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Back-to-School Road Safety Blitz - UPDATE

Sep 30, 2021


Image of School Bus

 
 
The Brantford Police Service would like to thank the public for their attention to road safety as students transition back-to-school. 
 
Traffic officers conducted additional enforcement of high traffic school zones with the Back-to-School Road Safety Blitz and from September 6 -19, 2021 the following charges were issued:
 
Speeding                                                                               41
Stop Signs and Other Moving Violations          60
Cell Phone Use                                                                    1
Exhaust                                                                                    1
Other Related Offences                                                 3 
 
Total = 106
 
 

 
 
ORIGINAL RELEASE: September 2, 2021
 
With the first day of school quickly approaching, the Brantford Police Service Traffic Unit will launch a Back to School Road Safety Blitz, looking for aggressive drivers, persons speeding, and to conduct stop sign enforcement.
 
As kids return to school, we ask everyone to be extra careful on our city streets, as children may not pay attention to the rules of the roads or watch for moving cars. We would like to remind motorists and pedestrians the importance of working together to ensure our roads remain a safe place.
 
At this time, we would also like to remind drivers the penalties for Stunt Driving under the Highway Traffic Act have recently changed. If you are travelling 40km/hr over the posted speed limit in speed zones below 80 km/hr, you will now be charged with Stunt Driving.
 
In addition to fees and demerit points, a driver charged with Stunt Driving will now receive a 7-day driver licence suspension and a 14-day vehicle impoundment. In the coming months, the licence suspension for those caught Stunt
Driving will increase to 30-days in addition to the 14-day vehicle impoundment.
 
Motorists are also reminded to use caution around school buses. When a school bus has stopped and activated its flashing red lights, all vehicles travelling behind or approaching the bus must come to a complete stop before reaching the bus. Drivers who fail to stop in these conditions face a minimum $400 fine and six demerit points for a first offence.
 
Parents are encouraged to review and practice safety rules with their children to ensure they are familiar with their route to the bus or school.
 
We urge motorists and pedestrians to commute safely, free from distractions and 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.
 
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Road Safety Initiatives October 2021: Off-Road Vehicles Prohibited on City Roads & Trails

Sep 28, 2021

The Brantford Police Service is reminding all off-road vehicle users to obey applicable laws and safety precautions when operating any off-road vehicle and that off-road vehicle use on roads in the City of Brantford is prohibited.
 
In accordance with the Off-Road Vehicle Act, municipalities must have a by-law permitting certain All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) use on roadways.
 
Currently, the City of Brantford does not have a by-law permitting on-road ATV/ORV use and as such, on-road driving of ATVs/ORVs in the City of Brantford is prohibited.
 
Additionally, motorized recreational vehicles of any kind - meaning dirt bikes, snowmobiles, go-carts, ATVS, or any vehicle propelled or driven by an internal combustion engine - are prohibited from travelling in any public park or City-maintained trail.
 
Utilizing these types of motorized vehicles on pedestrian trails creates significant safety risks to everyone who is utilizing the trail system. 
 
BPS have responded to several complaints regarding trespassing, mischief and off-road vehicle use on the roadways and trails throughout the City of Brantford. Off-road vehicle riders have been reported to be on private property without permission and in some cases have caused damage to property and fields.
 
Being on private property, without permission from the property owner, is a violation under the Trespass to Property Act and could subject riders to charges. Causing damage by riding on property could subject riders to mischief charges.
 
Being a responsible rider by following laws and wearing approved helmets will significantly reduce the risk of injuries as well as being charged with offences.
 
To learn more about off road vehicle use and safety visit:
  

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Road Safety Initiatives October 2021: Excessive Noise and Modified Vehicles

Sep 27, 2021

The Brantford Police Service makes educating the public in safe driving practices a road safety priority. An essential part of our job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Our ongoing enforcement initiatives focus on impaired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving and speeding. These behaviours endanger drivers, passengers, all road users and pedestrians at risk of serious or fatal injury collisions. 
 
