March 30th, 2020 to April 5th, 2020

Members of the LaSalle Police Service, working from Monday March 30th to Sunday April 5th, were kept busy responding to 388 occurrences and calls for service. Some of the many calls and occurrences include:

22 – Emergency 911 Calls
7 – Alarms
1 – Assault Complaint
1 – Bail Violation
9 – By-Law Complaints
3 – Child Custody Disputes
7 – Driving & Traffic Complaints
1 – Family Dispute
1 – Fraud Complaints
4 – Harassment Complaint
1 – Mental Health Act Matter
2 – Mischiefs
4 – Motor Vehicle Collision
5 – Suspicious Activity
1 – Thefts
50 – Traffic Stops & Vehicle Checks
3 – Trespass Complaints
2 – Wellness Checks

How to Make a Police Report
Dear Residents,
The LaSalle Police Service endeavours to provide our community with an effective and timely response to calls for service and matters of concern. While we have all had to modify our lives in response to this global crisis, the LaSalle Police Service has also found it necessary to modify our response model as it pertains to citizens reporting crimes and concerns.
For a number of years, we have had “On-Line Reporting” in place, accessible through our website at: https://www.lasallepolice.ca/report-incident/. As an alternative, citizens may now also send an email directly to dispatch@lasallepolice.ca.
As a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to prevent our front line officers to any unnecessary exposure, we have previously requested that anyone requiring the assistance of an officer for ALL non-emergent matters to please use the “On-Line Reporting” tool.
One of the many beautiful aspects of living in the Town of LaSalle is that many of our police officers and administrators are your friends, neighbours, family, coach, acquaintance, etc… We are interwoven into the fabric of this wonderful community. As such, many of our officers and administration are receiving calls for service or for information, directly by telephone, text and e-mails which then must be delivered to an officer on-duty for follow up. Everyone is asked to please cease contacting any officer or administrator directly for these purposes and to use the “On-Line Reporting” tool.
In an effort to deliver our community with timely and efficient service we request that ALL non-emergent matters to be reported by way of the “On-Line Reporting” tool. This includes reporting any matters or requesting information related to complaints or concerns about COVID-19 or the rules as it relates to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act;
Non Emergencies:
For non-emergencies you may dial 519-969-5210 however we encourage everyone to use our website at http://www.lasallepolice.ca and click on the “On-Line Reporting” tab and an officer will be assigned to follow up. Once again and for convenience, non-emergent matters may now be reported via email at dispatch@lasallepolice.ca. Please ensure you provide your full name and contact number so an officer may follow up with you.

Emergencies:
If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. It is an emergency if someone’s immediate health, safety, or property is in immediate danger or there is a crime in progress.

March 30th

Trespass Complaint: Dominion Golf Course
Dispatch received a complaint from the owner of Dominion Golf Course regarding someone who had been on the course the previous day, hitting golf balls in the rainy weather. He explained that the course can be damaged if people are on it during rainy conditions and it is also closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The owner just wanted the individual spoken to. The officer identified and contacted the trespasser and explained that the golf course is private property and expressed the owner’s concerns. The person apologized and assured that they would not go onto the course again without permission. LaSalle Police Officers will keep an eye out for people on the closed golf course. Anyone entering onto any golf course without permission may face a charge under the Trespass to Property Act. Every person trespassing on any property is responsible for any damage arising out of the trespassing and may be held liable under the trespass to property act as well as through civil action.

April 1st
Driving Complaint
Officers were dispatched to the area 6000 block of Huron Church Line for reports of yellow dune buggy driving at a high rate of speed up and down the street. The officers searched the area and were unable to locate the vehicle or driver. There are multiple provincial offences under the Highway Traffic Act, The Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, and the Off Road Vehicle act that could be applied in this situation. The fines for operating such a vehicle on a roadway could result in fines exceeding $5000.00. We have recently received a number of complaints where off road vehicles were being operated on the roadway. Off road vehicles are not authorized to be operated on a roadway in the Town of LaSalle.

LaSalle Police received further complaints that off road vehicles continue to travel along the ETR railroad tracks. While this location may seem like an innocuous location to operated off road vehicles there are a number of factors to consider which include;

1) The land adjacent to the railroad tracks are owned by Essex Terminal Railway which have NO TRESPASSING signs posted intermittently along this corridor. If you are on this property for any purpose without the permission of ETR then you are trespassing.

2) There are a number of homes that abut this corridor that must endure the endless noise of off road vehicles throughout the year. These homeowners are being deprived of the rightful enjoyment of their property. Please be considerate and ride only where you have permission to do so.

April 2nd
Motor Vehicle Collision: Fail to Remain
An officer met with a person wishing to report a motor vehicle collision. The reporting person stated that they were travelling west on International Avenue when a dirt-bike struck the driver’s side of their truck at the intersection of Sunnyside Lane and International Avenue. The complainant exited their vehicle to see if the young male rider, who was not wearing a helmet, was alright. He stated that he was fine and gave them an address of where he lived and then left the area on the dirt bike. It was later discovered that the address given was false. The dirt bike was described as white and black with red grips. The rider was described as a male with blonde hair, in his mid to late teens or early twenties wearing a blue hoodie and blue pyjama pants. This matter remains under investigation.

April 3rd
Facebook Scam
An officer spoke with a person in regards to a fraud complaint. The reporting person stated that they received a Facebook message from one of their friends advertising “AHS GOVERNMENT GRANT.” After opening the link and providing some personal information, the reporting person began to grow suspicious. They e-mailed their friend where the link came from and the friend informed them that their account had been hacked and not to give out anything. The reporting persons then phoned police for help. They further advised Equifax and Transunion of the situation in order to monitor their credit. The officer told them to contact their bank as well to advise them of the situation so that her account will be monitored.

