Police change of command turns out to be a hug in – local boy returns to his roots.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  September 4, 2012  It was more of a love in than a change of command – even though one guy gave the other guy a sword.  Steve Tanner had come home and they were lined up to give him hugs or salute him.  The Region was swearing in its new Chief of Police at the Burlington Convention Centre where it was a standing room only event.

It was standing room only for the Change of Command and Swearing in of the new Chief of Police at the Burlington Convention Centre Tuesday. While not a very useful picture, this one shows just how packed the room was.

There was a Pipe band, a choir, a colour party and an invocation from the Chaplain, and everyone reminding the audience that the Region was the safest in the country for the past five years.

Steve Tanner, who started his career as a Constable in Burlington,  was back 17 years later as the Region’s Chief of Police.  Along the way he was a deputy chief  in Guelph and Belleville and then a Chief in Belleville and Kingston.

The swearing in turned into a reception with Chief Tanner accepting congratulations and a few words of advice from all those who chose to shake his hand. The Chief wanted to “shake” while the citizen wants to make a point.

There were accolades galore but there wasn’t much about what the new Chief was going to do.

But before the new Chief took command the event took the time to recognize the job Chief Crowell did during his command.

Crowell brought in a focus on women in the police service that was not as evident before he arrived to serve as the fifth chief of police.   Crowell introduced new budget and cost controls.  He introduced a higher level of transparency and efficiency.  He also recognized the changing make up of the community and ensured that the different faiths were recognized and accommodated.  Child and female abuse were aspects of policing that he paid particular attention to as well.

Gary Crowell turned the sword of office over to Steve Tanner, saluted the new Chief and became part of the history of the Halton Regional Police Service.

While being sworn in Steve Tanner promised to be loyal to the Queen, loyal to the constitution of Canada and both faithful and impartial in carrying out his duties as police chief.

It was clear from the background on Tanner that he is a good administrator and he is going to get every new toy the police service needs.  Much mention was made of the growth of the police service – an additional 369 officers since Tanner left.  But not a word about the budget or the crime issues the community faces.

Identity theft is rampant and it is our seniors that take the hardest hits on that one.  Armed robbery is consistent – not very high but consistent.

Mention was made of transparency and the need to respect each other.  All the words that the spin masters use were trotted out.

Tanner made mention of the people in Burlington who were formative in the development of his career.  There were a number of people he chose to remember very fondly.

We don`t yet know what kind of police chief Tanner will be.  Is he part of the new breed that understands and can work with the technology that wasn’t even thought of during his days as a Constable?  Is the shift in the demographic makeup of the community something he is really tuned into?  Does he understand the mentality of the young people that grow up in Burlington?  Does he have a solid grip and understanding of how devastating the drug trade is and the role it plays in the crime in the Region?

In the next year we will gain a better understanding of the man who now leads our police service.

One of the only people in the room carrying a weapon was this officer from the Tactical Rescue Unit. Wasn’t sure about the look he was giving me.

For the most part Burlington has an excellent police service; one that is seldom challenged because the community is close to crime free.  No mention was made of the number of officers we sent to the G20 conference in Toronto and what part they may have played in that event.

Domestic abuse doesn’t seem to be a problem in Burlington.  We don’t hear a word about pedophiles.  We do hear quite a bit about drug busts and Burlington got swept up in a banking machine scam that was taking place everywhere but the arrests were done by Burlington – so we got the TV coverage on that.

Every chief officer brings their own style to the job.  Steve Tanner has solid roots in the community and understands it well – what we are getting is a man from the community who brings back solid experience gained elsewhere in the province.  He also sports a mustache he didn’t appear to have in earlier pictures.

That and a badge (the same one he wore 17 years ago # 1214) should have him settled in his office nicely.  Time for us to take a look at the current police budget and business plan.

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Armed Robbery at Rogers Store on Fairview in Burlington; cell phones stolen – no staff injuries

 By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  August 31, 2012  Halton Regional Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at a Rogers Wireless store in Burlington. On August 30th at approximately 1:10 pm three masked suspects entered the Rogers Store located at 3455 Fairview Street Burlington.

