Cobourg Police regularly provide media outlets such as Cobourg News Blog with a significant amount of detailed information about their activities. Not all of it gets passed on to the Public but with this update, I’m attempting to do two things: 1. Summarize recent information so you can better understand what Police do in a typical month and 2. List online sources where you can find out Police information more often. Cobourg Police provide information with regular News releases plus a comprehensive monthly Operations report. Listed below are links to where you can see this information for yourself and of course you can also follow Pete Fisher’s reports on Today’s Northumberland. But first, here’s a summary of available information.
All media releases are emailed to media outlets and then posted on the Police web site within a few days. Go here. Here is a summary of two releases issued Friday May 12:
- A 34-year-old Cobourg woman is facing charges after police were called to a theft in progress. On Wednesday, May 10th, 2023, at 3:30 pm, police responded to a report of an individual shoplifting at a north-end business. Police arrived on scene and located a female in the parking lot in possession of the stolen property.
As a result of the police investigation, the woman was charged with 5 offences including “Fail to Comply with Probation Order”. She was held for a bail hearing later that same day and subsequently remanded into custody.
- A 22-year-old Cobourg man is facing charges after an incident on Thursday evening May 11 at 7:30 p.m., in Victoria Park in Cobourg where a male was causing a disturbance. A man was “in an agitated state, yelling at a group in the park. Police drew and pointed a conducted energy weapon (also known as a Taser) in order to safely effect the arrest. The man was charged with “Causing Disturbance contrary to section 175(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.” He was released on an undertaking with a future court date. (Pete Fisher reports on this incident here)
Every two weeks, a news release provides an overview of break and enters, theft from motor vehicles, mischief, fraud, warrant arrests and distraction thefts. See Resources downloads for the May 12 report.
But the biggest source of information on Police Activity is the monthly operations report issued at the monthly Police Board meeting. The report is included in the meeting agenda available on escribe. The April report is available in Resources below but there is a new report each month on the agenda for the Police monthly meeting.
Monthly Operations Report – highlights for April 2023
For the full report, see Resources below
- There were 1118 calls for Service in April. Of these:
- 8 were violence (assaults including sexual assaults)
- 33 were property crimes – 11 break and enter
- 19 were mental health
- 31 were domestic or family dispute
- 5 were fraud
- There were 148 officer patrols (on foot)
- Officers responded to 3 issues related to the unsanctioned safe consumption sites
- There were approximately 24 events requiring a police response to Transition House on Chapel Street.
Homelessness and Addiction Response Program Activity Report (HARP)
- HARP completed approximately 18 foot patrols in the downtown area. In that time HARP had approximately 82 separate interactions with 51 people who are currently struggling with homelessness and/or addictions.
- HARP actively assists uniform patrol officers by responding to calls for service in the downtown core linked to suspicious/unwanted persons. HARP responded to 42 calls for service in this time.
- HARP holds persons accountable and assists with enforcing compliance with court orders. HARP conducted 5 arrests for persons with outstanding matters and facilitated their appearance before the courts. In addition HARP assisted with transporting persons to attending their court dates.
Detailed reports were provided on 8 “Investigative Occurrences”.
See this page for more about the Police Board. Included is a list of the monthly Crime reports starting January 2022. Links are included.
Other info from Police Board Meeting
Board meetings also include items of interest that are different each month. For example, April’s meeting accepted 3 letters from Citizens plus details of a new “Downtown Action Plan”.
These can be accessed via the Meeting Agenda on escribe
Two from Robert Horgan who complained about a failure of Police to listen to his complaints about domestic violence.
One from Lawyer Richard Irvine unhappy with “unhoused persons on Covert St” who trespass on his property and leave refuse behind such as needles.
Unfortunately, the Police Services act does not permit the Board to direct the Police on day to day matters. See this page. So the letters will be “received for Information purposes” and it will be up to the Chief how he responds.
Downtown Action Plan
There is now a document outlining what Police plan to do Downtown (to address the homeless problem).
…. strategically focus on enhancing the perception of safety and invest in the quality-of-life issues in downtown Cobourg. The launch of the Downtown Action Plan will be a constellation of proactive crime prevention initiatives and will formalize various harm reduction related programs.
That is, it’s not simple, there are several things to be done.
If you wonder what Police plan to do about the homeless downtown, read this 7 page plan (the “Downtown Action Plan”) – it’s available in Downloads below.
Local Web sites with good reporting on Public Safety
- Cobourg Police Service Bi-Weekly Update – for period April 24 to May 7 – issued May 12.
- Monthly Operations report – for April 2023
- Downtown Action Plan – 16 May 2023