PETERBOROUGH-The Peterborough Police Service has provided an update on the Safer Spaces Initiative launched on October 5th, 2023.
The initiative is a no-tolerance approach to open-air illicit drug use in the community. This includes spaces such as parks, places of business, and places where children go such as playgrounds.
Since that time the Peterborough Police Service says it has recorded 57 Calls for Service. In all cases, the officers were able to have a conversation about the new approach and provide a pamphlet about local services. Out of those calls, there have been three arrests related to outstanding warrants, theft and one person charged with possession and their cocaine seized.
When this approach was announced, some key performance indicators were also established. Based on that here is a breakdown of calls so far:
- The number of calls associated with this approach – 57
- Officer generated – 17
- Citizen generated – 40
- Locations where engagements are taking place – Mostly downtown core, however, there have been calls for service outside the downtown. (See map in dashboard)
- Types of illicit substances seized – Cocaine
“The response by the community has been positive and officers have indicated that the people they are speaking with have been cooperative. Our officers also continue to offer a pamphlet with local resources, where those interested can seek help if desired.” – Chief Stuart Betts, Peterborough Police Service.
We reached out to Kawartha Lakes Police Service on October 5th to find out if this was something that could be coming to Kawartha Lakes but have not yet received a response.