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Jun 26, 2017

  Brantford will soon benefit from half of a million dollars in funding thanks to an innovative new granting program, the Health Technology Fund (HTF). Operated by the Ontario Centres for Excellence in conjunction with Ontario?s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the HTF supports the development of made-in-Ontario health technologies.

The grant will fund a multi-agency project - entitled the "Brantford Mental Health Crisis Support System? - which will leverage new assessment, risk appraisal and case
management technology to connect front line officers, primary care givers and community support workers.

"Over the past few years we have made significant improvements in our ability to respond to individuals with mental health challenges in crisis,? comments Chief Geoffrey Nelson of the Brantford Police Service (BPS). "The challenge is that we?re still responding reactively to these crises.?

The grant hopes to change that.

"Across Ontario we have partnered with Police and Hospitals to reduce the proportion of time a person gets apprehended and to decrease hospital wait times,? says Daniel Pearson Hirdes, CEO of HealthIM, "Our hope now is to see how technology can help to drive Brantford?s response "up stream?, ideally reducing the number of times a person goes into crisis in the first place.?

The coordinated services of BPS and St. Leonard?s Community Services (SLCS) will help to identify persons who can receive assistance in the comfort of their home, reduce the likelihood of future mental health crisis situations and to ensure that those brought to the hospital are quickly admitted.

"For those persons frequently and inappropriately matched with hospital services, we can now provide a standardized workflow that will allow emergency responders to coordinate care with community partners,? says Anne Coombe, Director of Clinical Services for SLCS.

The grant will be completed over the next two years and is a collaboration between BPS, SLCS, HealthIM, Nippising University and Brantford General Hospital.

About the Brantford Police Service? The mission of the Brantford Police Service is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens and respond to their changing needs by ensuring and promoting public safety in partnership with our community.

About St. Leonard?s Community Services ? The commitment of St. Leonard?s Community Services is to quality assurance standards, through the consistent and ongoing application of a Client Service Model which is based on current evidence-informed best practices to be effective with clients within the Brantford/Brant Community. Click here to see an Agency overview for more information.

About HealthIM ? HealthIM is a comprehensive technical solution for Police Service response to mental health crisis calls. On scene, Officers are guided through a brief digital screening of an individual?s risk of harm. After an Officer decides which outcome is most appropriate HealthIM supports transfer of care to mobile crisis teams, emergency shelters or in the case of apprehension, to local hospital receiving sites. The system utilizes military-grade cryptography (transport layer security and 4096 bit RSA encryption) to safeguard an individual?s privacy.

For more information, please contact:
Brantford Police Service
Cst. Natalie Laing
Tel: 519-756-0113 Ext. 2204

St. Leonard?s Community Services
Anne Coombe
Mobile: (519) 754-0264 Ext. 2121

Brendan Sheehan
Mobile: (519) 590-6583

Crime Brief - June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017

Type: Break and Enter - Commercial
Incident: 17- 23087
Location: Market Street South (0-100 block)
Incident: On Thursday June 22, 2017 shortly before 3:00 a.m. a citizen called police to report seeing two persons trying to break into a business on Market Street. Community Patrol Officers attended and observed a south side window had been smashed and a rear shed had been entered. A significant amount of blood was found at the scene. It is believed that one of the suspects was injured during the entry. No items were repotred stolen at the time of the incident. 
Type: Break and Enter - Commercial 
Incident: 17- 23090
Location: Brant Avenue
Incident: On Thursday June 22, 2017 at around 4:40 a.m. a citizen called police to report a break in at a business on Brant Avenue. The citizen observed broken glass at a business on Brant Avenue and had observed a male in the area. The citizen yelled out to the male suspect who then fled away on foot. Officers observed that the front glass window had been damaged. It is unknown at the time of the incident if any items were stolen.  
Type: Theft from Motor Vehicle 
Incident: 17- 23124
Location: Robertson Avenue
Incident: On June 22, 2017 a citizen reported that sometime overnight unknown person(s) entered a vehicle parked on Drummond Street. A car seat and fishing equipment were amongst the items reported stolen. 
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Project Shutdown Members Recover $800,000.00 in Stolen Vehicles

Jun 21, 2017

Southwestern Ontario experiences an extraordinarily high number of auto theft occurrences each year. It is estimated that the stolen car industry is a 600 million dollar a year illicit industry in Ontario. In particular, high end GMC pickup trucks and SUV?s are frequently targeted and "stripped? for their parts and sold illegally and within criminal networks. 

Project Shutdown is a multi- jurisdictional joint forces project led by the Hamilton Police Service and includes members from the Halton Police Service, Six Nations Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, and Brantford Police Service.  The project is aimed at targeting auto theft, in and around the greater Toronto area.

