December 30, 2019

19-29640

Police investigating suspected arsons in North Delta

At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 28, Delta Fire requested Delta Police attend the 7000 block of 120th Street as four garbage bins were on fire. All fires were put out and contained prior to police arrival, and there was minimal damage to the garbage cans.

At 10:30 p.m., on the same night, Delta Fire advised police that there was another bin on fire in the 7200 block of 120th street.

“At this time we believe the five incidents are related and were set by one individual or one group of individuals.” says Acting Inspector Ciaran Feenan. “While the fires were minor in nature and there were fortunately no injuries, we do take incidents like this seriously.”

Delta Police are continuing to investigate these incidents. If you have any information related to these fires, please contact Delta Police at 604.946.4411 and quote file number 19-29640.

December 19, 2019
File 19-28708

Alleged porch pirate nabbed shortly after theft

On December 17 at approximately 3:30 p.m., police were notified of a theft of a package from the front porch of a resident’s home in North Delta. The victim was able to give police a description of the suspect, as they had witnessed the theft in progress via a surveillance app.

Police located a woman matching the description of the alleged thief in the 7600 block of 114th st. The woman was found to be in possession of the stolen package, was arrested for theft, and will be appearing in court in March 2020.

“This incident was the sixth reported package theft incident this month in Delta. We are encouraging residents of Delta, as we approach Christmas to take steps to protect any incoming parcels, and to please report to police if you have been a victim of porch pirates,” says Cris Leykauf, Delta Police spokesperson.

Below are some tips on how to protect your deliveries:

· Have your package delivered to your work.

· Have your package delivered to the home of a relative or friend that you know will be home.

· Have your package held at your local post office for pickup.

· Take advantage of “Ship to Store” option that many stores offer. Amazon offers a “locker” feature that allows you to pick up your package from a secure location.

· Request that your package has signature confirmation upon delivery.

· Ask your carrier to place package in an area out of plain view.

December 19, 2019

File 18-13843

Police advise of conditions re man facing child porn and voyeurism charges

Delta Police are informing the community of recent conditions imposed upon a former Delta resident (he moved to Surrey in Sept 2019) facing a number of child pornography and voyeurism charges, and note they will be monitoring the accused’s conditions.

In November 2019, 51-year old Kevin James SILEN was charged with eleven counts of Voyeurism, two counts of Possession of Child Pornography and one count each of Making Child Pornography, Accessing Child Pornography and Distributing Child Pornography.

These offences were limited to a residence in Delta, BC, and are alleged to have dated back to 2008.

Kevin SILEN’s release conditions include:

  1. SILEN must not engage in activities, volunteer work, or employment that could bring him into contact with persons under the age of 16 years.
  2. SILEN must not own or possess any device capable of accessing any computer network, including the internet, unless it is for employment or banking purposes.
  3. SILEN must not access social media sites, social networks, internet discussion forums, chat rooms, or maintain a personal profile on any such service, including Facebook, Twitter, Tinder, Instagram, LinkedIn or any similar service.
  4. SILEN must not communicate or attempt to communicate with any person under the age of 16 years through a social networking website, instant messaging service or chat room program.

“If anyone observes Kevin SILEN breaching these conditions, or if they have any information relating to the current charges against him, they are advised to contact Sgt. Dave BLACK of the Delta Police Department at 604-946-4411, extension 0935,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police.

Police will not be releasing a photo of Kevin SILEN.

 

December 18, 2019
File 19-28424

Police seek witnesses in shots fired incident in North Delta

At approximately 8:35 p.m. on Friday, December 13, Delta Police responded to report of shots being fired in the 11800 block of 73A Ave.
“There were no reported injuries, but we can confirm that several shots were fired into the residence and the vehicles parked in the driveway,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police.
The incident is still under investigation, and appears to be targeted.
Police are looking to speak with anybody who may have witnessed this incident, and has not spoken to police.
Additionally, anyone who has dash cam footage and was in the area of 118 st and 73a Ave at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 13 is asked to call police.
Please call 604.946.4411 and quote file number 2019-28424.

Dec. 16, 2019

Careers marked by helping others

Often when people come to the end of their careers, they reflect back – did I make a difference? Did my time here matter? Was I successful in helping others?  The answer to those questions is a resounding yes, for the two top-ranked women in the Delta Police Department – Inspectors Shawn Gain and Deb McLeod, who retired last week.

Inspector Shawn Gain spent the last four years as head of Delta Police’s Professional Standards section, also known as internal affairs in other organizations. Her office oversaw all matters relating to the Police Act. Inspector Deb McLeod was in charge of the Delta Police Patrol section, responsible for the majority of front line police officers who respond to calls for help from the public.

 Insp. Shawn Gain and Insp. Deb McLeod

Asked to look back on her career, Insp. Gain recalls a notable call for help on the police radio, in 2011 during the final Canucks game of the Stanley Cup. A riot had started.

“We drove downtown in tandem in record time, to assist Vancouver police. As our vehicle crested the Cambie Street bridge, we could see the city on fire and encased in smoke, I remember there was complete silence in the vehicle as we were in disbelief.  We drove into what looked like, a war zone.  I will never forget the burnt out vehicles and the smell of tear gas in the air,” she recounted.

“This was a once in a lifetime call ….. Our team was humbled to witness the VPD’s highly trained members manage the most difficult situation with the utmost professionalism, while maintaining public safety.”

When Inspector Deb McLeod first joined Delta Police as a reserve constable in 1990 she recalls the department didn’t have any computers, and police headquarters shared a building with the local courthouse. At that time police were called weekly to fights occurring in pubs and bars long since gone, such as Pillars Inn, Ladner Arms, the Smoking Turtle, and the Scottsdale Inn.

She was sworn in as a police officer in 1992, while Insp. Gain joined in 1991.  Their careers parralled each other and together the duo researched and implemented the first youth squad for the department.

Insp. McLeod joined the major crimes section in 1999, and was part of the team that successfully investigated the homicide of a taxi driver that year. From there she was seconded to the BC Organized Crime Agency, which later became Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, and was part of a huge drug smuggling investigation, which involved a cross-border operation, a corrupt banker, helicopters and more.

“It really was like something you might see in a movie,” she says. She was called back to Delta Police though,  to assist with an investigation into the death of a teacher in North Delta. “We solved that one too,” she notes with a satisfied nod of her head.

Insp. Gain’s love of sports assisted her in building relationships with youth

Inspector Gain stayed on with the Youth Squad she helped form, forging relationships and initiating over 20 different projects tackling youth related crime.

She and Insp. McLeod both were trained as crisis negotiators with the Municipal Emergency Response Team. Insp. Gain recalls one call where she was asked to speak with a distraught man sitting mid-span on the bridge, feet dangling over the edge, who was swallowing gasoline. She was harnessed up by a high angle rescue team to begin her walk.

“As I began my walk out onto the Sky Train bridge, I realized I was on a train trellis and there was no walkway or railings. There was no safety net.  My high angle rope was not long enough to reach the distraught male so I disconnected and continued toward the male to successfully negotiate,” she says.

Thankfully the incident came to a good conclusion.  Later that evening she went to the hospital to follow up with the man, and ended up sharing her lunch with him.

Insp. McLeod’s passion since 2000 has been working with and supporting Special Olympics athletes, and raising money for them through the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Special Olympics athlete, Kim Davies, and Inspector Debra McCleod

“They’re truly an inspiration to me, and I’ve forged so many wonderful friendships and connections over the years,” says Insp. McLeod.

While quick to acknowledge it’s a team effort, she’s spearheaded fundraising of more than $280,000 for the charity.

Inspector McLeod had a lifelong interest in helping vulnerable populations. After being trained as a crisis negotiator, she researched mental health calls the department had been attending over the years, and proposed and built the mental health team, which is still in place today. In 2006 she went on to form Delta Police’s Domestic Violence Unit. She’s also worked extensively on homelessness initiatives.

“Deb and Shawn have both given so much to the Delta Police Department, to our community and to the broader community through both their work and volunteer efforts,” says Chief Neil Dubord. “I want to thank them for the leadership they’ve shown, and we wish them all the best in their retirement.”

Dec. 16, 2019

File 19-25292

Two arrested in counterfeit investigation

Reports of counterfeit money in various denominations being passed in the Delta area prompted a police investigation dubbed “Fictus Denarios” (Latin for false coins).

The investigation was a joint effort between the Patrol Support Team and “C” Platoon, and pointed to a residence in North Delta.

Counterfeit currency seized during search warrant execution

“Our belief was that counterfeit currency was being produced within the residence,” said Acting Inspector Ciaran Feenan, head of the Patrol Section. He notes that the counterfeit money being produced is considered fairly low level.

Police were granted a warrant to search the residence, and executed it on December 5, 2019.

“We found several occupants inside the residence, including one male arrested on outstanding warrants unrelated to our investigation,” said A/Insp. Feenan.  Police seized counterfeit currency, materials involved in the creation of the counterfeit money, as well as a set of police-style body armour, ammunition, stolen property and drugs.

Two individuals have been arrested so far, and the investigation remains ongoing.

“We would like to raise awareness of this investigation to local businesses, and encourage them to call police if they believe any counterfeit currency was recently passed at their location,” said A/Insp. Feenan.

Police will be forwarding a report to Crown Counsel recommending several charges in relation to the investigation.

 

Dec. 13, 2019

File 19-1035

Community advised of bail conditions – offences involving a child

UPDATE (Dec. 18, 2019) – In this case only necessary general information was released to the public at large. However, more specific and detailed information was provided to those specific communities or groups whose members could be at greater risk. This was actually done back in April, 2019.

Delta Police are advising the public about bail conditions imposed on a man, charged with sexual offences involving a child.

In April 2019, 69-year-old Gurchetan Singh SAMRA, of Surrey, BC, was charged with the Criminal Code offences of Sexual Interference and Sexual Assault. The alleged offences occurred in Delta, BC in January 2019.

The disposition of the bail hearing for Mr. SAMRA imposed the following public safety conditions of note:

  1. SAMRA must not go to any public park, public swimming area, or community centre where persons under the age of 16 years are present or can reasonably be expected to be present, or at a day care centre, school ground or playground.
  2. SAMRA must have no contact or communication directly or indirectly with or be alone in the presence of any person who reasonably appears to be under the age of 16 years.
  3. SAMRA must not engage in activities, volunteer work, or employment that could bring him into contact with persons under the age of 16 years.

Delta Police have been monitoring SAMRA’s bail conditions since he was charged and released. His name was not made public at the time of charges, as police sought clarification on publication bans regarding these charges.

“If anyone observes Mr. SAMRA breaching his conditions, or if they have any information relevant to the current charges against him, and have not yet spoken to police, they are advised to contact the Delta Police Sexual Offences Section at 604-946-4411,” says Inspector Guy Leeson, of the Delta Police major crimes section.

Insp. Leeson notes offences such as these are often committed in situations where the accused is in a position of trust or authority in relation to the victim(s).

“It is important for parents and primary caregivers to be alive to any situation that may put their child at risk, and for them to make the appropriate enquiries to ensure their child’s safety,” says Insp. Leeson.

Delta Police recommend that parents ensure that appropriate vulnerable sector checks have been conducted on individuals who will have access to their children.

Note, police are not in a position to be able to release a photo of SAMRA, and cannot provide any additional information.

December 9, 2019

File 19-27952

Police searching for suspect in robbery of Ladner business

On December 7, 2019, shortly before noon, Delta Police were called to a report of a robbery of a business on the 5400 block of Ladner Trunk Road.

A suspect presented a weapon to an employee of the business, and demanded money. He received a small amount of cash, and then fled the scene.

“Fortunately the employee did not receive any physical injuries, and it appears there were no threats to the public as this incident unfolded,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police.

The integrated police dog unit attended the location, but was unable to locate a track. Police are working with Real Time Intelligence Centre-BC and other law enforcement agencies, as the investigation proceeds.

If anyone saw anything suspicious around 11:45 to 12 pm around the 5400 block of Ladner Trunk Road on December 7, and has not yet spoken with police they are encouraged to do so. Call 604-946-4411 or if you wish to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Dec. 5, 2019

File 19-27694

High risk Delta man missing from Surrey Memorial

Adam Summers, age 30, has been missing since approximately 6:45 pm, December 4, and police are asking the public’s assistance in locating him.

