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COVID-19 FAQ's

Mar 27, 2020

Brantford Police Service COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus – Frequently Asked Questions

As the situation related to COVID-19 continues to quickly evolve, the Brantford Police Service has been working closely with our City of Brantford Emergency Management partners in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including the County of Brant, Six Nations, Brant County Health Unit and the Brant Community Healthcare System.
We have been taking advice from public health officials and making decisions that balance our need to provide community safety with maintaining the health and safety of our members.
Policing personnel are conducting active screening, in the course of our duties, for potential risks of COVID-19 with everyone entering our police facility to ensure the safety and well-being of all other individuals. Currently, there are no changes to our frontline operations.

Police Services

Q. How can I file a police report?
If you have an emergency – an immediate threat to life or property – please call 911.
Non-emergencies can be reported by calling 519-756-0113.
Many incidents can be reported using our online reporting system www.brantfordpolice.ca  such as Damage to Vehicle or Property under $5,000, Driving or Parking Complaints, Traffic Issues or Concerns, Graffiti, or Theft or Fraud Under $5,000.

Q. Can I go to the police station to make a report?
In an effort to protect the health and well-being of our members, we are asking members of the public to refrain from attending the station unless in an emergency situation. Please note that should you be attending the station for an emergency reason and need to provide payment, cash transactions are not being accepted at this time. Payment can be made via debit, mastercard or visa.

Q. How can I get a Criminal Record Check, a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check or a Vulnerable Sector Screening?
Until further notice, all Criminal Record Checks, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Checks and Vulnerable Sector Check must be submitted online at http://www.brantfordpolice.ca 
Until further notice, previously submitted requests, or requests going forward, will NOT be available for pick up.
Exceptions will be made for those requiring a Vulnerable Sector Check under emergency circumstances. Information about Vulnerable Sector Checks can be found online at www.brantfordpolice.ca  or by calling 519-756-0113.

Q. Can I pick up my property? 
The Property Unit is closed to the public until further notice. Services will continue to be provided to the public, over the phone, by calling 519-756-0113 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

Q. I need to attend a Collision Reporting Centre, are they open?

Yes. However, the Collision Reporting Centre has amended hours of operation to 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and are now closed on Saturdays until further notice.

Screening methods have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of the public and their employees. These may include instructing citizens to remain outside in their vehicles to await a CRC staff member, putting restrictions on who can attend, increased sanitization, not handling customer documents, and encouraging social distancing. 


Protecting Yourself


Q. What should I do if someone comes to my house, calls me or sends a text asking for donations or selling products and services?

We would like to remind the public to be extra vigilant when it comes to those trying to sell or provide products or services associated to COVID-19. Reliable, accurate and up-to-date information is provided through local public health officials. Anyone who believes they have been approached or contacted by someone who is misrepresenting themselves in an effort sell goods or services should report to police online at www.brantfordpolice.ca


Staffing & Screening

 

Q. Are there enough police officers to keep the city safe?

Brantford Police Service members have been provided with the same direction as the public when it comes to travel, self-isolation, and self-monitoring.

It is not in the interest of community safety for us to disclose our exact deployment numbers but we can say, at this time, this direction has impacted an extremely small number of members and we have not had to make any changes to our frontline policing services.

Prior to COVID-19, the Brantford Police Service had plans in place to address staffing needs during a public crisis or emergency. These plans include repurposing of resources, modifying members’ shifts, and adjusting our service delivery model. All of these steps would allow us to maintain public safety and respond to emergency calls for service. We have not had to make these adjustments to date.


Q. Is the Brantford Police Service screening those in custody?

We will not speak to any specific cases but we can say that every person in police custody is screened at least three times: upon arrest, at the division, and again when they are transported to court by a supervisor. These screenings include such questions as: do you have symptoms, have you travelled, have you been quarantined, etc. We continue to work with our emergency management partners to ensure our screening is the most effective it can be in determining the well-being of people in our custody to prevent possible exposure to our members and those who work along side us in the justice system.

Regarding releasing people rather than remanding, if we can release someone from custody we will, but our priority is on the safety of the public. If necessary, we have and will continue to seek opportunities to limit exposure to those who are in custody and will remain so throughout the court process.


Enforcement Practices

 

Q. Has there been a reduction in crime or have police officers stopped making arrests?

There has been no change in the operational direction provided to our members.

We are not experiencing a significant change to our calls for service, however; we are asking the public to please not call 911 unless there is an immediate threat to life or property. Any questions related to COVID-19 should be directed to local public health officials.

