Sgt. Colin Shaw
Durham Regional Police, Centralized Oshawa Problem-Based Response Unit (COPR)
As you may, or may not, be aware through a recent media release, the COPR unit is assisting in a Divisional Initiative to take back the streets of downtown Oshawa. At the time of the media release, a team of six officers drawn from our regular complement of our general patrol officers, and assisted by members of the COPR unit, began a proactive foot patrol blitz of our downtown, using highly visible foot patrol.
The results in the first 3 weeks have been staggering. This team of officers and support has been responsible for 117 arrests, 150 criminal charges, 85 provincial charges relating to traffic and alcohol related offences, 99 street checks.
The team has seized 1068 grams of marihuana, 10 grams of crack cocaine, 94 opiate tablets, 77 Ecstasy tablets, and Canadian currency related to criminal offences. In total, $27,805 in illegal narcotics and Canadian currency has been seized.
This program, for many of these reasons is a continual ongoing process, which directs our resources at problem hot spots. This is a paradigm shift in how we do business and what results can benefit from this type of ongoing problem identification.
Many thanks go to our community partners including the downtown merchant group, who have participated in many stages of this initiative. We are making slow progress but are beginning to see the rewards in focusing on taking back our streets.