Missing person Adam Summers

Missing person Adam Summers

Adam is considered a high risk missing person, and was last seen at Surrey Memorial Hospital at King George Hwy and 96 Ave in Surrey. He is described as:

  • 30 year old Caucasian man
  • 5’9” tall and 155 pounds
  • Dark brown hair and brown eyes, with a short beard

“He was last seen wearing a grey, white and black poncho style hoodie, a black ball cap, blue jeans and black shoes,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta police.

“Police and his family are very concerned about his well-being and urgently wish to find Adam,” says Leykauf. “He may be making his way to Ladner. Please call police right away if you have any information about where Adam may be found.”

Delta Police can be reached at 604-946-4411.

Dec. 4, 2019

File 19-26523

Police recover property from Ladner home

Delta Police Department have recovered approximately $140,000 worth of property, believed to be stolen, following an investigation.

Police executed a search warrant at a residence in the 4600 block of 51st street, with the assistance of the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team. Two adults were taken into custody and later released on a promise to appear in February 2020.

“Investigators have recovered a large number of items that are believed to have been stolen,” says Inspector Guy Leeson, who is responsible for the Delta Police Property Crime Unit. “Police are in the process of identifying property and have started returning it to owners. It’s definitely satisfying for our Property Crime Unit officers, who did some great work on this investigation.”

The suspected stolen property includes numerous tools and machinery. One item recovered from the property was recently reported stolen from a farm in Ladner.

There were no risks to public safety during the incident, and no one was injured. The incident remains under investigation and Delta Police anticipate forwarding a number of charges to Crown for consideration.

Nov. 29, 2019

Delta Police joins integrated forensics team

The Delta Police Department is expanding its participation in integrated policing programs, and will be joining the RCMP-led Lower Mainland District Integrated Forensics Identification Section, with a preliminary start in December 2019.

That means while a Delta Police officer will respond in the first instance, Delta residents and businesses who contact police about a property crime for example, may have an officer from another police force show up to collect evidence. And conversely Delta forensics trained police officers will be investigating scenes in Richmond, for example, as well as in Delta.

The Delta Police Department already participates in a number of integrated units, such as Police Dog Services and the Emergency Response Team, and the auto crime team (IMPACT).

Examining items for fingerprints is one of the common tasks of a forensics trained police officer.

“By joining the integrated forensics team, our police officers have the opportunity to expand their forensic investigative skill set, as they’ll get exposure to a wide variety of investigations, that may not happen as regularly here as in some larger cities,” says Chief Neil Dubord.

However, Delta Police will continue to stand behind its ‘no call too small’ policy. All property crime incidents reported to police will continue to be investigated, and where the investigation warrants, forensic evidence will continue to be collected by police.

The decision to join the integrated Forensics unit was not taken as a cost-savings measure, says Chief Dubord. It is anticipated that costs will be approximately the same under the integrated unit. However, Delta will now be able to take advantage of economies of scale, meaning that in a complex crime scene Delta Police will now have access to increased capacity to meet all forensic requirements in a timely manner.

“It’s important for Delta Police to both be able to provide a full range of forensics services to the citizens of Delta, as well as ensure that officers who wish to pursue this career path have access to high level training and the ability to gain experience in a wide range of scenarios,” explains Chief Dubord. “Joining the Integrated Forensics Identification Section represents a sustained commitment to the importance of forensics.”

Nov. 29, 2019

File 19-27272

Pedestrian killed in collision in Ladner

Delta Police regret to confirm that a Delta man was hit and killed by a vehicle November 28, 2019, near the intersection of Ladner Trunk Road and Harvest Drive.

Emergency Health Services arrived to scene first, and confirmed pedestrian was deceased prior to police arrival.

The investigation has revealed that at approximately 5:50 pm, Nov. 28, two pedestrians were walking eastbound in the 5800 block of Ladner Trunk Road on the north side of the road.

“One of the pedestrians then walked across Ladner Trunk Road, heading southbound,” says acting Inspector Ryan Hall, who oversees Traffic Services for Delta Police. “Unfortunately it appears he tripped on the median, and fell into the path of eastbound traffic. He was then struck by a vehicle.”

The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene, and is cooperating with police. The investigation is being led by Delta Police Traffic Unit.

The deceased man is a Delta resident in his thirties. Next of kin notifications were conducted by police the night of November 28, and victim services are offering support to the family of the deceased.

Any witnesses to this incident who haven’t yet spoken to police are asked to call 604-946-4411 and quote file number 19-27272.

Nov. 28, 2019

File 19-22103

Drug investigation wraps up after drugs and proceeds of crime seized

A two-month investigation into street sales of crystal methamphetamine in Delta has now wrapped up. In total, Delta Police arrested eight individuals and seized drugs, a vehicle and cash, in what was dubbed Project Screaming Eagle.

On November 27, 2019 the Delta Police Patrol Support Team, with assistance from the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant in the 12,000 block of 84th Ave in Surrey. Seven individuals were arrested in connection to the search warrant.

Drugs and cash seized during Project Screaming Eagle

The investigation began when Patrol Support Team officers in the area on proactive patrols noticed a trend of activity consistent with drug trafficking. The team was created to allow officers time to do more in depth investigations, of which this is a good example.

“Our investigators recovered suspected crystal methamphetamine, cash, and evidence associated to drug trafficking at the scene,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “While officers were on scene a nearby business owner came over and thanked them for their efforts, noting the residence has been problematic.”

In addition to the search warrant Patrol Support Team officers arrested another individual in the same area on October 18, 2019, in connection to Project Screaming Eagle. This resulted in the seizure of a vehicle believed to be used for drug dealing, approximately $3,000 cash, and $7,000 worth of street level drugs including suspected crack cocaine and fentanyl.

Delta Police anticipates forwarding a number of charges to Crown Counsel for review in relation to this investigation.

Nov. 28, 2019

No call – or no dog – too small for Delta Police

A Boston Terrier which escaped out of a backyard in Delta November 27 led police on quite a chase down Highways 10 and 17A, as an officer tried to capture him safely.

The cheeky fellow even headed into the HOV lane for a short time, but the officer showed discretion, and no ticket was issued for this flagrant disregard of the signage.

Constable Terry Sansregret, of the Delta Police Traffic Unit, first spotted the dog on Highway 10 westbound in the 6200 block, running on the road.

“I blocked traffic and I, along with another motorist tried to grab him on foot,” says Constable Sansregret. “My concern was that he was heading for the busy intersection of Highways 17 and 10.”

But the wily terrier eluded capture, so Cst. Sansregret activated his lights and sirens to alert traffic. By that point the dog had started down Highway 17A toward the tunnel.

At first the dog ran alongside the roadway, but then he switched to the HOV lane. This caused Cst. Sansregret to pause for a moment, as motorists misusing this lane are a common complaint amongst commuters. (He later notes he used discretion and determined he would not ticket the dog.)

Cst. Sansregret said the dog did make an effort to leave the HOV lane, actually trying to jump the median to cross the road.

“Luckily he was too short so he continued on toward Highway 99 at a good clip,” says Cst. Sansregret. “I kept traffic back, trying to take up all three lanes. Another motorist tried to corral the dog but he slipped away. Finally, another motorist was able to stop ahead of me and we managed to safely capture the runaway.”

Cst. Sansregret and the captured runaway – he intended only to capture the dog’s image, so he could share it with other police officers working that day, who might hear about the escaped dog.

He credits the other drivers on the road at the time both for their patience, and for their assistance in helping capture the elusive terrier.

“This was definitely a team effort.”

Cst. Sansregret brought the terrier to the Delta Community Animal Shelter, and they were able to reunite the dog with his owners the same day. As it turns out, the little terrier is actually deaf, which explains why he didn’t respond to the police siren.

Nov. 27, 2019

File 19-26404

Police highlight resources for victims of relationship violence

A Delta man is facing charges of assault with a weapon and uttering threats, after police were contacted about a domestic assault earlier in November.

A woman and her children had fled a residence prior to police arrival, due to ongoing alleged violence and threats. When police arrived on scene a man was taken into custody, and police seized a weapon. The victim was advised of resources available within Delta, and a safety plan was put in place for her and her children.

While relationship violence, commonly known as domestic violence or intimate partner violence, occurs all times of the year, Delta Police can see an increase in relationship violence around the holidays.

There are a number of reasons why women remain in abusive relationships, states Kim Gramlich, Coordinator of Delta Police Victim Services, an operational section of the DPD which specializes in supporting victims of crime and trauma.We understand the reasons women stay but we also want women to know they are not alone. There is a tremendous amount of help available. Whether youre ready to leave, or not, please call us so we can help you navigate what comes next.

Women, aged 15-24 are at the greatest risk of relationship violence, with 54% experiencing sexual coercion in a dating relationship, according to Government of Canada statistics. Women aged 25 to 34 are three times more likely to be physically or sexually assaulted by their spouse than those 45 and older. On average, less than 19% of these women report the abuse to police.

Delta Police is launching a relationship violence campaign to encourage victims to come forward and report incidents of abuse.

In December 2019, Delta residents will begin seeing these posters in community centres and on social media.

Members of the public will soon see posters in community centres around Delta, as well as on DPD’s social media channels. In anticipation of this campaign and in recognition of the need to provide more support to victims who may not be ready to come forward, the DPD launched deltapolice.ca/victim, a go-to resource for victims and their family and friends.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, help is available. Call DPD at 604.946.4411, Victim Services at 604.940.5019, or visit the website at deltapolice.ca/victim. In an emergency, please call 911.

Nov. 22, 2019

Delta Police officers recognized at BC Police Honours night

Each and every day Delta Police officers selflessly put their lives on the line for the safety of the community. Last night, at the 38th annual Police Honours Night, Delta Police officers were honoured for their remarkable service by Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin and Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Valourous Service is the highest award for a police officer in British Columbia, and involves an act of exceptional valour in the face of extreme hazard.

A/Sgt. John Jasmins receives award of valour from Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin and Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

A/Sgt. John Jasmins receives award of valour from Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin and Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Acting Sergeant John Jasmins was presented with an Award of Valour for the courage he demonstrated while off-duty in February 2019. A/Sgt. Jasmins intervened an altercation between a knife wielding man and a women while he was picking up his children from a North Delta elementary school. He raced toward the male, tackling him to the ground. Both A/Sgt. Jasmins and the woman sustained significant injuries and required emergency surgery. A/Sgt. Jasmins was honoured for his selflessness that ultimately saved the woman’s life.

Constable Paul Gibson was honoured for his outstanding officer safety skills, sound decision making and de-escalation tactics, receiving an Award of Valour. During a high risk incident in July 2018, Cst. Gibson sustained injuries to his head, when an agitated man suddenly attacked him with a switchblade. Despite the injury, Cst. Gibson was able to de-escalate the situation, actions that ultimately are believed to have saved the suspect’s life, and potentially another police officer’s life.

“While we are very fortunate to have a dedicated team of well-trained police officers here in Delta, it is rare for them to be tested in such a manner,” says Chief Constable Neil Dubord. “A/Sgt. Jasmins, and Cst. Gibson took immediate and brave action in the face of danger, with split second decision making. I am incredibly proud that they have been honoured with awards of valour for their contribution to public safety.”

Cst. Paul Gibson receives award of valour from ,Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth,

Cst. Paul Gibson receives award of valour from Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth.

A third Delta Police officer received an Award of Meritorious Service, but his name and the details of the incident are being withheld due to the nature of his work.

Police Honours Night recognizes members of municipal police forces, RCMP, First Nations, and Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit who have acted in an exemplary manner. Last night 114 officers were recognized for their service, with 30 receiving the award of valour, and 84 being feted for meritorious service.

Nov. 15, 2019

File 19-25629

Charge of assault after relationship violence incident

A Delta man dealing with addiction issues has been charged with assault after an incident in that took place in Delta in early November.

Delta Police don’t often share information about relationship violence incidents, also known as domestic or family violence, due to privacy issues. However, we have been updating the police board and community that Delta Police are receiving an increase in reports of offences such as assault and robbery, called persons offences. The majority of those offences happen between people known to each other, some of which are deemed relationship violence incidents.

Other examples of assaults alleged to have taken place this month include a man being investigated for choking his girlfriend, causing her to fear for her life. And a third incident involved threats being made against a loss prevention officer. These unfortunately, are typical of the type of complaints being investigated by police.

In the first incident the parents tried to intervene in the case of their son, who suffers from alcohol and cannabis addiction problems. The intervention wasn’t well received, and the son allegedly threw his mother to the ground, grabbed a weapon and left the home.

