled non-suspicious

Sep 22, 2022

22-38885
On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at approximately 7:40 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a call for service regarding concerns for the well-being of a male located at a Sheridan Street residence.
Officers attended, and two men – both 19-years of age – were located deceased within the residence.
At this time, the Brantford Police Service would like to advise the public that investigators do not believe foul play is involved and have ruled the deaths to be non-suspicious.
Next of kin notifications have been completed and this investigation now resides with Coroner’s Office.    
Out of compassion for the families, the names of the deceased will not be released.
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