One suspect produced a handgun and ordered staff and customers to lie on the floor. The suspects demanded cash and access to the store safe where they stole a quantity of cell phones. They then left the store and fled the area in a waiting vehicle. No staff members or customers were physically injured during the incident.

The suspects are described as follows:

3 black males aged 18 to 25 years old. They were of average height and slim to medium in build. Suspects were wearing dark clothing that included hoodies and balaclavas. They fled in a Silver 4 door Sedan, last observed headed westbound on Fairview Street.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-825 4747 ext 2315, Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222 TIPS (8477), online at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Former Halton teacher criminally charged with sexually exploiting a student between 2005 and 2010

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  August 23, 2012  The Halton Children’s Aid Society has investigated a complaint against a Halton Board of Education teacher thought to be sexually exploiting a student.  Halton Regional Police recently arrested Carol Shepherd, 48, of Burlington, Ontario and charged her with one count of Sexual Exploitation and one count of Sexual Assault in connection with incidents which occurred between 2005 and 2010.

Former Halton Board of Education teacher charged with sexual exploitation

During this time, the accused was employed as a teacher for the Halton District School Board.  As of June 2012, the accused was no longer employed by the HDSB.

Police do not believe there are further victims attributed to the accused.

Anyone with additional information is requested to contact D/Cst Charlotte Zarowny at 905-465-8979, or an investigator in the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Bureau at 905-465-8970.

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Arson Suspected in Two Car Blaze on Longmeadow Drive

 By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  August 23, 2012    It was just after 1 am in the morning when the fire trucks raced up Longmeadow Drive in Burlington to find no one but two cars ablaze.

It didn’t take long for police to extinguish the fire; nor did it take very long to determine that an accelerant had been used to start the fires.

Burlington Fire fighters quickly extinguished a blaze on Longmeadow Drive, Arson is suspected.

The fire was quickly extinguished with no further property damage and no injuries. Total damage is estimated at $15,000.00.

This appears to be an isolated incident and the Halton Police are investigating this matter as an act of arson. There are no suspects at this time and the investigation is continuing by the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747, Ext. 2305, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Burlington’s Riviera Motel damaged by fire; arson suspected.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  August 18, 2012  The Riviera Motel, empty for at least six months was found ablaze late Friday night.

Burlington fire crews responded just after midnight to the Riviera Motel on Lakeshore Road near Brant Street to find flames engulfing the second storey of the building.  There were no injuries.  Arson is suspected and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office has been notified.

A long time landmark along Lakeshore Road set ablaze Friday night – arson is suspected. The building is due for demolition before the end of the year

The motel which has long been a landmark along Burlington’s waterfront, was badly damaged by the flames.  It is slated for demolition before the end of the year to comply with a change in a Conservation Authority  requirement that calls for a greater set back form the lake that is currently required.

The site has a height and density that will allow for a 22 storey building and two seven storey buildings.  The owners of the property are currently working with the city to permit an eighth floor on the building that will be a hotel.  The developers wanted seven floors for hotel accommodation and an eighth floor for administrative and marketing use.

If the eighth floor is permitted the building will be higher than the Waterfront Hotel which is just to the west of the Riviera site.

The intention is believed to be to have a hotel in place for the Pan American games which take place in 2015.

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Bun fight on Silvan Drive: Police maintain the perils of social media evident at Burlington gathering

By Staff

BURLINGTON. ON  August 17, 2012   Halton Regional Police are reminding the public of the perils associated with social media platforms after notice of a Burlington house gathering resulted in several unwanted youths attending.

On Thursday August 16th at 10:55 p.m., police were called to a disturbance at a home on Silvan Forest Drive.  A child of the homeowner had invited a few friends over and word of the gathering was inadvertently posted on various social media sites.

Surprise – we heard about your party and we want in. Police were called – it got “unruly”

The posting resulted in several unwanted youths attending the home, causing damage and removing items from within.   Despite the unruliness of the attendees and having objects tossed at them, police were able to quell the disturbance and restore order.