During the month of October 2021, the BPS Traffic Unit has heard the community’s concerns regarding the noise pollution of excessively loud vehicles on roadways in residential areas. We will be conducting enforcement and public education in regards to vehicles making unreasonable and unnecessary noise as well as an increased focus on improperly modified vehicles.
 
Increased public education will be in effect in an effort to promote safe driving behaviours and ensure motorists are aware of the rules of the road.
 
The Highway Traffic Act of Ontario indicates that a person having control of a vehicle shall not "make unreasonable noise, and a driver of any motor vehicle shall not permit any unreasonable amount of smoke to escape from their motor vehicle, nor shall such driver at any time cause the motor vehicle to make any unnecessary noise.”
 
A focus of this ongoing project is to reduce the number of motor vehicles with modified and/or excessively loud exhaust systems on the roads. Vehicles will be subject to charges, including Improper Muffler and Unnecessary Noise, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).The penalties under the HTA include fines of $110 upon conviction.
 
Vehicles found to be unlawfully modified will be reported to the Insurance Bureau of Canada with the potential of a policy suspension.
 
We encourage vehicle owners to repair modified exhaust systems and avoid using devices such as factory-issued mechanisms to alter and increase their vehicles' sound in quiet, residential areas.
 
Anyone with information concerning aggressive driving or illegal street racing activities can contact the Brantford Police Service by calling 519-756-0113. Information or driving complaints can also be reported by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
 
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. 

Brantford Police Charge Teacher with Sexual Assault / Exploitation

Sep 24, 2021

Inc. # 21-14414

The Brantford Police Service are investigating an allegation of an inappropriate relationship occurring between a teacher and student at a local high school.
 
Officers were made aware of the allegations in April 2021.  
 
The Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit are actively investigating the offences, which were alleged to have occurred over two decades ago.
 
Investigators formed grounds to charge an accused with two counts of sexual exploitation and two counts of sexual assault.  The accused was still teaching with a local school board, but has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the court proceedings.
 
Police are not releasing any further details at this time, including the ages or gender of the accused, in order to protect the identity of the victim.
 
Sexual assault is any unwanted act of a sexual nature imposed by one person upon another. Forced or coerced intercourse, grabbing, touching or kissing can be defined as sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant offers a free 24-hour crisis and support line; contact 519-751-3471 or www.sacbrant.ca for more information.
 
Should you need to report an incident, contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 or report online at www.brantfordpolice.ca 

 

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Witness Information Requested after Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

Sep 16, 2021

Inc. # 21-36248
 
Officers with the Brantford Police Service are seeking witness information after a fatal motor vehicle collision, involving a motorcycle and a car, that occurred in the area of Henry Street and Rawdon Street at approximately 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 16, 2021.
 
The driver of the motorcycle, a 55-year-old man from Brantford, succumbed to injuries received as a result of the collision after transfer to Brantford General Hospital. 
 
Members of the public who witnessed the collision or who may have dashboard camera footage are asked to contact Constable Jeremy Morton of the Brantford Police Traffic Unit at 519-756-0113 extention 2869.


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Aggravated Assault Charge Now Manslaughter for 23-year-old

Sep 16, 2021

Inc. # 21-35544
 
Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Patrol Section responded alongside paramedics for a report of a disturbance in the area of Sheridan Street and George Street.
 
Upon arrival, a 37-year-old man from Brantford was located having sustained serious life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported by ambulance to hospital for treatment. Officers arrested and charged a suspect shortly after with aggravated assault. 
 
On September 15, 2021, despite life-saving efforts, the victim succumbed to his injuries. As a result, the investigation is now classified as a homicide. 
 
Because of these developments, the accused, Connor Davison GIBSON, 23, of Brantford, has had the earlier charge of aggravated assault upgraded to a charge of manslaughter. The accused is currently in police custody.     
 
Information received indicates a verbal altercation between the accused and victim is believed to have occurred prior to the assault. Police are not looking for any other suspects at this time.
 
Anyone who may have been in the area of Sheridan Street, between Market Street and George Street, and who may have witnessed a disturbance around the time of the incident, is asked to contact Det. Ryan Groen at 519-756-0113 extension 2206. 
 
