Armed Robbery at Shell Gas Station

Cobourg police report that on Monday, May 14th, 2018, at approximately 4:40 am, Police responded to a call for an armed robbery at the Shell Gas Station, located at 1154 Division Street in Cobourg.  It was reported that two males entered the store and demanded cash and cigarettes.  Both suspects were armed with handguns.  The suspects obtained an unknown amount of cash and cigarettes and fled on foot eastbound on Densmore Road. Cobourg Police are asking for the assistance of the public to identify the two suspects. Both suspects are described as male white, 16-25 years – one was wearing grey baggy sweat pants, black jacket, blue hoodie underneath and a black string style back pack.  The other was wearing… Read complete articleArmed Robbery at Shell Gas Station

Gun Amnesty Results

In April, the Cobourg Police Service, in collaboration with the Ontario Provincial Police, provided a gun amnesty program.  As a result, 19 firearms and a quantity of ammunition were turned in (see photo below).  The idea was to allow people who illegally have guns to get rid of them before they get caught and charged.  An exception is made to the amnesty if the guns  “were used in the commission of a crime” and ”no anonymous submissions were accepted.”  Specifically: “The Gun Amnesty applied to any documented or undocumented firearms, and other weapons and accessories” as well as ammunition.  If there are fewer guns out there, there are fewer that can be used to commit a crime. In their Press… Read complete articleGun Amnesty Results

Warrant Now Being Issued for Suspect in October Break-in

A post on March 26 by Pete Fisher on his web site Today’s Northumberland said that “despite an overwhelming trail of evidence, Cobourg police had still made no arrests for a break-in”.   Today, S/Sgt Brent Allison told me that they know who the suspect is and are in the process of issuing a warrant.  The man is known to police but has no fixed address so it may take a while to put him in custody.  Although Brent conceded that a “scene of crime officer should have perhaps been sent to the break-in”, the rest of the story is also more nuanced.  The original story by Pete was quite negative about Police performance but most people have not experienced the… Read complete articleWarrant Now Being Issued for Suspect in October Break-in

Cobourg Police Announce Tiered Policing

The efficiency of a Police Service can be improved if work that does not need a fully trained and armed Officer is delegated to others.  Cobourg’s Police service now has Auxiliary Police and Special Constables as well as civilians typing up reports.  They are making a big effort to be part of the Community and in the announcement today about tiered policing, Deputy Chief Paul VandeGraaf placed a major emphasis on Community Engagement and how the Auxiliary Police and Special Constables help with that.  As a result, the 34 regular Officers can devote more time to things like patrols downtown (typically two per day according to DBIA Chair Adam Bureau).  The quality of their work is also improved with the… Read complete articleCobourg Police Announce Tiered Policing

Police Focus on Distracted Driving

In January the Police focused on pedestrian safety – I would like to report that they reduced the number of pedestrians crossing on a red light or jaywalking but given the extra-cold January I did very little walking in the month and certainly saw no foot patrolling police or anyone warned.  Perhaps they can repeat this program in mid-summer.  But in February their “Selective Traffic Enforcement Project (S.T.E.P.) for the month of February will focus on distracted driving in Cobourg.”  They quote scary figures by the CAA on how “Drivers engaged in visual-manual interactions with cell phones (e.g., texting) are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash” and “Drivers conversing on mobile devices, either hands-free… Read complete articlePolice Focus on Distracted Driving

RIDE Program and Pedestrian Patrol

Drivers in Cobourg are getting the message – out of 3,765 drivers checked over the period from 21st November to the end of December 2017, there were only two arrests, two suspensions, five tickets and 23 warnings.  That’s a total of 32 offenses or 0.8% of total checked.  On January 2nd, Police issued a report giving these details and said that “Cobourg Police Officers and Special Constables conducted R.I.D.E. Checks by setting up checkpoints at various Town of Cobourg roadway locations and by conducting roving R.I.D.E. checks with traffic stops.“   On January 3rd, Police said that their Select Traffic Enforcement Project (S.T.E.P.) project for January will be focused on Pedestrians – also using Police Officers and Special Constables. R.I.D.E. One… Read complete articleRIDE Program and Pedestrian Patrol

Police Reports – November 2017

Cobourg Police go to some trouble to communicate with the public – they have a Twitter account, a Facebook account, a web site, an interactive incident map and regular press releases (more on these below).  In most cases, they serve to show that there is not much major crime in Cobourg.  This past week was a little busier than usual with 211 service calls ranging from 11 vehicle accidents to 5 assaults.  Details for all incidents are not provided but instead a “summary” is provided with limited details on some of them.  The Social Media accounts are mostly used for preaching (enjoy your weekend safely) or social announcements (Skate with Police Food Drive) but the interactive incident map (crimeplot) graphically shows… Read complete articlePolice Reports – November 2017

Two dead after shooting in Cobourg Hospital

Cobourg Police report that “on Friday October 27, 2017, at about 11:08PM, officers of the Cobourg Police service were dispatched to Northumberland Hills Hospital. As a result of the incident, the provincial Special  Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified, and they have invoked their mandate to investigate.”  SIU report that two people are dead – seemingly one man being shot by Police and a woman  seemingly shot by the man.  It all happened in the Emergency room.  Because of the shooting by Police, the SIU has been called in to investigate.  Only limited information is available at this time – below is the SIU Press Release. SIU Report The province’s Special Investigations Unit is examining the circumstances surrounding a fatal police-involved… Read complete articleTwo dead after shooting in Cobourg Hospital