The Chatham-Kent Police Service responded to 127 calls for service in the last 24 hours. Three people were arrested on outstanding warrants.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service Traffic Management Unit recently conducted, “Operation Salt Truck” which was a Road Safety Blitz within the Municipality. Through the use of education and enforcement, the goal was to raise awareness with respects to the risks associated with distracted driving and failure to properly wear seatbelts. Through the use of unmarked Municipal vehicles, violators were identified and infractions were enforced.
The ultimate goal was to raise awareness of the risks associated with distracted driving and improper seatbelt use through the use of education and enforcement. Statistics have indicated distracted driving as one of the major factors involved with motor vehicle collisions that are serious or fatal in nature, and failure to properly wear seatbelts further complicates these events. The Chatham-Kent Police Service Mission Statement of remaining dedicated to making Chatham-Kent the safest Community in Ontario encompasses a number of areas, and Roadway Safety is one of those priorities. The associated penalties are severe, with seatbelt infractions applying a $240 fine along with two demerit points, while distract driving related offences hold a $490 fine with three demerit points.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service will continue their efforts with a focus of improving the safety of the Community, including those who visit and will remain vigilant and creative with education and enforcement initiatives. In the end, a reduction in occurrence rate of distracted driving and related collisions, along with compliance of Roadway Safety Regulations is the ultimate goal. Achieving this target will take a collective and continuous effort from the entire Chatham-Kent Community.
Please click on the following links for more information pertaining to:
Distracted driving: https://www.ontario.ca/page/distracted-driving
Seatbelt Safety: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/safe-driving-practices.shtml
Man Charged with Drug Offences CK17012444
In April 2017, members of the Chatham-Kent Police Service Intelligence and Drug Enforcement Unit, along with the Critical Incident Response Team executed a search warrant at a residence in Wheatley.
Drugs (crack cocaine, cocaine, oxycodone pills, marijuana), drug paraphernalia and firearms were located within the house and seized by police for evidence.
As a result of the search warrant, Jose Cabral, 57 years of Walker Avenue in Wheatley was arrested and charged with the following:
– Possession of a Controlled Substance
– Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Careless Storage of a Firearm x 4
He was transported to Chatham-Kent Police Service Headquarters where he was released with a court date of Thursday, May 11, 2017.
Mental Health Week
Mental Health Week is an annual national event that takes place May 1 – 7 to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.
Certain members of the Chatham-Kent Police Service will be wearing green shirts and attending events within the Municipality in support of Mental Health Week.
As the week approaches, events throughout the Municipality will be listed.
Const. Kelly Helbin
Public Information Officer
Chatham-Kent Police Service