Police located the man shortly thereafter, and he was arrested without incident. He now faces a charge of assault, under section 266 of the Criminal Code. Police will not be releasing the man’s name, in order to protect the privacy of his family.

“Really, what it comes down to is that everyone deserves to be safe in their home,” says Constable Ben Whitehead of Delta Police’s Domestic Violence Unit. “A happy and safe home is the bedrock of a safe community. We want people in Delta to be aware that allegations of intimate partner violence, threats or harassment will be treated seriously and thoroughly investigated. We want those people who have suffered abuse to come forward so we can help them take back their lives, for the sake of their future and their children’s futures. They deserve better.”

Delta Police have recently updated information available on the department website on relationship violence. Resources include counselling information, transition houses and legal assistance. There are also safety planning and steps, definitions of what abuse is, a diagram on the cycle of violence, and warning signs for friends and family.

Police also wish to reach those on the other end of the equation, who struggle with anger and perhaps addiction issues, and are concerned they could become abusers. Please watch for the website to be updated with this information in the coming weeks.

If you or someone you know may need assistance in dealing with relationship violence, please call Delta Police at 604-946-4411 or DPD Victim Services at 604-940-5019. In an emergency, or when a crime is in progress, please call 9-1-1.

Nov. 1, 2019

File 19-24533

Unwanted communications lead to criminal harassment charges

A Delta man is facing criminal harassment charges after a series of events that took place in South Delta.

The man is alleged to have engaged in harassing behaviours towards a woman and her family members. The harassment consisted of multiple aspects, including unwanted communications, watching and attending residences etc.

“Delta Police has been investigating this matter since August 2019, and were concerned regarding the pattern of alleged behaviour,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police.

Troy FULTON, aged 40, of no fixed address, is charged with two counts of Criminal Harassment, contrary to Section 264(1) of the Criminal Code. He also faces one count of Break and Enter and theft, contrary to Section 348 (1).

FULTON has been remanded in custody and is next due to appear in court on November 7, 2019.

Oct. 31, 2019

Property crime continues downward trend in Delta, persons offences up

Delta Police are pleased to see that both residential and commercial break and enters are down in the third quarter in 2019. Residential Break and Enters dropped significantly to just 38 in all of July, August and September, down from 55 this time last year. The downward trend started in the second quarter of 2019, with 47 noted at that time.

Commercial Break and Enters also down significantly to 25 from 44 in the third quarter of 2018.

Despite occasional spikes, Thefts from Auto also continued in the right direction, down to 168 from 179 at this time last year.

Constable at door talking to homeowner, not seen

“We’ve been very encouraged by these trends,” says Chief Neil Dubord, head of the Delta Police Department. “Property crimes are a priority for the Delta Police, but it’s really a partnership between police and the public to drive those numbers down. I want to caution people to remember to keep valuables out of sight, and that includes things like loose change and sunglasses. And remember, we often see a spike as people start holiday shopping, with packages in cars.”

He points out the Community Watch Program is also a great tool – businesses and home owners can register their names and contact info, letting police know video may be available in certain areas, should the need arise.

Persons offences have unfortunately continued to rise, and are up to 248 in Q3, from 184 last year this time. The rise is in line with what Delta Police has been seeing so far in 2019.

Assaults and robberies have both experienced increases. Analysis conducted shows that domestic and family violence account for 36% of files, and workplace assaults make up about 34% of the assault files in Delta. The remaining assaults include scenarios such as road rage, shoplifting, customer service incidents etc. Youths are involved in 13% of the assault files and 23% of robberies.

External factors influencing this increase in persons offences may include increased reporting rates, population growth, an increase in homelessness and increased drug use.

“We are targeting this issue through enforcement of alcohol laws, and strategically focusing resources on areas where we see an increase,” says Chief Dubord. “We are also working hard to address domestic and family violence, and enhance our youth intervention programs, and mental health strategies.”

Rounding out Q3 reporting, traffic collisions numbers have continued at a steady rate with 265 compared to 256 this time last year. As September was unusually rainy, those numbers are considered in line. Traffic enforcement has continued at a steady rate, with 3,330 violation tickets handed out to drivers in this quarter, compared to 3,510 this time last year.

 

October 25, 2019

File 19-24180

Video shows importance of pedestrians being alert

A pedestrian’s alertness may have saved them from serious injury, as this video shows. (Our thanks to the driver who caught it on their dash cam and turned it in, to help us share the importance of pedestrians being aware of their surroundings).

“The pedestrian left the scene – uninjured thankfully it seems – before police could arrive, but we want to commend them for doing everything right,” said Acting Sergeant Vince Neudorf, of the Traffic Unit. “They’re wearing bright clothes, crossing at a marked crosswalk, and waiting for vehicles to stop. Most importantly in this case – the pedestrian was also very alert, and managed to quickly get out of the way when another vehicle slammed into the car that stopped for them.”

The incident happened the afternoon of October 22, on the 9100 block of 116th Street, near Delview Secondary School. The speed limit in the area is 50 km/hr, and there are three crosswalk signs, including an orange sign and a bright yellow school crossing sign.

“Even at low speeds, when a pedestrian is hit these can be very serious or fatal, particularly when children or the elderly are involved,” says A/Sgt. Neudorf.

The driver who stopped for pedestrian received minor injuries and significant damage to their vehicle.

The offending driver in this instance was charged with “drive without due care” which is a $368 ticket, that comes with six points.

October 17, 2019

File – 19-23727

Scam targeted new Canadian resident

A newcomer to Canada, who had managed to save $6,000 after working in Delta at a fast food restaurant for six months, has unfortunately fallen victim to a scam. The scammer pretended to be a police officer investigating the woman for money laundering.

“Unfortunately the woman was convinced she was talking to a police officer, and was instructed to purchase $6,000 worth of bitcoins, which she did through a machine in Surrey,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police.

“We’re asking for assistance in spreading the word to media outlets and organizations who work with newcomers to Canada, to help educate people,” says Leykauf. “Canadian police officers will never call you and ask for or demand payment. If this happens to you, it is a scam. Hang up immediately.”

In this instance the number appeared to come from Department of Services Canada. However, there are a number of apps that will spoof phone numbers, and Delta Police Department’s non-emergency number has been used in this way in the past by scammers.

Unfortunately bitcoin deposits are not traceable, and can be accessed by a fraudster located anywhere in the world. Scammers also often request payment through gift cards as well. Of note, governments in Canada do not ask for payment via bitcoin or gift cards.

The Government of Canada publishes information on common scams and frauds on its website.

You can also contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or toll free at 1-888-495-8501.

Oct. 11, 2019

Video shows how officer and motorist nearly struck by speeding car

Recently a Delta Police officer was on Highway 17, stopped outside of his unmarked police car, speaking with a driver who he’d just pulled over. Both he and the other driver were pulled over on the edge of a turning lane – a lane one driver decided to make inappropriate use of on Sept. 30.

That driver was weaving in and out of traffic, speeding excessively and putting others at risk with their unsafe driving habits, as seen in the video.

The DPD officer never got a look at the driver, but felt the wind at his back as the driver narrowly avoided colliding with both his vehicle and him. Another driver, concerned by what they witnessed, happened to catch the incident on his dash cam, and turned the video into Delta Police. The DPD officer had his red and blue flashing lights activated during the stop, but the dashcam video is of lower quality and doesn’t capture the police lights well.

“Our officers were able to isolate the license plate of the car in question from the video, and the officer who was nearly struck decided to pay a visit in person with the registered owner of the vehicle,” says A/Inspector Ryan Hall, who oversees the Traffic Unit.

The registered owner, who lives in Delta, received a $368 ticket for drive without due care and attention. However, because the driver is unidentified, the ticket does not comes with its typical six points.

“This type of driving behaviour is so reckless,” says A/Insp. Hall. “This is exactly how fatal collisions happen. Less than a second of difference and we could have had a significantly different outcome. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon. It takes just one person, with selfish or unthinking driving behaviour, to cause unbelievable carnage and pain. We would also ask people to slow down and move to the opposite lane as dictated in the Motor Vehicle Act for their and the officers’ safety.”

In British Columbia, motorists are required to slow down and move over for all vehicles stopped alongside the road that have flashing red, blue or yellow lights. This includes first responders, maintenance workers, tow trucks, Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement personnel, land surveyors, animal control workers, garbage collectors and other roadside workers.

See more on the Slow Down, Move Over law at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/road-safety-rules-and-consequences/slow-down-move-over

 

 

 

 

Oct. 10, 2019

File 19-23133

Police investigating grabbing incident at Watershed Park

Delta Police received a complaint from a woman about an assault alleged to have occurred in Watershed Park approximately two hours previously, around 1 pm, Oct. 9.

The woman indicated a male jumped out at her and grabbed her. The woman says she forced the male away and then ran away on the Watershed Park trails.

“The male is described as Caucasian, approximately 5’8” tall with patchy gray hair and white facial hair,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “At the time of the incident he was wearing khaki pants, sunglasses and a brimmed hat.”

“We wanted to make sure the community was aware that this incident was reported to police, and we ask the public to take precautions, such as walking or running in pairs. Police are actively investigating, and patrols in the area have been increased,” she says.

The woman was not physically injured during this incident.

The incident occurred on the Kittson Parkway side of the park, near the water tower and wooden stairs.

Anyone who may have seen a male matching this description around 1 pm Oct. 9 in the area of Watershed Park, or who many have further information about this incident, is asked to contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411.

October 10, 2019
File 19- 23166

Police investigating second fire at abandoned house in Tsawwassen

Delta Police were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 5361 8A Avenue, around 12:30 am, Oct. 10.

The property was fully engulfed upon police arrival. Fortunately no adjacent buildings were affected. No one was reported to be injured as a result of the fire.

Oct. 10 fire in Tsawwassen

The property was slated for demolition, along with the two other properties at 5375 and 5385 8A street that were burned earlier this week. The residence that burned Oct. 10 was actually damaged in the Oct. 7 fire.

Of note, police do not believe that either the Oct. 7 or Oct. 10 fires at the abandoned Tsawwassen residences is linked to the Oct. 2 fire at the tattoo shop in Ladner.

“A second suspicious fire this week in Tsawwassen is very concerning to police,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Delta Police are actively pursuing tips and other investigative avenues, and have devoted considerable resources to this matter.”

There will be increased patrols by police in Tsawwassen due to these incidents.

“If you were in the area just before or after 12:30 am Oct 10, and believe you saw something that may be of interest to police, or if you have dash cam video, please call 604-946-4411,” says Leykauf. If you wish to be anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers 24/7 at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

October 9, 2019
File 19-22999

Tsawwassen house fires deemed suspicious, witnesses sought

Delta Police are confirming that a fire at abandoned residences on October 7, 2019 on 8A Ave in Tsawwassen is considered suspicious.

Police were notified of the fire at approximately 9:20 pm. On police arrival the first residence at 5375 8A Ave was noted to be fully engulfed in flames and the neighbouring abandoned residence at 5385 Ave also suffered significant fire damage. A third property at 5361 8A Avenue suffered damage to its eastern side, likely due to the heat of the blaze.

Police were engaged in containing vehicle and pedestrian traffic the night of the fire, to ensure Delta Fire had space to safely do their jobs, and to ensure the safety of the public. Neighbouring residences were also evacuated for a time due to risk of the fire potentially spreading.

All of the homes impacted by the fire were confirmed to be vacant, and were slated for demolition.

“Police believe these fires are suspicious in nature,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Officers are still looking to speak with witnesses from this night, particularly a male seen on a bike by several witnesses.”

“We understand there may be some concern in Delta with the recent fire in Ladner, but officers wish to reassure the community that they do not believe the fire at the abandoned Tsawwassen residences is linked to the recent fire at the tattoo shop in Ladner.”

If you have any information regarding the Oct. 7 fire and have not yet spoken to police please call 604-946-4411 and quote file 19-23136. If you wish to be anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers 24/7 at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

October 9, 2019

File 19-22556

Delta Police looking for person of interest – tattoo shop fire

Delta Police are searching for a person of interest in relation to the fire at the Brass Eagle Tattoo Shop.

The fire is believed to have started at approximately 4:50 am October 2. This image was taken from video recorded in the area, shortly before the fire began. Police confirm that the person in this image appears to be carrying a jerry can.

Five residences above the tattoo shop had to be evacuated when the fire broke out, and two police officers were briefly hospitalized with smoke inhalation.