Despite its many benefits, the advent of social media has its downsides and incidents such as these are becoming all too common within our community.  The police in conjunction with school board officials continue to work on educating both youth and parents of the need to be cognizant of the potential implications associated with social media applications.

This Social Media can cut both ways.  The Mayor of Burlington recently sent out the following:

Hi Pepper,Rick Goldring has invited you to like his page The Mayor’s Cabaret.

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The Facebook Team

The Mayor wants you to show up at the Performing Arts Centre and attend the fund raiser he is sponsoring for the Centre – which remind us – what have they been up to at the Centre lately and is their agreement with the city signed yet?


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Is this what they mean by organized crime? Threesome pull a fast one at Burlington Mall.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  August 16, 2012  The Regional Police got a call from the Fido store at the Burlington Mall to report a theft.     This was slick – they’ll get caught – eventually.

On August 12th, mid-afternoon, an unknown female suspect entered the Fido cellular phone store at the Burlington Mall.   The store clerk began assisting the woman.  Soon after, an unknown black male suspect and an unknown white male suspect entered the store.  The white man approached the store clerk and told her that the black man required assistance picking out a phone.  While the store clerk spoke to the black man with her back to the white male and female, the white man entered the back room with the female’s black and white striped bag and proceeded to grab numerous cellular phones and place them in the bag.  When the white male exited the back room, he handed the bag back to the woman and the three suspects left the store together.

4S iPhones – a popular item.. If you get an offer of a good deal – think twice.

This crew had obviously “cased the joint” and knew where the inventory was.

Stolen items include: Five 16 Gigabit 4s white iPhones; four 16 Gigabit 4s black iPhones; and one 64 Gigabit 4s white iPhone.

Suspect #1 is described as: female, possibly of aboriginal descent, approximately 5ft5, approximately 140 lbs, with a heavy build.  The suspect appeared to be approximately 30 to 35 years of age, with black hair.  She was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, brown knee high boots, with a black and white bag on her right shoulder.

Suspect #2 is described as: male, black, approximately 6ft, with a slim build.  The suspect appeared to be approximately 20 to 25 years of age, dark haired, with a shaved head.  He was wearing a grey long sleeve zipper hoodie, blue jeans, dark shoes, and a large wrist watch on his left wrist.

Suspect #3 is described as: male, white with a tanned complexion, approximately 6ft, with a heavy build.  The suspect appeared to be 200 lbs, 25 to 30 years of age, dark haired, with a shaved head.  He was wearing diamond earrings in each ear, a white golf shirt with a diamond pattern, white and neon striped shorts, and a loafer style dark shoe.

Those are pretty good descriptions.  When the police eventually apprehend this crew – they will be identified.  If you get an opportunity to buy a cell phone that seems too good to be true – now you know where that telephone may have come from.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Pedestrian struck by car on Brant Street. Driver did not have a valid license. Police lay charges.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  August 9, 2012   A 42 year old Burlington resident, driving without a valid driver’s license, struck a pedestrian who was crossing Brant Street between North Service Road and Mount Forest Drive

The event took place  at  approximately 12:30 am on August 9, when the 25 year old male pedestrian was crossing Brant Street, eastbound, in an uncontrolled location of the roadway. He was struck by a northbound Honda Prelude and was knocked to the pavement.

Police lay charges against unlicensed driver of car that struck pedestrian on Brant Street

The pedestrian was removed from the scene by paramedics and transported to the local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

There was no indication that either the pedestrian or the driver had consumed alcohol.

Jason MURDOCH, age 42 years, of Burlington has been charged driving a motor vehicle with no licence contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

The investigation is continuing relating to actual causes of the collision.

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East end Burlington resident injured in home invasion; police asking for help.

 By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  August 6, 2012  Just after 9:30pm, Sunday, an east end Burlington home was invaded by two males.

One of the two residents in the home at the time, heard a knock at the door, opened it and was immediately shoved aside as two males forced their way in to the house.

The two men then ran to a second occupant of the home, assaulted him and demanded cash and jewellery.

