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25 year-old Mississauga Male Arrested For Child Pornography Related Charges

Mar 15, 2021

Incident 21-8426

On Thursday March 11, 2021, at approximately 2:40 am, a community patrol officer with the Brantford Police Service stopped a vehicle on Wayne Gretzky Parkway. The driver, Sebasten Cruz, 25 years old, a resident of Mississauga, was bound by a condition not possess electronic devices capable of storing images and videos.  
 
Upon investigation, the patrol officer located a cellular phone within the vehicle, which contained child pornography images. As a result, Cruz was placed under arrest for breaching his Recognizance of Bail and Possession of Child Pornography.  Cruz was held for a bail hearing.
 
On the following day, the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit of the Brantford Police Service executed two Search Warrants at two residences associated with Cruz.  With the assistance of the ICE Unit of the Peel Regional Police Service and ICE Unit of the Toronto Police Service, search warrants were executed in Mississauga and Etobicoke.  Police seized electronic devices from both residences.

Anyone with information relating to internet sexual crimes against children is urged to call Detective Balbir Singh of the Brantford Police Service ICE Section at 519-756-0113. 

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 


Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet 

On March 29, 2007, alongside the OPP Child Exploitation Section and 26 other municipal police services, the Brantford Police Service joined the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. 

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. 

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. 

This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

Internet Safety Tips

Brantford Police Service is committed to ensuring the safety of our community’s children and taking action against online sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.

The following information is provided to assist parents and caregivers to understand internet safety. 

These simple tips can help the youngest members of your family stay safe online:     

  • Consider creating an internet contract with your child and have all parties sign it.
  • Let your child know that you will be monitoring their online activities.
  • Reinforce the fact that not everyone is who they say they are online.
  • Discuss how pictures should not be sent or posted online without parental permission.
  • Discuss sharing personal information online; never share their password with anyone other than their parents. Review the risks of personal information being misused online.
  • Use only child-safe search engines such as: www.askkids.com www.kidsyahoo.com or www.kidsclick.org 
  • Encourage your child to trust in their instincts and stop, block, and tell if they are uncomfortable.
  • Talk to your child about the consequences of being involved in any incidents that include cyberbullying, sexting, etc.
  • Make sure your child understands that they can talk to you about anything on the internet.

As a parent, what can you do?

  • Place your child’s computer in a common area. Set expectations for your child’s online and cell phone activities.
  • Monitor your child’s activities online. Ask your child to show you what they are doing online, and be aware of whom they are talking to.
  • Retrieve your child’s login information, e-mail addresses and password.
  • If your child joins any social networking or gaming sites, help them create their online profile. Remember to only fill in information that is necessary and leave out any revealing information.
  • Monitor ALL webcam use, and any posting or exchanging of pictures online.
  • Do not allow your child to communicate in chat rooms.
  • Use filtering software on computers.
  • Communicate openly with your child. Encourage them to report any situation or information that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Be aware of signs that your child may be in trouble:
    • They quickly turn the computer or phone off when you walk into the room.
    • Your child seems worried, withdrawn or depressed.
    • Your child contacts, or is contacted by a person you do not know.
    • If your child is being harassed or threatened, save the evidence and contact the police.

Additional Online Safety Resources

Safe Kids Canada www.safekidscanada.com 
Cyber Tip www.cybertip.com
Be Web Aware www.bewebaware.ca 
Kids in the Know www.kidsintheknow.ca 
Canadian Centre of Child Protection www.protectchildren.ca 

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CRIME BRIEF - MARCH 12, 2021

Mar 12, 2021

Type:                   Assault
Incident:            21-7845
Location:           Dalhousie Street

On Saturday, March 6, 2021, at approximately 5:00 p.m., members of the Brantford Police Service responded to a report of an assault in the area of Dalhousie Street.
 
After a brief verbal confrontation, a 71 year-old male was physically assaulted by an unknown male. The victim was transported to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.   
 
As a result of the investigation, a 23 year-old male from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
  • Assault Causing Bodily Harm
  • Uttering Threats  
  • Cause Disturbance  
The accused was held for bail.
 

 
Type:                    Impaired Driving - Alcohol
Incident:            21-7794
Location:           Dalhousie Street
 
On Saturday, March 6, 2020 at approximately 05:47 a.m., a patrol officer of the Brantford Police Service observed a motor vehicle travelling the wrong-way on Dalhousie Street, a one-way street, and initiated a traffic stop.
 
