Walking The Beat


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

April 1 – Got guns laying around? The OPP, Barrie and South Simcoe Police want them. They’re offering a gun amnesty this month. Barrie Constable Sarah Bamford says it’s a safety issue – to get unwanted guns off the street – but also reducing the risk they might be stolen in a break and enter.

Barrie Police Constable Sarah Bamford

Guns, ammunition, accessories can be handed in – no questions asked. However, there is no amnesty offered for people who turn in weapons that have been used in the commission of a crime. No anonymous submissions will be accepted.

Police ask that you not pack these weapons into a car and drive them to a police station yourself. Call them to arrange a pick-up.

Barrie Police – 705-728-5629
South Simcoe Police –  905-775-3311 ext. 0 or 705-436-2141 ext. 0
OPP – 1-888-310-1122

“The gun amnesty program is supported by police services across the province. This program provides people with the opportunity to voluntarily and safely dispose of unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories and/or ammunition. Public safety is our top priority, and the amnesty provides the opportunity to reduce the number of firearms and related equipment in our community, enhancing public safety and police officer safety”
– Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood



“We are supporting this province-wide initiative because community safety is everyone’s responsibility. Ontario has seen an increase in break-and-enter incidents where firearms are stolen. South Simcoe Police Service and our policing partners are providing a safe way to dispose of unwanted weapons and related equipment so they don’t fall into the wrong hands.”
– South Simcoe Police Chief Andrew Fletcher



“Ontario has seen an increase in break-and-enter incidents where firearms are stolen or targeted by criminals. The OPP and our participating police partners are giving people a safe way to dispose of weapons, imitation weapons and related equipment, accessories and ammunition to reduce the number of guns in their communities.”
– OPP Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes




October 6 – Barrie Police and the two local school boards have begun a pilot project to make it easier for victims of bullying to file an anonymous report. A ‘Bully’Button’ has been added to the Barrie Police website as well as the St. Joseph’s Catholic High School and Eastview Secondary School websites. Students from other schools can also file a report on these websites. Listen below for more on the project with Barrie Po0lcie Constables Dee Dallaire and Nicole Rodgers…


September 29 – It’s been four months since Barrie Police and the OPP launched Simcoe County Case Files, a concerted effort to bring resolution to three cold cases in the region – two homicides and the disappearance of two male friends. Barrie Constable Sarah Bamford and OPP Sergeant Peter Leon say while there has not been closure in any of the cases they are encouraged by the number of new tips that have been received…

Tips can be left on the dedicated Simcoe County Case Files Hotline 1-844-677-5030, by email at SimcoeCountyCaseFiles@opp.ca  or – to remain anonymous – call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Media resources, including poster graphics and the Simcoe County Case Files video series, can be viewed on the Ontario Provincial Police website or via the Simcoe County Case Files Facebook page.