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Study says no to expanding Smiths Falls police to other townships

Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 08:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca 

A study has concluded that having Smiths Falls police offer their services to five neighbouring townships isn’t worth the effort.

Currently, the municipalities of Merrickville-Wolford, Montague, Drummond-North Elmsley, Rideau Lakes and Westport, which border on Smiths Falls, receive police service from the Ontario Provincial Police, while Smiths Falls has its own municipal force. The town commissioned a study earlier this year to determine if it would be advantageous for Smiths Falls to bid for the right to provide police service to its neighbours, replacing the OPP.

Cliff Strachan, vice president of business development for Investigative Solutions Network Inc., the firm hired to carry out the study, told town councillors at a Nov. 14 meeting that minimal cost savings would result, due to the need to hire more officers, buy more vehicles and replace the current communications system to serve a larger geographic area.  “We do not feel it would be feasible for the Smiths Falls Police Service to service all five of the surrounding municipalities,” he said.

The town police service currently has a chief, a deputy chief, four sergeants, 17 constables and 9.5 full-time equivalent civilian staff. The proposal in the feasibility study was to serve the town and the surrounding municipalities by increasing the number of uniformed officers to 47. If the townships accepted the proposal, it would result in a savings of $385,487 from the combined costs of providing policing for all six municipalities, which Strachan said, is “not a lot of significant dollars,” especially in light of unknown additional capital costs for extra manpower and vehicles.

Councillors agreed to write to the neighbouring municipalities to see if any were interested in sharing police services on an individual basis, provided they were willing to share in the cost of any further studies of the issue.

Changing of the guard for Smiths Falls Police

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 @ 09:09 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmedia.ca

With the retirement of Chief Robert Dowdall, which takes effect on Sept. 30 the Smiths Falls Police Services Board has appointed new leaders for the force.

Deputy Chief Mark MacGillivray as the next Chief of Police starting Oct. 1.  He will be supported by Staff Sergeant Richard Labelle, who has been appointed Deputy Chief of Police.  Both men have 29 years of experience in policing.  MacGillvery has served that entire time with the Town of Smiths Falls and Labelle has been with Smiths Falls for the past 22 years of his 29 years service.

“With these new appointment we are confident we will have the same level of excellence we’ve come to expect,” said Chris Cummings, Smiths Falls councillor.

The Police Services Board is honouring Smiths Falls Police Chief Robert Dowdall for his nearly 35 years of service  on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Presentations and tributes will be held at 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and offer their good wishes to the outgoing chief. 

Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Janice Tomlinson at 613-284-4211 to confirm.

Police expansion feasibility study progressing

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 01:09 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmedia.ca

The police expansion feasibility study is coming together according to Smiths Falls CAO Malcolm Morris.

“The consultants have developed a model for what expanded policing would look like and are working on an analysis of the cost drivers,” said Morris.

The project has fallen slightly behind and will not be complete until October.  This is just a feasibility study and it will not result in an actual price tag but will inform the town as to whether it makes any sense to pursue the avenue of expanding Smiths Falls Police Services to serve surrounding municipalities, explained Chris Cumming, Smiths Falls councillor.

OPP to be conducting community satisfaction surveys by phone

Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 11:09 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Submitted

A Community Satisfaction Survey is scheduled to start in September in East Region to solicit public opinions about the services the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments deliver to communities throughout the region.

The Community Satisfaction Survey is a telephone survey that randomly selects members of the public (16 years or older) who live in Ontario. The survey takes about five to seven minutes to complete and is strictly voluntary. Those contacted and willing to participate are asked about issues such as community security, perceptions of crime and youth issues in the community, OPP presence in the community, service delivery and even how the OPP investigates crime and enforces the law.

The information provided by those surveyed is being collected by a research consultant, R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. that has been retained by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The information is treated confidentially and the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of those surveyed will not be included in the survey results provided to the OPP.

