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Local unit fighting street crime

By Celina Ip

Staff Sergeant Dean Duchrow and Inspector Stephan Neufeld address Deputy Mayor Ron Gervais at the Pembroke Police Services Board meeting on May 30.

Staff Sergeant Dean Duchrow and Inspector Stephan Neufeld address Deputy Mayor Ron Gervais at the Pembroke Police Services Board meeting on May 30.

The Street Crime Unit has been a welcome addition to the local police force since early 2017.

 

As Pembroke and Petawawa have witnessed the number of property crimes grow in the past few years, the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police formed their local Street Crime Unit in order to protect the community from these types of crimes that have been impacting residents’ quality of life.

“The Street Crime Unit is relatively new in the Ontario Provincial Police. It’s inception across Ontario was just in the last two years when the OPP corporately found that there was more of a focus on violent crime and corrupt crime whereas property crimes were kind of put on the back burner,” said Inspector Stephan Neufeld, commander of the local detachment. “With so many victims of property crime, the OPP realized that maybe we needed to renew our focus on property crime to improve our clearance rate – hence the creation of this brand new unit at detachments across Ontario.”

Comprised of four detectives, the local unit has been tasked to proactively respond to property crimes, street crimes and drug crimes in the Upper Ottawa Valley community

“These detectives are experienced officers who had already been working for our detachment. After applying and going through an interview process, these four were our successful candidates,” said Neufeld. “They all work in a group so they can flood an area that might be experiencing ‘break and enters’ or another type of crime.”

Neufeld said that the unit has successfully been targeting and preventing crimes, as they’ve already seen a decrease in the number of ‘break and enters’ since the unit was formed.

“We’re putting a lot of resources into solving these ‘break and enters’ and it’s definitely been very successful in Pembroke,” said Neufeld.

Now, with the warmer weather and more residents eager to get out on vacation, Neufeld said that the unit will be keeping a watchful eye on criminals eager to take advantage of those residents who are easier targets.

He added that the unit is dedicated to remaining a key resource to protecting Pembroke’s neighbourhoods and ensuring a safer community.

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