If you have any information regarding the possible identity of the person in this image, or have information regarding the fire and have not yet spoken to police please call 604-946-4411 and quote file 2019-22719. If you wish to be anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers 24/7 at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Person of interest – Brass Eagle Tattoo shop fire

 

Oct. 9, 2019

Victim Services K9 Caber retires, leaving impressive legacy

The baton, or perhaps the bone, has been passed this week at Delta Police Department. After nine dedicated years Caber, the Victim Services Accredited Facility Dog, has retired from active service.

Caber was Canada’s first justice facility dog, paving the way for dogs to support victims in BC and Canadian courtrooms. Over the course of his career Caber directly supported 2,132 victims of crime and trauma.

Caber responded to countless incidents of crime and trauma including: house fires, domestic violence, sexual assault, sudden death, suicide and homicide. He was instrumental in support provided to Delta students after local tragedies including the Laura Szendrei murder.

“Caber’s impact is far reaching but it is, perhaps, most felt by the individuals who he comforted,” says his handler, Kim Gramlich. “Some of our clients I think about often are the boy who could only be consoled by Caber after learning of his father’s death or the young girl who was only able to testify against her abusers because of Caber’s unfaltering support in court.”

“Kim Gramlich and Caber are pioneers in establishing the Accredited Facility Dog program in B.C. As a team, they have helped, provided support and comfort to countless people in and out of the courtroom,” says Winston Sayson, Q.C., on behalf of Senior Crown Counsel.

Caber’s impact was felt beyond Delta, as he and Ms. Gramlich responded to the community of Fort McMurray after the 2016 wildfire. He provided integral support to citizens as they returned to the community after a month-long evacuation.

The team also responded to the 2017 Las Vegas, Route 91 mass casualty shooting. Caber was one of 8 dogs that worked alongside the FBI’s Office for Victims Assistance, providing help to victims and families in the aftermath of the tragedy.

“Because Caber was the first of his kind in Canada, he became known in the department and on social media as ‘The Dogfather’,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “His legacy is sure to be long and lasting.”

There are now over 46 justice facility dogs working from coast to coast, across Canada. Ms. Gramlich also founded Justice Facility Dogs Canada which provides support to justice facility dog programs across the country and advocates for the continued use of these dogs in Canadian Courts.

“We are so proud of Caber; he has not only been an exceptional Justice Facility Dog, he started it all. Because of Kim’s efforts—with Caber at her side—Justice Facility Dogs can now be found in Victim Services Agencies all across the country. They meet people on their very worst day, helping them face it with hope and gentle friend. We look forward to following Caber’s retirement adventures, and sincerely hope his days are filled with walks, bananas and all the belly rubs he so deserves,” says Laura Watamanuk, Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS) Executive Director.

The Delta Police Department is extremely grateful to PADS for placing Caber with our program. “Caber was the ideal dog for this difficult work. He is extremely calm and comforting. He could sit for long periods of time in a courtroom and provided unconditional affection to those he served” says Ms. Gramlich.

PADS is a non-profit charity that has served the community for over 32 years. They provide dogs to individuals with disabilities and to community care professionals, like Ms. Gramlich. Caber was valued at approximately $35,000 and provided to DPD by PADS, at no charge.

Caber’s good work will continue with the PADS successor dog who joined our ranks on October 7th. PADS “Puma” is sure to carry on in Caber’s legacy. Puma is a 2 year old golden retriever.

During a gathering for Caber’s retirement his handler, Kim Gramlich, removed his working cape for the last time and he was presented with many bananas and a retirement dog cake. At the same ceremony Chief Neil Dubord swore in the new facility dog, Puma and presented her with her Delta Police badge.

A video about Caber’s career and information about PADS can be found at www.pads.ca/caber

Caber’s retirement video is linked above.


Puma’s swearing in video

October 8, 2019

Delta Police first in BC to use new mental health apprehension tool

Today Delta Police became the first police agency in BC to use a new technology to help those experiencing mental health crises to more quickly get the help they need, while freeing up police time spent dealing with mental health apprehensions.

All front line patrol officers with Delta Police have just been trained on a new app available on their smartphones called HealthIM.

The app helps turn officers’ observations, when dealing with a mental health call, into clinical language that medical staff can then more readily interpret.

While still at the initial call, an officer will take about five minutes to input the pertinent data. The app then securely forwards a report to Surrey Memorial Hospital, which is the hospital to which Delta patients attend when dealing with a mental health crisis.

“When our officers arrive at the hospital with the patient, staff there will already know who is coming in, and what observations were made that contributed to the officer making the decision to apprehend,” says Sergeant James Sandberg, who heads up the Mental Health Unit at Delta Police. “We think this will be a really valuable tool in helping improve mental health outcomes in Delta.”


Sgt. Sandberg explains how Delta Police officers are now using the HealthIM app.

Previously, officers averaged 120-130 minutes wait time per mental health apprehension. Sgt. Sandberg notes that other police departments using the app have seen significant decreases in wait times, and he believes Delta could see the average wait time cut in half.

He notes that while police may apprehend someone under the Mental Health Act, a physician ultimately determines whether or not someone should be admitted to hospital for care, or released back into the community.

“Our community partners, like the Delta Police, play a critical role in helping us provide quality, timely care to our patients”, said Dr. Craig Murray, Head of Emergency Medicine at Surrey Memorial Hospital. “This new technology means we can make sure we have the right resources in place, so when these vulnerable patients arrive we are ready to provide them with the care and support they need.”

In addition to reducing hospital wait times, and improving communication with staff at the hospital, use of the app is expected to help increase the speed of follow-up care. Previously, when an individual was apprehended, the officer would write a report detailing the interaction to the Delta Police Mental Health Unit. When the DPD Mental Health officers returned to work, they would review the report and person’s history, often making referrals to appropriate community agencies.

HealthIM automates this process, so those that need help can receive it in a more timely fashion. This should also free up time for the Mental Health Unit officers.

Approximately 15% of all Delta Police calls for service involve a mental health component. Sgt. Sandberg believes the process of going through the app’s clinical assessment function, will also serve to provide ongoing education to patrol officers regarding when people should be apprehended. This should result in more consistency throughout the department when dealing with mental health apprehensions.

Backgrounder – HealthIM app

What is HealthIM?

HealthIM is a digitized system used to support response to individuals with unmanaged mental health challenges in acute crisis. The system is comprised of a pre-response briefing, a mental health risk screener, tools to facilitate inter-agency communication and access to reporting and analytics. Communities which have implemented HealthIM have consistently been able to better manage risk, improve care for citizens in distress and more efficiently utilize resources.

How does it work?

Police officers may be called to respond to an individual in an acute state of crisis (often those with unmanaged mental health challenges and/or substance use issues). While a hospital may the most appropriate place for someone in this crisis, police have an obligation to respond to individuals in crisis and must initially evaluate the risk of an individual harming themselves, or potentially harming others.

After establishing contact with the person in crisis and when it is safe to do so, the responding officer will complete a short risk assessment based on the evidence-driven interRAI™ Brief Mental Health Screener (BMHS).

Assessment functionality

The assessment tool was specifically designed for use in law enforcement environments by an otherwise untrained police officer. The tool utilizes objective observations of behaviour. Officers are not asked, for example, to “guess if this person has schizophrenia” or “determine how depressed this person is.”

If the officer determines the person requires urgent assessment, a short clinical summary is automatically generated and transmitted to local emergency departments or acute care sites. Officers also have the ability to offer a connection to a community mental health resource. Healthcare practitioners receive the clinical summary and are able to better prepare for the arrival of the person in crisis.

Privacy considerations

Data is collected by police to assist police in evaluating their obligation to apprehend an individual at imminent risk of harm.

Given the urgency of the situation, police are electing to share this information, in one direction, to their healthcare partners to generate treatment momentum and to concisely communicate what was observed on scene.

The system complies with federal and provincial privacy legislation and employs military-grade cryptography to maintain data security and privacy. Transmission to receiving site(s) is completed via 4096-bit RSA encryption and TLS protected connections. Decryption is only possible at designated receiving terminals. All data is secured within Tier III Canadian data centres maintained by 100% Canadian-owned corporations.

Media Contacts
Delta Police Public Affairs Manager
Cris Leykauf
cleykauf@host.deltapolice.ca
o. 604-940-5016
c. 604-312-5016
deltapolice.ca

HealthIM Director of Operations
Brendan Sheehan
brendan@healthim.com
(519) 590-6583

Oct. 8, 2019

Update – The 10 year old girl who was missing from North Delta, along with her older sister missing out of Surrey, were located overnight and returned safely. Thank you to everyone who shared social media and the earlier news release in an effort to help locate her.

 

Oct. 7, 2019

File 19-22844

Police search for young girl missing from North Delta

Delta Police are actively investigating a missing 10-year-old girl….

(Contents of the news release have been removed in order to protect the privacy of the girl and her family.)

Oct. 4, 2019

File 19-18453

Man charged after “bait” items taken from vehicle

A 46-year-old man is facing a charge of theft under $5,000 after Delta Police investigated a Bait Car activation earlier this summer.

As thefts from vehicles are an ongoing issue in Delta, The Delta Police participates in the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) program. That program offers a wide selection of bait cars, which can also feature “bait” items – typically commonly stolen goods such as wallets or purses, sunglasses, electronics, tools and backpacks. Vehicles are outfitted with hidden video and audio, in order to collect evidence.

On August 17, 2019, shortly after midnight, Delta Police received an alert about an activation in the area of 89A and 118 Street.

An officer attended and confirmed that tools had been stolen out of the bait vehicle, while other officers began conducting patrols to locate the man matching the description of the suspect. A man allegedly carrying tools believed to be removed from the bait car was located nearby around 1 am, and arrested without incident.

Robin Roy MACK, age 46, of Surrey, BC, is facing one count of theft under $5,000. He is considered to be a prolific property crime offender.

IMPACT manages the largest Bait Car fleet in North America, and encourages vehicle owners to “check your doors before they do” and remove all valuables and personal items.

The public is asked to report ALL thefts and attempted thefts from vehicles. “If you suspect a thief has entered your vehicle and stolen small change, or just rummaged through your belongings, you are encouraged to report this to police, in case evidence from your file can be tied to a more significant crime, or lead to an arrest,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police.

Sept. 27, 2019

Volunteers, citizens and police officers honoured at Delta Police 2019 Awards Ceremony

From safely stopping a sudden knife attack in a retirement home, to preventing a suicidal female from jumping off a bridge, to removing a teen girl from a prostitution ring, Delta Police officers were recognized yesterday evening for their exceptional work in the community over the past year.

“Our officers never know what might happen when they answer a call for help from the public,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “I’m very proud to lead such an incredible group of people who regularly go above and beyond, sometimes putting themselves in harm’s way, as demonstrated in these awards.

Dianne Taylor, Volunteer of the Year

Volunteers and citizens were also recognized during the evening, including a Victim Services volunteer who’s donated a stunning 5,200 hours to the program over a 20-year volunteer career. Additionally the efforts of two men who took action in two different violent stabbing incidents were honoured.

“One citizen stepped up to help a woman in urgent need, rendering vital aid, while the other man literally tried to pull the suspect off the victim, knowing that man was armed with a large knife,” says Chief Dubord.

Other highlights included: a community policing award for an officer who’s built partnerships and trust with the Tsawwassen First Nation, resulting in a 40-50% decrease in calls for service; a complex child sexual assault investigation which began in 2015 and eventually resulted in the conviction of the suspect for 25 offences, and a 16-year jail sentence; and Project Green Planet, a drug investigation that netted 94 drug and weapons charges against Red Scorpion gang members and associates, as well as the eradicating a drug line.

The Delta Police Department Annual Awards ceremony featured 30 different awards, presented to police officers and staff and members of the community. A full list of names and awards are listed below.

Chief Constable Commendations – A/ Sgt John Jasmins and Cst Paul Gibson with Chief Neil Dubord

Chief Constable Commendations
The Chief Constable Commendation is DPD’s highest level of recognition. The members who are receiving Chief Constable Commendations have displayed acts of exceptional courage, including risking their personal safety.

  • Stabbing at Immaculate Conception School
    Acting Sergeant John Jasmins
  • Knife Wielding Man at Kinsmen Village
    Constable Paul Gibson

Deputy Chief Commendations
To receive these commendations, officers must have demonstrated significant performance beyond that of a job well done.