Investigators are also asking anyone who may have dashboard camera footage from the area to contact police. A dedicated email has been created for the public to provide information. Tips can be sent to: williamsmithhomicide@police.brantford.on.ca   
 
Information can always be provided anonymously to Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477, or online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   
 
 
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82-year-old man Facing Manslaughter Charge after Retirement Home Assault

Sep 16, 2021

Inc. # 21-34587

Detectives with the Brantford Police Service have arrested an 82-year-old male in connection with an assault between two residents at a retirement home located on Diana Avenue.
 
Officers responded to an assault related call on September 5, 2021, at approximately 2:50 p.m., after an 89-year-old-female resident was reported to have been struck by an 82-year-old male resident of the same facility.
 
Investigation revealed the assault caused the woman to fall and strike her head.
 
Emergency Medical Services transported the woman to hospital where, despite life-saving efforts, she succumbed to her injuries.
 
As a result of the investigation, police have charged the involved man with manslaughter. 
 
The accused was held in police custody and will appear before the court on September 16, 2021.
 
As charges are now before the courts, investigators cannot discuss evidence as it pertains to the case.
 
The Brantford Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance related to this investigation.
 
The Brantford Police Service Major Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate this incident. If you have any information, please contact Detective Sergeant Charles Wheeler at 519-756-7050. Information can also be provided anonymously to 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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WORLD’S LARGEST TRUCK CONVOY AND LOCAL TORCH RUN ARE BACK IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES

Sep 15, 2021

Private event, closed for public, media encouraged to attend.

Brantford, Ontario – On Saturday, September 18, 2021 the 17th Annual Truck Convoy and the local Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) both in support of Special Olympics, will be coming together at the Paris Fairgrounds in Paris, Ontario. 
 
The Truck Convoy is a unique event in which members of law enforcement take part and escort a convoy of trucks across Ontario highways to raise awareness for their support of Special Olympics athletes. This year, the LETR will kick off the day with a Torch Run within the Paris Fairgrounds. The
 
Torch Run will consist of members from the Brantford Police Service and Brant County OPP who will carry the Flame of Hope, symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities. 
 
"Our local Torch Run was not able to take place in the community last year due to COVID and we are happy to be back out, seeing familiar faces, fueling our passion for giving back to Special Olympics,” says Detective, Constable, Christine McCallum, Brantford Police Service. 
 
The Ontario Truck Convoy is part of an international event that has grown since the first Convoy with the Orange County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department in 2001. The Convoy is also part of the LETR family of events. "This event has developed friendships that go beyond this one day,” said Tammy Blackwell, event coordinator, Truck Convoy.  "Over the past 17 years we have seen friendships form from athletes, to truckers, to members of law enforcement – it’s wonderful to see.” 
 
Schedule of Events: 
 
7:00 a.m.              Trucks start to arrive at Paris Fairgrounds
8:30 a.m.              Live Music: Erick Traplin performs
9:00 a.m.              Law Enforcement Torch Run members begin to arrive
9:15 a.m.              Top 12 Fundraisers Announcement
9:30 a.m.              Law Enforcement Torch Run to take place on fairground tracks
11:00 a.m.            Truck Convoy departs Paris Fairgrounds

Interview opportunities available for media upon request.

About the Truck Convoy


The Truck Convoy is a celebration of the trucking industry and its support for Special Olympics. What started as a local event in United States, Florida in 2001, has evolved into an International movement with convoy’s in over 40 states and five provinces that occur annually. The Ontario Truck Convoy began in Paris in 2005.

This year’s route: 
1.Exit Paris Fairgrounds, Silver Street/Keg Lane. Turn right.
2.Travel 3.3km to County Road 136/Puttown Road. Turn left.
3.Travel 3.0km to Highway 2/King Street. Turn right at the T-intersection.
4.Travel 7.3km to Middletown Road/Highway 25. Turn left.
5.Travel 3.3km to Highway 403. Turn left onto Highway 403.
6.Travel 17km to Highway 401 West (exit 0). Merge left onto Highway 401.
7.Travel 25.9km to Putnam Road (exit 208).