Investigation revealed the lone male driver, was operating the motor vehicle without a seat belt and failed to provide valid proof of insurance and valid permit for the motor vehicle when requested. While speaking with the driver of the vehicle, officers observed signs of intoxication. 
 
The accused was arrested for impaired operation and transported to the Brantford Police Station in order to provide samples of his breath as required by law. The accused refused to comply with the requirement.
 
As a result of the investigation, a 45 year-old male from Sudbury stands charged with the following offences:
  • Operation while impaired - contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Failure or refusal to comply with a demand - contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Failure to surrender permit for motor vehicle - contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
  • Drive wrong way - one-way traffic - contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
  • Drive with seat belt removed - contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
  • Fail to surrender insurance card - contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
 
 
Type:                   Impaired Driving - Alcohol
Incident:            21-7790
Location:           Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Lynden Road
 
On Saturday March 6, 2020 at approximately 2:53 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a report of a motor vehicle which had struck a traffic pole near the intersection of Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Lynden Road.
 
The accused then proceeded to flee the scene of the motor vehicle collision on foot and was arrested a short distance away from the scene by police.
 
Signs of impairment were observed by officers and the accused was transported to the station to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were in excess of the legal limit.
 
Further investigation also revealed that there was open alcohol and cannabis readily available to the accused while driving. The accused was also unable to produce valid insurance and permit for the vehicle.
 
As a result of the investigation, a 28 year-old female from Brantford stands charged with the following offences:
  • Operation While Impaired – Alcohol contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Operation While Impaired – Over 80 contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Failure to Stop After Accident contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Drive Vehicle With Cannabis Readily Available under the Cannabis Control Act
  • Having Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle with Unsealed Container of Liquor contrary to the Liquor Licence Act
  • Fail to Surrender Permit For Motor Vehicle contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
  • Operate a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance contrary to the Canadian Automobile Insurance Act
 
 
Type:                   Drugs
Incident:            21-7785
Location:           Mount Pleasant Road
 
On Saturday, March 6,, 2021, at approximately 1:16 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service performed a traffic stop on Mount Pleasant Road.
 
The suspect vehicle pulled off the roadway and into what was confirmed to be, the driveway of the suspect’s residence. The accused fled the vehicle on foot and was pursued by officers into the suspect’s residence. Investigation revealed that the suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant and was arrested by officers.
 
Further investigation revealed the suspect was operating the motor vehicle with a suspended licence and was found in possession of the following:
  • Approximately 54 grams of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of $5403
  • Approximately 3.3 grams of suspected heroin with an estimated street value of $1095
  • Approximately 0.4 grams of suspected fentanyl with a street value of $160
 
As a result of investigation the accused, Edward John SIMICH, 40 of Brantford, stands charged as follows:
  • Possession for the Purpose Schedule I – x 3 contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Escape Lawful Custody contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
 
 
Type:                   Break and Enter
Incident:            21-7983
Location:           Lynden Road
 
On March 8, 2021 at approximately 1:50 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched in response to a break and enter which had occurred at a convenience store located on Lynden Road.
 
Upon arriving, officers observed the front door had been smashed and the ATM machine within the store had been damaged.
 
Suspect(s) were confirmed to have stolen a quantity of lottery tickets and cigarettes. No arrests have yet to be made in this case.
 
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 or to remain anonymous, Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
 
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LOCATED - MISSING PERSON: BRANDON POWLESS

Mar 11, 2021

Inc 21-6929
 
UPDATE - Brandon POWLESS has been located. BPS would like to thank the public for their assistance.
 
Original Release

The Brantford Police Service are seeking the assistance of the public to verify the location and well-being of Brandon POWLESS.

POWLESS is known to frequent the downtown area of the City of Brantford and was last seen on February 27, 2021 at a location on Colborne Street.   
 
Brandon POWLESS is described as a 39 year-old aboriginal male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches, 180 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.
 
POWLESS was last seen wearing a dark colour hooded sweatshirt with a skeleton pattern on it, dark colour pants, dark colour shoes, dark colour boots and a winter toque.
 
Any information regarding the possible whereabouts of Brandon POWLESS can be provided to the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113.          
 
