It has been called “catch and release” and that’s what it is. Criminals are caught by the Police, then the courts release them to re-offend a short time later. Today, Police Chief VandeGraaf expressed his frustration with this in a Press Release. He used a specific example of Cobourg resident Daniel Tyler Foden who was arrested for robbery, death threats and assault of a Police Officer. He was then released with conditions but went straight out, ignored the conditions and offended again. Chief VandeGraaf then personally authored a Press Release describing what happened (details below) then finished with the statement: “This is aggravating the level of frustration in our community with a system that does not meet our collective expectations.” We live in a democracy; that means Politicians are supposed to do what we collectively ask – so let’s ask.
Press Release by Chief Paul VandeGraaf
Authorization: Chief Paul VandeGraaf #103 – September 30, 9:00 am.
Subject: Mischief – Fail to Comply with Bail Conditions
On Thursday, September 28, 2023 Daniel Tyler Foden was arrested and charged with Robbery With Violence, Uttering threats to cause death and assault police officer. He was held for a bail hearing.
The accused was released on September 29th with conditions including but not limited to not be in the Town of Cobourg and to obey a curfew each night from 9:00 PM until 6:00 AM.
Later that same date, September 29th, 2023, the accused was arrested for mischief after damaging property at a construction site in the north end of Town.
Daniel Tyler Foden, 35 years of age was arrested for Mischief, two counts of Failing to Comply with a Court Order and held for another bail hearing.
Chief Paul VandeGraaf stated “This is totally unacceptable at so many levels. This individual was arrested for violent offences committed in a specific neighbourhood in our community that is currently experiencing increased crime and victimization. This individual assaulted and robbed a member of our community and then the police officer investigating that matter. The decision of this court failed to support our community by allowing this person back into the community with no regard for the impact on the community, the victims, or the police. Not one day passed before this person re-offended in our community. This is aggravating the level of frustration in our community with a system that does not meet our collective expectations.”
How can Police do their job if courts release criminals to offend again? And let’s not blame Council or the Mayor – it’s a Provincial and Federal matter.
- Police Chief Email: [email protected]
- Philip Lawrence MP: [email protected]
- David Piccini MPP: [email protected]
Police Press Release about Foden’s offence of robbery and assault on Sept 28.
Chief Paul VandeGraaf has issued a statement on the action by Peterborough Police to have no tolerance for shooting up drugs in public. Download here.