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Police to set up satellite office downtown

Tuesday, February 18, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

There will soon be a Sault Ste. Marie Police Service satellite office on Gore Street.

Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Chief Bob Davies informed City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday that the office (which was recently approved by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Board) will be located at 138 Gore Street and should be open by mid-April.

"We can support an increased police presence on Gore Street (based on the number of police calls to that area)," Davies told Council.

Davies told Council the cost for establishing the office is approximately $33,000, but said that funding need not be provided by the City as it is being provided by agencies Sault Police are partnering with in addressing downtown crime.

No additional police officers will be hired to staff the site.

Two police officers will be on duty at the office throughout the year (transferred from the main Sault Police Service building on Second Line), and the office will be staffed with an additional two officers (who normally work as high school liaison officers throughout the school year) during the summer months.

Davies said the office will not be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (but rather, regular business hours), but reassured Council that there will definitely always be a police presence in the area if the number of calls for police assistance warrants it.

City Council approved a resolution in November 2013 requesting Sault Police look into the possibility of establishing a satellite office on Gore Street as a crime deterrent for that area.

A satellite office on Gore Street, Sault Police have maintained, is only one way of addressing crime in that part of the downtown district.

Davies said many of the calls for police help from Gore Street and the surrounding area are "social disorder calls" involving prostitution and domestic incidents.

Because of that, local law enforcement officials have recently taken a new approach to dealing with crimes such as prostitution, with a stronger focus on rehabilitation instead of punishment, by partnering with community service agencies who help people get out of high risk behaviour.

Sault Police have been studying similar methods in policing in Sudbury, and are working with community agencies in remedying the root causes of crimes such as prostitution, substance abuse and domestic incidents in the community. 

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Beej 2/18/2014 8:54:14 PM Report

I'm pretty sure the majority of crime doesn't happen from 9-5, and what about weekend hours?
anapeg 2/18/2014 9:17:04 PM Report

This was attempted a while back with the "office" located across from fabricland if memory serves? Seems to moi there were associated "beats" being walked at that time. Anyone else recall similar or am I out in left field yet again?
rezdood79 2/18/2014 9:19:51 PM Report

Dum dum poleece man opin up on weekands
arizonagryphon3 2/18/2014 9:21:34 PM Report

Business hours. Yep, that makes sense. Business hours on gore street should be 7pm -7am daily.
mckdd5 2/18/2014 9:46:05 PM Report

Great work to our police department. Work at a business in the local area and they have cleaned up the area quite a bit in the last 6 months. Continue having a presence. The area is starting to clean up nicely. Well done!
Great news 2/18/2014 9:51:35 PM Report

If 8 hours shifts are budgeted than it should be 4pm till midnight at minimum. Not much action during day time there, Good idea if open when needed. Waste of money what is proposed.
saultbie25 2/18/2014 9:54:24 PM Report

I am beyond puzzled on why they would ONLY be open during business hours. Most of the trouble making lowlives and delinquent kids are causing trouble at night! How is from 9-5 going to solve the actual crime and mischief issue?

I guess Sault Ste. Marie Police is lacking common sense as well!
willoweep 2/18/2014 10:00:26 PM Report

I believe A visual Police presence will indeed be a deterrent for some of the Criminal activity in that area.

But I also believe that it won't make the
"bad guys" behave , they will simply move .

Still it's a step in the right direction ,and I hope a successful 0ne.
scottstewy123 2/18/2014 10:10:16 PM Report

Then set up a few cameras when the office is closed.
I'm In 2/18/2014 10:18:53 PM Report

All the opinionated experts on this site also known as the "KEYBOARD COMMANDOS"
Tag33&1/3rd 2/18/2014 10:31:10 PM Report

Just cause office closed after 5pm---doesnt mean they can't operate out of it--geez guys think!
DarmokandJalad 2/18/2014 10:34:35 PM Report

The police will be partnering with other agencies from what I gather, to have more presence in the area and work to prevent harm and crime.
Mayday? 2/18/2014 10:43:41 PM Report