  • Alex Fraser Bridge Suicide Attempt
    Constable Gordy Gill, Constable Jeremy Pearce, Constable Kevin Boyce, Constable Jennifer West, and Constable Josh Hutanu
  • Alex Fraser Bridge Suicidal Female
  • Constable Rob Semler and Constable Geoffrey Young
  • Accidental Self-Inflicted Laceration
    Sergeant Sarah Swallow, Sergeant Clayton Ennis, and Constable Bradley Mear
  • Goose Bay Suicide Attempt
    Sergeant Mike Scholz and Constable David Dyck
  • Stabbing at Immaculate Conception School
    Constable Gary Koonar
  • CPR on Suicidal Female
    Constable Rob Kennett and Constable Jennifer West
  • Alex Fraser Bridge – Mental Health Apprehension
    Constable Graham Bruce

Superintendent Commendations
The Superintendent Commendation is awarded for an outstanding act of police duty or a distinguished contribution to the administration or operation of the Department and/or the community.

  • Fraud Against Senior Citizen
    Constable Kristine Pemberton
  • Project Virtue
    Staff Sergeant Heath Newton, Sergeant Jason Boyce, Constable Scott Formby, Constable Richard Stabler, Constable Christina Bruce, Constable Gary Koonar, Constable Aman Bachra, Constable Stan Cratchtley (Retired – VPD).
  • Project Green Planet
    Staff Sergeant Heath Newton, Sergeant Ben Bruneau, Constable. Sean Cessford, Constable Kaitlyn Garcia, Constable Rob Semler, Constable Chris Ward, Sergeant Jason Boyce, Constable Emily Wawruck, Constable. Scoff Formby, and Constable Martin Levangie
  • Project Phoenix
    Constable Richard Stabler, Sergeant Rick Peeler, Constable Aman Bachra, Constable Christina Bruce, Constable Brad Coutu, Constable Deanna Church, Sergeant James Sandberg, Sergeant Gwen Vaughan-Smith, Sergeant Jason Formby, Constable Kevin Dueck, Constable Tiffany Cooper, and Ms. Kim Henke
  • Sexual Offence Investigation
    Staff Sergeant Jody Waldron, Constable Jeff Miller, Constable Shane McLaughlin, and Bob Elder
  • Residential Fire Evacuation – North Delta
    Constable Brady Browne, Constable Dalida Omerovic, Constable Brad Coutu, and Sergeant Trent McKie
  • Goose Bay Suicide Attempt
    Staff Sergeant Dave Vaughan-Smith, Constable Brian Short, and Reserve Constable Justin Wong
  • Attempt Suicide by Police
    Constable Jim Ingram, Constable Gordy Gill, Constable Kris Willcock, Constable, Chad Bristow, Constable Richard Molenaar, Sergeant Raman Athwal, and Air 1 Crew Sr. Constable Roger Thomson and Constable Don Mitchell
  • Stabbing at Immaculate Conception School
    Constable Garth Hoffman, Constable Scott Cartmill, Constable Josh Lehbauer, and Constable Bianca Boyce
  • Suicidal Male – Negotiator
    Constable Lee Chapman
  • IT Projects Implementation and DARS & Tableau Compstat Enhancements
    Jim Cicalo

Sgt. Sukh Sidhu and Cst. Mike Grandia, winners of the Community Policing Award

Community Policing Award
The Community Policing Award is awarded to officers who go the extra step, and are dedicated to the community of Delta.

  • TFN Crime Prevention
    Constable Mike Grandia
  • 3-on3 Basketball Tournament
    Sergeant Sukh Sidhu

Volunteer of the Year
In 2018, Delta Police volunteers contributed more than 40,000 hours of service to the community of Delta. Our volunteers are the lifeline of our District Community Police Offices, Victim Services Program, and our Reserve Constable Program.

  • Dianne Taylor

Delta Police Outstanding Citizen Award
For his contribution to public safety, and for acting to save the life of the female victim.

  • Stabbing at Immaculate Conception School
    Mr. Rohan D’Souza

Outstanding Citizen Rohan D’Souza and Mayor Harvie

Delta Police Heroic Action Award
For his quick and selfless actions that likely saved the life of the victim.

  • Stabbing intervention
    Baljinder Sahota

Community Partnership Award
For their generous donation and ongoing support, assisting victims of crime and trauma.

  • Pacific Assistance Dog Society

St. John’s Ambulance Lifesaving Award

  • CPR on Suicidal Female
    Constable Rob Kennett and Constable Jennifer West
  • Accidental Self-Inflicted Laceration
    Sergeant Sarah Swallow, Sergeant Clayton Ennis, Constable Bradley Mear
  • Stabbing at Immaculate Conception School
    Constable Garth Hoffman, Constable Josh Lehbauer, Constable Scott Cartmill, Constable Bianca Boyce and Rohan D’Souza

Emergency Health Services Vital Link Award

  • CPR on Suicidal Female
    Constable Rob Kennett and Constable Jennifer West

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 24, 2019

Files 19-21841/21816

Two pedestrians struck within 24 hour period

Delta Police are encouraging pedestrians and drivers to take precautions in darker, rainy weather after two pedestrians were struck within a 24-hour period in North Delta.

On September 22 a pedestrian was struck while in the crosswalk at 116th Street and 80th Ave at approximately 8:30 pm. The driver was travelling at slow speed, turning the corner, and the pedestrian received only minor injuries. In this instance the pedestrian was apparently wearing dark clothing.

On September 23 around 9:15 am police were called to the scene after a pedestrian was struck around 116th St. and 94th Avenue. While there is a pedestrian light at this intersection, it was not activated, according to witnesses.

“Unfortunately the pedestrian in this collision suffered more serious injuries, and was taken to hospital,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “It’s troubling to have two pedestrian collisions within so short a time period. We hope this will serve as a reminder for both drivers and pedestrians to take precautions; the change in weather from just a few short weeks ago definitely seems to be influencing what officers are seeing on the roads.”

Delta Police have the following advice:

Drivers:

  • Focus on the road
  • Be ready to yield to pedestrians, especially in intersections
  • Be aware of what other drivers are doing. If a vehicle is stopped in front of you or beside you, they may be yielding for a pedestrian
  • At night when it’s raining and you’re turning through an intersection with a crosswalk, roll down your window to increase the chances of seeing a pedestrian

Pedestrians:

  • Be aware at intersections. Watch for drivers turning – drivers may be focused on oncoming traffic and not see you
  • Don’t jaywalk
  • Make eye contact with drivers. Never assume that a driver has seen you
  • Remove your headphones and don’t look down at your phone while crossing the road
  • Be as reflective as possible – All three District Community Police Offices have free reflective zipper attachments.

 

 

Sept 20, 2019
File 19-21429

Delta Police make arrest in regard to student assault

A Delta Police school liaison officer was at South Delta Secondary School (SDSS) on September 18, 2019 during school hours, when he was made aware of an allegation of an assault that had occurred that same day.

The alleged assault occurred between two students who attend SDSS.

“An investigation commenced immediately,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “A student was arrested in relation to this matter on September 18. Delta Police anticipate forwarding charges in relation to this matter to Crown Counsel for their consideration.”

The student has been released from custody on a number of conditions, including staying away from SDSS. Delta Police Victim Services is being offered to the student and the student’s family.

Of note, as the suspect in this matter is a youth, should charges be approved the student’s name will not be released as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

September 18, 2019

Drivers get bad grades during first weeks of school

During the first two weeks of school Delta Police issued 217 violation tickets to drivers speeding – or driving distracted – in school zones. Unfortunately police also stopped one impaired driver as well as one prohibited driver during the enforcement blitz.

Parents should rest assured that patrols and enforcement efforts at school zones will continue throughout the school year – and are a priority enforcement for general duty officers as well as Traffic officers.

Some may wonder why speed limits are set at 30 km/hour in school zones. Traffic studies indicate that at 50 km/hour an adult has a 50% chance of being killed, if struck by a car. At 65 km/hour, there is an 85% chance of death. Those statistics apply to adults – children are more likely to be hurt or killed.

“Drivers require a certain amount of time to both see a problem and then react to a problem,” says Sergeant Sukh Sidhu, head of the Traffic Services for Delta Police. “Perception/reaction time is 1.5 seconds for most people.”

A vehicle travelling at 80 km/hour would travel 33 metres in 1.5 seconds before a driver starts to react, he points out. As for how that plays out in the real world, this is why officers responding to serious collisions often see tire and skid marks after the initial impact, not before. The driver simply didn’t have time to react, until AFTER they hit the object, vehicle or potentially, the person.

“The faster you’re going, the more perspective a driver loses in terms of what’s going on around him or her,” explains Sgt. Sidhu. “Their focus narrows, and goes further down the road. And that means the driver speeding through a school zone is simply much less able to see the child who darts across the street to join their friend, for example.”

Please remember these factors, the next time you’re wondering if you really need to slow down to 30 km per hour in that school zone. The few seconds you could save just aren’t worth it.

Sept. 16, 2019

File 19-21211

No property damage, injuries or shell casings located after report of shots fired

Delta Police responded three reports of possible shots fired just before 10 pm Sept. 15 in the vicinity of the Big Splash water park, located on the northwest corner of Highway 17 and Salish Sea Drive.

Multiple police officers responded quickly, and while investigating located individuals who also reported hearing what they felt were shots fired in the area.

“Our officers did an extensive check of the area last night, both on foot and by vehicle,” says Cris Leykauf, Delta Police spokesperson. “Officers did not find any evidence that gun shots had been fired, such as shell casings, discarded weapons or witnesses who had seen any such activity. Furthermore police did not locate any injured parties, and no injuries have been reported to police.”

No damaged property has been located or reported to date.

The Delta Police Tsawwassen First Nation Service Team is continuing the investigation today, and officers are canvassing for further witnesses, any potential video evidence and more.

“We understand that concern in the community is heightened, after the incident of shots fired in Tsawwassen on September 11,” says Leykauf. “In that case police did find evidence that a vehicle had been hit. However, at this point we don’t have any confirmation that there has been a further shots fired incident.”

Anyone with further information is asked to contact police at 604-946-4411 and refer to file 19-21211.

19-20865
September 12, 2019

Gun shots fired in Tsawwassen

At approximately 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Delta Police responded to report of shots being fired in the 5500 block of 18th Avenue in Tsawwassen. There were no reported injuries but a vehicle was hit. The incident is not believed to be gang related and instead a result of an ongoing dispute between parties known to each other.

A number of police resources were called into the area, including the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Services, however the suspect(s) fled the scene prior to police arrival and was not located.

Neighbours can expect an increased police presence in the area while the investigation continues.

August 28, 2019

Delta Police step up enforcement for back to school traffic

And just like that summer is over and the kids are heading back to school. With school commencing on Tuesday, September 3rd, the 30 km/h speed limit around school zones and playgrounds will be strictly enforced for the safety of those travelling by foot, bike or vehicle to and from school.

Parents, school staff and members of the public will see increased visibility of Delta Police officers and volunteers around school zones, with officers will be paying particular attention to vehicles making illegal u-turns, speeders, and parking issues, including visual obstructions.

“Our Traffic police officers primarily use unmarked vehicles for traffic enforcement,” notes Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “We just want parents to be aware that even if it might not look at first glance there’s increased enforcement, they should be assured that patrols will definitely be stepped up around our schools.”

Parents, please remind your children to use crosswalks and look both ways before crossing the street, and to dismount from their bikes when crossing the street. Drivers, give yourself extra time over the next couple of weeks, watch for pedestrians, slow down, and obey signage.

 

August 20, 2019

Collisions and break and enters see downward trend in Delta

There is good news on a number of fronts for Delta, when looking at crime and crash statistics in the second quarter of 2019.

Collisions were down in the second quarter of 2019 – to 259 crashes, down 16% from 310 in the first quarter of this year, and down 10% compared to the same time last year.

“Road safety is one of the highest priorities for Delta Police, as it affects so many in our community,” says Chief Neil Dubord. “Our officers are making a concerted effort particularly as pertains to speeders and impaired drivers, and I’m very pleased with this result.”

Collisions are down 10% in the second quarter, vs the same time last year

Traffic violation tickets were slightly down with 2,750 handed out during the second quarter in 2019, compared to 2,974 issued in the first quarter of 2019.

Residential and Commercial break and enters were both down in the second quarter. There were 47 residential Break and Enters reported to police in this time, down from 55 at the same time last year, and 54 from the first three months of 2019. On the commercial front there were 30 break and enters reported, down from 43 in the first part of 2019.