Once the survey is complete, the results will be used in the OPP Business Action Plan and Annual Report. The information will also be useful in helping OPP’s East Region set out goals and objectives to improve on the services it delivers to communities across the region. These surveys are conducted throughout the province on a rotational three-year schedule.

The East Region detachment surveys will start in September and are expected to be completed by Nov. 30. 

Police arrest one on cocaine related charges, one still wanted

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 @ 10:09 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

On Sept. 1, 2016 of the Smiths Falls Police Service executed a controlled drugs and substances act warrant at a residence on Jasper Avenue.  As a result of a search of the residence, cocaine and related trafficking paraphernalia was seized.

A female was arrested, charged and held pending a show cause hearing.  Amanda Billings, 30, of Smiths Falls is facing one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

A male member of the residence has been charged with multiple criminal offences and is currently wanted by the Smiths Falls Police Service.  Samuel Rathwell, 33, of Smiths Falls is facing one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and two counts of breach of probation.

Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with information into the whereabouts of Rathwell regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283-0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

OPP East Region detachment has a new commander

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 @ 12:08 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Staff
editorial@pdgmedia.ca 

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region detachment has a new leader. Superintendent Chris Harkins, former commander of the fleet, supply and weapons services bureau at OPP general headquarters, has been promoted to chief superintendent and named commander of OPP East Region.

Harkins fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the former regional commander, Dan Redmond.

“Chief Superintendent Harkins brings vast and varied experience to his new role. He has a strong understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities facing not only the members of the OPP, but also the residents of Eastern Ontario,” said OPP deputy commissioner Gary Couture.

Originally from the Pembroke area, Harkins has been a member of the OPP for over 26 years. He has served in the Killaloe and Upper Ottawa Valley detachments, has been commander of the physical surveillance unit, section manager of the analytical section of the Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau, and deputy director of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau. He’s also been the executive officer for three former deputy commissioners and a former provincial commander.

Harkins is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program and of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Global Studies Program.

Harkins will oversee more than 1,200 uniformed and civilian members who are responsible for providing front-line and specialized policing services. East Region covers 43,000 square kilometres with 16-host detachments and 15-satellite detachments.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be appointed to my new position in East Region,” said Harkins. “I look forward to working with the dedicated members of the OPP as we rise to meet the challenges of policing such a large, diverse area.”

 

What to do when flashing lights appear in your rear-view mirror

Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 12:08 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

There’s nothing like a set of flashing blue and red lights suddenly appearing in the rear-view mirror to get a motorist’s attention. Every driver knows to pull over and come to a stop, and it’s always a relief when the speeding police car continues on its way: it wasn’t you this time.

In Ontario police vehicles responding to an emergency will display red and blue flashing lights. An ambulance is equipped with red lights. But blue and red are not the only colours used by emergency vehicles. The Highway Traffic Act of 1990 authorizes firefighters to display a flashing green light when responding to emergencies. The act restricts the use of flashing green lights in Ontario to firefighters only. Tow trucks are equipped with amber lights.

But regardless of the type of emergency vehicle a driver encounters on the road – police, fire or ambulance – the requirement, as explained in the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Drivers’ Handbook, is the same. “When an emergency vehicle is approaching your vehicle from any direction with its flashing red or red and blue lights, or siren or bell sounding, you are required to bring your vehicle to an immediate stop.”

The handbook goes on to explain that when bringing your vehicle to a stop you are required to bring it as close as practical to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, not onto the shoulder of the roadway. This is because emergency vehicles may be using the shoulder of the road to make their way around traffic.

If you are in an intersection and preparing to make a turn when an emergency vehicle is approaching, you should abandon the turn and clear the intersection by proceeding straight when safe to do so, then pull to the right and stop. This will clear the intersection and minimize the possibility of a collision with the emergency vehicle should it be passing you on the side you intended to turn towards.

