Walking The Beat

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‘Walking the Beat’ is an ongoing series about policing issues and crime prevention in Simcoe County

April 19 – There’s a new sheriff in town. Andrew Fletcher was sworn in Tuesday as Chief of the South Simcoe Police Service, picking up where Rick Beazley left off when he retired Monday. Fletcher planning to build on the framework Beazley put in place in his five years as chief, taking community engagement to an even higher level. More with the new chief in our interview below…

April 18 – From Winnipeg to Strathroy to South Simcoe. From beat cop to Deputy Chief to Chief. Rick Beazley has been a part of the evolution of policing in Canada. His 42-year career came to an end yesterday (April 17). His choice, after charting a new course for the South Simcoe Police Service in terms of community policing, seeing the service through a costing exercise and grooming his replacement. He sat down with us recently to look back over his career, the changes that have taken place, and how he almost became a doctor…

March 29 – Have you pulled the bikes down from the rafters in the garage yet? We’ve seen a few more cyclists on the streets since spring broke. South Simcoe Police Constable Rich Williamson thinking it’s time for a refresher on cycling etiquette…

March 17 – Use of social media has become a big part of policing, and not just pictures and descriptions of missing persons and suspects in major crimes. South Simcoe Police Constable Rich Williamson says they’ve been using Twitter and Facebook to entice people, who have skipped court appearances and who are wanted for minor crimes, to turn themselves in…

January 25 – Mental health has become a huge issue for police – not just in terms of officer interaction with the people they are sworn to protect, but dealing with their own issues as well. Incidents of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome are well-documented among police officers, firefighters and paramedics. But it hasn’t always been easy admitting they need help, much less finding the help they need. That is changing at South Simcoe Police with the formation of a Peer Support Group. Constable Rich Williamson explains…

January 11 – Police concerned about the number of people still venturing out onto what is thin ice in the region. If you do plan to head out, at anytime, South Simcoe Police Constable Rich Williamson says you need to be prepared…

October 14 – Much talk about the pain killer Fentanyl – it’s benefits, as well as its potential for misuse. Two weekends ago, five people in Barrie nearly died as a result of what is believed to have been a Fentanyl overdose. They may not have even known they had taken the drug. It is odourless and tasteless and is being used more and more as a ‘cutting’ agent with other drugs. Police are concerned. Health officials are concerned. Barrie Police Constable Sarah Bamford and Mia Brown from the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit tell us more about Fentanyl, it’s benefits and repercussions, and a free antidote that’s available…

September 30 – South Simcoe Police and Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS) have partnered to offer a free service to seniors living in Bradford West Gwillimbury, to ensure their surroundings are safe. Not only that, South Simcoe Police Sergeant Lou Dasilva says it’s an opportunity for police to gain the trust of seniors…