“We’ve worked hard on a number of initiatives with businesses this year, to help reduce incidences of thefts, whether that be a program to reduce battery theft, or increasing our outreach to businesses to assist them in improving security on site. It appears this is having some success,” says Chief Dubord.

He notes that residents and business owners with security cameras can register for the Delta Police Community Watch Program at https://host.deltapolice.ca/cwp/. (If you register by August 31 you could win an iPad!) This program creates a database which helps police know who might have video footage that could help solve a crime.

Unfortunately, persons offences continues to increase, a trend Delta Police has seen since 2018, up to 247 instances in the second quarter, up from 222 in the first quarter, or 219 during the same time last year. Persons offences include crimes such as assault or sex assault, arson, robbery etc,

The majority of persons offences continue to involve individuals known to each other, including those in a familial or partner relationship. This category of offences also includes assaults on loss prevention officers, road rage or assaults on medical professionals. There has not been an increase in stranger assaults, and gang related violence is uncommon in Delta.

Thefts from auto are down 11.5% in the second quarter, compared to the same time last year.

Finally, thefts from auto are down 13% from the first quarter, with 177 instances noted compared to 205 in the first quarter. The stats are also down 11.5% compared to the second quarter last year.

Delta Police adjusted its 2018 statistics to retroactively incorporate new rules from Statistics Canada for all police agencies on reporting on offences categorized previously as unfounded. The updated statistics now include offences where there is no credible evidence to confirm the incident did not take place.

Past quarterly crime stats are online at https://host.deltapolice.ca/stats/ along with an updated crime map.

 

August 19, 2019

File 19-18492

Update – Person of interest identified in matter of suspicious meat left in park

Officers doing proactive patrols in the Watershed Park area have identified a person of interest in an ongoing investigation.

On the afternoon of August 17, 2019, Delta Police were in the 11100 block of Kittson Parkway doing patrols regarding an ongoing investigation involving the dumping of raw meat in Watershed Park. Police had advised the public earlier in August about a number of instances of found raw meat, and had increased patrols by both officers and volunteers due to the public’s concerns.

Around 2:05 pm on August 17, police entered the park and identified a person of interest in this matter. Contrary to some reports on social media, police have not arrested anyone in relation this investigation.

Additional meat was seized by police. Police were informed the meat includes goat brain, liver, chicken, kidney and minced beef.

“Meat seized from previous occasions is still undergoing testing,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. Until police have further information regarding whether the meat was tampered with, or toward what end it was being left in the park, she cannot speculate on possible consequences for these actions.

As of the evening of August 16 no dogs had been reported as being poisoned in relation to the dumped meat.

“Our officers have also taken the step of inquiring within the veterinary community regarding if they have seen any spikes or trends in animal poisoning in the Metro Vancouver area. There does not appear to be any trend in this regard which should alarm animal owners,” she says.

The investigation remains ongoing, and police await the results of testing. It is unknown why the meat was being dumped in Watershed Park.

 

August 19, 2019

File 19-18397

Deceased person located on riverbank – deemed not suspicious

Delta Police attended the 400 block of Audley Road on August 16 after a body was discovered along the shoreline of the Fraser River, around 10:30 am.

The coroner was called to the scene and arrived approximately 12:45 pm.

Upon examination an initial determination was made that the death did not appear to be suspicious. Delta Fire Department attended the scene to assist in recovering the body.

Delta Police confirmed the identity of the deceased and reached out to the Surrey RCMP in order to conduct the next of kin notification, which has now been completed.

The Coroner’s office is also investigating this death and has no further information to provide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 13, 2019

File 19-17665

Police act on continued reports of suspicious meat in Watershed Park

During July and August Delta Police have been contacted four times after suspicious meat was located in Watershed Park in North Delta. The meat was all located in the same general area – near the trail entrance by 63rd Avenue.

Typically what occurred was 7-10 pounds of large 2-3 inch chunks of meat were left near the trail. After the first report police stepped up patrols in the park area, and volunteers from our Community Police Office have also been doing additional patrols throughout the summer.

It is unclear to what end the meat has been left in the park, and whether the meat has been contaminated with any dangerous substances, as some have suggested. Instances were reported to police July 17, 28, August 1 and 7.

“As this has been continuing throughout the summer, Delta Police are now taking the step of sending some of the meat samples off for analysis,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. She notes the testing may take some time to conduct.

“We understand that many dog owners in the community are concerned about this ongoing issue,” says Leykauf. “Many of our officers are dog owners too, and so despite this testing being complicated to arrange, they wanted to make sure they’re doing everything they can to ensure the safety of dogs here in Delta.”

In the interim she encourages dog owners to keep their dogs on leash in the Watershed Park, and to be mindful of anything their dog may be sniffing or eating on or near the trails in the park.

 

August 12, 2019

File 19-17982

Police respond to stolen vehicle report on Hwy 17

Delta Police were contacted August 11 regarding a car parked on the shoulder of Highway 17, with a person sitting in the vehicle. Police determined the vehicle had been recently reported stolen from a home in Metro Vancouver.

Delta Police located the vehicle in the northbound lanes of 3200 block of Highway 17 around 5:50 pm, Aug. 11.  Because the report involved an occupied stolen vehicle on a highway, police temporarily shut down traffic.

“Responding to a call such as this, our officers are not sure what type of situation they might find, and their priority is to ensure the public is kept safe from any potential harm,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police.

A man was located in the vehicle and arrested at the scene without incident. The investigation is continuing.

“We recognize traffic was impacted during this incident,” says Cris Leykauf. “We want to thank the motoring public for their patience in allowing police the time and space to bring the matter to a peaceful resolution.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug. 7 2019

File 19-17638

Driver in custody after reports of erratic driving

A man is in custody after Delta Police were asked to assist RCMP in the afternoon of August 7, in regard to a vehicle traveling southbound through the Massey Tunnel, that may have been involved in one or more collisions in Richmond.

Delta Police were not able to locate the vehicle at the tunnel, but shortly thereafter received a 9-1-1 call about a vehicle being driven erratically on Arthur Drive in Ladner.

A Delta Police officer spotted what was believed to be the vehicle in question on 56th Street, heading south to Highway 17. The vehicle was observed to briefly attempt travel the wrong way on Highway 17, and was abandoned in the intersection.

The officer then arrested a man in a field by Highway 17 and 56th Street.

“This is an active investigation but at this point Delta Police have no reports of damage or injuries related to this matter within Delta,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. She notes she is unable to confirm details of what may have occurred in other jurisdictions.

If anyone has any further information about this incident in Delta, they are asked to call police at 604-946-4411 and quote file 19-17638.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 7, 2019

19-17246

Just because it’s morning doesn’t mean you’re sober

An early morning traffic enforcement effort on Highway 17 netted an eyebrow raising result, after a commercial vehicle driver was revealed to be still impaired from the night before.

Delta Police Traffic Section was conducting traffic enforcement August 3 and observed an SUV vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. While confirming the speed through a laser, the officer also observed a dump truck travelling directly behind the SUV, going at an even higher rate of speed – 130 km/hr.

The officer, wearing a high-visibility vest, attempted to pull over both vehicles for speeding. The SUV began to slow, but the dump truck did not slow until it was just behind the SUV. As a result, the dump truck struck the bumper of the SUV as that vehicle slowed down to pull over for the officer.

The police officer first checked on the driver of the SUV, who confirmed he was okay physically. There was no damage to the dump truck, and only minor damage to the bumper of the SUV. The SUV driver received a speeding ticket.

“When our officer interacted with the driver of the dump truck, he observed signs of impairment,” said Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “In conversation with the officer the driver revealed he had been drinking the previous night. He was asked to blow into the approved screening device, which registered a Fail.”

“We’re highlighting this incident because we wanted people to be aware that it is entirely possible to be impaired, and unable to safely drive the morning after a night of drinking,” says Leykauf. “And in this case the driver was also responsible for a larger commercial vehicle. Our officer was happy to have taken such a dangerous combination off the road that morning.”

The driver of the dump truck received a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound, plus a ticket for excessive speeding as well as a separate 7-day impound for excessive speeding, plus fines and penalties.

 

 

August 6, 2019

File 19-17251

Two police officers injured after responding to a call about suspicious man

A Surrey man is facing four charges after two Delta Police officers were injured – one suffering significant injuries to his head – during an incident that took place on the long weekend.

Delta Police were called to Watershed Park around 9 am on Saturday, August 3. A member of the public reported a suspicious man in the park, and indicated to police that he left the area because he felt too uncomfortable to go on his planned run on the trails as a result of his encounter.

An officer arrived and located a man matching the description given, who began throwing rocks at the police vehicle upon arrival. The officer attempted to de-escalate the situation, but the man suddenly ran from police, and entered the driver’s seat of the police vehicle. The vehicle had no keys in it at this time.

The officer then requested Emergency Health Services and further police to attend the scene.

The officer continued to speak with the man in an effort to de-escalate the incident, but the man became more agitated.

At that time, concerned for his own safety and that of the public, the officer attempted to handcuff the man. However, the man allegedly punched the officer, then used the officer’s handcuffs, which had dropped during the altercation, to repeatedly strike the officer on the face and head. Despite receiving significant injuries, the officer managed to hold the man in place in the police vehicle.

Fortunately other officers in the area responded quickly, and managed to take the man into custody. During this process the man allegedly bit another police officer twice on the hand. He was subdued and then taken to hospital.

“Our officer received 23 stitches or staples for five separate lacerations to the face and head during this incident, and one of our other responding officers was bitten on the hand,” said Superintendent Harj Sidhu, head of the Community Policing Bureau. “Both officers will be okay fortunately, but we could have had a very different outcome. This underscores the dangers that police officers can and do face every day – even on what seems like a fairly standard call of a suspicious person.”

The man, aged 23, of Surrey, BC is facing four charges including assault causing bodily harm, assault a peace officer, utter threat to cause death or bodily harm and resist a peace officer.  He is currently being held for psychiatric assessment.

 

 

July 27, 2019

Delta Police investigating two break and enters in South Delta

On July 26th, there were two break and enters in Tsawwassen and one theft from auto. In both instances, the suspect(s) entered through insecure exterior doors and did not force entry.

Now that warm weather has arrived, residents may be inclined to keep doors and windows open. Please remember to secure your property by locking all doors and windows when you are not home, and at night. When you are home, do not leave unattended windows and doors open and keep garage doors closed.

If you are leaving your home vacant while on vacation, have a friend or neighbour stop by to pick up newspapers and mail and check on your property. Additionally, Delta Police District Community Offices offer free vacation security checks of your home. You can contact your local District Office or go to Deltapolice.ca to sign up.

If you observe any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, contact the Delta Police non-emergency line at 604.946.4411 or 9.1.1.

 

 

July 26, 2019

Files 19-16417, 16446, 16512

Google Play and Bitcoin scam is active in Delta

Delta Police have received at least three complaints this week of fraudsters threatening Delta residents with arrest in a variation on the Google Play scam.

In this scam, fraudsters pose as some sort of government agency or financial institution, and demands payment through Google Play, or in one instance that was reported, Bitcoin. One victim was called by an unknown male claiming to be a police officer, informing the victim that he had an outstanding debt that needed to be paid immedi

ately. The victim was advised to purchase $3,000 worth of Google Play cards, and give the fraudster the pin numbers. Google Play and bitcoin have become a trend for fraudsters, as they are difficult to track and easy to cash out.

Unfortunately scammers will pose as someone in the position of authority in order to try and convince their potential victims to take them seriously. We want to advise the public to be aware of this scam, and not to give money or gift cards to unknown individuals over the phone.

Many of these fraudsters have targeted Punjabi-speaking residents of Delta, therefore we are releasing this information in Punjabi. Audio clip below

ਬਹੁਤ ਸਾਰੇ ਧੋਖਾਧੜੀ ਵਾਲੇ ਡੈਲਟਾ ਦੇ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਬੋਲਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਨਿਵਾਸੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਨਿਸ਼ਾਨਾ ਬਣਾ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ| ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਹੇਠਾਂ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿਚ ਰਿਕਾਰਡਿੰਗ ਸੁਣੋ.

 

 

July 22, 2019

City of Delta Crime Severity Index sees little change from previous year

The City of Delta’s overall Crime Severity Index (CSI) has held steady at just under 53 index points for 2018, and continues to be low in comparison to the Metro Vancouver average. The Canadian CSI saw another slight increase from 2017 to 2018, sitting at 75.

