2018 OACP Drive Safe! R.I.D.E Campaign
May 16th, 2018 - On May 15th 2018, the Ontario Chiefs of Police (OACP) launched
the 2018 OACP Drive Safe! R.I.D.E Campaign. The theme for this year's campaign is
Who's in Control? and will focus on raising public awareness about impaired driving
and over-reliance on autonomous safety systems in vehicles.
In response to this campaign the St. Thomas Police Service joined with our policing
partners the OPP and Aylmer Police Service to conduct a joint-forces R.I.D.E. program
throughout various locations in St. Thomas, Aylmer and Elgin County.
On Tuesday May 15, 2018 at around 2:30 p.m. the St. Thomas Police conducted a traffic
stop in the area of Kains St. and St. Catharine St. While on that traffic stop,
a male exited a nearby residence and began to aggressively walk towards the officer.
The 26 year old male started making a gun gesture with his hand and was yelling
profanities at the officer. In an attempt to de-escalate the situation the male
and the driver of the vehicle were asked to leave the area but the male continued
at the officer getting in his face saying "make me". The man then made a serious
verbal threat of harm towards the officer at which point he was placed under arrest
for Uttering Threats. The accused who is currently on probation was also charged
with one count of Breach of Probation. The 26 year old man was held in custody for
On May 15, 2018 the St. Thomas Police Service were made aware of an internet scam
involving emails to people, informing them about unpaid charges on their ITunes
account. The fraudsters are then asking for payment in Apple ITunes cards to rectify
Police want to remind people that legitimate organizations will not ask you to pay
using iTunes gift cards. If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud, or if
you have already sent funds, don't be embarrassed – you're not alone. If you want
to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact The Canadian Anti- Fraud
Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or the St. Thomas Police Service at 519-631-1224.