 
From there, choose your own route home and we hope to see everyone again next year!

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run


The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics.  Known honourably as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the "Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics Provincial, National, Regional and World Games.  Worldwide annually, more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the "Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.
 
The LETR for Special Olympics engages law enforcement worldwide championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Over the years the Torch Run has evolved and now encompasses a variety of innovative fundraising platforms to include Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, NHL Alumni Games, Torch Rides, Truck Convoys, Endurance Series and more.  Since inception, the LETR has raised more than $35,000,000 and changed millions of attitudes.

For more information, please visit www.torchrunontario.com  


About Special Olympics Ontario

Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes to become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

Special Olympics Ontario has optimized the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through sport to improve the well-being of individuals with an intellectual disability.

We continue to improve and expand the quality, opportunity and accessibility of sport to individuals with an intellectual disability. Along with this, we strive to improve upon both the awareness and support of the community in regards to Special Olympics Ontario and those involved with us. As an organization, we work to ensure our volunteers are strongly committed to acting locally while thinking globally. Through these steps, we hope to continue to build upon the past success of the organization.
For more information, visit specialolympicsontario.com. 

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For more information about the Truck Convoy, please contact: 
Cody Jansma
Director, Business Development, Special Olympics Ontario
Tel: 1-888-333-55115 ext. 260         

 
For more information about the involvement of Brantford Police Service, please contact: 
Robin Matthews-Osmond 
Manager, Corporate Communications, Brantford Police Service


Assault Investigation

Sep 12, 2021

Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Patrol Section responded alongside paramedics to the area of Sheridan Street and George Street in Brantford for a report of a disturbance.
 
Upon arrival, an adult male victim was located with serious injuries.  The victim was transported to a nearby medical facility, where he remains in life threatening condition.  A 23-year-old Brantford man was arrested shortly thereafter.  The accused currently faces charges of aggravated assault.  He is being held in custody pending a bail hearing.
 
The victim and accused are believed to have engaged in an altercation prior to the alleged assault taking place.  Police are not looking for any other suspects at this time.
 
Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area of Sheridan Street, between Market Street and George Street and who may have witnessed a disturbance around the time of the incident to contact Det. Ryan Groen at 519-756-0113 extension 2206.  
Additionally, information can be provided anonymously to 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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Citizen Art Donation Provided to Brantford Police Service

Sep 10, 2021


At the September 9, 2021 meeting of the Brantford Police Services Board, Chief Rob Davis and Chair Mark Littell accepted a donation from local citizen, Mr. Steven Lloyd who graciously presented a folk-art wood carving which was handmade by his late father, Mr. Joe Lloyd.   


Mr. Lloyd was a dedicated husband and father who was proud to call Brantford home. His diligent work ethics and steadfast dedication to his family, friends and neighbours was an asset to this community. 
 
He took great joy in assisting others, applying his various skills, accumulated resources and knowledge to conquering any task at hand. 
 
Mr. Lloyd took great satisfaction of utilizing his artwork to bring recognition to the people, places and ideals that he embodied. Despite his dedication as a working family man, he often made time for various works of art such as this folk-art depiction of the officers who choose to protect and serve this community with steadfast integrity and genuine sincerity for its citizens. 
 
For his thoughtfulness and generosity in these unique creative pursuits, both the Brantford Police Service and the Brantford Police Services Board wish to recognize Mr. Joe Lloyd of Branford, Ontario. (1937-2011) and thank Mr. Steven Lloyd for the generous donation.
 
Mr. Lloyd’s artwork will be displayed at the Brantford Police Service located at 344 Elgin Street, Brantford.


 Photo Donation of Art to Police Services Board

Above: Chair, Mark Littell, Steven Lloyd, Chief Rob Davis

 Artwork

Above: Folk-Art depiction of a Brantford Police Officer, created by Mr. Joe Lloyd

Below: Mr. Joe Lloyd
 Photo of Mr. Joe Lloyd
 

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