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$10,000 Reward Offered in Shannon MacDougall (Burnside) Homicide

Mar 9, 2021

INC # 20-9948

Detectives with the Major Crime Unit of the Brantford Police Service continue to actively investigate the murder of Shannon MacDougall (Burnside). March 11, 2021 marks the one-year anniversary that patrol officers responded to 26 Mintern Avenue, Brantford to check on the well-being of Shannon.  While conducting this check, Shannon was located alone inside the residence, deceased.  

Members of the Brantford Police Service Criminal Investigation Section and Forensic Identification Section attended the scene and immediately entered into a suspicious death investigation.  

A post-mortem examination occurred in the days that followed and the investigation into the circumstances and manner of death continued.  At the time, police continued to conduct interviews, canvass the neighbourhood for potential witnesses, and completed a forensic processing of the scene.  

In June 2020, police received additional information that assisted in moving the investigation forward.  At this time, the information was not made public in order to protect the investigation and provide the investigative team with the best opportunity at solving the case.  Although the information was not public, police dedicated additional resources to the investigation at that time.  

As is the case with any major investigation, police have the challenging task of balancing both the needs of the investigation with public interest and notification to the community.  Due to the nature of the investigation, and in an effort to provide the best opportunity to solve Shannon’s murder, investigators determined it was in the best interest of the investigation to initially refrain from publicly releasing information. On November 30, 2020, a media release was issued to provide an overview of this active and ongoing case.

The lead investigator on Shannon’s murder, Detective Ryan Groen, has been working on the investigation since March 11, 2020.  Although unable to provide specific details on the progress of the investigation, police will continue to provide resources to this investigation with the goal of holding the persons(s) with involvement in Shannon’s murder responsible.

"Although Shannon is gone she has never been forgotten.  Shannon was a mother to two children, a friend, a loved sister, and a daughter to a grieving mother.  I believe there are people in the community that can help solve Shannon’s murder and I am asking them for their assistance.  There is a dedicated tip line of 519-756-0113 ext. 2319 and a dedicated email address of shannonmacdougall@police.brantford.on.ca established to receive information from the community.  We also have a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for her murder.”   - Detective Ryan Groen       

Shannon’s family continues to seek justice and closure and are also requesting help from the community:

"Shannon was one of a kind and she had a huge heart. She was always there for you when you needed her and reminded you constantly that her door was always open. She was a great mother, daughter and sister.  She would literally pick us up anytime, any day just to hang out.  She was like a best friend. Through all her struggles she remained strong and hopeful and always put her family first, including her children who she always wanted the best for. There is not enough words to describe the wonderful person she was and the way she lit up the room.  There is no pain like the pain of losing a child.  We think of her every day and we miss her every day.”  - Burnside Family

Today, police are announcing a $10,000 reward to anyone who may have information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible in Shannon’s murder (see attached notice).  

Investigators are hopeful that this reward, in conjunction with the information already known to police, will assist in providing justice for Shannon and closure to her family.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Brantford Police Service Tip Line at 519-756-0113 ext. 2319. Tips can also be sent via email to shannonmacdougall@police.brantford.on.ca 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-888-8477 (TIPS).


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Street Crime Unit Drug and Weapon Seizure

Mar 5, 2021

Incident 21-7612

In late 2020, members of the Brantford Police Service Street Crime Unit initiated a drug trafficking investigation within the City of Brantford.
 
As the investigation progressed, on Thursday, March 4 2021, officers received judicial authorization to enter and search a dwelling located on Fredrick Street, Brantford. In the evening hours of March 4, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Service Emergency Response Team and Street Crime Unit executed the search warrant and arrested three individuals inside the home. 

As a result of the search, the following items were seized: 
  • 195 grams (approx.) of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of $19,500
  • Prescription medication of an estimated street value of $200
  • Canadian Currency 
  • Money counting machine
  • Prohibited weapons
  • Weighing scales and drug packaging 
  Image of drugs and weapons           

As a result of the investigation, the following persons are facing criminal charges: 

A 28-year-old male from Brantford is charged with: 
  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act x2
  • Flight from police contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon contrary to the Criminal Code

A 65-year-old male from Brantford is charged with: 
  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 

A 62-year-old female from Brantford is charged with: 
  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 

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

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40-year-old Brantford Male Arrested in Drug Trafficking Investigation

Mar 2, 2021

Incident 21-7206

On Monday, March 1, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Service concluded an ongoing drug trafficking investigation and have arrested a 40-year-old male from Brantford on drug related charges.