Members of Project Shutdown, using different investigative techniques, were able to identify numerous locations on the Six Nations Territory where stolen vehicles were being dropped off and dismantled.

On Thursday, June 15th 2017 a total of 75 stolen vehicles were located and recovered by police.  The approximate value of the recovered stolen vehicles is $811,000.


If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime you are asked to contact S/Sgt. Emidio Evangelista by calling 905-546-2991

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at



Crime Brief - June 21, 2017

Jun 21, 2017

Type: Break and Enter - Commercial
Incident: 17- 22884
Location: Colborne Street East (600 block)
Incident: On Tuesday, June 20, 2017 a break and enter to a business was reported. The business is currently undergoing construction and renovation. Unknown person(s) entered the business causing damage and stole copper piping and scrap metal. 

Type: Theft from Motor Vehicle 
Incident: 17- 22889
Location:  Laycock Street
Incident: On June 20 a citizen reported that sometime overnight a Bose Revolve Bluetooth speaker was stolen from a vehicle parked on Laycock Street.  

Type: Transportation Fraud 
Incident: 17- 22950
Location: Darling Street (0-100 block)
Incident: On June 21, 2017 shortly after 3:30 a.m. a man requested police for assistance after a man fled the vehicle without paying his fare. The accused had attempted to pay the fare using a VISA gift card however the card provided had no funds. The male then fled on foot south bound on Darling Street. Community Patrol Officers attended in the area and located the accused.

The accused, a 37 year old Waterloo man was arrested without incident and charged with Fraudulently Obtaining Transportation and released on an Appearance Notice with a future court date.

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Crime Brief - June 20, 2017

Jun 20, 2017

Type: Theft of Motor Vehicle & E-bike 
Incident: 17- 22722
Incident: On Monday June 19, 2017 at around noon hour an e-bike which had been locked up to a tree at the corner of Queen Street and Darling Street was stolen. A court security officer observed the accused riding the e-bike away from the area. Video surveillance from inside the court house captured the accused inside the building prior to the theft. Special Constables identified the accused captured from the video.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. the accused and co-accused attended at a business on Colborne Street (300 block) and was captured on video surveillance at this business. A short time after a Jeep was stolen from the business parking lot. As officers were dispatched to attend the business persons acquainted with the owner of the stolen jeep left the area in search of the stolen Jeep.  Witnesses observed the stolen jeep travelling east bound on Nelson Street. Officers then received information that the stolen Jeep was found parked on Grey Street. Officers attended and spoke to witnesses at the scene who observed the accused and co-accused exit the stolen Jeep and enter a residence. Officers spoke with persons who were inside the home. The officer investigating the theft of the e-bike had also attended to assist with the stolen vehicle investigation. This officer recognized the accused as one of the males being investigated regarding the stolen Jeep. The officer arrested the accused for the theft of the e-bike. The stolen e-bike was found parked out front of this home. Investigation revealed that the accused and a female co-accused inside the home were involved with the theft of the Jeep and both relation to the theft of the Jeep.
SHILLINGTON, James, Bradley, 32 years of age of Brantford is charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Theft under $5,000.00, Possession of Stolen Property under $5,000 X2 and Breach of Probation X2. SHILLINGTON was held in custody for a bail hearing.  
WILSON, Samantha, Jean, 26 years of age of Brantford is charged with Possession of Stolen Property under $5,000.00. WILSON was released on a Promise to Appear with Undertaking.   
Type: Robbery UPDATE 
Incident: 17- 22774
Location: Franklin Grobb Memorial Forest (Off Hunter Way)
Incident: Brantford police are investigating a robbery of a male jogger in Brantford?s west end.  On Monday June 19th 2017 at approximately 7:00 p.m., a male was jogging the trails located off of Hunter Way in the area of the Franklin Grobb Memorial Forest located in the west end of the City of Brantford.  The victim, a 19 year old Brantford man was approached by two unknown males who assaulted him and took his cell phone.  The victim required medical treatment for serious but non-life threatening injuries.  Suspect #1 is described as a white male, 6?3?, with light brown short hair, early to mid-twenties, wearing a purple dry fit T-shirt and khaki shorts. Suspect #2 is described a white male, 6?3?, with short blonde hair wearing navy blue shorts and a white T-shirt.
 Anyone who has information regarding this robbery is encouraged to contact Detective Chad Francis of the BPS Major Crime Unit at 519-756-0113 ext. 2272 or Crime Stoppers at 519-750-TIPS.

