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St. Thomas Police Service
STPS  Officers Prepping For a Busy 2019  Garage Break and Enters

January 9th, 2019 - If the first week of January is any indication of what's to come in 2019, Officers at the St. Thomas Police Service are going to shatter last year's record number of calls. 2018 saw officers respond to a total of 18,875 calls for service making it a record setting year for the most calls to police. As of 9 am on January 9th, 2019 STPS had received three hundred and sixty five calls for service. This number is up seventy three calls from the same time last year when officers had responded to two hundred and ninety two calls. That's a twenty five percent increase in calls for service from 2018. In the last twenty four hours, Police responded to fifty six calls for service exceeding our 2018 average of fifty two calls for service in a twenty four hour period. Chief Herridge is asking the citizens for their patience and support.

"Workload pressures in 2018 were driven by increases in a number of policing areas including occurrences (24%), criminal charges (72%), property crime (89%), MVC's (83.5%) and domestics (67%). Social disorder calls for mental health, addictions, poverty and homelessness along with addressing road safety and training requirements are all placing heavy demands on our staffing resources. These concerning trends are being seen in other jurisdictions across Ontario. We're asking the police to be the social worker, the mental health worker and everything else. There is a link between the rise in property crime and social issues such as addictions, which requires a multi-faceted approach from police and local supports in order to break the cycle of drug abuse. We have a role to play, however, substance abuse is a community issue. The spike in property crime is also related to what I commonly term as the "catch and release" program we have. It is a revolving door of repeat offenders and they know it. We have been very transparent in the media with what is happening in our growing city. Our staff did a commendable job in 2018 with the number of arrests made and investigations solved, while dealing with increased policing demands and a reduced compliment of staff. The positive comments on Facebook and other social media platforms obviously indicate we are supported and I personally thank you on behalf of our members. It is frustrating when I sit in my office and hear the front office staff tell our citizens they have to wait lengthy periods for an officer or the citizen can go home and wait for an officer because we are too busy. That is not the kind of service we want to provide. We need to ensure we work together as a community, communicate as a community and share thoughts on how we can better enhance the well-being for everyone in St. Thomas. We are one team all trying to accomplish the same thing – make St. Thomas a better place for all of us and for those who will follow us in the years to come." Chief Chris Herridge.

Garage Break and Enters

Overnight Monday January 7th, several garages were broken into. All of the garages were unlocked allowing thieves easy access to valuables inside.

Woodworth Ave: red and white mountain bike, air compressor

Manor Rd: red and black Infinity Crazy Horse mountain bike

Barwick St: Makita impact wrench and drill, Makita drill bits and drivers

Police also received a report of an attempt break and enter to a garage on East St. The owner observed pry marks on the locked garage door. Thieves were not able to gain entry and nothing was taken.

Suspicious Male

STPS responded to a call from a concerned citizen around 2 am this morning after he reported seeing a suspicious male riding a bicycle on Vanier Place. The male was described as wearing dark clothing carrying a large bag filled with suspected property. When officers arrived in the area they located a Dell computer monitor and a pastel art kit. Please contact us if you have any information about this suspicious male or know who owns the property seized by police. 519-631-1224 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS or www.stthomascrimestoppers.ca

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 09 January 2019 13:24:23 PM EST

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