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CRIME BRIEF: October 17, 2023

Oct 17, 2023

Type:             Impaired
Incident:    23-46821
Location:   Market Street and Icomm Drive

On Monday, October 16, 2023, at approximately 12:10 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the area of Market Street and Icomm Drive after receiving a report of a possible impaired driver. 

Officers attended, located the vehicle, and conducted a traffic stop.

Speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment. 

The accused was arrested, issued a breathalyzer demand, and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples of breath were over the legal limit.

As a result, a 22-year-old male non-resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Operation While Impaired by Alcohol
  • Operation while Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration

Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 


Type:             Theft
Incident:      23-46758
Location:     Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway

On Sunday, October 15, 2023, at approximately 5:20 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched after receiving a report of a theft from a business located at Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway.

As a loss prevention officer had attempted to detain the accused from the store, he was allegedly assaulted by the accused with a sharp weapon.

Officers attended, located, and arrested the accused.

Further investigation revealed that the accused was in violation of multiple probation and judicial release orders.

Search incident to arrest located a knife in the possession of the accused.

As a result, a 38-year-old non-resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Theft Under $5,000
  • Assault 
  • Assault with A Weapon
  • Probation Order non-compliance
  • Failure to Comply with Judicial Release/ Non-Comm Order – Release Order

The accused was held for bail.
 


Type:             Uttering Threats
Incident:      23-46634
Location:     Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Edmondson Street

On Saturday, October 14, 2023, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to a restaurant in the area of Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Edmondson Street after receiving a report of a disturbance.  

It was reported that a man had created a disturbance within the restaurant and was asked to leave by staff.

The accused allegedly became verbally abusive to staff when asked to leave, which further escalated to threats of violence from the accused. 
 
Officers attended the scene. The accused was located and arrested.

As a result, a 63-year-old male resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offence:
  • Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm

The accused was held for bail.
 

 
Type:             Break and Enter
Incident:      23-46568
Location:      Hilda Street

On Saturday, October 14, 2023, at approximately 4:00 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a Hilda Street residence after receiving a report of an in-progress break and enter.

The accused was allegedly yelling and banging aggressively on windows of the residence.

Officers attended, located, and arrested the accused.

Upon further investigation, officers learned the accused had allegedly damaged the front door of the residence.

As a result, a 21-year-old male non-resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Break, enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence
  • Mischief under $5,000
  • Cause disturbance
  • Trespass Near Dwelling House


Type:             Assault
Incident:      23-46382
Location:     Colborne Street and Kiwanis Way

On Thursday, October 12, 2023, at approximately 6:45 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Services were dispatched to a business located on Colborne Street near Kiwanis Way after receiving a report of an assault. 

A loss prevention officer at the store reported to have observed the accused allegedly concealing items, making no attempt to purchase the items before leaving the store.
 
The loss prevention officer attempted to arrest the accused when a physical altercation ensued. Witnesses reported that the co-accused attempted to assist the accused outside of the store who was resisting arrest and attempting to escape custody. The co-accused allegedly assaulted the loss prevention officer. 

The victim sustained minor physical injuries as a result of the assault.

Officers attended, located, and arrested a male and female attempting to leave the area.

Search incident to arrest revealed the accused to be in possession of the items allegedly stolen from the business. 

As a result, a 39-year-old female resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Assault
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Possession of Stolen Good under $5,000
  • Resist Arrest

Additionally, a 40-year-old male resident of Brantford also stands charged with the following Criminal Code offence:
  • Assault
 


Type:              Impaired
Incident:      23-46203
Location:     Erie Avenue 

On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 5:40 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the area of Erie Avenue near Birkett Lane after receiving a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a possible impaired driver. 

Officers attended, located the accused with the suspect vehicle, that had allegedly struck another vehicle. Speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of impairment.

The accused was placed under arrest and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. However, the accused refused to comply with the demand.

Further investigation revealed that the accused was in violation of a valid release order.
 
As a result, a 52-year-old male non-resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code, Highway Traffic Act, and Canadian Automotive Insurance Act offences:
  • Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs
  • Failure or Refusal to Comply with Demand
  • Owner Operator Motor Vehicle on Highway – No Insurance 
  • Drive Motor Vehicle – No Licence
  • Drive Motor Vehicle – No Permit 
 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

 
Type:             Impaired
Incident:      23-46689
Location:     Brant Road 18 and Colborne Street East

On Sunday, October 15, 2023, at approximately 4:00 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the intersection of Brant Road 18 and Colborne Street East after receiving a report of a possible impaired driver.

Witnesses reported that a vehicle was allegedly stopped in the intersection.
 
