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Criminal and Vulnerable Record Check Blitz

(WASAGA BEACH, ON) On October 31st, 2020 members of the Huronia West OPP are hosting a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Record Check blitz for area residence.

The blitz is for residence of Wasaga Beach, Springwater Township and Clearview Township only. Anybody living in those communities, in need of a criminal or vulnerable record check, is encouraged to attend the Huronia West OPP detachment on October 31st between 0800hrs and 1500hrs.

Two original forms of identification are required with at least one piece of identification being photo ID. *Note* A fee of $41.00 may apply. Cash only. Exact change required.

To help with timely processing it would be appreciated if you could fill out the paperwork prior to attending. You can download the paperwork online or contact the Huronia West OPP Detachment to have it sent to you.

 

ROBBERS USING CONDUCTED ENERGY WEAPON

(ORILLIA, ON)- The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Central Region is currently investigating two separate incidents involving robberies where the suspect brandished a conducted energy weapon (CEW) and demanded cash.

On Sunday, October 25, 2020, at approximately 8:00 a.m., members from the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP Detachment received information that a person using an ATM inside a Coboconk bank was approached by an unknown suspect who brandished a CEW and demanded cash. The victim surrendered approximately $300 in Canadian currency to the suspect, who then fled the location on foot. Nobody was injured during the incident. The suspect is described as male, approximately 5’6” in height, approximately 40 years of age, with black hair, wearing a black jacket, black mask, black toque and armed with a CEW.

On Monday, October 26, 2020, at approximately 6:15 a.m., members from the Orillia OPP Detachment received information that a person using a drive-thru ATM in Orillia was approached by an unknown suspect who brandished a CEW and demanded cash. The victim immediately drove away, leaving the bank card in the ATM. The suspect made attempts to withdraw money, however, was unsuccessful. Members of the Orillia OPP, Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Canine Unit were deployed and attended the location to search for the suspect. After an extensive canine track was conducted, the suspect was not located. The suspect is described as male, approximately 5’7” in height, approximately 30 years of age, wearing all black clothing and armed with a CEW.

The OPP reminds all members of the public to be aware of their surroundings and personal safety at all times. If you believe you are being followed, call 911 immediately and give police as many details as possible. Avoid going home, stay in a public place and remain in your vehicle.

The investigations are currently ongoing, and police are looking for the public’s assistance to help identify the suspect of these incidents. Police believe there may be witnesses to these events who were driving or walking in the area at the time of the offence. If anyone recognizes the suspect or has knowledge of this crime, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

The OPP is committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety.

You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

 

HALLOWE’EN SAFETY TIPS:

For Parents:

  • Discourage the use of masks on your children. Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Make-up is a better alternative.
  • Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses or capes. Select costumes with bright colors to increase your child’s visibility. Add on reflective tape to costumes if possible.
  • Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult. By the age of 10, some children are ready to go trick or treating with a group of friends.
  • Provide your child with a flashlight. A cell phone is a good idea if you have one.
  • Draw a map outlining the route they should follow and set a curfew.
  • Tell your children not to eat anything until they get home. (Parents should check each item even packaged ones)
  • Let your children draw the faces on pumpkins with a marker and leave the carving to parents.
  • Start trick or treating early before it gets too dark.

For Children and Youth:

  • Carry a white bag or pillowcase for your candy, or add some reflective tape.
  • Bring a cell phone in case you need to make an emergency phone call.
  • Always travel in groups. Be sure there are at least 3 of you at all times.
  • Don’t visit houses that are not well lit. Never go inside a stranger’s house.
  • Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If there’s no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic. Don’t criss-cross back and forth across the street. Never cross between parked cars, always at crosswalks, street corners or intersections.
  • Don’t eat your treats before you get home. When home, ask your parents to look through your treats with you to make sure everything is okay.

For Homeowners:

  • Turn on outdoor lights and replace burnt-out bulbs.
  • Remove items from your yard or porch that might trip a child.
  • Sweep wet leaves from your steps and sidewalk.
  • Use alternatives to candles in your pumpkins such as a flashlight or battery-operated candle. If you do use a candle, never leave it unattended.