The handbook also notes that it is illegal in Ontario to follow within 150 metres of a fire vehicle responding to an alarm.

Safety tips
1. React quickly but calmly.

  1. Don’t slam on the brakes or pull over without signalling.
  2. Check your rearview mirrors to make sure it’s safe to stop. Also make sure the way is clear, and signal, before merging back into traffic.

The penalty for failure to slow down or move over when safe to do so near emergency vehicles or two trucks that are stopped with sirens or lights flashing is a fine of $400 to $2,000 for a first conviction, and three demerit points upon conviction, according to the Ministry of Transportation. Fines increase for subsequent offences.

Charges and arrests make for a busy weekend for Smiths Falls police

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 10:08 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Submitted by Smiths Falls Police Department

Domestic Charges
On Aug. 4, police responded to a reported domestic incident in Smiths Falls. A 29 year old North Bay male was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. He was later released from custody to reside in North Bay.

Man’s frustration leads to charges

A male who lives in the downtown core of Smiths Falls became frustrated on Aug. 5 due to headlights of parked cars shining in his residence. The 61-year-old proceeded to smash the headlights on the cars with the drivers inside. He was later arrested and charged with mischief

Impaired driving incident
Smiths Falls police responded to an OPP request on Aug. 11 to be on the lookout for a possible impaired driver. Smiths Falls officers later located the vehicle and the operator was suspected of being over the legal limit. The 30-year-old female refused to provide a breath sample and was later charged for that refusal. She was released with a future court date.

Disturbance charges
On Aug. 13 police were on an unrelated call when they came across a male causing a disturbance. The male refused to comply with officers requests to stop causing the disturbance and he was arrested at the scene. A 30-year-old Smiths Falls male was charged with cause disturbance and possession of marijuana. He was later released with a future court date.

Wanted person arrested

On Aug. 15 an officer on regular patrol came across a male known to be wanted by police. The male was arrested and later turned over to the Ontario Provincial Police.

Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding these incidents, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283- 0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS (8477).

Operation Dry Water gets full police support

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ 08:07 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

The Smiths Falls Police Service supports the Canadian Safe Boating Council initiative to reduce impaired boating deaths this August long weekend

Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths, the Smiths Falls Police Service is supporting the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) initiative called “Operation Dry Water.” Its goal is to discourage this dangerous practice.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August 1st long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of drinking and boating. Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol on the water can be greatly increased.

The CSBC and Smiths Falls Police Service would like, through this initiative, to raise attention to the problem of boating under the influence and to remind boaters not to drink and boat. Officers will be checking boats in and along the Rideau Canal system through town to ensure people are boating responsibly and following the rules of the water. Please ensure you are being responsible and have all of your proper safety equipment on board.

Operation Dry Water will focus on the potential risks of drinking and boating, and remedies that are currently in place to discourage it.

Federal statutes dictate that, whether or not your craft is motorized, you can be charged with Impaired Operation of a vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada if your blood alcohol level exceeds the .08 threshold.

Some provinces have enacted legislation where drinking and boating can affect your automobile driving privileges. In Ontario you will lose your Driver License. Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities on the water while fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use while boating.

The end goal? To achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating. This initiative is made possible through support of Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.

Operation freeze to reward youngsters for good deeds

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 12:07 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

The Smiths Falls Police Service, Smiths Falls and District Crimestopper and Mac’s Convenience Stores have joined forces to combat crime and to reward youngsters for good deeds they perform.

This is a campaign to reward youngsters who perform a good deed anywhere that might otherwise go unrecognized.

Smiths Falls Police Officers on patrol who see a good deed performed by a young person or note that the young person is following the law will be rewarded with a FREE 710ml FROSTER from Mac’s Convenience Stores.

This Campaign is to encourage young persons to obey the law and do good deeds thereby putting a freeze on crime and keeping our town safe.
Submitted by Constable David Murphy the Community Service Officer of the Smiths Falls Police Service.