 

Q. Are the Brantford Police shutting down bars and restaurants that remain open?

The Brantford Police Service has the authority to enforce Orders made by the Ontario Government under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Our primary response will be to educate the owner/operator and have them close voluntarily. If establishments refuse to close and disobey the order they could receive fines of $750 to $1,000 or potentially be charged criminally for disobey court order. To date, we have had full cooperation from the community and no charges have been laid. 


Q. How do I report groups of people who are not practicing self-isolation and social distancing?

At the present time, the Emergency Management and Civil Protections Act only provides authority to police services to address groups of 50 or more who are congregating in violation of the Act. 

The federal government has recently requested that everyone who has been abroad or in the United States is to remain at home for 14 days, even if no symptoms are present.

The Brantford Police Service has received complaints of people who have recently returned to Canada but are not self-isolating, as well as complaints regarding small groups (less than 50) who are congregating in parks and other social settings. As per current regulations, these complaints are required to be directed to the Brant County Health Unit at 519-753-4937 or  www.bchu.org  Please do not call 9-1-1 or the Brantford Police Service to report these occurrences. Officers from the Brantford Police Service will assist the Brant County Health Unit to address these situations as required. 

We wish to thank the many citizens who are acting responsibly and have been practicing self-isolation and social distancing. It is extremely important that we continue these actions and stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19.







BRANTFORD HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED IN THUNDER BAY

Mar 26, 2020

                                          
(LONDON, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), in a joint investigation with Brantford Police Service and under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), have arrested an individual in connection with a double-homicide in the City of Brantford last summer.

On July 18, 2019, Dorothy Lynn VANEVERY, 62-years-old and Larry REYNOLDS, 64-years-old, were found deceased in their home on Park Road South in Brantford.

The accused, Kareem ZEDAN, 22-years-old of Pickering, was arrested in Thunder Bay on March 24, 2020, and is charged with two counts of First-Degree Murder (Criminal Code Section 235(1)).

The accused remains in custody with a scheduled appearance by video before the Ontario Court of Justice in Brantford on April 2, 2020. 

Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at http://hc-cs.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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Contact: Derek Rogers- Regional Media Relations Coordinator-
               OPP West Region Headquarters
Email: derek.rogers@opp.ca
Phone:  (519) 652-4161
www.opp.ca 

TWITTER: @OPP_WR
FACEBOOK: @OPPWest

SCU Arrests Four and Seizes over $900,000 of Illicit Cannabis

Mar 25, 2020

Incident # 20- 10811

On Wednesday March 18th, 2020, members of the Brantford Police Street Crime Unit commenced a drug investigation which led to the execution of a Cannabis Act Search Warrant at a commercial warehouse located on Brock Street within the City of Brantford. 

As a result of the investigation, officers seized approximately 3,675 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of $927, 540 and four males were arrested and charged under the 
Cannabis Act Section 12(4)(a)- To cultivate, propagate or harvest, or to offer to cultivate, propagate or harvest, a cannabis plant that is from a seed or plant material that they know is illicit cannabis:
Accused #1 - 31 year old male from Scarborough 
Accused #2 - 27 year old male from Toronto
Accused #3 - 23 year old male from Markham, and 
Accused #4 - 35 year old male from Toronto
 

Anyone with information on any other drug-related activities is asked to contact the Street Crime Unit of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2286. Tipsters 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.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

"Together we can build a Stronger and Safer Community”

Missing Person - Brinder Grewal 27 years old.

Mar 25, 2020

Incindent #20-00674

Brantford Police Service - Major Crime Unit is Investigating – Missing Person

On Sunday December 1st, 2019 Brinder GREWAL left his residence in Brantford, Ontario. Further information was received that he may have traveled to and be in the Halifax, Nova Scotia area, however it is unknown if he has since returned to Brantford.  

GREWAL is described as a 27 year old male, approximately 5 feet, 11 inches, 180 pounds, medium build with a small mustache, either glasses or contact lenses with short black hair and dark brown eyes. 
 

The Brantford Police are seeking the publics assistance in locating Brinder GREWAL to confirm his wellbeing.  Anyone with knowledge of GREWAL’S whereabouts is asked to call Detective Matt ROBERTS at 519-756-0113 ext. 2273 or the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. 

"Public Safety in Partnership with our Community”

Joint Investigation for ATM Thefts In Southern Ontario Results in Two People Facing Over 400 Charges

Mar 19, 2020

Incident #20-10365

Members of the Brantford Police Service in collaboration with Six Nations Police Service entered into an ongoing investigation in September 2019, which concluded March 2020.

