Message from the Chief of Police on COVID-19 and Impact on Police Operations
The LaSalle Police Service is actively monitoring the reports of Coronavirus (COVID-19) from credible sources and considering how the COVID-19 as well as other respiratory diseases (e.g. cold and flu) will affect our community and organization. In collaboration with the Municipality of the Town of LaSalle and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, we are working to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Our main focus is the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community and staff which remains paramount.
The following information is intended to update the public on the LaSalle Police Service’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
· When the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus outbreak an international health emergency on January 31, 2020 we have communicated regularly with, and taken guidance from, the Municipality of LaSalle and the Windsor Essex County Health Unit. To date, this has included closely monitoring the situation and providing regular updates and guidance to our members. We are also taking other precautions such as limiting non-essential meetings, events and training. It is important to note that there have been no service disruptions.
· Based on up to date information, we have decided to temporarily modify some non-emergency services, effective Sunday March 15, 2020. These measures are aimed at protecting all by minimizing the possibility of human to human transmission of the virus. All emergency services remain in place.
· We are asking members of the community to restrict attending the LaSalle Police Service HQ facility unless absolutely necessary. For all non-emergent calls for service, please use our website at www.lasallepolice.ca and click on the “Online Reporting” tab. Further, we will not be accepting in-person record check applications or in-person Freedom of Information requests. The Record Check applications can also be found on-our website. For any Freedom of Information requests / inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 519-969-5210 ext. 2061;
· Effective Sunday March 15, 2020, if you need to attend LaSalle Police Headquarters, you may be subject to brief non-intrusive screening related to the COVID-19 health risks. Please understand this is for the protection and peace of mind of our staff who will be serving you and other members of the public. Please do not attend police facilities if you are feeling unwell unless it is an emergency.
· If you telephone the LaSalle Police Service or LaSalle Fire Service Communication Center requesting an officer or firefighter to attend for a non-emergent event, you may be asked additional screening questions related to the COVID-19 health risks before an officer or firefighter is dispatched. Again, this is for the protection and peace of mind of our members and the public.
· You may see members of our service wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks for their own protection.
Please note that all emergency services are and remain fully functional. The situation is fluid and dynamic, and as the information from health authorities’ changes, so to will our approach.
As these situations may cause stress and anxiety, I want to personally guarantee our community that the LaSalle Police Service and its members are doing everything they can to help mitigate the situation. I wish to thank everyone for your patience and understanding especially during these challenging times..
I wish to also thank the members of the LaSalle Police Service for their professionalism and dedication to their peers and to their community.
Please monitor closely the below sites for up to date information:
Government of Canada
The Federal government’s webpage provides general information about COVID-19, travel advice, tips to stay safe.
Ontario Ministry of Health
Every weekday at 10:30 am, the Province of Ontario’s novel coronavirus web page is updated with the most up-to–date information, including the status of cases in Ontario.
Windsor Essex County Health Unit
WECHU maintains a webpage with current information. Follow them on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
Chief of Police
If anyone has any information on these or any other criminal offences please contact the LaSalle Police Service on the non-emergency line 519-969-5210 or Crime Stoppers at https://www.catchcrooks.com/ 519 258-8477. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911.
Members of the LaSalle Police Service, working from Monday March 9th to Sunday March 15th, were kept busy responding to 326 occurrences and calls for service. Some of the many calls and occurrences include:
21 – Emergency 911 Calls
9 – Alarms
3 – Assist Other Police Service
1 – Break and Enter
2 – By-Law Complaints
2 – Domestic Dispute
11 – Driving & Traffic Complaints
1 – Family Dispute
5 – Frauds
3 – Harassment Complaint
1 – Impaired Driving Complaint
1 – Insecure Premises
3 – Motor Vehicle Collisions
1 – Ride Program
1 – Sexual Offence
12 – Suspicious Activity
6 – Thefts
1 – Theft of Vehicle
2 – Trespass Complaints
119 – Traffic Stops & Vehicle Checks
3 – Wellness Checks
Just past noon, dispatch received a call from Shopper Drug Mart on Malden for a theft that had just occurred and that the male suspect could still be in close proximity to the store, driving a newer model, black Dodge Ram 1500. Officers quickly attended the area but were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. The male had entered the store with a trolley and was standing in the baby isle. An employee noticed him staring at them for an unusual amount of time. He was observed putting items into his trolley then bypassed the check out lines, and proceeded outside without paying. The male suspect is described as non-white, a little shorter than 6 foot, wore glasses, a dark hat and dark 3/4 length coat. The store manager followed the male outside where they observed him placing the trolley and stolen items into the Dodge Ram. A licence plate was obtained and queried in a police database. The officer obtained footage and the list of items stolen, valuing at $389.92. Investigation is continuing into this matter.
Fraudulent/Suspicious Unknown Callers
Dispatch received numerous calls on this date concerning suspicious callers/fraudulent companies asking for personal information or money from credit cards. Some are even saying that you have to report to jury duty or you will be arrested, or “This is not a telemarketer. Please call this 1-866 number back for…”. To demonstrate the boldness and indiscriminate nature of these calls, LaSalle Police Dispatch even receives these calls at the police station.
If you are suspicious or questioning that it is your actually your financial institution that is contacting you, hang up the phone, call your financial institution directly to ascertain if they were in fact calling and further to determine is anything there has been any suspicious activity on your bank account. In these situations it is most likely not a legitimate call but rather someone trying to defraud you of your money or information.
NO ONE will call you to tell you that you are going to be arrested. Just hang up the phone and if possible, block the number. If you have concerns that the call came from a law enforcement officer, contact your local police service to determine if the call was legitimate.
DO’s: If you have given out any personal information and later realize that the call was fraudulent;
– call your credit card company immediately.