Officers received judicial authorization to enter and search a dwelling located on Buffalo Street, Brantford. In the evening hours of March 1, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Service executed the search warrant, arresting one individual and seized a quantity of illegal drugs.

 As a result of the search, the following items were seized:

  • 4.15 grams (approx.) of suspected Heroin with an estimated street value of $1,425
  • 6.16 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl with an estimated street value of $1,540
  • 1.55 grams (approx.) of suspected Methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $232
  • 0.31 grams (approx.) of Cocaine with an estimated street value of $31
  • Prescription drugs with an estimated street value of $315.00
  • 15.7 grams (approx.) of Cannabis with an estimated street value of $157.00
  • Canadian currency
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Weapons - replica firearm and knives

 

As a result of the investigation, a 40-year-old male from Brantford is charged with the following:

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking x 6 under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling, under the Cannabis Substances Act

 The accused has been held for bail.

 Image of Drugs

Anyone with information related to illegal drug 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


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CRIME BRIEF: February 25, 2021

Feb 25, 2021

Type:               Impaired Driving - Alcohol
Incident:        21-5841
Location:       Dalhousie Street / King Street
 
On Friday, February 19, 2021 at approximately 12:00 a.m., Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call from a concerned citizen to report a possible impaired driver on Dalhousie Street. 

A vehicle was observed being operated in a dangerous manner, with inconsistent speeds, swerving between multiple lanes, and nearly striking a pedestrian and median. 

Officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched and conducted a traffic stop on Dalhousie Street at King Street. Upon speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment.

The accused provided a suitable sample of breath, which resulted in a "Fail”.  The accused was then transported to the Brantford Police Station where he provided two samples of breath, as required by law. Both samples provided were over two times the legal limit.

As a result of this investigation, a 22-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Impaired Operation 
  • 80 Plus 
 
The driver’s licence of the accused was suspended and the vehicle impounded.


Type:                Impaired Driving - Drugs
Incident:         21-5950
Location:        Clarence Street / Elgin Street

On Friday, February 19, 2021, at approximately 5:27 p.m., Brantford Police Service received multiple 9-1-1 calls in regards to a motor vehicle located in the middle of the Clarence Street near Elgin Street where a lone male was observed to be passed out in the driver’s seat of the running vehicle. 
 
Brantford Police Service arrived on scene at approximately 5:31 p.m., located the vehicle and observed a lone male occupant in the driver’s seat who appeared to be unconscious. 
 
In an attempt to ensure the male was not in medical distress, officers engaged the male and observed signs of impairment and alleged drug use. The male was placed under arrest for impaired operation and transported to the Brantford Police Station for evaluation by a drug recognition expert as required by law.
 
The accused performed poorly on the drug recognition expert evaluation and was found to be impaired. 
 
As a result of the investigation, a 38-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with one count of Impaired Operation contrary to the Criminal Code. 



Type:                Impaired Driving - Drugs
Incident:        21-6025
Location:       Dalhousie Street

On Saturday, February 20, 2021, officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a location on Dalhousie Street, in regards to reports of an accident where a motor vehicle struck a tree. 

Upon attending the scene, the driver of the motor vehicle was not present and was determined to have fled, failing to return to the location of the accident.
 
Investigation revealed that the motor vehicle had been taken from the registered owner without consent.

Officers searched the vicinity and located the accused in a nearby backyard, attempting to hide from police in a port-a-potty. At this time, the accused was taken into custody. During interaction with officers, the accused demonstrated behaviour consistent with, and was believed to be, impaired by drugs. 

The drug recognition evaluation was conducted and the accused was found to be impaired. 

Further investigation revealed that the accused is currently a prohibited and suspended driver and is currently bound by a court ordered a probation and two release orders. 

As a result of the investigation, a 29-year-old female from Brantford stands charged with the following: 
  • Operation while impaired contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of Stolen Goods under $5000 contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Take motor vehicle without consent contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Operation while prohibited contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Fail to stop after accident contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Fail to comply with Judicial Release contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Fail to comply with Judicial Release contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Breach of probation contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Drive while under suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 


Type:                Impaired Driving - Alcohol
Incident:         21-6099
Location:       Wayne Gretzky Parkway / Henry Street

On Saturday, February 20, 2021, at approximately 7:20 p.m., Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call from a concerned citizen who witnessed a collision where a single motor vehicle had hit a pole in the area of Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Henry Street. 

Officers with the Brantford Police Service arrived on scene and, in speaking with the female driver, observed signs of impairment. 

