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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Owen Sound Police Calls Are Up

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

Police Chief says calls are up 10 to 15 per cent and many have to do with reoffenders.

Owen Sound's Police Chief says they are seeing "A dramatic increase in calls for  service."

Chief Craig Ambrose noted at the December Police Services Board meeting that calls are up about 10 to 15 per cent this year.

He says there has also been a substantial increase in criminal charges and charges laid this year, "Some of it has to do with the way the court processes some of the individuals moving through the court system," says Ambrose.  

He adds, "A desire to keep people out of custody has probably led to some recidivism that we've had to deal with."

"The majority of people that we're talking about and that we're dealing with are before parole kicks in," says Ambrose, explaining this would be in a situation where someone is charged with a criminal offence, released from custody on their own recognizance, and then breaching bail terms and conditions.

"We work with the laws and we work with what's provided to us," says Ambrose who explains that police have to respond to calls from victims of crime, "We're going to go out and we're going to investigate and if charges are applicable then we're going to lay a criminal charge."

Ambrose says in that way, "There's not a lot of discretion when it comes to criminal matters."

He says once that happens, the parole and probation people "Certainly do a good job handling the sentence offender."

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