Upon receiving a small, as yet undetermined, amount of cash the two males fled the residence. The male resident of the home suffered minor injury and was taken to hospital. The female resident was attended to at the scene by Halton EMS.

The two male suspects are described as; white, approximately 30 years old and slim. They were wearing dark hoody style sweatshirts with the hood pulled up over their heads.

The Halton Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying these two males.

Anyone with information is asked to contact:

D/Cst Brad SImpson at (905) 825-4747 x2329,

D/Cst Phil Vandenbeukel at (905)825-4747 ext 2313,

The investigation is continuing by officers in the #3 District Criminal Investigation Bureau.


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They are out there again – trying to scam seniors of their savings. If the “bank inspector” calls – demand to see him at his office.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON July 31, 2012    The Bank Investigator Scam is back.  And as they usually do- they target vulnerable trusting seniors who have savings they need tucked away.  Some slickster wants to take that money from you and will call saying he is an Inspector with the bank and needs your help.

Tell him you’d love to help him and then ask which branch you can meet him or her at.  Then call the police.

The Halton Regional Police Service is warning seniors about a “Bank Investigator Scam”.  The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (formerly known as Phone Busters) recently reported over 100 complaints with reported losses to victims of 1/2 million dollars.

This scam is predominantly targeting female seniors and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says that the fraudsters sometimes use the obituaries to obtain personal information about their potential victims.

Constable Wendy Moraghan works with seniors in the Region as the Elder Services Coordinator.  If you think there is something fishy about a phone call you get – call Wendy, she’s there to help.

The fraudsters contact seniors by phone advising that they require their assistance to catch a bank employee that “has been stealing money”.  The person is instructed to go to their bank and make a cash withdrawal, usually in 100 dollar bills, for amounts in the $5000.00 range.  The person is told not to tell the bank teller what they are doing because the teller may be involved.

When anyone asks you to to withdraw cash from your bank account and meet them in a parking lot – let them know you would prefer to meet in the parking lot of the police station and hang up.

The senior is instructed to place the cash in an envelope and meet the “investigator” in a nearby parking lot where the cash is turned over.  If successful the “investigator” attempts a further request for funds to ensure the investigation is a success.  On one occasion the “investigator” also asked if the senior had any cash at home because the employee had been handing out counterfeit money.

The senior turned over $6,000.00 in cash from her residence which the “investigator” confirmed was counterfeit by looking at the serial numbers.  The fraudsters will represent various different financial institutions.  The public is reminded that this is not the way banks operate.  If there is an investigation it is done by the police.

Police constable Wendy Moraghan (Elder Services Coordinator) with the Halton Regional Police Service is as far away as a telephone call – if you’re suspicious – give her a call -905-825-4777 ext. 5064   She’s a real sweetheart and will answer every question you  have – she’s there to help you.

Moraghan will tell you to never give out personal information on the telephone to anyone.  Constable Moraghan attends many seniors events in the Region.

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Halton ranked safest regional municipality in Canada with a population of over 100,000

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  July 27, 2012  Based on federal government statistics, the Region of Halton is the safest place to be in all of Canada when compared to other cities with the same 100,000 or more population.

The Region is using the Statistics Canada’s 2011 Crime Severity Index released earlier this week.

According to the report, when compared to the 49 communities with populations greater than 100,000 across Canada, Halton has:

The lowest overall Crime Severity Index (33.6 in 2011, down from  37.0 in 2010);

The lowest Non-Violent Crime Severity Index (35.7 in 2011 down from 40.0 in 2010), and

The second lowest Violent Crime Severity Index (28.2 in 2011 compared to 28.0 in 2010).

Halton’s lower index values are consistent with crime trends across Canada, as Statistics Canada reported that the overall national Crime Severity Index was the lowest it has been in 40 years.

“These latest figures from Statistics Canada speak volumes about the effective partnership between our Service and the community to prevent, deter and reduce crime,” said Acting Chief Andrew Fletcher.  “It is an honour to have our Maclean’s magazine ranking as the safest regional municipality in Canada be confirmed by hard crime data provided by every police service in the nation.”