Delta’s non-violent CSI saw a 4% decrease, while the violent CSI increased nearly 30%; the combination of these factors led to no significant change to the overall Index. Delta Police have implemented a system that directs activity towards problem areas in the city, resulting in a decrease in property crime.

Violent crime has experienced upward trends across Metro Vancouver and in Delta, the increase is associated to crimes between persons known to each other and includes domestic and family assaults and assaults against associates and co-workers. It is important to note that both stranger assaults and gang-related violence remain minimal in Delta.

“The City of Delta has experienced consistent declines in CSI rates over the past decade. The 2018 increase in violent crime is a concern, and while we work to prevent crime, there is also an element of education, social support and community engagement required by us to reduce instances of violent victimization in our community. Of particular focus for us is vulnerable populations including isolated seniors, at-risk youth and those suffering from mental illness and addiction. By supporting those who may be at increased risk, we hope to reduce instances of violent crime,” comments Cris Leykauf, Public Affairs manager for the Delta Police Department. “And while we work on initiatives to reduce risk in our community we will continue in our efforts to keep non-violent, property crime low.”

Note: The CSI is a measurement of crime that reflects the relative seriousness of individual offences. For example, Robbery is given more “weight” in the Index as compared to Disturb the Peace. Weights are calculated using conviction rates and sentencing lengths. A low CSI rate is indicative of a relatively safe community. Index scores are compared to a baseline of 100, which is calculated using historical data.

 

 

July 16, 2019

Files 19-15078 & 19-14662

Delta man charged after police surround home

After police surrounded a home on July 11, 2019 in Tsawwassen, in relation to a barricaded male, an individual has now been charged.

Delta Police attended the home in order to make an arrest, but were unsuccessful, despite protracted negotiations. Eventually the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team attended the residence, resulting in the arrest of one man on July 11.

No shots were fired during the incident. Police recovered a number of weapons from the home, including a rifle, after a search warrant was granted following the incident.

“The Emergency Response Team attended this residence because of information received regarding the safety of police who were attempting to make an arrest,” explains Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “We recognize that residents in the area may have been surprised by the level of the police response, but the safety of our officers, any suspects or involved parties, and the public is always foremost when these decisions are made. We were pleased there were no injuries as a result of this incident.”

Troy Kevin REIMER, age 52, of Delta, BC, has been charged with one count of uttering or conveying a threat to cause death or bodily harm, contrary to section 2641(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. He has since been released under a number of conditions which pertain to the ongoing safety of the individuals involved in the original call for service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 15, 2019

File – 19-13034

Perseverance helps police nab prolific offenders

Some types of crime comes in waves, and currently in Delta and Metro Vancouver catalytic converters are being targeted, particularly in the industrial areas such as Annacis Island and Tilbury.

“Delta Police has a dedicated Property Crime Unit to address these spikes in crime,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Property crime is one of the top concerns that the public has identified to us.”

On July 9 the DPD Property Crime Unit, with the assistance of Vancouver Police, took 3 prolific property offenders into custody around 4:30 am, July 9.

The investigation is ongoing, and police will be recommending charges of theft under $5,000 and mischief.

Business owners are encouraged to reach out to Delta Police regarding the Business Watch Program, for information and tools to help businesses protect their property.

 

 

July 12, 2019

Raising a police puppy is far different than training a pet

Most puppies are taught to stay off the furniture, and are actively discouraged from biting.

But not Maya. Maya is a German Shepherd police puppy who is learning the ins and outs of what it means to be a Police Service Dog, with the help of her Imprinter and five-year DPD veteran, Constable Sarb Singh.

Cst. Singh is volunteering as an Imprinter, someone who raises a police puppy to become a full-time police dog. It’s a very busy job in its own right, as Cst. Singh has to make sure Maya is ready for comprehensive testing at 4 months, 8, 12 and 16 months. A dog can be cut from the program at any time along the way, should it not be driven, adaptable, brave and more.

Maya is his second police puppy; his first pup Luthor graduated this spring into official dog-handler training at the RCMP’s Dog Service training centre at Innisfail, Alberta. While proud of Luthor’s accomplishments, it was a bittersweet time for Cst. Singh, as he had to say goodbye to the pup he’d been raising for the past year.

“There’s a big difference between a pet and a police dog,” Cst. Singh explains. “A dog owner typically wouldn’t want their pet on the counter, but a police dog has to be confident in all environments. That’s because a full profile police dog’s main job is to track and apprehend offenders. We don’t know where that suspect could be hiding.”

Cst. Singh encourages Maya to go on tables, counters and more. It’s all part of her police dog training.

A typical day for Cst. Singh starts at 6 am by taking Maya out, and then he’s at work with the Patrol Support Team, which tackles projects that the regular front line members might not have time to get to, such as focusing on prolific property crime offenders. Maya stays in a crate in the back of his vehicle, and he takes her out every two hours to expose her to different surroundings and surfaces. And to burn off some of that puppy energy.

Maya comes from the RCMP’s German Shepherd breeding program, and when she’s completed her puppy training, she might be assigned to a handler anywhere in the province. That means Cst. Singh has to ensure she’s exposed to all sorts of different terrain, such as snow and ice.

“It’s a lot of extra work,” he admits. “You have to have a passion for it, but it’s amazing what these dogs can do.” Maya is with Cst. Singh 24/7 and lives with him at his home. They are together on duty and off duty, working and training every day.

Unlike most puppies, Maya is allowed to gnaw on the furniture. Cst. Singh doesn’t want to discourage her from biting.

Delta Police has three full time dog handlers with the Integrated Lower Mainland District Police Dog Service. The unit covers a broad territory, from Hope to Whistler. Delta Police joined the integrated unit because the dogs and handlers get consistent exposure to a wide variety of tasks, while ensuring Delta continues to receive dog services when required

Cst. Singh is hoping to join their ranks when an opening comes up. It’s an interest he developed when he was new officer in Delta, and was assisting Cst. Chris Cottrill, a dog handler, in training his dog.

“Imprinters also have to teach the dogs to become critical thinkers,” explains Cst. Cottrill. He and his dog Garner have tracked a suspect over four kilometres, though fences, yards and streets, successfully finding and arresting him. Ensuring the dogs are trained to stay on task is key.

 

Their ability to find discarded evidence is also very important, as Cst. Cottrill recounts how Garner quickly found a bullet casing in a field – something that would have taken a team of police searchers many hours to do in a methodical search.

Keep an eye out for Maya and Cst. Singh at community events in Delta this summer.

 

 

July 11, 2019

File 19-15078

UPDATE – Police dealing with barricaded male

Delta Police now have one man in custody related to the matter taking place in Tsawwassen. The residence is now empty, but police have secured it for further investigation.

No shots were fired during this incident, and no one has been injured. We thank all the residents in the area for their patience as this matter was dealt with.

Original release.

 

 

July 11, 2019

File 19-15078

Police dealing with barricaded male

Delta Police attended a Tsawwassen home in the 500 block of Tralee Crescent late on July 10 to affect an arrest.

The individual in question refused to exit the residence, and a Delta Police negotiator was called in to assist in this process. Negotiations continued overnight, and unfortunately were not successful. A warrant was then obtained, but the individual is refusing to comply with police demands.

The Lower Mainland District Integrated Emergency Response Team is now on site. The individual remains barricaded in the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 10, 2019

File 19-14937

Thief notes PIN number, then steals credit card from senior

Delta Police are cautioning the public to be sure to take precautions when entering their bank and credit card PIN numbers while out shopping.

On July 9 a senior shopping in Tsawwassen Commons entered her PIN number at a store in the area. She did not realize she was followed by a woman who then apparently was able to observe her entering her PIN code when she paid for her purchases.

The senior left the store, and then was approached by the woman, who held out a $10 bill, asking the senior if she had dropped it. She was quite insistent that the senior check her wallet, and became quite close to the senior during this process, which made the senior uncomfortable.

When the senior returned home she checked her wallet and realized her credit card was missing.  She contacted her credit card company who informed her that a cash withdrawal for nearly $2,000 had just been made. The card was then cancelled and the senior contacted Delta Police.

“The key takeaway we want to share is to make sure that you hide your PIN code from everyone, whenever you enter it,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police Department. As this senior was apparently targeted, she asks that people share this information with the seniors in their lives.

Both the credit card company and police are investigating this incident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 08, 2019

New roving CounterAttack stops more impaired drivers in Delta

CounterAttack is a fixture on BC roads during the summer, with police setting up roadblocks throughout the province, typically on weekend nights, to stop and deter impaired drivers. Funding for extra policing shifts to staff these roadblocks comes from the province through ICBC.

But in Delta on July 5 and 6, officers on CounterAttack shifts spent part of each night roving roads in marked and unmarked vehicles. The roving patrol was in addition to the traditional-style CounterAttack roadblock set up for a portion of both Friday and Saturday night.

The recently enacted mandatory alcohol screening provision (Bill C-46) authorizes law enforcement officers who have an “approved screening device” at hand to demand breath samples of any drivers they lawfully stop, without first requiring that they have a suspicion that the driver has alcohol in their body. The research shows that many impaired drivers are able to escape detection at check stops. This authority helps police detect more drivers who are over legal limits, and reduce litigation regarding whether or not the officer had a reasonable suspicion.

“Our intent is two-fold,” said Acting Sergeant Jim Ingram, who was in charge of both CounterAttack shifts. “We want to educate drivers about the new legislation and of course, we want to take impaired drivers off the road.”

A total of 111 drivers were required to blow into the Approved Screening Device during both the roving and static weekend CounterAttacks. Of those, nine were impaired by alcohol or drug for a rate of just over 8% of all drivers who were stopped. Police also conducted three Standard Field Sobriety Tests, used when a driver is suspected of having consumed drugs.

Police ask driver to blow in Approved Screening Device during roving CounterAttack on July 5. This driver’s sample proved she was not impaired, and she was thanked and sent on her way. 

One driver stopped in North Delta around 9:30 pm on July 6 blew a fail on his first try, and then made his second poor choice of the night by attempting to run from the officer who had pulled him over.

“He ran across the parking lot and crashed into some bushes, but was quickly stopped,” said A/Sgt. Ingram. As the investigation had essentially concluded by that point the driver will not face potential obstruction charges.

Another driver was unhappy about the new legislative changes, and attempted to debate A/Sgt. Ingram about the legality of the new legislation. He eventually agreed to blow, and registered a zero. If he had not agreed to blow the consequences could have been significant, including refusing to provide a breath sample, which comes with the same penalties as a Fail under BC’s Immediate Roadside Prohibition program.

“We also stopped a surprising number of self-proclaimed designated drivers, who told us they had nothing to drink that night, yet provided a breath sample that showed they definitely had some alcohol in their system,” said A/Sgt. Ingram. “Although those drivers conceded that they weren’t being honest with us, they did not face any consequences, as their ability to drive wasn’t affected or impaired.”

The majority of impaired drivers stopped this past weekend were found by officers on the roving CounterAttack. However, it’s important to note that officers on regular patrol duty also regularly stop suspected impaired drivers, or respond to public reports of suspected impaired drivers. This weekend alone those general duty officers dealt with five additional drivers who were impaired by drugs or alcohol. Between CounterAttack shifts and general duty officers, Delta Police took a total of 14 impaired drivers off Delta roads between July 5-7. Of note, news of the CounterAttack was also shared on DPD social media channels (@deltapolice and @DPDTraffic).

“I think the public can definitely expect us to continue with this new tactic of doing roving CounterAttack stops,” says A/Sgt. Ingram.

 

 

 

File 19-14398

July 5, 2019

Cell phone and other goods recovered after locker theft

Delta Police have a team called the Patrol Support Team, which supplements the work that our front line officers do, allowing them to focus on thorny issues, when crime trends pop up.

Recently a recreation centre in North Delta had been experiencing a problem with thefts from lockers, so when staff spotted some suspicious behavior the afternoon of July 3, they were quick to call Delta Police.

Officers from the Patrol Support Team were in the area, and intercepted the suspects walking away from the area, arresting them on suspicion of theft.

“Fortunately officers were able to recover a number of stolen items, include a phone and clothing,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “

Two individuals were arrested at scene, and were released pending an upcoming court date. In the interim they have been banned from the recreation centre.

“Staff at the recreation centre were extremely helpful in providing a very timely alert to police,” notes Leykauf. “In situations such as this, when a crime is suspected to be in progress, the public is encouraged to call 9-1-1 so police can respond quickly.”