This is just a preliminary,a trial of sorts,and in time make pivitoal decisions.Hats off to those responsible for making this a reality.I'm confident the law breakers will operate on tilt..."Bravo"
Pakadeva 2/19/2014 12:05:54 AM Report

Naysayers read again "there will definitely always be a police presence in the area if the number of calls for police assistance warrants it".
So, stop condemnin g & start praising! I think this is a great step forward & already funded without us!!!
Walla 2/19/2014 6:14:23 AM Report

I remember sitting at work on queen street in the not so distant past around 10:00 am when I heard that a few purses were stolen from the office next door!
Imagine that! Criminals getting up early to go to their jobs! Crime happens 24 hrs a day , and sometimes simply a heightened police presence can deter a crime.

So to all you wannabe journalists and whiners, keep the negativity to yourselves and say Three Cheers to your police department, who is at least trying to make an effort to keep your community safe!
peanut12 2/19/2014 6:58:42 AM Report

Good , now hopefully they will keep the prostitutes and junkies off the streets, in our family friendly neighbourhood....gore st to Dennis st area..
HONEST1 2/19/2014 7:22:14 AM Report

If the station is not going to be opened 24 hours then whats the point of having the satellite office. What a waste of money. That office should be opened from 11:00pm-7:00am at least. Not regular business hours.
zardoz 2/19/2014 7:55:13 AM Report

These hours make absolutely no sense to anybody...come on
lizzardskills 2/19/2014 8:44:43 AM Report

Waiting for phone calls too the police is not preventing any crime. I walk in this area day and night and can tell you day time I hardly see anything. Night time I leave all valuables at home because shady people are around! There is always a police presence in the area! Still doesn't seem to deter people. If anything they should be open until at least midnight! Especially in the spring/summer.
crashed13 2/19/2014 8:46:55 AM Report

Who's going to guard that police building from break ins while its closed from 5pm to 8am, the staff at Macs?
Tag33&1/3rd 2/19/2014 8:59:18 AM Report

@Walla
You are so right!

I'm not sure why people don't understand about the 9-5 hrs? That simply means the public can talk to reception in person from 9-5. Off hours there will still be police in the building or working out of it! Like why is that so hard for people to comprehend?
DarmokandJalad 2/19/2014 9:13:17 AM Report

People don't like to read or listen, and even one or two of the councillors during the presentation had a hard time understanding the reasoning for the daytime hours. This isn't another police station. This is a partnership of agencies including police working to help the UNDERLYING issues (social, health, drug etc.)and increase visibility downtown.
Wisenheimer 2/19/2014 9:24:27 AM Report

A police presence would have to be 24-7 to have the desired effect. The desired effect will only move the problem to another neighbourhood.
The real problem is a lack of jobs for the mostly unskilled, poorly educated folk that used to walk into ASI's employment office, and be set for life.
Sam C 2/19/2014 9:46:21 AM Report

Having a satellite station open during office hours will provide a presences, and allow residents of the neighbourhood an opportunity to attend at the office to file complaints, discuss local problems, etc.

There will still be ongoing patrols, but keep in mind that we only have so many officers on the street to begin with.

If the current cops are redeployed to focus on a particular area, that would leave other area with reduced coverage.

If we want more cops on patrol, then we have to pay for more.

Instead of predicting failure, why not let the Police give this a try and see how it works out?
lucky10 2/19/2014 9:56:44 AM Report

not sayin bad or good but wondering how two officers sitting in an office deter crime ?? A cruiser driving down the road doesn't deter crime . Unless the crime is being committed at the office i don't see the point of all of it , if it works GREAT but just can't wrap my head around it . The court house is to be the shinning example of justice and the consequence of where you would end up if you break the law and it is right around the corner . i guess if you commit a crime report to 138 Gore St . ???
Wisenheimer 2/19/2014 10:09:16 AM Report

Because Sam when you put your finger in the dyke, it does not fix the dyke.
No jobs = drugs and prostitution and all the neat stuff that goes with it.
justsomeguy 2/19/2014 10:37:37 AM Report

My experience in other cities, an entire shift would operate out of a satellite office around the clock. They'd go there to complete reports, use the computer, make calls... The only time they went to HQ was to drop of a prisoner.