Officers attended, located the vehicle, which was occupied by a lone female driver slumped over the driver’s seat.
 
Speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment.
 
Roadside testing was conducted, which indicated a "fail”. The accused was then placed under arrest and transported to provide samples of breath required by law.
 
Both samples provided were over the legal limit.
 
Search incident to arrest located an open bottle of liquor in the vehicle.
 
As a result, a 28-year-old female non-resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code and Liquor Licence Control Act offences:
  • Operation While Impaired
  • Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration
  • Having Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle with Open Container of Liquor

Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

 
Type:             Theft Under
Incident:      23-46181
Location:     Colborne Street and Kiwanis Way

On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at approximately 3:40 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to a business located on Colborne Street near Kiwanis Way after receiving a report of theft.

A loss prevention officer at the store reported to have observed the accused allegedly concealing items, making no attempt to purchase the items before leaving the store.

Officers attended and located the accused. The accused refused to comply with officers during arrest. The items alleged to be stolen were located in possession of the accused and recovered by officers.

Further investigation revealed that the accused was in violation of a valid release order.

As a result, a 22-year-old male resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code Offences:
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Obstruct Police
  • Breach of Probation
 

 

Type:             Assault
Incident:      23-46179
Location:     Colborne Street and Kiwanis Way

On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at approximately 1:40 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police service were dispatched to a location at Colborne Street near Kiwanis Way after receiving a report of an assault. 

Officers attended and through investigation, learned that a verbal altercation between the accused and the victim had escalated to physical violence.

Witnesses reported that the accused was observed striking the victim repeatedly with a closed fist causing the victim to fall to the ground.  The victim sustained minor physical injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment.

As a result, a female youth stands charged with the following Criminal Code offence:
  • Assault 

The information being released is in accordance with the YCJA (Youth Criminal Justice Act).
 


Type:             Theft Under
Incident:      23-46156, 23-46157
Location:     Holiday Drive

On Monday, October 2, 2023, at approximately 1:40 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched after receiving a report of thefts from a Holiday Drive business.

On two separate occasions loss prevention officers reported to have observed the accused allegedly concealing items, making no attempt to purchase the items before leaving the store.

Officers attended and, through investigation identified and arrested the suspect.
Further investigation revealed that the accused was in violation of a valid release order.

As a result, a 28-year-old male resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Theft Under $5,000
  • Breach of Probation

Charges issued in BPS Back-to-School Road Safety Blitz

Oct 16, 2023

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A total of 61 charges were laid as a direct result of this road safety initiative. Speeding accounted for 32 of the charges laid.

In addition to the speeding related charges, this road safety initiative also saw one charge issued for the use of a cell phone while driving, two charges for stop sign violations, and 26 additional charges, varying from moving violations to missing vehicle documentation.

With children back in school, and an increase of motorists on our roadways, BPS continues to urge motorists and pedestrians to commute safely, free from distractions and to continue to use extra caution when travelling through residential areas, school zones and along bus routes. Please slow down and be alert for children travelling to and from school. Community safety is a shared responsibility.

For more information and further clarification regarding the rules of the road, please visit the Ministry of Transportation website.


Public Safety in Partnership with the Community

Brantford Police Service mascot makes debut – but needs a name!

Oct 13, 2023

Image: image of mascot waving hello

 
The Brantford Police Service (BPS) is excited to introduce our newest recruit but, there’s just one small problem … our furry friend hasn’t been given a name yet!

BPS will be looking for help from the youngest members of our community as we search for a great name for our new mascot. Soon, we will be launching a contest for our community’s youth to provide their suggestions for a great mascot name. Information on how to enter will be shared on BPS social channels - X(Twitter) and Facebook, as well as on the BPS website: www.brantfordpolice.ca 

Keep an eye out for our crime fighting canine friend, who is making appearances at various local community events. It is the perfect opportunity to get to know each other and start to think of a fitting name.

Let’s have fun and be creative as we welcome our ‘soon to be named’ Brantford police mascot! In the meantime, we’re sharing a photo of our new friend so that we can get better acquainted.

Stay tuned for full contest details coming soon.


Public Safety in Partnership with the Community

Full-scale emergency exercise prepares Brantford first responders for critical situations

Oct 13, 2023

Image: photo of chief and officer walking down sidewalk

 
 
 In an effort to enhance the preparedness and effectiveness of first responders, Brantford Police Services, in collaboration with Brantford Fire, Brantford-Brant Paramedics, and representatives of the City of Brantford Emergency Management Program, conducted a full-scale emergency exercise on Thursday, October 5, 2023. The exercise, held at the former Victoria Academy at 40 Richmond Street in Brantford, was designed to simulate a high-stress, real-life scenario of an active shooter situation.