Statistics Canada introduced the Crime Severity Index in 2009 as a measure of severity of crimes committed in Canada.  Crimes are assigned “seriousness weights” which are determined by the number of people convicted of the crime who spend time in jail, and how much jail time those individuals serve. To calculate the Crime Severity Index, the number of incidents for each offence is multiplied by the weight of that offence.

Acting Chief Fletcher said that despite Halton’s low crime severity, there is always room for improvement.  In particular, he cited traffic safety, the victimization of seniors, youth crime, consumer fraud, and domestic violence as particular areas of focus for the Service.

While good police work is the biggest component of keeping a community safe, the demographic make up of the population plays a very large part as well.  Halton has some poverty and some ethnic diversity but nowhere near what the Region of Peel has nor anything close to the make-up of Metropolitan Toronto.

Stephen Tanner will get a new badge and a new office in September when he takes charge of the Halton Regional Police Service.

Halton is a very easy part of the province to be a police officer in – traffic is close to the biggest problem we have to deal with.  So while the statistics are good – they should be.

We have a new police chief taking office in September.  Stephen J. Tanner gets his new badge early in September.  Is there any major work to be done to whip the Halton Police Service into shape?  Is there anything pressing that needs immediate attention?  Is he going to be asked to come up with a budget that requires a little less than the HRPS has been spending in the past?

This posting is going to be a pretty easy gig for Tanner.  The statistics should be about the same in 2012 and for a number of years out into the future.

“Statistics don’t always reflect the very real impact crime has on people in our community every day. That’s why as a Service, we don’t simply rely on the numbers, but rather we focus on building positive relationships with the people we serve as one of the best indicators of how well we are serving this community.”

That`s a decent quote; says the right thing, leaves the right tone.  Not sure what it means.



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History takes another hit when vandals desecrate St. Luke’s Anglican Church Cemetery.

Redcoats salute a fallen soldier buried at St. Luke’s Anglican Church Cemetery as part of the War of 1812 celebrations.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  July 26, 2012  Halton Regional Police Service is investigating damage to headstones at St Luke’s Anglican Church and Cemetery.

A lone suspect entered the property on July 15th at approximately 3:18 a.m. and was captured on surveillance video toppling two headstones.

The suspect is described as male, white, muscular build, short hair or possibly bald, wearing light coloured cargo pants and running shoes.  The suspect was shirtless, but carrying a shirt in his hand.

Special machinery will be required to reinstate one of the heavy headstones at a cost of approximately $1000.

Previous cemetery desecration in August 2007 resulted in a $12,000 repair bill.
(Photo courtesy Hamilton Spectator)

The headstones at St. Lukes have been damaged in the past.  In August of 2007, 22 headstones were damaged.  Previously to that damage was done to the cemetery on at least three other occasions.

St. Luke’s parish was built in 1834 on land given to First Nations Chief Joseph Brant for his services to the British crown during the American Revolution. His daughter later donated some of the land to the church.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes)

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Health Club takes a hit; bandit takes cash; police nab bandit. Bandit will get a change of address.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  July 25, 2012  It didn’t take long for the Halton Regional Police to make an arrest in the July 22nd break-in to the Cedar Springs Health and Racket Club, located at 960 Cumberland Ave.

The suspect used a rock to smash the front window, and then used tools to break into the ATM located on the premises, stealing the cash inside.

Investigation quickly identified a suspect that led to an arrest the next day.  A search warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence, where police found stolen cash and tools used to break into the ATM.

Bandit left with just the cash from the Cedar Springs Health Club – but left something behind that allowed the police to arrest him the next day.

The suspect is also believed to be responsible for a June 27th attempted break –in at the Burlington Professional Centre located at 3155 Harvester Rd.  On that occasion the suspect disabled the alarm system, but was not successful in gaining entry.

The suspect clearly polished up his skills and got the cash but also got his picture taken or left a fingerprint.  Probably enough evidence to send him off to a different club – where he will probably further improve his skills.

Isaac Lucas, 34 years, of Stoney Creek is charged with:  Break and Enter;  Attempted Break and Enter; Mischief Under $5000; Possession of Burglary Tools and Breach of Probation (four counts).  This fellow doesn`t seem to be able to take advantages of the second chances he is given.