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Study says no to expanding Smiths Falls police to other townships

Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 08:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca 

A study has concluded that having Smiths Falls police offer their services to five neighbouring townships isn’t worth the effort.

Currently, the municipalities of Merrickville-Wolford, Montague, Drummond-North Elmsley, Rideau Lakes and Westport, which border on Smiths Falls, receive police service from the Ontario Provincial Police, while Smiths Falls has its own municipal force. The town commissioned a study earlier this year to determine if it would be advantageous for Smiths Falls to bid for the right to provide police service to its neighbours, replacing the OPP.

Cliff Strachan, vice president of business development for Investigative Solutions Network Inc., the firm hired to carry out the study, told town councillors at a Nov. 14 meeting that minimal cost savings would result, due to the need to hire more officers, buy more vehicles and replace the current communications system to serve a larger geographic area.  “We do not feel it would be feasible for the Smiths Falls Police Service to service all five of the surrounding municipalities,” he said.

The town police service currently has a chief, a deputy chief, four sergeants, 17 constables and 9.5 full-time equivalent civilian staff. The proposal in the feasibility study was to serve the town and the surrounding municipalities by increasing the number of uniformed officers to 47. If the townships accepted the proposal, it would result in a savings of $385,487 from the combined costs of providing policing for all six municipalities, which Strachan said, is “not a lot of significant dollars,” especially in light of unknown additional capital costs for extra manpower and vehicles.

Councillors agreed to write to the neighbouring municipalities to see if any were interested in sharing police services on an individual basis, provided they were willing to share in the cost of any further studies of the issue.

Changing of the guard for Smiths Falls Police

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 @ 09:09 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmedia.ca

With the retirement of Chief Robert Dowdall, which takes effect on Sept. 30 the Smiths Falls Police Services Board has appointed new leaders for the force.

Deputy Chief Mark MacGillivray as the next Chief of Police starting Oct. 1.  He will be supported by Staff Sergeant Richard Labelle, who has been appointed Deputy Chief of Police.  Both men have 29 years of experience in policing.  MacGillvery has served that entire time with the Town of Smiths Falls and Labelle has been with Smiths Falls for the past 22 years of his 29 years service.

“With these new appointment we are confident we will have the same level of excellence we’ve come to expect,” said Chris Cummings, Smiths Falls councillor.

The Police Services Board is honouring Smiths Falls Police Chief Robert Dowdall for his nearly 35 years of service  on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Presentations and tributes will be held at 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and offer their good wishes to the outgoing chief. 

Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Janice Tomlinson at 613-284-4211 to confirm.

Police expansion feasibility study progressing

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 01:09 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmedia.ca

The police expansion feasibility study is coming together according to Smiths Falls CAO Malcolm Morris.

“The consultants have developed a model for what expanded policing would look like and are working on an analysis of the cost drivers,” said Morris.

The project has fallen slightly behind and will not be complete until October.  This is just a feasibility study and it will not result in an actual price tag but will inform the town as to whether it makes any sense to pursue the avenue of expanding Smiths Falls Police Services to serve surrounding municipalities, explained Chris Cumming, Smiths Falls councillor.

OPP to be conducting community satisfaction surveys by phone

Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 11:09 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Submitted

A Community Satisfaction Survey is scheduled to start in September in East Region to solicit public opinions about the services the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments deliver to communities throughout the region.

The Community Satisfaction Survey is a telephone survey that randomly selects members of the public (16 years or older) who live in Ontario. The survey takes about five to seven minutes to complete and is strictly voluntary. Those contacted and willing to participate are asked about issues such as community security, perceptions of crime and youth issues in the community, OPP presence in the community, service delivery and even how the OPP investigates crime and enforces the law.

The information provided by those surveyed is being collected by a research consultant, R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. that has been retained by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The information is treated confidentially and the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of those surveyed will not be included in the survey results provided to the OPP.