The accused provided a suitable sample of breath, which resulted in a "Fail”.  The accused was then transported to the Brantford Police Station where she provided two samples of breath, as required by law. Both samples provided were over three times the legal limit.

As a result of the investigation, a 28 year-old female from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Impaired Operation 
  • 80 Plus 
 

 
Type:                Impaired Driving - Alcohol
Incident:         21-6114
Location:        St. George Street
On Saturday, February 20, 2021, at approximately 10:35 p.m., the Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call from a concerned citizen to attend a location on St. George Street regarding a possible impaired driver. Information was received to advise a male driver had his vehicle stuck in the snow bank on the boulevard. The caller was able to provide a description of the suspect male, as well as the license plate of the vehicle. 

Arriving on scene, officers observed the motor vehicle lodged in the snow bank. The driver of the vehicle was confirmed to have just left the scene as a passenger of a different vehicle.
A traffic stop was subsequently conducted on this fleeing vehicle, and the accused was located in the passenger seat. The identity of the accused was confirmed to be the registered owner of the vehicle lodged in the snow bank. 

Upon dealing with the accused, officers observed signs of impairment.

The accused provided a suitable sample of breath, which registered a "Fail”.  The accused was then transported in order to provided two samples of breath, as required by law. Both samples provided were in excess of the legal limit.

As a result of the investigation, a 56-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Operation While Impaired 
  • 80 Plus 

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BPS Street Crime Unit Arrest Three for Drug Trafficking Charges

Feb 24, 2021

Incident 21-6443

In early February, 2021 members of the Brantford Police Service Street Crime Unit initiated a drug trafficking investigation within the City of Brantford. 

As the investigation progressed, on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, officers received judicial authorization to enter and search a dwelling located on Darling Street, Brantford. In the evening hours of February 23, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Service Emergency Response Team and Street Crime Unit executed the search warrant and arrested three individuals inside the home.

As a result of the search, the following items were seized:
  • 70 grams (approx.) of cocaine (suspected) with an estimated street value of $7000
  • Various prescription medication
  • Canadian Currency
  • A prohibited weapon
  • Weighing scales and drug packaging 

As a result of the investigation, the following persons are facing criminal charges:

A 30-year-old male from Brantford is charged with:
  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking x 3 under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon under the Criminal Code

A 33-year-old male from Brantford is charged with:
  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking x 3 under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon under the Criminal Code

A 30-year-old female from Brantford is charged with:
  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking x 3 under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon under the Criminal Code


Picture of Items Seized

 
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


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60-year-old Brantford Man Arrested For Child Pornography Related Offences

Feb 23, 2021

Incident 20-34108

On October 26, 2020, the Internet Child Exploitation Unit of the Brantford Police Service executed a Search Warrant at a residence located on Mission Road, Brantford.  As a result of the search warrant, several electronic devices were seized from the residence.  A forensic examination of these electronic devices has since been conducted and were found to contain images of child pornography.
 
As a result of the investigation, on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 a 60-year-old male, who resides on Mission Road, Brantford, was charged with three counts of Possession of Child Pornography and two counts of Distribution of Child Pornography.  He has been held for a Bail Hearing.

Anyone with information relating to internet sexual crimes against children is urged to call Detective Michael Korda or Detective Balbir Singh of the Brantford Police Service ICE Section at 519-756-0113. 

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 

Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet 

On March 29, 2007, alongside the OPP Child Exploitation Section and 26 other municipal police services, the Brantford Police Service joined the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. 

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. 

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. 

This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.


Internet Safety Tips

Brantford Police Service is committed to ensuring the safety of our community’s children and taking action against online sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.
The following information is provided to assist parents and caregivers to understand internet safety. 

These simple tips can help the youngest members of your family stay safe online:     

  • Consider creating an internet contract with your child and have all parties sign it.
  • Let your child know that you will be monitoring their online activities.
  • Reinforce the fact that not everyone is who they say they are online.
  • Discuss how pictures should not be sent or posted online without parental permission.
  • Discuss sharing personal information online; never share their password with anyone other than their parents. Review the risks of personal information being misused online.
  • Use only child-safe search engines such as: www.askkids.com www.kidsyahoo.com or www.kidsclick.org 
  • Encourage your child to trust in their instincts and stop, block, and tell if they are uncomfortable.
  • Talk to your child about the consequences of being involved in any incidents that include cyberbullying, sexting, etc.
  • Make sure your child understands that they can talk to you about anything on the internet.

