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TBPS Chief Darcy Fleury

March 2024

In the ten months since I joined the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS), I have met with and learned from many people with a passion for our community. 

Like every month, the past one was busy for TBPS. As you can see from the following examples, demand for service is increasing.
 

 

February 2024

February 2023

Calls for Service

4,095

3,764

Intimate Partner Violence

212

173

Assault

102

87

Attempt or Threat Suicide

108

81

Warrants Executed

45

29


In addition to the increase in calls, a few February highlights include:

  • TBPS’s largest-ever seizure of cocaine, as well as property and cash through Project Marble, a major investigation led by the Intelligence Unit.
  • The launch of an exciting partnership that aims to strengthen the bond between TBPS, OPP and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation. TBPS officers will have the opportunity to work in a Northern Community and bring that experience back to Thunder Bay policing.
  • Members participated in several meaningful community initiatives, including Black History Month, annual Memorial Walk in honour of Sandra Johnson and all Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Donut Day for Special Olympics, Pink Shirt Day to bring awareness to the issue of bullying, 2024 Ontario Winter Games, Family Day Pow Wow.  

More recently, we reported to the Police Services Board that the 2023 budget was overspent by $2.8 million, mainly due to staffing costs.

There are ever-increasing calls related to mental health, addictions and living unhoused. Although these aren’t necessarily crimes, they still need a police response. In addition, we are all impacted by the criminal element that preys on marginalized people in our community. The rise in drug-, gun- and gang-related crimes pulls police resources away from other calls for service.

I am constantly concerned about the toll this takes on our members. Responding to calls of this nature can cause injury, and as a result there are several officers on leave. There is a human cost as well as financial.

Another impact is the public’s feeling of safety. All calls are important to us, and TBPS will always prioritize emergency calls where there is an imminent threat to life or of serious injury. This means it may take several days before an officer is available to investigate crimes such as when a person discovers that their shed has been broken into.

I am very proud of all TBPS members for their professionalism and commitment. In the face of these challenges, they continue to make a difference in our community. Others can too, through a career in policing. Recruitment is ongoing. Visit www.thunderbaypolice.ca/careers to apply.