If you stumble upon a message that looks suspicious or “too good to be true”, follow up with where it came from first, even if it came from a personal friends’ account on social media. Typically, it is a hacker. Follow up with the friend first before proceeding.

If the message claims to be a financial institution or government agency, check it out on-line or look up the phone number and call them personally to inquire about the link/offer. It is a good idea to never click on a link provided in an e-mail or text message. Instead, go directly to the website to find out more about the matter. There you may reveal the veracity of the message. There are many fraudulent schemes that are sent by text, e-mail, telephone or even standard mail. Many have an element of “act now” or have some alarming details that scare you into responding in some fashion…sometimes all they want is you to click the link. Don’t fall for it. Be smart and educate yourself. Here are a couple of links that can safe you some grief and money.

Canadian Anti Fraud Centre – https://cafc.ca/?
Competition Bureau of Canada – https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/home

If you feel like you accidentally gave out information to a fraudulent source you can report if to our online reporting at:https://www.lasallepolice.ca/report-incident/

April 4th

Warnings Given Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
At approximately 1:00 AM, LaSalle Police Service received a driving complaint in the area of North Town Line in LaSalle. The caller also advised that there were a group of people congregating at a nearby school. Officers attended and found 9 parked motor vehicles with 12 people congregating in the school parking lot. The persons were educated as per the Trespass to Property act, the Highway Traffic Act as well as their violation as per the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as it relates to social distancing and gatherings. All persons were cooperative and were cautioned for any related offences. They dispersed at the direction of the officers.

While the LaSalle Police Service strives to always work collaboratively with our citizens, please understand that these laws / measures have been enacted to help protect you, your family, your neighbours and all our citizens. By working together, we can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Our officers will continue utilizing the 3 pillars of our service delivery model…. namely Education, Awareness and Enforcement.

Failure to comply with an order made during a declared emergency under Section 7.0.11(1)(a) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act carries with it, a set fine of $750 with a total payable fine of $880.00. This measure was put into place to encourage compliance with the order. We would prefer not to lay a charge under this section however, blatant disregard for the safety and health of the community may result in charges under this Act. EVERYONE, please follow the direction of this emergency declaration!

April 5th
Motor Vehicle Collision vs. Road Sign: Fail to Remain
At approximately 10:30 PM, an officer was attended the 1300 block of Stuart Boulevard for reports of a loud bang being heard in the area. The noise was the result of a motor vehicle striking a speed limit sign, causing its post to bend downward. The vehicle that struck the sign did not remain at the scene. Officers checked the area and were unable to locate the involved vehicle. The LaSalle Roads Department was requested to attend to repair the sign. This matter remains under investigation.

COVID-19 Message from the Town of LaSalle
We understand that it is beautiful outside and we would all love to be out there. It is safe to do so if you follow the guidelines from our public health officials: Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Ontario Ministry of Health and Healthy Canadians. Spend some time on your front porch or backyard. Take a walk but remember to keep a physical distance of at least 2m (6 feet) away from others who are not part of your household.
Based on directives from the Province of Ontario, LaSalle parks, playgrounds, sports fields/diamonds/courts are closed. The boat ramp is also closed, and fishing at any park is prohibited. Green space and trails in parks is open to walk through only. No hanging out, no playing sports.
The Province has closed recreation amenities because they want us to stay home as much as possible. We are doing this for our safety, to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
Please stay home, and only go out when it is essential. Try and grocery shop only once per week. No play dates or parties. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
This might seem like a difficult task now, but we will get through this together. We need to take care of each other. We need to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 LaSalle Police Service Messages:

Information for Visitors to the LaSalle Police Service Headquarters
Effective immediately, to further assist in preventing transmission of COVID-19, the LaSalle Police Service Headquarters is closed for non-emergencies to the public until further notice.

We are asking members of the community to restrict attending the LaSalle Police Service HQ facility unless absolutely necessary.

Emergencies:
If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. It is an emergency if someone’s immediate health, safety, or property is in immediate danger or there is a crime in progress.

Non Emergencies:
For non-emergencies you may dial 519 969-5210 however we encourage everyone to use our website at http://www.lasallepolice.ca and click on the “Online Reporting” tab and an officer will be assigned to follow up.

Freedom of Information:
For any Freedom of Information requests or inquiries, please e-mail myearley@lasallepolice.ca or contact 519 969-5210 ext. 2061.

Fingerprinting:
All non-criminal fingerprinting is suspended until further notice

Record Checks/Police Clearances:
All in-person record checks are suspended until further notice. Record checks can be applied for on our website at http://www.lasallepolice.ca and click on the “Online Forms” tab.

Child Seat Inspections/Installations:
All child seat inspections / installations will be completed on an emergency basis – Please click this link for further details: https://www.lasallepolice.ca/wp-content/uploads/Child-Seat-inspection-and-COVID-19.pdf

COVID-19:
For information on COVID-19, please visit the Town of LaSalle’s website: http://www.lasalle.ca/en/index.asp
Or
Windsor Essex County Health Unit website: https://www.wechu.org/

No Reason to Litter:
We have noticed many disposable gloves discarded on the ground throughout the town, especially at shopping areas. We understand and we are all going through a challenging situation at the moment however we have would like to remind everyone to please not discard any gloves, masks, wipes, or any other personal protective equipment on the ground. Please discard these items in the trash or keep a bag in your vehicle for such purposes. Somebody will have to pick these items up. Let’s keep our town beautiful. Please Don’t litter.