Type: Impaired Driving 
Incident: 17- 22811
Location: Equestrian Court
Incident: Tuesday June 20, 2017 shortly before 1:30 a.m. a citizen called 911 to report a motor vehicle accident. The citizen advised hearing a loud crash and then observed a male sitting in the driver?s side seat asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle parked in the middle of the road. Community Patrol Officers investigated and located the vehicle and a male asleep with the vehicle still running and in drive. The male driver displayed signs of impairment and was arrested for Impaired Driving. The accused was taken to the Brantford Police Service where he provided samples of his breath required by law. The accused readings were 2 ? times over the legal limit.  The accused, a 50 yr old Hagersville man is charged with;
Operate a Motor Vehicle While Impaired and Operate a Motor Vehicle over the Legal Limit. Further the accused licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days. The accused was released on a Promise to Appear with a future court date.   

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Crime Brief - June 8, 2017

Jun 8, 2017

Type: Escapee Arrested
Incident: 17- 20650
Incident: On June 7, 2017 at 7:25 p.m. David GOYIT who had been wanted for escape custody was arrested. Community Patrol Officers attended at an address on Sixth Avenue after receiving information that GOYIT was possibly inside the home.  GOYIT was arrested without incident. Found in GOYIT?s pocket was a small piece of the leg iron which had originally been secured to his ankles. David GOYIT, 33 years of age of Brantford is charged with Escape Custody and Breach of Probation X2.  The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing.
We wish to express our appreciation to everyone for their assistance with sharing the accused photograph and information regarding this incident. We received numerous calls from the public with possible sightings and tip. This is a wonderful show of how our community is engaged and actively involved in crime prevention. ? Cst. Laing 
Type: Break and Enter - Residential 
Incident: 17- 20971
Location: Frank Street
Incident: On June 7, 2017 a home owner reported that some time overnight a rear shed was entered. Suspect(s) broke a lock and entered a backyard shed. Stolen from the shed was a black Trek3 mountain bike. 
Type: Motor Vehicle Collision 
Incident: 17- 21010
Location: Port Street at Erie Avenue
Incident: On June 7, 2017 at approximately 7:40 p.m. two vehicles were involved in a motor vehicle collision. A black Mazda was travelling southbound on Erie Avenue when it was struck by a red Honda. The driver of the Honda had originally stopped at a stop sign on Port Street and then preceded west bound into the intersection. On impact the Honda flipped over on its hood. No persons were injured. The driver of the Honda, a 20 year old Brantford man was charged with Fail to Yield to traffic under the Highway Traffic Act.

Type: Domestic Assault 
Incident: 17- 20996
Incident: On June 7, 2017 at around 5:30 p.m. Community Patrol Officers attended an apartment complex in Brantford after receiving a 911 call from a female advising she was assaulted by her husband (accused). Information was also received that the accused was intoxicated, in possession of a kitchen knife and acting aggressive by stabbing a table in the home. Officers were told that the male had left the apartment as they were arriving at the building. Officers located the accused in the hallway out front of his apartment door. The accused had a six inch knife in his hand and refused to drop it. Officers spoke with the accused with attempts to de-escalate the situation. The accused was intoxicated and was stumbling and pacing while in the hallway. Officers continued to speak with the accused directing him to drop the knife however he refused to listen to the officers. The accused then reached for the door handle to his apartment where the victim was inside.  An officer deployed his CEW (conducted energy weapon) and made contact with the accused person. The accused fell to the ground, dropping the knife and the officers gained control of the accused and handcuffed him. The accused, a 57 year old Brantford man was arrested and stands charged with Assault and Possession of Weapons Dangerous.


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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Brantford Police Service Launch New and Improved Website

Jun 7, 2017

The Brantford Police Service has launched a new and improved redesigned website,
The new contemporary design and site-wide navigation changes were designed to help visitors find the information they need faster and easier. 
Highlights of the website include a robust "I am looking for??" search feature,  GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Public Crime Mapping program, On-line reporting, On-line Police Background Records Checks, our Brantford Police Service YouTube channel and user friendly website.
The most significant changes can be seen on our home page. The changes were based on direct requests from our users as well as statistics that were analyzed from our most visited pages. Our home page features direct links to our daily crime briefs, tweets and career section.

