The James Bay detachment of the OPP is noticing a trend of violent crimes in areas surrounding Timmins. Last month, police responded to 39 violent crimes in the surrounding areas. James Bay OPP Staff Sergeant Baldassare Nuccio says with the help of an analyst they can determine a pattern in certain crimes. He says they have been seeing a trend in domestic violence and assault matters.
The OPP laid 145 criminal code charges in July and 565 provincial offence charges, which range from speeding tickets to trespassing. Nuccio says the OPP is doing a lot of proactive work in terms of criminal investigations, to reduce the calls for service when it comes to criminal matters.
Nuccio also points out the analyst helps the OPP determine their road safety plan. He says they don’t just randomly drive around, or arbitrarily go to locations. He says they have identified hot spots, and police officers are focusing their patrols at those locations. He says that helps the police be more effective and efficient in the delivery of their service.
The James Bay OPP services areas like Cochrane, Smooth Rock Falls, and Moosonee.
(With files from: Rudy Kadlec)