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Eyes on the street in a Burlington community results in three arrests for trafficking in marijuana.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  July 23, 2012  They call it eyes on the street; people keeping their eyes open and taking note of things that just don’t  look right.

It was just this kind of community concern that led to phone calls to the Halton Regional Police Service that resulted in Burlington uniform officers, supported by members of the Drug and Morality Unit initiating an investigation into the trafficking of cannabis marijuana from a residence in the City of Burlington.

Two men were observed outside the residence completing a drug transaction and were subsequently arrested.  A quantity of cannabis marijuana was recovered.  A short time later, another man was arrested for the offence of Trafficking in Cannabis Marijuana as he departed the residence.

A Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant was executed at the residence, resulting in the seizure of approximately 28 grams of cannabis marijuana, $275.00 dollars in Canadian currency and additional evidence of drug trafficking.

ACCUSEDThomas BARRIE (19 years) of Burlington
CHARGES: Possession of Cannabis Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, Trafficking in Cannabis Marijuana

ACCUSED:  Christopher WARRINER (20 years) of Burlington                    
CHARGE:  Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cannabis Marijuana

ACCUSED:  Dylan BROWN (20 years) of Burlington
CHARGE:  Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cannabis Marijuana

Police see an engaged community as vital component in eradicating illegal drug activity.  Investigators remind the public to utilize Crime Stoppers to report any illegal drug, gang or gun activity at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).




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New Regional police chief spent 16 formative years with the Halton Police service. Left to polish his resume and is now the top cop.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  June 29, 2012  Stephen J. Tanner will become the next chief of the Halton Regional Police Service.

For Tanner it is a bit of coming home.  He takes office on September 1, 2012.   Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher will continue as Acting Chief during this transition period supported by Deputy Chief Bob Percy and Acting Deputy Chief Marty Power.

Earlier this month Tanner was elected President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) for a one year term.

Local boy leaves home; does well and returns to become the new sheriff. Gets a new uniform and a car with a siren. Steve Tanner is the new Halton Regional Service chief of police.

Chief Designate Tanner has an extensive record of leadership as Chief of Police in Kingston since November 2008, and Belleville Chief from January 2002 to November 2008.  Steve Tanner is no stranger to the Halton Region; he was born and raised in Oakville.

Following his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 (Science & Psychology) from the University of Guelph, Steve Tanner joined the Halton Regional Police Service as a Constable in Burlington.

Over his formative 16 years with Halton Police, his career progressed through a variety of operational and supervisory responsibilities leading to his promotion to Acting Staff Sergeant prior to his selection as the Deputy Chief of Police of the Guelph Police Service.  In March 2000, he was selected as Deputy Chief for the Belleville Police Service and in January 2002 he was appointed as their Chief.  In November 2008 he was appointed as Chief of Police of the Kingston Police Service.

The Burlington that Steve Tanner left in 1998 isn’t all that different to what he is coming back to – his pay cheque will be the biggest change for him

The Halton Regional Police Services Board is the governing body for the Halton Regional Police Service and is comprised of seven members.  The provincial appointees are: Bob Maich, Board Chair; Andrew Tyrrell, and Marion Yee; Randy Hammell, Vice-Chair, a citizen appointee made by Regional Council; Mayor Rob Burton, Regional Councillor and Mayor of Oakville; Rick Craven, Regional and Burlington Councillor; and Jeff Knoll, Regional and Oakville Councillor.  Oversight and financial accountability for the police service rests with the citizen based Police Services Board.


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It has become the crime of choice for many criminals – it is relatively easy and it happens because we don’t pay attention – identity theft..

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  June 29, 2012  Halton Regional Police have laid a total of 140 charges related to fraud and identity theft

Early in March 2012, the Regional Fraud Unit began an investigation that focused on a large amount of identity theft and account takeovers within the Halton and Toronto area.

Thieves see identity theft as easy - they see your identity as money in their pockets. Protect yourself.

The targeted group would commit identity thefts and attend financial institutions and get access a victims bank using identity they had stolen and then removing funds from an account.