For Drivers:

  • Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more like to be trick or treating.
  • Watch out for children, many of whom may be wearing costumes with masks that make it difficult for them to see. Children are excited; they may dart out in traffic.
  • Remember that costumes can limit a child’s vision and they may not be able to see your vehicle.
  • Reduce your distractions and stay alert.
  • Remember to enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. Proceed with caution.
  • Never Drink and Drive!

Remember that safety is everyone’s priority. If you observe suspicious activity, please call 1-888-310-1122

FRAUDSTERS SCAM CALEDON GRANDPARENT BY POSING AS THEIR GRANDSON

Officers from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating a “grandparent scam” that was reported by a Caledon resident earlier this week.

The elderly complainant reported that they received a phone call from a male party claiming to be their grandson. The imposter stated that he was involved in a collision and needed $12,000 to pay off other drivers, or else he would go straight to jail.

The grandparent became very concerned and immediately withdrew $12,000 from the account and mailed it to an address in Quebec.

The following day, the “grandson” called back asking for another $6,000. The elderly complainant refused to send more money, and reached out to their relative, who then reported the incident to Caledon OPP.

Caledon OPP would like to advise the public to be aware of the grandparent and other emergency scams targeting seniors in our community. Emergency scams prey on your fear of a loved one being hurt or in trouble. Scammers claim to be someone you know and tell you they need money immediately.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from the “grandparent scam”:

Ask your “grandchild” to prove who they are and call the child’s parents;

Verify an emergency – resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is;

Never offer information – press the caller for details and ask questions your real grandchild could answer and an imposter could not;

Never wire money/gift cards, or send money by courier as it’s nearly impossible to trace;

HANG UP.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, contact the Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre at 1‐888‐495‐8501 or report online at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca; you can also contact your local police service or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

TWENTY NEW RECRUITS NOW SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES

(Orillia, ON)- On Friday, October 9, 2020, Central Region of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) welcomed 20 new officers to help us serve our communities. The new recruits were officially sworn in after attending the Ontario Police College in Aylmer, Ontario, as well at the Ontario Provincial Police Academy in Orillia. During the graduation ceremony, the OPP celebrated the hard work and success of the men and women who have made up OPP Recruit Class #484 of the Provincial Police Academy, and wished them well as they endeavour in their new role as Provincial Constables.

Central Region members of the OPP provide police services from 13 detachments within its boundaries of approximately 29,790 square kilometres, extending from the District of Muskoka in the north to Lake Ontario in the south; from Dufferin County in the west to Northumberland County in the east.

A career in policing focuses on working with our community members to ensure public safety through crime prevention and law enforcement. Police work requires the building of relationships in the community, while preserving the peace, preventing crime, and assisting victims of crime.

The officers completed an extensive selection process and training, and are ready to fulfill their lifelong dreams of becoming police officers. Our newest members bring a wealth of backgrounds and life experiences to better serve our communities.

The newest Provincial Constables have been deployed to the following OPP Central Region Detachments: Northumberland (four), Bracebridge (two), Southern Georgian Bay (one), Caledon (four), Huntsville (two), Orillia (five), Nottawasaga (one), Huronia West (one). Four of the officers were previously OPP Auxiliary members, one was a civilian OPP member, and one was previously employed by the Department of National Defence.

“We are very proud of the dedicated and exemplary new officers who will be serving our communities. The process looked different this year, as the pandemic made their journey a unique and challenging experience. As these officers begin their rewarding careers serving our communities with pride, professionalism and honour, I want to personally thank them for their contributions to the well-being and safety of our communities.”

– Chief Superintendent Dwight Peer, Central Region, Ontario Provincial Police

The OPP actively recruits and interviews potential candidates throughout the year for placement in one of three intakes annually at the Ontario Police College. Upon successful completion of the Recruitment Process, each Provincial Constable recruit must successfully complete the required training programs at both the Provincial Police Academy and the Ontario Police College. For more information on the OPP hiring process, visit www.opp.ca/careers.