Since September 2019, the accused Steven Wade VANEVERY and Shawn Erwin SANDY were using a stolen pick-up truck to steal ATM’s from businesses all across Ontario. In total, VANEVERY and SANDY committed 36 Break and Enters into grocery stores, nail salons, convenience stores, and other businesses, where ATM’s were targeted and stolen from the businesses. It is estimated that $100,000 worth of Canadian currency had been stolen from the ATM’s inside of the businesses. It is estimated that $180,000.00 worth of damages had been done to the affected businesses. Thirteen different cities were affected by the Thefts and Break and Enters, including Brantford, London, Woodstock, Pelham, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Cambridge, Kitchener, St. Catharines, Burlington, Oakville, Fonthill, and Guelph.

On Saturday March 14, 2020, working together the Brantford Police Service and the Six Nations Police Service executed several judicial authorizations at an address on First Line Road, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
 
In totality, the execution of the judicial authorizations yielded the following seizures:

  • $45,000.00 worth of Canadian currency (approx.)
  • the stolen 2015 Dodge Ram pick-up truck
  • 27 Firearms 

As a result of the initial investigation, Steven Wade VANEVERY and Shawn Erwin SANDY were arrested and charged. The two males were held for bail hearings and are facing a number of charges.

Accused #1 Steven Wade VANEVERY, a 35 year old male from Ohsweken is charged with:

  • Break and Enter with intent x36
  • Possession of Stolen Property over $5000.00 x28 
  • Disguise with Intent x27 
  • Mischief over $5000 x36 
  • Possession of break in Instruments x27 
  • Possession of Instruments for Breaking into Coin Operated or Currency Exchange Devices x14 
  • Possession of Property obtained by Crime under $5000 x32 
  • Theft Under $5000 x32 
  • Theft of Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of Stolen Property under $5000.00  

Accused #2:  Shawn Erwin SANDY a 43 year old male from Ohsweken, is charged with:

  • Break and Enter with intent x36 
  • Theft of Motor Vehicle 
  • Possession of Stolen Property over $5000.00 x28 
  • Disguise with Intent x27 
  • Mischief over $5000 x36 
  • Possession of break in Instruments x27 
  • Possession of Instruments for Breaking into Coin Operated or 
  • Currency Exchange Devices x14
  • Possession of Property obtained by Crime under $5000 x32 
  • Theft Under $5000 x32

As a result of the continued investigation by the Six Nations Police Service Steven Wade VanEvery and Krystal Marie Hughes of Ohsweken have been charged with:

Steven Wade VanEvery a 35 year old male from Ohsweken, is charged with:

  • Careless Storage of Firearms
  • Careless Storage of Ammunition
  • Unathorized Possession of Firearms
  • Disqualified Drive

Krystal Marie Hughes a 30 year old female from Ohsweken is to be charged with:

  • Careless Storage of Firearms
  • Careless Storage of Ammunition
  • Unathorized Possession of Firearms


"The Six Nations Police and Brantford Services have had an excellent working relationship over the years. With our communities linked so closely, it is imperative that our two services work together for the safety of our citizens. The Six Nations Police Service was asked to assist the Brantford Police Service in this lengthy investigation. We commend the work their investigators did and we were very happy to assist in any way possible. We will continue to work together on future investigations to ensure our communities safe and secure for all.” 
– Darren Montour, Inspector, Six Nations Police Service


"It was realized early in the investigation that this would require a strong partnership with Six Nations Police.  The outcome speaks to the cooperation and professionalism of the officers from both agencies and our mutual commitment to work together to address crime and keep our communities safe.” - Chief Rob Davis, Brantford Police Service

Anyone with information is asked to contact D/CST. LOGAN of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 X-2306 or Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.

"Together we can build a Stronger and Safer Community”