The project culminated on June 27th with the arrest of three individuals and residential search warrants executed in both Milton and Toronto.  Police recovered an assortment of identity documents, false identifications, credit cards, computers, instruments of forgery and cash.

Police are in the process of contacting the victims of these identity thefts and the investigation is ongoing as police anticipate laying additional charges.

Charged are Christopher Corey DEWSBURY (31) and Camille DEWSBURY (30) of Milton and Shelley Marie BOIS (53) of Toronto.

The trio face over 140 criminal code charges relating to Fraud, Possession of Counterfeit Mark,  Possession of Identity Information and Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence.  All are scheduled to appear in Milton Court on the 24th of July, 2012.

Anyone with information concerning this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-TIPS(8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).

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Knife point robbery on Brant at Caroline; suspect is believed to be a 15-17 year old female.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  June 19, 2012  Last Sunday evening as the last of the Sound of Music fans were heading home, at 12:40 a.m.,  a 14-year-old male victim and a friend were walking north on Brant Street near Caroline Street.

A lone female approached the victim, brandished a knife, held it against the victim’s stomach and demanded his property. The victim complied and gave up his knapsack and cell phone.

Writing up another report, not that many during the Sound of Music Festival

The suspect is described as a white female, 15 – 17 years, medium build, approximately 5’3” to 5’5”, fare skin with shoulder length brown hair.  The suspect was wearing a grey or black beanie style hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 x2343, Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-TIPS(8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).

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Alert residents see suspicious behavior and call police; two Toronto types don’t drive home.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  June 16, 2012   It is watchful citizens that catch the criminals..

There was a series of daytime house break in in the Francis Road community.  Word got out – Our Burlington was a large part of getting that word out – and when a resident saw what they thought was suspicious behaviour they called police.

Here is how the police tell the story:

On June 13th at 10:00 a.m. alert citizens reported suspicious activity of two men possibly casing homes in the area of Francis Road and Marley Crescent in Burlington.  There were also some reports of these same men going door-to-door offering gardening services.

Police responded to the area and located one man seated in his parked vehicle. A second man was seen exiting from between two houses, the man ran when he spotted police.

Both men were arrested and suspected of breaking into homes. Investigation discovered that a break and enter did occur at a Francis Road home, but nothing had been taken.

The suspect had entered the unlocked home while the resident was outside doing yard work. The resident happened to return indoors and interrupted the crime in progress.

This incident is similar in pattern to other recent Burlington residential break-ins that occur while homeowners are focused on outdoor activities. Halton Regional Police Service continues to investigate a possible connection.

ACCUSED: Denis PARCZEWSKI, 26 years of Toronto;  CHARGES: Break and Enter, Possession of Burglary Tools

ACCUSED: Hubert ZMIJEWSKI, 23 years of Toronto,  CHARGES: Break and Enter, Possession of Burglary Tools

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It was a police operation code named “commute” – covered a lot of ground between Hamilton and Toronto; none on the GO train.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON   June 12, 2012   This was a big one.  A total of nine people charged with multiple offences during what the police called project “Commute”.

Police had an undercover officer make multiple purchases of cocaine from a trafficker in Halton Region.  Subsequent investigation revealed this illegal activity was supported by an organized network of individuals.

Monday June 11,  Halton Police arrested a number of people and exercised search warrants at several residences in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and Toronto.  The police have been at this one for more than eleven months, following leads and getting at everyone they saw as part of what they now describe as an organized ring of drug traffickers that covered the Region of Halton, City of Hamilton and City of Toronto.

Numerous police units were involved in Operation Commute; an 11 month investigation that resulted in the seizure of three kilos of drugs and $45,000 in cash plus nine arrests.

Drug and Morality officers were assisted by members of the Halton Guns & Gangs Unit, PAVIS (Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy), PWEU (Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit),  Halton RIS (Regional Investigative Services), Halton and Hamilton uniformed members,  Halton TRU (Tactical Rescue Unit), Hamilton ERU (Emergency Response Unit), and Toronto ETF (Emergency Task Force).

