In Progress Robbery

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It’s been two fairly busy blocks that I’ll condense into one post this week.  On top of my own workflow I’ve got my boot (or my recruit) and I’ve had a handful of regional Tac Troop call outs on days off.

Before I get to writing about the big call of the 2 blocks, I wanted to talk about some of the good work the boot’s been up to.

Alleged Assault

We received a call from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (“MCFD”) about a possible child abuse case.  These cases are taken quite seriously and can be very convoluted and complex.  We started off making contact with the alleged victim and the boot took a very detailed statement.  It became obvious that there was some truth absent in the statement so we confronted the alleged victim and some more truth came out.  We then had to interview witnesses and family members to corroborate the information.   Once we had all of the facts the boot updated the MCFD contact that there were no grounds for charges and no safety concerns.

On days off the boot was contacted by MCFD and told that the alleged victim had been reported missing.  If you haven’t guessed it by now, this job is somewhat of a lifestyle and never really stops so the boot made some phone calls to on duty supervisors and the shift working took care of it (and located the alleged victim).

The next block there was a report of a family disturbance and the boot recalled the address was one of the family members we’d interviewed so he made his way knowing he already had a recent rapport built with the family.  We assisted with mediation and wished  the family well.  These kinds of files are great examples of street level police work.  The boot conducted a thorough investigation to determine the facts from several sources, had contact with support agencies, built a rapport with people and where no charges were appropriate helped mediate.

Mental Health Apprehension

Speaking of follow ups, we were called to a disturbance inside a house and met an 18 yr old girl struggling with addiction and mental health problems.  We apprehended her under the Mental Health Act and took her to the hospital to be seen by psychiatric staff.

While in the hospital we had a very surreal conversation that included her gift bridging two planets and bringing life to earth.  I do find it quite interesting trying to listen to someone in her state that night.  Our focus though was to ensure she was safe.

During our conversation in the hospital she did have some lucid moments and talked about how her freedom had been taken away and wanted to be self-supporting.

It’s not required but we followed up with her anyway the next block to see if she was sober and how she’d made out with the psychiatric staff.  She wasn’t thrilled to see us at her door but she did give us a few moments of her time to talk about how she was sober now and wanted to finish high school while she still had the chance.  We offered some information but ultimately she’s going to have to make the decision to stay sober and follow through.  A reminder to never take our own support systems (family, friends, etc) for granted.

Bank Robbery – In Progress

Perhaps if you follow us on Twitter or the website you saw the media release: Delta Police Investigating Bank Robbery or maybe you saw CTV’s story Delta bank robbed, suspect flees Well that was our shift’s file.

I had just returned from swearing an information with a Judicial Justice of the Peace on a project I’ve got going on so my boot was riding with another platoon mate.  We were alerted to a bank robbery in progress.

This is one of those times I wish I could talk about the details of the file, however as it’s currently in the court process I can’t.  Everyone involved did a great job! It was a 19 hour day but ended with high fives all around.

The initial responding members to the bank did a great job getting information from witnesses and getting that information out to us on the road.  Shortly after the robbery we located a house in Surrey that became the target of our investigation.  I was first on scene from Delta along with a handful of members from Surrey RCMP as support.  In certain circumstances Police can make entry into a residence without a search warrant, and one of those is the exigent need to preserve evidence.  I made entry along with Surrey RCMP members to detain all of the people in the house and preserve the evidence we had reasonable grounds to believe was inside.  More Delta Police members showed up shortly after, including my boot.

After everyone was detained, suspects were identified and arrested.  Our major crime team was called out to assist with writing a search warrant for the house and interview the suspects.  Platoon mates had to secure the residence while the lead investigator, that was first on scene at the bank, and I returned to the office to write our involvements so that a search warrant could be obtained.

Late into the evening we were issued the search warrant and searched the residence where we located some of the evidence from the bank.

Great team work from everyone involved on the platoon, assistance from the neighbouring RCMP, and our major crimes team meant a successful conclusion to the investigation!

Alexa’s Team Nomination

PaperWork-1If you’re a regular reader of the blog, I’m sure you’ve read about an impaired driving file, or at least a dozen of them.

In January I received an email informing me that I’d been nominated for “Alexa’s Team” by the Department.

In the Spring of 2008 Delta Police responded to a collision in Ladner that would change a family forever when they lost Alexa at 4 ½ years old.  As a father I can’t imagine losing one of my children to such a senseless and preventable tragedy.

Alexa’s family has been instrumental in the Province’s new Immediate Roadside Prohibition (“IRP”) legislation.  I think of Alexa’s story every time I open the prohibition booklet to fill in the required paperwork roadside as it’s cover is Alexa’s favourite colour, purple.

I read an article mid-2013 that stated prior to the IRP program the 5 year average for impaired driving related deaths was 114 per year in BC.  For the first 30 months after the IRP program launched the calculated yearly average was 56.  That’s a 51% reduction or over 30 months, 143 lives saved.

I’ve heard the complaints that the program is too “strict”, that it “prevents people from enjoying a drink out with friends”.  When I search for “Immediate Roadside Prohibition” I see a page of defence lawyer contact information.

Ladies and Gentlemen, 143 people in BC are alive because people started to seriously reconsider driving after drinking.  143 daughters, sons, wives, husbands, brothers and sisters are still alive.  What if you knew just one of those 143 people?

I don’t do what I do for recognition.  In a general sense I take the oath that I swore seriously and one of the duties I took on was to preserve life.  Specifically speaking, I would rather write endless reports temporarily restricting a person’s privilege to drive than ever having to tell another mother, father, son or daughter to say goodbye to a loved one.   When I say “I’m sorry” to a grieving loved one, there is a sense of regret that we couldn’t catch them all.

I am honoured to be nominated to join Alexa’s team and a team of Police Officers around the Province making an impact and enforcing legislation that has kept a significant number of people alive.