On-line reporting can be completed from the comfort and convenience of your own home. On-line reporting is available 24/7 and benefits the community by; instantly providing an occurrence number for insurance purposes, the ability to add information after initially reporting it and allowing our officers to focus on higher priority calls for service occurring within the community. Incidents that can be reported on-line where there are no suspect(s) are;

  • Damage to Vehicle (other than by collision and under $5000)
  • Lost or Stolen Driver's License
  • Stolen Vehicle Plates
  • Theft (Under $5000)
  • Lost Property (Under $5000)
  • Mischief/Damage to Property (Under $5000)
  • Theft from Vehicle (Under $5000)

We are excited to announce that our new website is a responsive web site, which allows community members to access and utilize services that are available on the website from any mobile device they choose.
Finally, our website offers an RSS feed (Rich Site Summary) which is a special form for delivering regularly posted web content to whoever subscribes. To receive automatic updates on all our latest news and crime prevention tips visit our links page at


Jun 6, 2017

On Friday June 9, 2017, the Brantford Police Service will be hosting its annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and BBQ in support of the Special Olympics.




This year marks the 30th anniversary of 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.

Special Olympics athletes will join participants from the BPS and students on Friday June 9th 2017 at 11:00 a.m. for photo opportunities on the track at Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School at 627 Colborne Street. The Torch Run will take place from 11:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. on the school track. The change of location adds to the community involvement as students who wanted to take part and raise funds for the Special Olympics are now able to attend and be a part of the event. 

We invite members of the community and our media partners to join us at Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School, to cheer on participants, purchase a special edition t-shirt and/or join us for a charity BBQ all in support of the Special Olympics.


 All proceeds from the event will go to support Special Olympics activities, programs and travel to games, accommodations, meals, athlete training and development initiatives in school.

Anyone wishing to purchase Special Olympics Torch Run shirts in advance may contact Cst Christine McCallum at 519-756-0113 ext 2901, or Cst Scott Gibson at 519-756-0113 ext 2837  Shirts can  be purchased at the BBQ. 


The Brantford Police Service would also like to thank Strodes BBQ and Deli, who once again has graciously donated supplies for the Charity BBQ.


                                             "In Partnership with our Community?

Crime Brief - June 6, 2017

Jun 6, 2017

Type: Assault Peace Officer
Incident: 17- 20655
Location: Market Street ? Brantford Jail
Incident: On June 5, 2017 at approximately 9:40 a.m. several inmates were being escorted from the Brantford Jail into a prisoner transport vehicle by two Brantford Police Special Constables. One inmate became aggressive, violent and assaultive with intentions of escaping custody. Two Special Constables while being assaulted were able to gain control of the accused and stop his continued attempt to escape. During this confrontation inmate David GOYIT, who is currently wanted by our service escaped custody in shackles.

The accused/inmate, a 31 year old Ohsweken man involved with the altercation remains in custody on unrelated charges. Detectives will seek a Judge?s Order to formally have the accused charged with the following offences; Attempting to Escape Lawful Custody, Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Assault Peace Officer X2. The accused name will not be named until formal charges are before the court.
David GOYIT, 33 years of age is still at large and wanted for escape lawful custody. The Brantford Police Service warn those who may be giving GOYIT support, whether financial or in accommodations that they are at risk of facing serious criminal charges. 

Type: Break and Enter - Commercial 
Incident: 17- 20664
Location: Shellard Lane (200 block)
Incident: On June 5, 2017 a break and enter was reported at a local High School.
Sometime over the weekend unknown person(s) broke the lock on a 
Portable classroom and entered the building. Computer equipment was 
reported stolen.
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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Brantford Inmate Escapes - Incident #20650-17

Jun 5, 2017

David George GOYIT was in custody for Breach of Conditions offences. GOYIT was arrested on May 25, 2017 on an outstanding warrant for charges of Breach of Recognizance and Breach of Probation. These offences stem from original offences involving property related crimes for thefts and frauds.
Although the original offences had no acts of violence present, the Brantford Police Service still advise the public that if GOYIT is seen, do not approach and call 911 immediately. 
Original Media Release
On June 5, 2017, at approximately 9:40 a.m., there was an altercation between an inmate and Brantford Police Special Constables who were supervising as inmates were being loaded into a custody transport vehicle from the Brantford Jail. During the altercation with another inmate the accused, David George GOYIT, 33 years of age of Brantford escaped custody. At the time, David GOYIT?s legs were shackled. He is a white male, 5?7?, 162 pounds with a brown Mohawk style haircut. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweater, with the inside of the hood being green, grey pants and dark shoes with white soles. GOYIT is wanted for escape lawful custody.
If seen, do not approach and call 911 immediately.
Below is video surveillance obtained by the Brantford Police Service which captures the accused fleeing on foot.
Police are continuing to investigate this occurrence.  If anyone has information that could assist this investigation we encourage you to contact Detective Jason Davies @ 519-756-0113 Ext. 2273 or Crime Stoppers at 519-750-TIPS.
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