Brantford Police Service Requests Public Utilize Online Reporting

Mar 17, 2020

 The Brantford Police Service is actively monitoring all reports of COVID-19 and assessing how to best protect our members and community during this time. Working in close partnership and collaboration with the City of Brantford and the Brant County Health Unit, we are focused on ensuring a measured and appropriate response to protect the health and safety of both our members and the greater community. The Brantford Police Service has implemented several measures to help minimize the threat of COVID-19 locally.
Based on up-to-date information, Brantford Police Service will temporarily modify some non-emergency services, effective immediately. These measures are aimed at protecting staff by minimizing the possibility of human to human transmission of the virus.
All emergency services remain in place.
We are asking members of the public to restrict attending the BPS facility on Elgin Street unless absolutely necessary. All citizens who require non-emergency services such as record checks, criminal background checks or general information are asked to do so by utilizing our online reporting system at www.brantfordpolice.ca or by calling the station at 519-756-0113. In an emergency, always dial 911.
Modifications to non-emergency services include:
 In-person record check applications and freedom-of-information requests will not be accepted in person. Please visit www.brantfordpolice.ca to submit requests online.
Do not call 911 if you have COIVD-19-related questions — 911 is for critical situations and emergencies only. For any COVID-19-related questions, please contact the Brant County Health Unit COVID-19 Call Centre at 519-753-4937 or covid19@bchu.org
 Non-emergency crimes, such as thefts from vehicles, fraud and property damage under $5,000, can be reported online.
 Effective immediately, public attending the police station will be subject to screening for COVID-19 risk factors.
 Additional screening questions related to COVID-19 will be asked of callers before an officer is dispatched. Officers may be wearing protective equipment such as gloves and masks.
It is important that prior to visiting the station all members of the public self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 at home and refrain from visiting in person if you have any signs of illness. We appreciate the public’s cooperation with this request in an effort to ensure the protection and peace of mind for our staff who continue to serve our community.
As this situation continues to rapidly evolve, regular updates will be communicated regarding any potential changes to operations that may be necessary.
Brantford Police Service is dedicated to ensuring public safety and would like to thank our Officers and Members who have been working diligently to protect our community during these unprecedented times.

Police Request Assistance in Locating Missing 42 year old Male

Mar 17, 2020

Incident #20-08782

March 17, 2020 

Thank you to the public and our media partners for their assistance.  The missing person Paul Skilleter has been located. 

   

Brantford Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 42 year old male, Paul David Skilleter.

Skilleter is described as a male, 5’9, 199 lbs, med build, brown hair, and beard and was last seen wearing a green jacket and grey sweater. He was last seen on February 22, 2020 at approximately 7:00 p.m. in the area of Clench Ave, Brantford.  He  is known to associate in Brantford and Hamilton.  

The Brantford Police Service wishes to confirm Skilleter’s well-being.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050.

 

 

"Public Safety in Partnership with our Community”


COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Public Update - March 16, 2020

Mar 16, 2020

Current Situation
The Brantford Police Service is actively monitoring all reports of COVID-19 and assessing how to best protect our members and community during this time. Working in collaboration with the City of Brantford and Brant County Health Unit, we are focusing on ensuring a measured and appropriate response to protect the health and safety of both our members and the greater community.
There are no known cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the City of Brantford or County of Brant at this time nor has there been any evidence of community spread in our region to date.
On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic so it is very important that individuals and organizations be prepared for a potential outbreak in our community.
In Brantford, the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) is the municipality’s lead agency in terms of managing a local infectious disease outbreak. The Brantford Police Service and the City of Brantford are working in close collaboration with BCHU to support their response plans in a coordinated manner.
As a precautionary measure, the Brantford Police Service has implemented several measures to help minimize the threat of COVID-19 locally. These measures are outlined below.
Public Health Resources
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available. 
The City’s Emergency Management Planning Committee (EMPC) is meeting regularly to discuss the City’s preparations and readiness for an infectious disease outbreak, should Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) present itself locally.
Members  of the public are encouraged to:
Know the facts. Follow direction from the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) to know the signs and symptoms of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Call Telehealth Ontario at Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000 or visit the BCHU website for information on how to care for the ill, infection prevention and control, self-treatment and when and where to seek medical attention.
Follow Public Health’s direction to use infection control practices such as hand washing, covering your cough and sneeze, observing social distancing and staying home when you’re sick to reduce the spread of the virus.
It is also recommended to prepare yourself and your family for an infectious disease outbreak by having two weeks of necessities in your home in the event that you have to self-quarantine for a two-week period. Don’t forget supplies for your pet(s) as well.
The BCHU is currently not testing individuals for COVID-19 unless you’ve had direct contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 or if you have been out of the country in the last 14 days and are showing symptoms. If you are ill, please be responsible and stay home.
Travel Notice:
To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health have advised against all non-essential travel outside of Canada and as per the Ontario Ministry of Health. If you decide to travel outside of Canada, you will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon return.
Additionally, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is recommending that Canadians avoid all cruise ship travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
Please consult the destination page on travel.gc.ca for the latest travel advice. Stay informed by checking both Public Health Canada frequently asked questions (FAQ) and bchu.org for regular health impact updates as the situation continues to unfold.
When you return from travel:
The World Health Organization requires that, upon returning from any travel outside of Canada you self-isolate and monitor yourself (and your children) for symptoms for a period of 14 days. 
Should you develop a mild cough, respiratory issue or low-grade fever (i.e. a temperature of 37.3C or more) telephone your healthcare provider or the Brant County Public Health Unit to provide them with details of your recent travel and symptoms within 24 hours of developing symptoms. 
Preventative Measures:
To ensure the health and wellbeing of our members, additional precautionary measures are being taken to ensure those entering the station properly sanitize their hands and keep a safe distance from front-desk staff.
Based on up-to-date information, we have decided to temporarily modify some non-emergency services, effective immediately. These measures are aimed at protecting staff by minimizing the possibility of human to human transmission of the virus. Please note: All emergency services remain in place.
We are asking members of the public to restrict attending the BPS facility on Elgin Street unless absolutely necessary. All citizens who require non-emergency services such as record checks, criminal background checks or general information are asked to do so by utilizing our online reporting system at www.brantfordpolice.ca or by calling the station at 519-756-0113. It is important that prior to visiting the station, we ask all members of the public to self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 at home. We appreciate the public’s cooperation with this request in an effort to ensure the protection and peace of mind for our staff who continue to serve our community.
An increased cleaning schedule for all areas of the station and all Police cruisers has been implemented.
Potential Impact on Services:
As this situation is fluid, dynamic and continues to evolve rapidly, regular updates will be communicated regarding any potential changes to operations that may be necessary. Brantford Police Service is dedicated to serving our community.
Updated information can be found at the following:
Public Health Agency of Canada  https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada.html
Brant County Health Unit https://www.bchu.org/
City of Brantford   https://www.brantford.ca/