Once the survey is complete, the results will be used in the OPP Business Action Plan and Annual Report. The information will also be useful in helping OPP’s East Region set out goals and objectives to improve on the services it delivers to communities across the region. These surveys are conducted throughout the province on a rotational three-year schedule.

The East Region detachment surveys will start in September and are expected to be completed by Nov. 30. 

Police arrest one on cocaine related charges, one still wanted

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 @ 10:09 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

On Sept. 1, 2016 of the Smiths Falls Police Service executed a controlled drugs and substances act warrant at a residence on Jasper Avenue.  As a result of a search of the residence, cocaine and related trafficking paraphernalia was seized.

A female was arrested, charged and held pending a show cause hearing.  Amanda Billings, 30, of Smiths Falls is facing one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

A male member of the residence has been charged with multiple criminal offences and is currently wanted by the Smiths Falls Police Service.  Samuel Rathwell, 33, of Smiths Falls is facing one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and two counts of breach of probation.

Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with information into the whereabouts of Rathwell regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283-0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

OPP East Region detachment has a new commander

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 @ 12:08 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Staff
editorial@pdgmedia.ca 

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region detachment has a new leader. Superintendent Chris Harkins, former commander of the fleet, supply and weapons services bureau at OPP general headquarters, has been promoted to chief superintendent and named commander of OPP East Region.

Harkins fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the former regional commander, Dan Redmond.

“Chief Superintendent Harkins brings vast and varied experience to his new role. He has a strong understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities facing not only the members of the OPP, but also the residents of Eastern Ontario,” said OPP deputy commissioner Gary Couture.

Originally from the Pembroke area, Harkins has been a member of the OPP for over 26 years. He has served in the Killaloe and Upper Ottawa Valley detachments, has been commander of the physical surveillance unit, section manager of the analytical section of the Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau, and deputy director of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau. He’s also been the executive officer for three former deputy commissioners and a former provincial commander.

Harkins is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program and of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Global Studies Program.

Harkins will oversee more than 1,200 uniformed and civilian members who are responsible for providing front-line and specialized policing services. East Region covers 43,000 square kilometres with 16-host detachments and 15-satellite detachments.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be appointed to my new position in East Region,” said Harkins. “I look forward to working with the dedicated members of the OPP as we rise to meet the challenges of policing such a large, diverse area.”

 

What to do when flashing lights appear in your rear-view mirror

Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 12:08 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

There’s nothing like a set of flashing blue and red lights suddenly appearing in the rear-view mirror to get a motorist’s attention. Every driver knows to pull over and come to a stop, and it’s always a relief when the speeding police car continues on its way: it wasn’t you this time.

In Ontario police vehicles responding to an emergency will display red and blue flashing lights. An ambulance is equipped with red lights. But blue and red are not the only colours used by emergency vehicles. The Highway Traffic Act of 1990 authorizes firefighters to display a flashing green light when responding to emergencies. The act restricts the use of flashing green lights in Ontario to firefighters only. Tow trucks are equipped with amber lights.

But regardless of the type of emergency vehicle a driver encounters on the road – police, fire or ambulance – the requirement, as explained in the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Drivers’ Handbook, is the same. “When an emergency vehicle is approaching your vehicle from any direction with its flashing red or red and blue lights, or siren or bell sounding, you are required to bring your vehicle to an immediate stop.”

The handbook goes on to explain that when bringing your vehicle to a stop you are required to bring it as close as practical to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, not onto the shoulder of the roadway. This is because emergency vehicles may be using the shoulder of the road to make their way around traffic.

If you are in an intersection and preparing to make a turn when an emergency vehicle is approaching, you should abandon the turn and clear the intersection by proceeding straight when safe to do so, then pull to the right and stop. This will clear the intersection and minimize the possibility of a collision with the emergency vehicle should it be passing you on the side you intended to turn towards.