– call your bank and advise them of the situation.
– call the police station on the non-emergency line and state that you have given out your information to a possible fraudulent caller, we would happy to make a report for you for insurance purposes.
– call back.
– give out any personal information.
– stay on the phone.
– say anything.
DO: Just hang up.
When Dispatch receives these calls with residents who have not given out any information, we advise them to contact or visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website. They are there to help you with these types of calls. If you are put on hold for a while remeber they are really busy. These calls come in loops, at certain times of the year.
Be patient, take down the number and contact:
Phone number: 1-888-495-8501
Traffic Stop Results in Criminal Charges
While on general patrol an officer was travelling northbound on Malden Road near Golfview Ave when they observed a vehicle which was possibly in violation of the Highway Traffic Act. A query using an available police database revealed that the registered owner was a suspended driver. The officer conducted a traffic stop in the 8500 block of Malden Rd to ensure compliance. There were three persons occupying the vehicle whose behaviour caused the officer to become suspicious that there was more than just a traffic violation to be considered. During the investigation a number of traffic violations were revealed which included; driving while under suspension, failure to wear seat belt, expired validation on plate and permit as well as operating a motor vehicle without insurance. The two passengers of the vehicle tried to mislead the investigating officer by providing false names and / or dates of birth. They were obligated to provide the officer their proper identification as they were not wearing their seat belts which is a violation of the Highway Traffic Act. The officer was able to properly identify all of the persons in the vehicle. The two passengers had legal conditions not to associate with each other arising out of a previous criminal investigation. The two passengers were arrested and charged with failing to comply with their conditions as well as possession of a controlled substance. A search incidental to arrest of the two persons and vehicle yielded a quantity of prescription medication as well as a small amount of suspected crack cocaine. The driver was not charged criminally but was issued with summonses for the above traffic offences and the vehicle was towed from the roadway. All three persons now have court dates to answer to their various charges.
Traffic Stop: 7 Day Suspension/Open Liquor while Driving
In the early morning hours, an officer on general patrol observed a vehicle which was swerving within its lanes. The officer conducted a vehicle stop and on immediate approach to the lone driver, the officer noticed a strong odor of freshly sprayed men’s cologne with an underlying odor of alcohol from the driver’s breath. The officer demanded that the driver provide a sample of their breath into a roadside screening device. The device indicated an “Alert”, indicating the blood-concentration of the driver was between 50 mg-100 mg per 100 ml of blood. The drivers’ licence was automatically seized to be destroyed as per the Ministry of Transportation. The driver had a previous suspension for registering of 50mgs of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle and was subject to increasing sanctions. In the first instance the driver previously received a 3 day drivers licence suspension. Since this was their second instance, they were served with a Suspension Notice for 7 days. If they were to have this happen again they will receive a 30 day licence suspension. When the driver exited their vehicle the officer observed that liquid was pouring out of their coat pocket which was found to be an open can of beer. The officer served the driver with a provincial offence notice “driving motor vehicle with open container of liquor” . A taxi cab was dispatched to transport the driver to their residence and the vehicle was towed from the scene.
Traffic Stop: 3 Day Suspension
Just after 3:30am, an officer observed a motor vehicle travelling on Front Road with no headlights. The officer conducted a traffic stop and during their interaction with the driver the officer noted the odour of alcohol from their breath. The officer demanded a breath sample which was provided and yielded a reading over 50mgs of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The drivers’ licence was seized and destroyed as per the Ministry of Transportation. A sober driver was able to attend and remove the vehicle and the occupants. The driver was cautioned for driving without proper headlights.
Traffic Stop: 3 Day Suspension
At approximately 2:00pm, an officer observed a motor vehicle travelling on Disputed Road and was failing to maintain its lane. The officer conducted a traffic stop and during their interaction with the driver noted the odour of alcohol from their breath. The officer demanded a breath sample which was provided and yielded a reading over 50mgs of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The drivers’ licence was seized and destroyed as per the Ministry of Transportation.
A sober driver was able to attend and pick up the driver. The vehicle was parked in a safe location near where it was stopped.
Dispatch received a call from a resident in the 100 block of Grondin stating that they noticed a raccoon in their neighbourhood behaving strangely, disoriented and flopping on its side. They also noticed that it appeared to be foaming at the mouth. An officer was dispatched to the area to investigate further and observed the same behaviour in the animal which included running into walls of area residences. Dispatch called the Humane Society to see if they could attend with the officers to confirm if the raccoon needed to be put down. If it didn’t need to be, they could take it back to the shelter and tend to it there. The Humane Society attended and confirmed that it was going to be put down at the Humane Society.
If you think an animal is injured/sick:
– Do Not approach the animal. Injured or sick animals can be unpredictable and dangerous.
– FIRST, call Erie Wildlife Rescue, Humane Society or Wings
– If you can’t get through to them, you can call the non-emergency line at the LaSalle Police Service.
If an animal is confirmed injured or foaming at the mouth:
– You can call the non-emergency line at LaSalle Police Service (519) 969-5210.
Erie Wildlife Rescue
11168 Tecumseh Road East
Windsor/Essex County Humane Society
5281 Middleside Rd, Essex Road 10
Vulnerable Persons Registry
The Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) is a service provided by the LaSalle Police Service that allows caregivers of vulnerable persons to submit information to a database that will be used by police and other emergency services during a crisis situation. For example if a person who is confused or lost is located in town , the officer will be able to use this tool to look up their name and photo. In doing so, this will save precious time and give the officer pertinent information regarding their behaviour and/or diagnosis along with their personal information such as home address and a caregiver to contact.
To fill out the registry go to https://www.lasallepolice.ca/vulneable-persons/ Where you can either fill it out online or print a PDF version to be submitted in person.