Normally all calls would still go to dispatch and then dispatch would contact the units. A satellite location should create an increased & ongoing presence because police simply spend more time in an area of concern and can decrease their response time. I.e they are already in the root area of crime.

But then again with problem-oriented-policing strategies we should be seeing things like proactive foot patrols (not during -20c perhaps), but all I've seen downtown are college police foundation kids patrolling. No deterrent there.

I see comments that we should be crediting the police. From watching council meetings & reading responses it seems like the police were sort of put in this direction by residents, business & council. Policing solutions should come from the police - it's there's a chief, deputy & supporting staff. Are they not supposed to be the experts? I fail to see a reason why we should be giving credit on this. We've read articles, complaints, focus groups, etc. for years. How long does it take to research & act on crime in this day & age? There are countless programs, boards, seminars, outside training, etc. that police leader have available to them. Surely SSM isn't unique and the only ones ever to experience these root causes of crime.
justsomeguy 2/19/2014 10:41:56 AM Report

Weisenheimer also has a point - there are many other factors which can be the root cause of crime, however you can't say that 100% of crime is based on these factors. Not every unemployed person steals, engages in prostitution, or drugs.

Those factors do exacerbate crime rates. But again without police getting to the areas of concern and capturing data (crimes, rates, demographics) we won't have the necessary data to know which direction to take.

I've heard from a reputable friend that the data the police are gathering is very faulty and not really being used.

Bad Dawg 2/19/2014 10:54:45 AM Report

need more cops in that area?? should of opened a Timmies.

The business owners should pay for their own private security. I don't think crime is that much of an issue for them, they just hire someone else if their clerk gets robbed and is too scared to go back to work.
Sure they paid more insurance (because of the crime rate in that area) but now their insurance will go down because of more police presence.
sounds like a bunch of smoke being blown that an office will deter crime.
tess123 2/19/2014 11:51:38 AM Report

what a joke gore st what about queen st west all the drug sales ,lady of the nites. wife beating ,destroying peoples property i see it going on every day i live up here it use to be a nice area to live in i have been here 40 years it was a place where you could leave your doors open now lock every thing up
if they want to be smart get a cop on a motor bike or horse in this area gore st beview area to then you will see them hide
justsomeguy 2/19/2014 12:29:03 PM Report

I fear this will be about as successful as it has already been determined to be.

I hope though that this will be a genuine and well researched and planned out effort.
boilertyme 2/19/2014 12:44:24 PM Report

Fantastic,its time to put a thumb on the lowlife activities, police will learn where and who are at the root of many of the problems in the area, I once was proud to be from the Sault but in the last 10years I've seen us turn into a dirty little town, everyone knows who controll the drugs but these people seem untouchable
mslife 2/19/2014 1:47:06 PM Report

This site should be open from, 7pm to 9am, as this is when most calls happen in that area. The crimes are 99% occurring during the 7pm to 9am time slot. It is NOT science guys, it is Common sense.
thumbs4208 2/19/2014 2:00:13 PM Report

You all have your two cents but most of you have no brains - you just blah blah blah all the time
iamtc 2/19/2014 3:45:48 PM Report

Joke
guestwho 2/19/2014 4:46:22 PM Report

11-7 are regular business hrs in the gore street area
just given er 2/19/2014 6:40:58 PM Report

Now the low life's will just wait untill after 5, right around the time they wake up anyways.
ROBBW 2/19/2014 9:13:01 PM Report

Change is good...you Donkey's!! Anything is an improvement in that end of town.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/19/2014 9:33:02 PM Report

Holy lol u guys just don't get it. (well most of you)
mawk 2/19/2014 10:57:04 PM Report

I agree with many here, and surely the Police realize this too, Night Shift!
HONEST1 2/20/2014 11:26:52 AM Report

I think SAM C makes zero sense when he posts!!!!
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