The Saugeen Shores Police Service continues to provide, with great success, the following services to the community:
- Station Tours
- Crime Prevention talks to local service groups and businesses
- Media releases, providing information and crime tips
- Halloween Safety
- Elementary and Secondary school drug education lectures
- Safety lessons at local pre-schools
- DARE program, drug awareness
- Boy Scouts / Girl Guides / Beavers
- Talks to seniors groups
- Guest lecturers to speak on important topics, i.e. drugs, internet, traffic safety, counterfeiting
- Talks to driver education classes
- Cops for Cancer
- Bicycle rodeos
Co-Op and Police Foundations Placement
We continue to participate in the Saugeen District Secondary School co-op
program. We accepted three students from SDSS for the Co-Op program in 2007.
Crime Stoppers continues to be a very effective tool for the public to assist the police with anonymity. Inspector McCulloch looks after the co-ordination and follow-up with Crime Stopper reports.
We continue to place extra officers out on the street enforcing drinking and driving laws. Our Provincial funding doubled for the 2008-2009 fiscal year so our patrols will increase accordingly.
Bicycle patrol and Foot patrol
Officers patrol the downtown cores of Southampton and Port Elgin on foot and on bicycle. Problem areas such as Harmer St dunes, the Town pond, both beaches and Fairy Lake are targeted on a regular basis. We wil increase these types of patrols as needed.
Patrols remain the best way for members of our police service to be proactive in their approach to policing. While on patrol the officers respond to calls for service and generate their own calls through vehicle stops and proactively monitoring crime.
Civilian members on patrol for unusual or criminal activities and report such incidents of suspicious activity to their local police service by cellular phones or radio for necessary police followup.
Complaints are logged and extra enforcement is applied in areas that are identified as problem areas. Enforcement continues until complaints subside or a noticeable decrease in the reported activity occurs.
Open Communication with Public
The Police Service provides the information to the public that they want and need. The media are emailed with weekly press reports as well as when a significant event occurs a press release is issued.