(This is long, but please read to the end then discuss in the comments) A well-respected police service in southern Ontario has acknowledged their communities input on what is happening crime-wise in their region.
“Violent crime has been on the rise in the GTA. We hear it in the news, see it on social media and talk about it with others in the community.” The media release from the Peel Regional Police starts off with.
Recently TBPS did a video statement where they had denied that gang abductions had happened in Thunder Bay, and claimed there were “no reports” about abductions related to human trafficking occurring. Then Det. Insp, Ryan Hughes goes on to explain how gangs are taking over vulnerable womens homes, putting them into drug debts then forcing them into prostitution to repay their debts, which is basically sex trafficking.
Soon after, a local news agency took that statement, applied a twist to it and summed up that what citizens were sharing with each other on social media as mere “rumours”.
Then another national media company with a location just 2 blocks from the courthouse reiterated and doubled down on the denial by police, including that no women were being trafficked or abducted.
2017 saw 7,622 reported incidents in Thunder Bay, down from 7,857 in 2016. 2013 had 8,228 reports made to the Thunder Bay Police Service.
“Those numbers are great to see,” Hauth said. “I think it’s continued work internally and working with outside agencies. We’ve made great strides in terms of doing things in the community.”
It was at this point that the acting chief was so disconnected from what the reality is in Thunder Bay, that she indicated that guns had not been used in any violent crimes in the city in recent memory. This ignoring reality thing isn’t working well.
Greg Stephenson of the Thunder Bay Police Association had this to say in response to the Acting Chief’s highly misleading statement. The Acting Chief likely approved the media release which attempts to ignore the gang activity in town.
The Thunder Bay Police Association wishes to express its concen with the recent article regarding crime stats for the city of Thunder Bay and comments made by both the mayor and acting chief of the Thunder Bay Police Service.
We believe that if you ask any of our 300-plus members, or any random citizen of this great city, you would get a far different answer than “City getting safer”. Our members work dilligently shift after shift trying to respond to the numerous calls made to our police on a daily basis. This police service has one of the highest rates of calls for service in the province and there appears to be no end in sight. Our officers are getting burnt out as more duties are downloaded upon them from the province. They spend more and more time doing regulated reports and sitting at the hospital, which takes away from patrol time and puts more stress on available officers.
The quote attributed to the acting chief which stated “It’s not like someone is walking down the street in the middle of the afternoon firing a gun” is most disturbing. Although gun violence is not on the same level as larger metropolitan areas in southern Ontario, we are seizing more and more guns off our streets. With the influx of gang activity from the south and west, these types of calls are becoming more and more prominent.
Another issue we have is with the comparison of us to smaller communities under a population of 100,000 people. On any given day the population of Thunder Bay can be greater than 40,000 over our census rate. Thunder Bay is a major hub in Northwestern Ontario with many people coming in from outlying areas. We are also one of the only communities where both major national highways converge into one. This means anyone travelling by car, bus, motorcycle, bicycle, or foot will visit our city.
Statistics Canada’s crime report for 2017 shows that the number of reported incidents has dropped for the previous years back to 2013. While this is encouraging, is it because we are now safer or just not reporting all crime out of frustrations with a broken system? It also shows an increase in the crime severity rate and sexual assaults. Gun violence is also increasing across the country.
It is time for the provincial and federal governments to step up and provide the funding neccessary for us to do our jobs. Whether that is by providing social and economic programs for our citizens in need so they have the resources to reclaim their lives or to put more officers on the street where they are needed, something needs to be done.
The reality of Thunder Bay is that crime is on the rise and we will not “take it with a grain of salt”. Everything from gangs moving into the city with their guns, drugs and human trafficking, violent assaults in the streets, robberies and highly-aggressive people looking for assisstance seems to be an almost daily occurrence.
Our acting chief did say it well in another article stating “As a police service, we take the work that we do very seriously. We are dilligent in our work and we want to ensure that everyone in our community feels safe.” We echo this sentiment. We are asking for the tools to do that very job as we are sworn to do.
Please let your elected officials know it is time to treat Thunder Bay with the same respect afforded to larger metro areas so we can combat the ills that affect our city and community.
Thunder Bay Police Association
Little did our acting chief know, that gunshots would ring multiple times in our city after she made that statement.
Reports of crimes are dropping, are people not reporting? or are reports not being filed? Have you ever filed a report with police, only to never hear back or have anything on record when you called to inquire? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Back to how the Peel Regional Police deal with things. They have been nicknamed “The No Deal Peel’s”, due to them not ever giving people breaks and sending everyone to court.
This tough on crime stance is what’s needed when the crime severity rises, not ignoring issues and attempting to con the public into thinking nothing is happening.
“This spike in violent crime has not gone unnoticed by Chief Jennifer Evans who is reminded of this daily by the number of firearm casings she keeps on her desk, representing shots fired from 2014 to present day.” Sadly, our acting Chief said earlier this year how Thunder Bay is “getting safer”. Too bad it seems crime is going “unnoticed” in Thunder Bay.