The handbook also notes that it is illegal in Ontario to follow within 150 metres of a fire vehicle responding to an alarm.

Safety tips
1. React quickly but calmly.

  1. Don’t slam on the brakes or pull over without signalling.
  2. Check your rearview mirrors to make sure it’s safe to stop. Also make sure the way is clear, and signal, before merging back into traffic.

The penalty for failure to slow down or move over when safe to do so near emergency vehicles or two trucks that are stopped with sirens or lights flashing is a fine of $400 to $2,000 for a first conviction, and three demerit points upon conviction, according to the Ministry of Transportation. Fines increase for subsequent offences.

Charges and arrests make for a busy weekend for Smiths Falls police

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 10:08 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Submitted by Smiths Falls Police Department

Domestic Charges
On Aug. 4, police responded to a reported domestic incident in Smiths Falls. A 29 year old North Bay male was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. He was later released from custody to reside in North Bay.

Man’s frustration leads to charges

A male who lives in the downtown core of Smiths Falls became frustrated on Aug. 5 due to headlights of parked cars shining in his residence. The 61-year-old proceeded to smash the headlights on the cars with the drivers inside. He was later arrested and charged with mischief

Impaired driving incident
Smiths Falls police responded to an OPP request on Aug. 11 to be on the lookout for a possible impaired driver. Smiths Falls officers later located the vehicle and the operator was suspected of being over the legal limit. The 30-year-old female refused to provide a breath sample and was later charged for that refusal. She was released with a future court date.

Disturbance charges
On Aug. 13 police were on an unrelated call when they came across a male causing a disturbance. The male refused to comply with officers requests to stop causing the disturbance and he was arrested at the scene. A 30-year-old Smiths Falls male was charged with cause disturbance and possession of marijuana. He was later released with a future court date.

Wanted person arrested

On Aug. 15 an officer on regular patrol came across a male known to be wanted by police. The male was arrested and later turned over to the Ontario Provincial Police.

Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding these incidents, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283- 0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS (8477).

Operation Dry Water gets full police support

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ 08:07 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

The Smiths Falls Police Service supports the Canadian Safe Boating Council initiative to reduce impaired boating deaths this August long weekend

Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths, the Smiths Falls Police Service is supporting the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) initiative called “Operation Dry Water.” Its goal is to discourage this dangerous practice.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August 1st long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of drinking and boating. Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol on the water can be greatly increased.

The CSBC and Smiths Falls Police Service would like, through this initiative, to raise attention to the problem of boating under the influence and to remind boaters not to drink and boat. Officers will be checking boats in and along the Rideau Canal system through town to ensure people are boating responsibly and following the rules of the water. Please ensure you are being responsible and have all of your proper safety equipment on board.

Operation Dry Water will focus on the potential risks of drinking and boating, and remedies that are currently in place to discourage it.

Federal statutes dictate that, whether or not your craft is motorized, you can be charged with Impaired Operation of a vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada if your blood alcohol level exceeds the .08 threshold.

Some provinces have enacted legislation where drinking and boating can affect your automobile driving privileges. In Ontario you will lose your Driver License. Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities on the water while fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use while boating.

The end goal? To achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating. This initiative is made possible through support of Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.

Operation freeze to reward youngsters for good deeds

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 12:07 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

The Smiths Falls Police Service, Smiths Falls and District Crimestopper and Mac’s Convenience Stores have joined forces to combat crime and to reward youngsters for good deeds they perform.

This is a campaign to reward youngsters who perform a good deed anywhere that might otherwise go unrecognized.

Smiths Falls Police Officers on patrol who see a good deed performed by a young person or note that the young person is following the law will be rewarded with a FREE 710ml FROSTER from Mac’s Convenience Stores.

This Campaign is to encourage young persons to obey the law and do good deeds thereby putting a freeze on crime and keeping our town safe.
Submitted by Constable David Murphy the Community Service Officer of the Smiths Falls Police Service.

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