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August 3, 2022Warning - this news article expired on 2022-09-03. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Total calls for service – Belleville Police responded to 86 calls for service over a 24-hour period beginning at 5:00 am on the 2nd of August, 2022, to 5:00 am on the 3rd of August, 2022.

Arrested on Warrants

On the 2nd of August, 2022 at 9:30 am, Belleville Police attended the area of West Street and Trice Crescent in Belleville, Ontario to assist a city By-Law Officer to serve a notice. A check of a female at the location revealed that 35-year-old Cynthia Newman of no fixed address had several outstanding warrants for two counts of Failing to Comply with a Release Order, three counts of Failing to Attend Court, Failing to Attend Fingerprints, Failing to Comply with a Summons, Public Mischief, and using a Firearm without cause. As a result, Newman was arrested and later released with a court date of the 1st of September, 2022.

On the 3rd of August 2022 at 12:15 am Belleville Police attended a Cannifton Road Belleville, Ontario address for a report of an unwanted person. While arriving attending officers observed a male currently wanted on warrants by Belleville Police for two counts of theft. As a result, 36-year-old Michael Bird of no fixed address was arrested for the warrant and later released with a court date of the 29th of September, 2022.

On the 3rd of August 2022 at 1:18 am, Belleville Police Uniform Patrol were travelling eastbound on College Street at Grier Street Belleville, Ontario when they observed a female walking that matched the description of a suspect from an earlier theft investigation. Police stopped and spoke to the female. As a result, it was determined that the female 46-year-old Candice Matthews of no fixed address was wanted by Belleville Police for Theft and Fail to appear for Court and Fingerprints. Matthews was arrested for the warrants and later released with a court date of the 29th of September, 2022.

Community Support Officers

The Belleville Police Service would like to inform of a change to our Community Liaison Office. As part of our ongoing commitment to providing support to the most vulnerable in our community, the Belleville Police have enhanced the roles and responsibilities of our previously named Liaison Officers. The change includes renaming the positions to “Community Support Officers” and refocused duties to serve those individuals experiencing addiction, mental health, and homelessness issues.

These Community Support Officers are also involved in community engagement initiatives, including; educational presentations on a variety of topics as well as providing specific support to other “communities within the community”.

The current Community Support Officers are Constable Brittney Blake, Constable Nick Gervais and Sergeant Mike Doucette. (for bios and other pictures, please see social media links below).

Our Community Support Officers work closely with “Welcoming Streets,” an outreach program currently funded by Hastings County and facilitated by the Belleville Downtown District BIA. The program is designed to assist downtown businesses and vulnerable community members simultaneously through its empathetic approach, centred around establishing and maintaining trusting relationships. Sara Behring is the current outreach worker who supports the downtown community and works closely with the Community Support Officers. This is an example of a very successful partnership with police that showcases a collaborative approach.

Another excellent example of a thriving local partnership that showcases the Belleville Police Service’s commitment to mental health issues in the community is IMPACT (Integrated Mobile Police and Co-Response Team). This group is funded by the Canadian Mental Health Association and provides social workers who work closely with police to better respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Belleville Police Service strives to consistently build bridges with community partners to serve our community better. Our Community Support Officers, in particular, look forward to engaging in this vital work.