These drills are a crucial part of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our community and the coordinated response of our first responders. By simulating challenging and high-pressure situations, we can assess and enhance our readiness to protect the lives and well-being of our citizens.

Police Chief Rob Davis emphasized the importance of such exercises in ensuring the readiness and interoperability of all first responder agencies in the city stating, "The safety of our community and our ability to respond in a time of crisis is our top priority. Full-scale emergency exercises are an invaluable tool for training and preparing all of our first responders to react swiftly and effectively in high-stress situations. It is through these drills that we fine-tune our response strategies and ensure that our emergency personnel are fully equipped to handle any critical incident."

The exercise, which involved a multi-agency response, tested the coordination and communication between Brantford's emergency services. It provided an opportunity for participants to evaluate their actions, identify areas for improvement, and refine emergency response protocols.

The Brantford Police Service and its partners remain committed to continually improving emergency preparedness, and exercises like this one are instrumental in achieving that goal. The safety and well-being of our citizens are at the forefront of our efforts, and we will continue to work diligently to ensure that our first responders are ready to protect and serve in any emergency situation.

Our thanks to the students from Six Nations Polytechnic and Mohawk College who volunteered to participate as actors in this exercise.  

CRIME BRIEF: October 11, 2023

Oct 11, 2023

Type:             Assault
Incident:      23-45874
Location:     Blackburn Drive and Conklin Road 

On Monday, October 9, 2023, at approximately 5:15 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a residence located at Blackburn Drive near Conklin Road after receiving a report of an assault.

Officers attended and through investigation, learned that a verbal disagreement occurred between a service vendor and the resident. The verbal disagreement escalated to physical violence, with the resident allegedly assaulting the service vendor.

As a result, a 59-year-old male resident from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Assault
 


Type:              Weapons
Incident:      23-45617
Location:     Henry Street and Wayne Gretzky Parkway

On Saturday, October 7, 2023, at approximately 12:40 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a weapon related call for service at a restaurant located at Henry Street and Wayne Gretzky Parkway.

Witnesses reported that the accused had allegedly threatened an employee with an edged weapon when asked to leave the premises as a result of disruptive behaviour.

Officers attended the scene. The accused was located and arrested. 

As a result, a 25-year-old male resident from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose 
  • Assault with a weapon 

The accused was held for bail.
 


Type:              Arson
Incident:      23-45611
Location:     Sydenham Street and St. George Street

On Saturday, October 7, 2023, at approximately 11:20 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to a business in the area of Sydenham Street and St. George Street after receiving a report of property damage.

Witnesses reported the accused had allegedly set a pool table on fire, causing significant damage inside the establishment using a hammer as a weapon. The establishment was required to close for business due to heavy smoke damage. 

Officers attended and, through investigation, identified, located, and arrested the suspect at a nearby residence.

As a result, a 45-year-old male resident from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Arson – damage to property
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Mischief over $5,000
  • Mischief – Interfere with lawful use, enjoyment, or operation of property

The accused was held for bail.

BPS arrest 58-year-old Brantford man for child pornography and firearm related offences

Oct 10, 2023

23-42743

As a result of an investigation launched in September 2023 by the Brantford Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, a 58-year-old Brantford man is facing a number of child pornography and firearms related charges. 

The Brantford Police Service ICE Unit and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are working together to stop the flow of child pornography into our communities.

In September 2023, the Brantford Police Service ICE Unit were contacted by the CBSA after a child sex doll, destined for the residence of the 58-year-old Brantford man was intercepted.

Members of the Brantford Police Service ICE Unit and the CBSA executed a search warrant at a Newport Road residence, where a 58-year-old man was arrested. Several computers and electronic devices were seized. Additionally, officers also seized a number of unregistered firearms which were located during the search.

Items such as the child sex doll, are only one of the various forms of child pornography. The Criminal Code of Canada states that sexual images, videos of children and "visual representation” of a child are prohibited.

"This is not a victimless crime. The promotion and purchase of sex dolls resembling a child reinforce relationships of power, inequality, and violence, projecting an unhealthy image, making children vulnerable.” Inspector Kevin Reeder,  Brantford Police Service.

As a result of the investigation, a 58-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Importing child pornography
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 5
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm x 5

Anyone with information relating to sexual crimes against children is urged to call the Brantford Police Services ICE Unit at 519-756-0113. Those who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 


Background: 
Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet
 
On March 29, 2007, the Brantford Police Service joined the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet.
 
The Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet is comprised of the OPP Child Exploitation Section and 27 municipal police services. The online exploitation of children continues to be a challenge for investigators due to its sheer volume, global reach, and anonymity; however, these police partners and the Provincial Government are committed to making a difference in our communities. This Project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

The Brantford Police Service supports this strategy and has recognized that images of children and child abuse placed on the internet lead to perpetual victimization. 

For safety tips, please visit the Canadian Centre of Child Protection website at www.protectchildren.ca or www.cybertip.ca 



Public Safety in Partnership with the Community

BPS TIGER Unit arrest two, seize $174,140 in illicit drugs

Oct 10, 2023

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Members of the Brantford Police Service Tactical Intelligence Generated Enforcement and Response Unit (TIGER) launched a drug investigation in July 2023 to target fentanyl trafficking in the City of Brantford.

As a result of the investigation, on Friday, October 6, 2023, a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act warrant was granted. With the assistance of the Brantford Police Services Emergency Response Team, the warrant was executed at a Tecumseh Street residence.

 

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Following the operation, the following items were seized:  
  • Approximately 609 grams of suspected fentanyl, with an estimated street value of $121,960
  • Approximately 410 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $41,220
  • Approximately 10 grams of suspected cocaine, with an estimated street value of $1,030
  • A quantity of prescription pills, consisting of hydromorphone and Percocet, with an estimated street value of $9,930
  • Multiple cell phones
  • Digital scale
  • A large amount of cutting agents, commonly used in drug production
  • Canadian currency
  • Ammunition
  • Rifle – Winchester Model 94
The total estimated street value of the seized illicit drugs is $174,140.

As a result of the investigation, a 40-year-old female resident of Brantford, and a 19-year-old male non-resident of Brantford, each stand charged with the following Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Criminal Code violations:
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking x4
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm, 
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
 
Both accused have been held for bail.

Anyone that would like to report criminal activity within the community is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. Anonymous information can be provided by contacting Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

CRIME BRIEF: October 6, 2023

Oct 6, 2023

Type:               Theft Under
Incident:          23-45324
Location:         Colborne Street and Kiwanis Way

On Thursday, October 5, 2023, at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to a Colborne Street business after receiving a report of theft.

The accused was reported to have concealed several items, making no attempt to purchase the items before leaving the store.

Officers attended and located the accused. The items alleged to be stolen were located in possession of the accused and recovered by officers.

As a result, a 24-year-old male non-resident of Brantford was arrested and stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Theft Under $5,000 

 
Type:               Road Rage
Incident:          23-45205
Location:         Veterans Memorial Parkway

On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at approximately 8:20 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the area of Veterans Memorial Parkway after receiving a report of a road rage incident involving a man and woman.

It was reported that a road rage incident had escalated to physical violence, resulting in the accused man allegedly striking the female victim.

As a result, a 32-year-old male resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offence:
  • Assault


Type:               Hit and Run
Incident:          23-45178
Location:         Brant Avenue

On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at approximately 5:50 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Services were dispatched to the area of Brant Avenue and Waterloo Street after receiving a report that a male pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle. The vehicle failed to remain at the scene.

The victim was transported to receive treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers are investigating this incident and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050.
 
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/ 

Operation Impact 2023: Take 0% Risk. Be 100% Thankful

Oct 6, 2023

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Operation Impact 2023, 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 6 to 9, police across the country including 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.

This year’s campaign theme emphasizes the accountability and the role each driver has to play to support traffic safety on the streets and highways in their community.

"There remain far too many preventable collisions on our roadways. By educating drivers of the risks and enforcing negligent behaviours, we can all play our part in keeping our roads safe. Community safety is a shared responsibility,” said Brantford Police Service Corporate Communications Manager, Robin Matthews-Osmond.

Motor vehicle collisions kill about 2,000 Canadians, seriously injure another 10,000 people, and injure about 165,000 citizens in this country each year.

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. 

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. 

Public Awareness: Noted increase in youth-related violence

Oct 6, 2023

The Brantford Police Service have noted an increase in serious youth-related violence within Brantford which has raised concerns within the community. 

Youth-related violence is a serious problem that can have lasting, harmful effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities. 

Working in close partnership with the Grand Erie District School Board and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic School Board, the Brantford Police Service would like to reassure the community that these incidents are being addressed and proactive measures are being implemented to ensure the safety and well-being of our community’s youth. 

The Brantford Police Service would also like to take this opportunity to remind parents and caregivers of the importance of monitoring the social activity of their young children. Often youth are hesitant to come forward and could downplay an incident as they may fear retaliation from bullies.

To report a crime, contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. To provide information anonymously, please call Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 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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