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Summer Highlights

It’s been a busy summer ladies and gentlemen.  I’ve had my latest Boot with me all summer and it’s been a great 3 months of training.  I thought I’d catch up with a bit of a highlight reel (for lack of a better term).

On June 27th, we participated in the Twitter “Global Police Tweet-a-thon” marked by hash tag #poltwt. It was a great success from a social media perspective and I had a lot of good feedback from the community.  If you missed it, have a look at my feed starting here:

Our focus for the summer was to get the Boot to as wide a variety of calls as possible and introduce him to the process and investigative avenues available to him.

We went to everything from neighbour disputes and bylaw complaints, to thefts and frauds, to high risk calls involving assaults with guns and knives. In between the calls, we managed to pick up 8 impaired driving investigations for him.

He got to experience everything from walking into a restaurant in uniform and having everyone watch him, to talking a distraught lady off the railing of a bridge, to chasing a suspect with a K9 handler, to a high risk vehicle stop involving guns.

First foot chase

During the Boot’s first block out, the shift responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in someone’s driveway.  The license plate came back to a stolen vehicle.  As we were all coming into the area to setup on it, the driver got spooked and ran, taking the Boot on his first foot pursuit.  After a tumble in someone’s front yard, the Boot recovered and caught up to the suspect taking him into custody.  We recovered the stolen vehicle, some items from multiple break and enters and a replica handgun.  A great catch!

Jumper

We received a report of a distraught person that was on the outside of the railing, mid span, on the Alex Fraser Bridge.   While driving through traffic in an attempt not to scare the distraught person, we discussed our approach, safety considerations and crisis intervention tactics.  We located the distraught person and quietly walked down the guardrail.  There was no doubt in our minds that the person was trying to convince themselves to jump.  I took the lead in making contact and we convinced the person to come to us and took them into custody for their safety.  Once safely in our custody, the Boot took over contact and built a rapport with the distraught person and we took them to the hospital for help.

Code 5 (High risk) vehicle stop

We were called to a house where someone inside had presented a knife and made threats to people inside.  The suspects had just left in a vehicle as we arrived.  We took off after them and stopped them several blocks away.  As there was a report of weapons being used, we conducted a high risk stop and employed tactics and layered force options to keep us, the public and the suspects safe.  With several police officers present we layered our force options and had less lethal bean bag shotgun, taser, a police dog and lethal overwatch including a carbine present.

I gave commands for the suspects to exit the vehicle one at a time and come to us, where we took them into custody and searched each one individually. After I demonstrated with the first couple occupants, I turned the verbal commands over to the Boot so that he could get experience.  In the end, we took all of the occupants into custody and recovered several weapons including a pistol.

Forcible Confinement

Along with several members from the platoon, the Boot and I responded to a report of a distraught woman who was found running down the sidewalk.  Through the investigation, we learned that her husband had forcibly confined her in their home, assaulted her, prevented her from leaving and destroyed her clothing.  As a platoon, we took this on as a complex, domestic violence investigation.

While providing compassion and counselling, we had to obtain an audio/video recorded interview.  After the interview, the victim had to be relocated to a safe house for the night.  We developed an immediate safety plan.

The suspect was arrested and interviewed, then held in custody.

Our Domestic Violence Unit and Victim Services were involved for ongoing safety planning and support.

The unfortunate reality of this career is that great learning opportunities often come at the expense of someone’s wellbeing. While this file was an eye opener for the Boot, demonstrating many facets of an investigation, a tragedy had to happen.

Community Relations

We took the time to try and connect with the community where we could-between the adrenaline and the report writing.  One sunny afternoon we happened to come across a group of kids and their lemonade stand.

Impaired Driver in a Stolen Truck

While working a counter attack shift, I was roadside, walking up to and talking to drivers as they arrived at the check point.  One such driver refused to stop for us, almost hit 2 of us and then sped off from the check point almost hitting another car.

We gave chase, as we’d just been informed the vehicle was reported stolen and involved in a hit and run with a driver that was possibly impaired.  It was in the public interest that we stop the vehicle before anyone else could be hurt.

Within a couple blocks the driver lost control and crashed into a tree. Luckily no one was injured.  The driver was impaired by drugs and taken into custody.

This really demonstrates the diversity of our role in Patrol.  On any given day we can be shifting from crisis intervention and talking someone into changing their mind about suicide, to giving advice at a neighbour dispute.  We may find ourselves holding the hand of a child who’s been assaulted or even sexually assaulted then be called right into a bar fight.  We may have just attended a collision where one driver is impaired and the other has a life altering injury and then locate an armed suspect and make a high risk arrest with guns and layered force options present.  We don’t get to chose our calls and we have to be able to switch mental mindsets in the time it takes to drive from one call to the next.

Squamish Valley Music Festival

As a member of the Lower Mainland Integrated Tactical Troop, I had the opportunity to work all 3 days at the Squamish Valley Music Festival.  The Boot stayed in Delta and had an opportunity to ride with a different field trainer and get a different perspective.

The Music Festival was a great break from regular patrol.  For the most part we spent 3 days filtering through the crowds getting high fives and posing in ‘selfies’ with festival goers.   While we needed to make our presence visible, our intention was not to disrupt the festival, only to keep the participants safe.  As could be expected, the sun, alcohol, drugs and 38,000 people meant we had to unfortunately arrest a few people and assist with some medical interventions.

Overall the participants were great and the weekend was fun!

Courtesy of CTV, Walking my team into the day time crowd at the main stage Tantalus

The crowd for Eminem.  We’re in there.. somewhere..

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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!

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Callout shift

One of the platoons was short today so I worked an overtime shift to help out.  The shift began with a report of a missing and possibly suicidal person.  I attended the home, spoke to a close friend and began the investigation.  Based in the initial information we broadcast the person’s description and vehicle across the lower mainland.  Fortunately it turned out to be a misunderstanding and the person was located at work but on a different job site.  As I was clearing that report up we had a report of a residential break and enter where the home owner was home and confronted the suspect before the suspect fled.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to locate a vehicle that matched the description but luckily nothing was taken and no one was hurt.

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