Meanwhile, a REAL Police Chief Evans and Peel Regional Police aren’t willing to accept this current trend and are fighting back.
So far this year Peel Regional police have responded to over 178,154 calls for service in the first nine months of 2018. In that time there were 86 shooting occurrences. “When it comes to battling gun crime our statistics speak for themselves.”
Below is a statement released by the Peel Regional Police regarding their crime and gang situation.
In 2018, we have seized over 306 firearms and have laid 1,303 firearm related charges.” Peel regional police said in a statement.
We aren’t just collecting shell casings in Peel. I want the community to know that each day Peel Regional Police officers are working extremely hard to ensure their safety.
Our success is made possible due to the many different people who are helping us fight this battle. Our layered approach starts with our front line officers who work hard day in and day out, responding to calls, arresting people, laying charges and taking weapons off the street.
We have officers working in our Community Mobilization Teams (CMT) forming relationships within our communities which helps identify problems, lawlessness and criminal activity, and helps us solve crime. We also have officers who are assigned to the Strategic Tactical Enforcement Patrol (STEP) unit which targets gangs and their activity.
With help from the community, STEP officers identify gang members and patrol those neighbourhoods to ensure gangs don’t take a foothold in the area.
We use analytics to identify peak times where violent crime, including gun crime is occurring. This information is then used to deploy resources accordingly and work with those communities together to increase safety.
Our success in the fight against violent crime however, is dependent upon the participation and cooperation of the community. “Our goal is to eliminate violent crime however we can’t do this alone.” says Chief Evans.
We urge the community to contact us when they see criminal or suspicious activity taking place.
We understand that not all community members are comfortable contacting police directly so, we want to remind citizens that Crime Stoppers is an excellent option. With Crime Stoppers you can report crimes or provide tips to assist in solving crimes, while remaining completely anonymous. You may even be eligible for a cash reward.
Peel Regional Police and our community have a simple message for criminals: YOU ARE NOT WELCOME IN PEEL. If you commit a crime we will catch you. Our community is a safe place and we are going to keep it that way.
Imagine if our “acting” chief enlisted the community to help battle crime like the Peel Regional Police Chief has done, instead of denying what is happening.
Bear Clan Patrol released this statement in response to the deep denial and apparent cover-up seemingly being attempted by whoever is in charge of what the public is told at TBPS and local mainstream media that is seemingly following the media releases made by police, as the be-all-end-all.
“It has been confirmed to us by several organizations and individuals that gang-related abductions are in-fact happening in Thunder Bay.
Basically the article below(CBC article posted on their page) states that because there is no reporting that means there is no abductions happening which is highly UNSUBSTANTIATED.
This article indirectly sanctions human trafficking with the message that there are no consequences and encourages the public to ‘turn a blind eye’ to the problems.
We will listen to people so we can keep each other safe. A Gender Based Violence Strategy Conference was held last weekend which addressed: stalking, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, kidnapping, domestic abuse, FORCED PROSTITUTION, and trans gender identity.
There were some absolutely amazing speakers with incredible insight into what is happening here. We have a responsibility to share peoples stories if that is what the survivor wants in order to help others.
Of course there will be rejection of the stories and harsh criticisms in a colonially divided city especially if this creates panic.
We are not “fear mongering” for fun or to make anyone uncomfortable. The purpose is to inform people about life saving information. Don’t refute something that is effective and potentially saving lives.
That’s like taking two steps back as the community starts uniting. Indigenous women and young boys are especially vulnerable. Privilege is the ability to believe this article and continue to live comfortably while others see right through this and live defensively.
Your safety far outweighs any backlash we may receive for posting the truth. We only ask that you keep your guard up and take care of each other.
We want EVERYONE safe and to make it home. Miigwech
#wearepatrolling #keepsharingyourstories #MMIW #webelievesurvivors #webelieveyou #youarenotalone #communityfirst
Not only has TRCCTB.COM heard directly from people who have been the subject of a missing person report that they were taken against their will, and forced into prostitution, but Bear Clan says they were at a conference recently where people had spoken up about their experiences in town which are consistent with what TRCCTB.COM and Bear Clan have reported on. (forced prostitution, human/sex trafficking, abductions, gang-related and not.
Our acting chief is just “acting”, we need a real police chief that will tackle the issues and not mislead the public. Peel Regional Police, Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition, Bear Clan, and TRCCTB.COM does not subscribe to the idea of keeping the public misinformed, we all keep the public informed, and do what we can to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Our hard-working front line officers are battling a rising gang issue in Thunder Bay that includes forced prostitution, abductions, drug trafficking and gun violence. Acknowledge the ongoing battle they face day to day, don’t attempt to ignore it or downplay the reality of what they are facing.
We support the Thunder Bay Police Service.
This article is part 2 of a series, you can read part 1 at the link below:
(THUNDER BAY, ON) - Earlier today, Det. Insp. Ryan Hughes made a statement via media release to the public, stating that there have been no…