LITTLE CURRENT—During the Civic Holiday weekend from Friday, July 29 to August 1, members of the Manitoulin Detachment of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), with assistance from the OPP Sudbury Traffic and Marine Unit, and the OPP Northeast Region Snowmachine, All Terrain Vehicle, and Vessels Enforcement (SAVE) Unit responded to 96 incidents compared to 111 incidents handled in 2015. This continues a downward trend in calls for service since 2011.
“The Civic Holiday weekend is our busiest time of the year,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Webb, Detachment Commander for the Manitoulin OPP. “The officers were visible and took a proactive, zero tolerance approach when dealing with breaches of the law at Haweater Weekend. The strict enforcement allowed police to effectively deal with civil disorder in a timely fashion, ensuring everyone had a safe, and enjoyable, time.”
“Fifty percent of our calls for service were of a proactive nature, where officers were in the right place, at the right time to deal with the incident,” the Staff Sgt. continued. “We took a measured approached when determining staffing levels for the weekend, and we will continue to do so in the years ahead.”
Of the 96 incidents investigated over the weekend there were: two impaired drivers (there were 26 charges related to violations of the Highway Traffic Act in 2015); two charges of assault police; seven drug related incidents; several domestic assault related incidents; 42 Liquor Licence Act charges laid by police (compared to 49 in 2015); 22 people were held in the local detachment cells for a time during the period (10 people were taken into custody in 2015); 12 drug related charges (compared to four Controlled Drug and Substance related charges in 2015); and two Criminal Code charges were laid by police (there were eight in 2015).
“There were many hours of proactive patrols involving ATVs, bicycles, foot patrols and cruiser patrols with lots of positive interaction with our local citizens and visitors.”
“I would once again like to acknowledge the many event volunteers, the Lions Club and the community of the Northeast Town for a successful Haweater Weekend,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Webb. “I would also like to thank the local OPP members and the officers from the OPP Highway Safety Division for the measured response to public safety at this year’s festival. Although the police were busy, there were no criminal incidents at any of the venues once again this year. Over 50 percent of the police action taken was proactive in nature which prevented more serious incidents or disturbing behaviour in the community. One of the best compliments from our public is when they tell me that they enjoyed interacting with the police and did not witness any civil disobedience during the festival.”