Members of the LaSalle Police Service, working from Sunday May 17th to Sunday May 24th were kept busy responding to 441 calls for service and activities including:
31 – Emergency 911 Calls
5 – Alarms
4 – Assist Other Police Service
1 – Bail Violation
15 – By-Law Complaints
7 – COVID-19 related calls
104 – Directed Patrols
12 – Driving & Traffic Complaints
1 – Family Dispute
7 – Frauds
3 – Harassment Complaints
4 – Impaired Driving Complaints
1 – Indecent Act
3 – Insecure Premises
1 – Mental Health Act
3 – Mischiefs
1 – Missing Person
11 – Motor Vehicle Collisions
78 – Property Checks
12 – Suspicious Activity
5 – Thefts
2 – Threats
73 – Traffic Stops & Vehicle Checks
5 – Trespass Complaints
1 – Warrant Executed
8 – Wellness Checks
Group Sports such as volleyball still not permitted at this time
Groups of persons using the volleyball courts in the Town of LaSalle, other than families of the same household, is not permitted at this time. Individual competition or one on one sports are permitted where social distancing can be maintained such as tennis where social distance can be maintained. One on One volleyball would also be permitted under these guidelines.
This will be reviewed by the Town of LaSalle when the Ontario Government amends the emergency measures for COVID-19.
LaSalle Police Officers will monitor this matter regularly to ensure compliance for the benefit of the health of the community. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Due to COVID-19, we have been under strict health guidelines and rules as a community, province and nation for quite a long period of time now. The government of Ontario extended the current emergency orders until at least June 19th, at which time they will be reviewed. Currently, the Province of Ontario allows only for social gatherings of no more than 5 persons. Certain outdoor activities have been allowed under Stage 1 which includes;
Excerpt from https://www.ontario.ca/…/framework-reopening-our-province-s…
***allowing sport activity for individual/single competitors, including training and competitions conducted by a recognized Provincial Sport Organization, National Sport Organization or recognized national provincial training centres. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as:
water sports on lakes and outdoor bodies of water (no swimming pool sports), such as rowing and sailing
low-contact racquet sports like tennis, badminton, pickleball and ping pong
athletics, such as track and field, gymnastics and figure skating
animal-related sports, such as horse racing
Bicyclists to wear helmet
With this beautiful weather it is a great time to get out and stay active. We have been limited in our activities due to this pandemic and a great way to relieve stress is by getting some exercise.
The LaSalle Police Service regularly promotes bicycle safety initiatives such as the annual LaSalle Police Service Bicycle Rodeo to teach children safe riding practices, as well as the summer safe riding program which encourages youth to wear their bicycle helmets and may be rewarded for doing so from a LaSalle Police Officer giving them a coupon for a free treat at McDonalds as well as an entry ballot to win a bicycle at the end of the summer. These ballots and coupons are delivered only to youths who are observed by LaSalle Police Officers to be riding their bicycle in a safe and appropriate manner as well as properly wearing their safety helmet. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we were unable to hold our annual LaSalle Police Service Bicycle Rodeo however we are making preparations for our Summer Safe Riding program.
Each day we see many people, youths and adults alike, riding their bicycles, some of which are not always wearing their helmets. Our aim is to educate everyone on the safety benefits for everyone and legal requirements for our youths, to wear a safety helmet while riding a bicycle.
The helmet is not a fashion statement and is a means to prevent or mitigate potential catastrophic injuries to the head. Accidents can happen in an instant and are often unforeseen. Just as you would wear your seatbelt in your vehicle, please wear your helmet. Parents and guardians, we cannot do this alone and we rely on each and every one of you to teach your children about the safety benefits and legal requirements to do so. The easiest way to accomplish this is to lead by example. Serious head injuries do not discriminate by age. There is also a legal obligation by the parents or guardians of a youth to ensure that an approved safety helmet is properly worn at all times while riding a bicycle. See excerpts from the Highway Traffic Act below;
Bicyclists to wear helmet
Highway Traffic Act of Ontario Section 104
(2.1) Subject to subsection 103.1 (2), no person shall ride or operate a bicycle on a highway unless the person is wearing a bicycle helmet that complies with the regulations and the chin strap of the helmet is securely fastened under the chin. 2009, c. 5, s. 36 (1); 2015, c. 14, s. 36 (2).
Duty of parent or guardian
(2.2) No parent or guardian of a person under sixteen years of age shall authorize or knowingly permit that person to ride a bicycle, other than a power-assisted bicycle, on a highway unless the person is wearing a bicycle helmet as required by subsection (2.1). 1993, c. 18, s. 1; 2009, c. 5, s. 36 (2); 2015, c. 14, s. 36 (3).
Regulation with reference to the use and design of bicycle helmets:
In the morning hours, officers attended the area behind Sunnyside Tavern for a trespass complaint. Three males had been seen attempting to launch a boat into the water. When officers arrived, the boat was starting up with one male occupant around. The officers explained that the area was private property and that no one had permission to be there or had permission to use the boat launch. The officers advised him that there are plenty more facilities and marinas that he could use and cautioned him for the trespassing on private property. Before entering onto to someone’s property for any reason please make you that you have permission to be there.
A person visiting a relative overnight in LaSalle contacted the police to report someone had slashed all four tires on their vehicle and damaged the windshield. The reporting person could not think of any reason why they would be targeted for this damage. The officer in charge of the investigation canvassed the area for video surveillance. The home owner was advised that adding cameras and/or motion sensor lights could add additional security to their property.
A male complainant contacted the police regarding a fraudulent transaction. The reporting person had been trying to sell his camera on an on-line market place. They had received a message from a female out of the United States who wanted to purchase the camera. After receiving confirmation that the funds had been sent, the caller sent the camera via Canada Post. The next day he received a notification that his account was not set up to receive over $500 in e-transfer, so he contacted the buyer. The buyer then requested for him to send them Google Play Cards instead. The reporting person recognized that he was being scammed and contacted Canada Post to have the package stopped as well as reported the matter to the police. Anytime someone asks or demands that you purchase any type of gift card or other monetized card and to read them the codes on the rear of the card, this is almost always a scam and you will not be able to recover your money.
At approximately 3:00 PM, LaSalle Police Service received a request for assistance in locating an elderly man in his mid 80’s who had left their residence and had not been heard from since the early morning. There was concern that the male, who was travelling to St. Catherine’s to visit a family member, had not yet arrived. It had been 8 hours since he had left and the journey to St Catherine’s is generally a lot less time than that. The man’s son had tried calling his father, but had received no reply so he contacted LaSalle Police Service for assistance. The officer contacted dispatch to locate the subject’s phone and found his general area to be near the QEW. OPP in that area and appraised of the situation. At around 4:15 PM the reporting called the officer to advise that he had heard from his father and that he was safe at his brother’s home. He had taken a few de-tours along the way to cut up the journey. The officer was thanked for his help.
Suspicious Circumstances – Trespassing at Night
In the morning, just after 8:00 AM, LaSalle Police Officers attended the 800 block of Legacy Grove for a report of a suspicious circumstance. The reporting person advised that he observed footage from his home surveillance system that overnight at 12:00 AM, two adult Caucasian males entered his back yard, sat on his patio furniture and sat in a kiddie pool. There did not appear to be any damage nor that anything was taken. The entire incident took place of the period of approximately five minutes after which the males left. Entering onto private property where a residence is situated at night is a criminal offence.