Suspicious Male

Mar 13, 2020

#20-10028

Brantford Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspicious male.   

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at approximately 7:00 p.m., in the area of Waterworks Park on Grand River Avenue, a female who was walking her dog on the trails, witnessed an unknown male masturbating in public.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’ tall, 180 lbs, medium build, with a scruffy beard, wearing a black beanie style hat and a dark coloured, puffy style jacket.
The Brantford Police Service is asking the public for their assistance in identifying this unknown male and to be aware of the incident that occurred in this area.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050, or Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251     

Civilian Merit Awards

Mar 12, 2020

Brantford, ON: On Thursday, March 12, 2020, members of the Brantford Police Services Board presented two Civilian Merit Awards to local citizens Brandi Dunford and Jared Houliston who have demonstrated selfless actions to assist fellow community members in crisis.

Brandi Dunford

On March 6, 2019, Brandi Dunford played a significant role in helping a distraught male in crisis. Travelling on North Park Street, she observed a male on the bridge overlooking the 403 Highway. Without hesitation, she approached the male and spoke with him, preventing him from harming himself. With the assistance of an off-duty police officer and other persons who had arrived on the scene, Brandi helped detain the male until police arrived and he was eventually pulled to safety.

Brandi Dunford is to be commended for her selfless actions. Her quick response and kind nature prevented what could have been a tragic event from occurring.

Jared Houliston

On December 16, 2019, while driving northbound on Paris Road, Jared Houliston observed a young female walking northbound along Paris Road. He also noticed a male walking southbound on Paris Road towards the female. The male had his hood pulled up and he was acting in a suspicious manner.
Jared witnessed the male grab the female. She broke free from her assailant and ran away. Jared immediately turned his vehicle around and caught up to her. After confirming that she did not know the male, he drove after the male, stopping his vehicle to pursue him on foot once he was closer. 
When the male disappeared into the backyard of a resident, Jared returned to his vehicle and drove to the street where he believed the male would emerge. He called police and then gained the assistance of a mail carrier, who alerted him when the male emerged. Jared was able to obtain the license plate of the vehicle the male got into and relayed the information to police. Once police were on scene, he attended the female’s school to check on her and provide a statement to police.

Jared Houliston is to be commended for his noble and selfless action. The subsequent arrest of the assailant was the direct result of his quick and thorough response during a disturbing situation.

"The Police Services Board is proud to recognize Brandi and Jared, two citizens who stepped up to assist in these situations to help make our community a better and safer place.” Mark Littell, Chair, Brantford Police Services Board

"I would like to commend the exemplary actions of both Ms. Dunford and Mr. Houliston. While protecting their community, they have both demonstrated strength of character. Engaged citizens who are alert and ready to assist in times of need are our community’s first line of defense. Public safety is a shared responsibility and our service is strengthened when we work in collaboration.” Chief Rob Davis  

"Public Safety in Partnership with our Community”

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