The accused are:

Steven BAKER, 25 yrs, Hamilton

-Trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine)

-Trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine and crack cocaine)

-Possession for the purposes of trafficking (cocaine)

-Possession of proceeds of crime (over $5000)


Glen THOMAS, 32 yrs, Pickering

-Possession for the purposes of trafficking (oxycodone)

-Possession of proceeds of crime (over $5000)


Goun IM, 20 yrs, Oakville

-Possession for the purposes of trafficking (oxycodone)

-Possession of proceeds of crime (over $5000)


Brook TENN, 28 yrs, Hamilton

-Possession for the purposes of trafficking (cocaine and crack cocaine)

-Possession for the purposes of trafficking (oxycodone)

-Produce a controlled substance (crack cocaine)

-Careless storage of a firearm (contravention of regulations)

-Unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm

-Possession of a prohibited firearm knowing that its possession is unauthorized


Pierre KALATA, 30 yrs, Oakville

-Trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine)

-Possession for the purposes of trafficking (cocaine)

-Conspiracy to import a controlled substance (cocaine)

-Breach of recognizance of bail (3 counts)


Joseph SANSONE, 22 yrs, Toronto

-Trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine)

-Possession for the purposes of trafficking (cocaine)

-Possession for the purposes of trafficking (ecstasy)

-Possession of proceeds of crime (over $5000)

-Conspiracy to import a controlled substance (cocaine)

-Careless storage of a firearm (contravention of regulations) two counts

-Unauthorized possession of a firearm

-Unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm

-Possession of a prohibited firearm knowing that its possession is unauthorized

-Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized


Lindsay COUTTS, 23 yrs, Toronto

-Possession for the purposes of trafficking (cocaine)

-Possession for the purposes of trafficking (ecstasy)

-Possession of proceeds of crime (over $5000)

-Conspiracy to import a controlled substance (cocaine)

-Careless storage of a firearm (contravention of regulations) two counts

-Unauthorized possession of a firearm

-Unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm

-Possession of a prohibited firearm knowing that its possession is unauthorized

-Possession of a firearm knowing that its possession is unauthorized


These accused persons are scheduled to appear in Milton bail court on the 12th of June 2012.

Two additional people were added to the list of those arrested:

Sausha JEFFERSON, 33 yrs, Mississauga

-Conspiracy to import a controlled substance (cocaine)


Romina PISANI, 28 yrs, Concord

-Conspiracy to import a controlled substance (cocaine)


These accused persons will appear in Milton court on the 31st of July 2012.

During a drug raid police assume there are weapons inside the residence - they go in fully prepared.

This is a major multi-level police investigation. Seized was three kilograms of cocaine, quantities of oxycodone, ecstasy and marihuana.  All of these are dangerous, mind altering drugs that result in addictions.  The people in this business also had three illegal handguns, ammunition, a bulletproof vest, approximately $45,000.00 in Canadian currency and equipment used in the production of crack cocaine.

The number of police units involved indicates how serious the drug problem is in the region.  The people arrested were selling the drugs – who was buying the stuff?

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Halton Police Make Arrest in Stabbing Incident in Burlington near Tansley Woods Recreation Center

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  June 9, 2012  The Halton Regional Police Service were called to the wooded area near Tansley Woods Recreation Center on reports of a stabbing incident at approximately 6:10 p.m. on June 8, 2012.

Two groups of young males were meeting on the pathway when one of the males produced a knife and began to assault another male youth.  The victim, a 16 year old male, was struck in the arm and abdomen area before the suspect fled the area on a bicycle.

The suspect was stopped nearby by Halton Police and taken into custody.  A subsequent search of the area by Halton Tactical Officers and a Police Dog resulted in the suspected weapon being recovered.

The victim was transported to Joseph Brant Memorial hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

A 17 year old male from Burlington has been charged with the following offences:

 (1) Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

(2) Assault with a Weapon

(3) Obstruct Police

(4) Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (2 counts)

(5) Possession of a Controlled Substance (2 counts)

The suspect was held in custody for a bail hearing on June 9, 2012.


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