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Media Release from OPP

MISSING PERSON: Mark Dolan, 51

Oct 5, 2021

Inc. # 21-38841
 Mark Dolan Photo
The Brantford Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 51-year-old male, Mark DOLAN.
Mark is described as an aboriginal male, and is approximately 5’8” tall with a slender build, blue eyes and black hair. Mark was last seen wearing a white Nike T-shirt with a blue and gray plaid shirt over top and black pants.
He was last seen by his family on September 3, 2021, in Brantford, shortly before boarding a bus to the Parry Sound area. Mark advised his family that he was going camping and had acquired camping equipment.  There has been no contact with his family in over a month.
The Brantford Police Service are concerned for Mark’s well-being and are seeking assistance from anyone who may have information, which may assist in locating him.
Anyone with knowledge of Mark’s whereabouts is asked to please contact the Detective Jason Sinning at 519-756-7050 extention 2265. 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:
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Media Release - Regarding Amber Alert

Jul 25, 2019

Media Release
Inspector Scott Williams is in charge of the Investigative Support Branch for Brantford Police Service.  The following are his comments on the use of the Amber Alert.

The Ontario Amber Alert is a warning system that quickly alerts the public of an abducted child who may be in danger. Time is critical in saving the lives of abducted children, and the main objective of the Amber Alert is always the safe return of the child. The decision to utilize the Ontario Amber Alert is based on established criteria, and is never taken lightly.  Information obtained quickly through an Amber Alert may assist with the child’s safe and successful return.

Guidelines for requesting the Ontario Provincial Police to initiate an AMBER Alert have been distributed to all Ontario police services. The guidelines are used to ensure all alerts are appropriate.  Once a child is abducted, there is no way to determine the exact location the abductor is headed, and as time passes, there is a growing geography of concern. The abductor could travel quickly, using various forms of transportation, so it is important to alert the entire province.  As the abductor or vehicle information may be known to people in other areas of the province, issuing a province-wide alert may result with more information to assist with the investigation.

In Canada, the most common form of child abduction is by a parent or guardian. The term "parental child abduction” refers to when one parent takes, detains, or conceals a child from the other parent.  Police decide on a case-by-case basis whether issuing an Amber Alert would assist in the recovery of an abducted child.
The Brantford Police Service actively investigates all criminal matters, and our measured response is indicative to the risk assessment of the incident.  Our Service stands by our decision to connect with our policing partners to activate an Amber Alert.

On Thursday July 25, 2019, just after 12:00 a.m., the Brantford Police Service responded to a 9-1-1 call about abduction and an assault at an address on Bissett Avenue, Brantford.  A male, known to police, orchestrated a ruse so that he could abduct his two year old child from the child’s mother. Accomplices of the male attended at the mother’s front residence door, and when she answered the front door, the estranged father gained entry by kicking in the locked back door.

After breaking into the residence, the estranged father assaulted the child’s mother and another occupant of the residence.  He then physically removed his two year old child from the residence, and fled the area in a vehicle with the accomplices.

The Brantford Police Service follows strict guidelines for investigating child abductions.  An investigation immediately commenced with experienced and seasoned supervisors who have Major Case Management backgrounds.  A Senior Officer was consulted, who provided authorization to conduct an application of an Amber Alert.

Both prior to and after the Amber Alert, the investigation continued. The Brantford Police Service was assisted by the Ontario Provincial Police and Hamilton Police Service.  The suspect vehicle was located in Hamilton, Ontario, and subsequent to that, further investigation revealed the location of the suspect.  The suspect was arrested and the two year old child was located.  Thankfully, the child was physically unharmed.
The Brantford Police Service gratefully extends thanks to the Ontario Provincial Police, Hamilton Police Service, and members of the public, for the successful completion of this serious criminal matter.

Unfortunately, people have taken the time to show their displeasure with the Amber Alert program.  The Brantford Police Service has been inundated by numerous phone calls to our Communications Section, 9-1-1, and to our public email account.  One person has called and complained 11 times; this is being investigated.
Some of the comments from our public email account are as follows:
• Why did you have to send 2 Amber Alerts for the same event? My phone received at 3:04am and 3:36am.
• You guys are absolutely crazy with your Amber alerts. I live 6 hours drive away, in another province and you feel waking me up at 3 am is required.
• Perhaps if you do your job, we could sleep.
• Yes, I leave my phone on, but not because I want to be harassed by law enforcement, because I have elderly parent who may have a legitimate need for help.
• Respectfully, do your job and stop harassing citizens
• Please, please work on technology to stop unnecessary and health damaging alerts to people asleep. Soon people will find solutions that negate any good that might come from amber alert program
• 3 o'clock in the **** morning- no- I haven't seen her.   This went off five **** times.  I am in oshawa . What in the **** are you thinking
• Please stop sending the AMBER alerts to our phones in Ottawa. Since the abduction is in Hamilton, there is no way that the suspect is up in Ottawa, six hours away. We have things to do in the morning and this is the second time this night that the phone has woken us up, and it seems Brantford Police Services appear disproportionately on our phones here

The Brantford Police Service would like to remind the public that contacting the police service to complain takes resources away from legitimate police investigations.  When a child is abducted, it is our duty to utilize any and all resources available to facilitate a lawful investigation, and to locate the child as soon as possible.  We expect the public to support our stance.

Announcement of new Deputy Chief, Jason Saunders

Jul 18, 2019

The Brantford Police Services Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Saunders as the new Deputy Chief of the Brantford Police Service.  This appointment concludes an extensive internal and external search for an individual who will fulfill the mission and vision of the Service in supporting the new Chief.

Jason currently serves as an Inspector with the Brantford Police Service.
"Throughout his career, Jason has demonstrated a passion and commitment to serve the community and members of the Service”, said Vince Bucci, Chair of the Brantford Police Services Board.  "Please join me in congratulating Jason on this well deserved appointment.”
Read the full press release here

Announcement of new Chief, Robert A. (Rob) Davis

Jul 9, 2019

Following a comprehensive and lengthy nationwide search, the Brantford Police Services Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert (Rob) Davis as the new Chief of the Brantford Police Service. During the search, the Board had the opportunity to meet several talented and committed police executives from within the Brantford Service as well as other Services across the country.
"It was evident during Rob Davis’ interviews with the Board that he is passionate about public service and community safety” said Vince Bucci, Police Services Board Chair. "We welcome him to the Brantford Police Service, and are confident he will be an excellent fit and exemplary leader for our community.”
Read the full press release here
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