As a parent, what can you do?

  • Place your child’s computer in a common area. Set expectations for your child’s online and cell phone activities.
  • Monitor your child’s activities online. Ask your child to show you what they are doing online, and be aware of whom they are talking to.
  • Retrieve your child’s login information, e-mail addresses and password.
  • If your child joins any social networking or gaming sites, help them create their online profile. Remember to only fill in information that is necessary and leave out any revealing information.
  • Monitor ALL webcam use, and any posting or exchanging of pictures online.
  • Do not allow your child to communicate in chat rooms.
  • Use filtering software on computers.
  • Communicate openly with your child. Encourage them to report any situation or information that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Be aware of signs that your child may be in trouble:
    • They quickly turn the computer or phone off when you walk into the room.
    • Your child seems worried, withdrawn or depressed.
    • Your child contacts, or is contacted by a person you do not know.
    • If your child is being harassed or threatened, save the evidence and contact the police.

Additional Online Safety Resources


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Crime Brief: February 19, 2021

Feb 19, 2021

Type:                    Weapons
Incident:             21-4996
Location:           Colborne Street

On Thursday, February 11, 2021, at approximately 5:13 p.m., Officers with the Brantford Police Service conducted a traffic stop in the area of Colborne Street near Kiwanis Way.

Investigation revealed that the driver of the motor vehicle was bound by numerous undertakings with specific conditions to not be in contact with several individuals, one who was a confirmed occupant of the vehicle. The driver was placed under arrest for failure to comply with an undertaking.

A search incident to arrest, found the accused to be in possession of pepper spray and cannabis. The accused was also found to be in possession of a counterfeit Canadian currency.  

As a result of the investigation, a 49-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with the following under the Criminal Code:
  • Failure to Comply with Undertaking 
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Carrying Concealed Weapon
  • Drive Vehicle with Cannabis Readily Available
  • Possessing Counterfeit Money 
The accused was held for bail.


Type:                   Drug Trafficking
Incident:             21-5341
Location:           Colborne Street at Drummond Street

On Sunday, February 14, 2021 at approximately 5:46 p.m., Brantford Police Officers observed a motor vehicle travelling eastbound on Colborne Street, near Murray Street. The officers conducted a traffic stop after the motor vehicle attempted to perform an evasive maneuver.
 
Investigation revealed that male passenger of the vehicle was bound by conditions to not be in contact with the female driver. The female driver was determined to be operating the motor vehicle with a suspended drivers licence. Both parties were subsequently arrested. 
 
A search incident to arrest found the accused female to be in possession of approximately 0.4 grams of suspected fentanyl.
 
A search incident to arrest found the accused male to be in possession of the following: 
  • 7 grams (approx.) of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of $712 
  • 38.5 grams (approx.) suspected crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $3850
  • 9.9 grams (approx.) of suspected fentanyl with an estimated street value of $4120
  • 2 bottles of methadone with an estimated street value of $200
  • Canadian currency 
  • Multiple cellphones, an electronic weight scale and drug paraphernalia 

As a result of the investigation, a 33-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with the following: 
  • Possession for the Purpose Schedule 1- X 4 under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and,
  • Failure to Comply with Undertaking under the Criminal Code

Additionally, a 37-year-old female, from Jarvis stands charged with the following:
  • Possession for the Purpose Schedule 1 under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and
  • Driving While Under Suspension under the Highway Traffic Act
The accused male was held for bail.

 
Type:                    Possession of Stolen Property
Incident:             21-5652
Location:           Harris Avenue

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service conducted a traffic stop on a motor vehicle in the area of Henry Street and Harris Avenue. The licence plate attached to the subject motor vehicle was determined to have been previously reported as stolen. 

Speaking with the driver of the vehicle, investigation revealed that the accused did not have a driver’s licence or insurance for the subject motor vehicle. It was also determined that the licence plate attached to the motor vehicle had previously been reported as stolen.  
 
As a result of the investigation, the subject vehicle was seized and a 19-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with the following:
  • Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000 – under the Criminal Code
  • Drive motor vehicle - no license  - under the Highway Traffic Act
  • Use plate not authorized for motor vehicle – under the Highway Traffic Act
  • Drive motor vehicle, no validation on plate – under the Highway Traffic Act
  • Operate a motor vehicle without insurance  - under the Canadian Automobile Insurance Act

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