Unfortunately, thieves will sometimes target individuals or areas such as locker rooms for theft, so the public is advised not to take any valuables with them into these areas if possible.

 

 

July 2, 2019

Impaired drivers stopped throughout Delta on long weekend

While no impaired drivers went through the Delta Police Counterattack roadblock on Saturday night, officers working throughout Delta dealt with 9 impaired drivers over the long weekend.

“The science – and unfortunately decades of terrible experiences – are clear. Drivers who’ve had too much to drink are a leading cause of crashes, injuries and deaths on BC roads,” says Acting Sergeant Derek Gallamore, head of DPD Traffic Services. 

Five drivers registered fail when blowing in the approved screening device, including:

  • A driver in Tsawwassen on 53A, making a sloppy turn onto 12th Ave, jumping the curb, spotted by a patrolling officer
  • Two drivers stopped on 120th in North Delta
  • A driver on the Ladner Trunk road going below the speed limit, and striking the curb
  • A driver who Emergency Health Services called to report passed out in their vehicle in Ladner, on a rural road

Although there is an administrative penalty available to police (where drivers are prohibited from driving for 90 days and their vehicles are impounded) police are considering recommending criminal impaired driving charges regarding four of the drivers they dealt with on the long weekend.

 

June 28, 2019

Man whose life was saved by police opens up in DPD Annual Report

The 2018/2019 Delta Police Annual Report shines a light on the importance of health and wellness – both for police officers and the citizens they serve.

Wayne, who volunteered to open the annual report with his personal experience, did so for two reasons; to acknowledge the work of the police officers that saved his life, and to send a message to others who may be suffering that life can get better.

Typically police officers do not have an opportunity for closure after a call for service related to a person in crisis. But Wayne wanted those police officers to know the impact that they had on his life.

Wayne was open to telling his story and when he recalled the moment he saw the police wade into the frigid water of Goose Bay to save him he said, “I remember thinking, wow that cop does not look impressed to be out here…and I can understand why because it was really cold.”

That cop was Sgt Mike Scholz. The two men reunited earlier this year, and you can read more about it in the DPD Annual Report. It’s available in local papers this week in Delta, or find it online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 26, 2019

Annacis Island battery thefts down – catalytic converters thefts still high

Responding to crime trends can be complex, and it can take some time for results to be seen. While the public’s expectation may be that stepped up police patrols will take care of the issue, the reality can be quite a bit more challenging.

By August 2018, Delta Police was seeing an increase in the number of battery thefts on Annacis Island. As a result, the Annacis Island Crime Prevention Strategy was born, combining outreach, education and prevention, and enforcement.

The first step in this case was some out of the box thinking.

“With support of the local business owners, we implemented a Battery Decal Project, where commercial vehicle batteries are tagged with decals indicating that they are not approved to be sold for money.” says, Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for the Delta Police.”

“Next, we educated local pawn shops and recycling depots that if they see this decal on a battery, it means the battery is stolen. So those shops and depots have been instructed to report this to police, and not purchase the battery from the thief,” says Leykauf

Signs in the pawn shops and recycling depots also reinforce the message, that these businesses are taking part in the Battery Decal Project.

Furthermore, Delta Police also increased police patrols as well as volunteer hours on Annacis Island. 

Since the implementation of this project, DPD has seen a decrease of 71% in battery thefts, and 39% reduction in overall crime in the area.

But, as is the nature of crime, a new crime cycle is now on the upswing on Annacis Island and in North Delta – catalytic converter thefts.

North Delta businesses are being encouraged to register for the North Delta Business Watch Program. The North Delta Business Watch Program was created by the North Delta District Community Police Office (DCPO) with the purposed of educating local businesses on how to better protect themselves from becoming victims of crime.

To register for the Business Watch Program, please click here to learn more, or visit the DCPO office at 11906 80 Ave.

 

 

June 25, 2019

Files 19-12056, 19-13573 and 19-12052

Police search for tips re recent Ladner graffiti spree

Since June 7 there have been a number of instances of spray-painted graffiti, targeting buildings, vehicles, parks and public washrooms in Ladner.

“This amounts to thousands of dollars in damages, not to mention city and police time spent painting over damaged surfaces, or investigating,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. The word Dune was spray-painted on surfaces in each of the cases, she confirms.

Reports started to come into police June 7 about spray-paint at Memorial Park, and also along the 4800 block of Chisholm St, where four vans were targeted by the suspect.

June 24 there were further reports of spray-painting damage, this time at Ladner Harbour Park, within the men’s washroom.

Anyone who may have information about these crimes are asked to contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411 and ask for Cst. Cam Wilson, quoting file 12056. Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can make a report to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report your information online to https://www.solvecrime.ca/.

Additionally, any residents or businesses who have video cameras that record public areas, please consider registering those cameras on the DPD Community Watch Program.  Knowing who may have video camera footage can help police solve crimes, and also save time in investigations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 21, 2019

File 19-13240

Delta Police looking for witnesses, dashcam video from June 13

Were you travelling southbound in Delta on Hwy 17 or Deltaport Way on the morning of June 13, between 9-9:30 am?

Delta Police are looking for anyone who may have dashcam video of a semi-truck on the highway that date. The truck in question has a light blue cab and a dark blue container.

“There are reports this vehicle may have been driven erratically, so we encourage anyone who has video to please get in touch with police,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. She confirms this request for dashcam video is in relation to the fatal collision that took place shortly thereafter on Deltaport Way, and involved a large fire and two semi-trucks.

“Additionally if there are any witnesses to the collision, or the events prior to the collision, who have not yet spoken with police, we encourage them to get in touch with us.”

Witnesses and those with video who have not yet spoken to police are encouraged to call 604-946-4411 and quote file number 2019-13240.

 

 

 

June 17, 2019

Delta students write, star in and direct impaired driving video for DPD

Just in time for grad season, Delta Film Academy students have created a new Public Service Announcement for Delta Police about the risks of driving while high on marijuana.

The project began in fall 2018, when a Delta Police Drug Recognition Expert – Constable Grayson Smith – came in to speak with the Film Academy students about drug impaired driving. At the time marijuana was just in the process of being legalized in Canada.

He had a frank discussion with the students, only some of whom had reached driving age, about the impacts marijuana could have on drivers, and what he had seen as a police officer. Delta Police have officers trained to detect drug-impaired driving working on every shift.

The resulting 30-second film was created by a team of nine students, from grades 9-12.

“We looked at other PSAs that were out there, but the students didn’t want to make it too serious,” said Jennifer McKee, drama teacher and teacher coordinator at Delta Film Academy. “Instead they opted to pull you through the experience of going to through a party – it’s cool, and easy – and then it’s not funny anymore,” she explains.

The students – under the guidance of their teachers – had complete free rein on the project, as Delta Police Department opted not to give them any restrictions or guidelines, other than asking for something that could be shared readily on social media. The final idea was developed by grade nine and grade eleven students, and a grade nine student directed the film. Older students acted in the PSA.

“The students were so resourceful,” says Harbott, who admits she gave them no budget at all to work with. That meant they had to really focus on storytelling.

“I was very impressed by their work,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “It’s great that they chose a subtle way to get the message across, and the acting and caliber of the video is excellent. Who better than teens to help get the message out to other young people about the risks of driving impaired by drugs?”

The PSA video the students produced is at https://youtu.be/5S3X9U4P-7Y. You can also find information about what you need to know before you drive, if you’ve smoked or consumed marijuana, at http://192.168.23.4/cannabis/#DrugImpaired.

The student team that put together the release consists of: Michael Kirk (Gr. 12) – Actor, Deanna Gossilin (Gr. 11) – Actor, Maclaren Bulman (Gr.9) – Director, Emre Hakan Elitemiz (Gr. 11) – First Director/Editor, Nathan Wismer (Gr. 10) – Director of Photography and Camera Operator, William Jope (Gr. 9) – First Assistant Camera, Logan Fields (Gr. 10) – Grip and Dane Dopud (Gr. 9) – Grip / Props Master.

June 14, 2019

File 19-9564

Charges of assault with a weapon and uttering threats approved against Delta man

A Delta man is facing 11 charges after an investigation which began in March 2019 in which a victim and a third party came forward to police about allegations regarding assaults and threats.

The investigation is being led by the Delta Police Major Crimes section. The allegations concern incidents that occurred in Ladner in March 2019, and involve two separate victims. The victims were briefly known to the suspect.

“We’d like to thank the victims in these incidents for coming forward and reporting these events to police,” says Inspector Guy Leeson of the Delta Police Investigations Bureau.

Wyatt James Culbertson, age 38, of Delta BC, faces five counts of assault with a weapon (CC 267(a)), two counts of utter threats to cause death or bodily harm (CC 264 1 (1) (a)) and two count of assault (CC 266) regarding events that took place March 17 and March 30, 2019. He also faces a charge of dangerous operation of a vehicle, and a charge from May 2019 of breaching his conditions.

Culbertson has been released under a number of conditions and is set to next appear in court June 20, 2019. His conditions include:

  • Residing at a specified residence, and being within this residence at all times except with written permission of his bail supervisor
  • No contact with his victims
  • Not to possess or consume alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substances
  • Not to possess weapons
  • Not to be in the company of any sex trade worker

Note to media – some aspects of this court file are subject to publication bans.

June 14, 2019

Update re Deltaport Way fatal collision

Delta Police confirm that next of kin notifications have been completed with the family of the driver of one of the semi-trucks involved in this incident. He was from Surrey, and unfortunately died at the scene. The other driver involved in the crash received non-serious injuries.

The investigation remains ongoing as to the cause of this crash, and police will not be commenting at this time on possible factors involved.

The crash scene was complex, and police again thank drivers and all those impacted for their patience. Clearing the road of the semi trucks was a complicated task. Extensive environmental site clean up was also required, and was concluded shortly after 3 am, June 14, after which point Deltaport Way was fully re-opened.

Original press release is below.

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June 13, 2019

File 19-12575

Serious semi-truck collision closes Deltaport

At approximately 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 Delta Police received a call about a collision involving two semi-trucks in the 3500-block of Deltaport Way.

One truck was travelling eastbound on Deltaport Way and the other truck was travelling westbound at the time of the collision. Delta Police were on scene shortly after the incident occurred, as was the Delta Fire Department. The cause of the collision has not been determined, but police can confirm that one driver received non-serious injuries.

Delta Police’s Traffic Section is leading this investigation. It is currently not known when Deltaport Way will re-open.

“We recognize that a road closure like this causes significant delays for drivers accessing the port. Thank you for your patience and understanding while our officers investigate”, says Delta Police spokesperson, Cris Leykauf. “This is a very serious collision, and investigations such as this take time. The process of clearing the road of a collision of this magnitude is also complicated, she added.

BC’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement branch is assisting Delta Police in this investigation

 

 

June 13, 2019

File 19-11616

Delta man charged after allegedly punching Tsawwassen youth

A man who allegedly tried to rob a group of Tsawwassen teenagers, assaulting one youth in the process, is now facing serious charges as a result of this incident.

On June 2, 2019, shortly after 1 am, a man approached six youths walking near 1st Avenue and English Bluff Rd in Tsawwassen.

The man allegedly instructed the youths to hand over their valuables, and threatened to shoot them if they did not obey his instructions. One youth explained that he did not have a wallet on him, and was allegedly punched twice in the face.

The youths ran away, and called 9-1-1 to report the attempted robbery. Police arrived on scene within five minutes and located the youths nearby, standing and waiting for police.

During the follow up investigation a Tsawwassen resident called Delta Police to report video footage of a suspicious male from that night.

“This footage proved instrumental in the investigation,” says Inspector Guy Leeson, of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. He points out that Delta Police has a program called the Community Watch Program, whereby residents and businesses can easily register the presence of their security video cameras. Video footage can be extremely valuable to police, assisting in solving everything from theft from autos to more serious investigations.

Delta Police’s Property Crime Unit took over the investigation and secured a search warrant, making an arrest shortly thereafter.

“Robberies are relatively rare, and the public should be assured that Delta is a safe community,” says Insp. Leeson. He confirms the suspect and the youths were not known to each other prior to this incident.

“I also want to commend the youths for their presence of mind that evening, as they were able to quickly contact police and provide valuable information which allowed our investigation to proceed rapidly,” says Insp. Leeson.

Katlin James Richardson, age 32, of Delta BC, is facing three counts of robbery (344(1)(b), one count of uttering threats with the intent to cause bodily harm 264.1(1) and one count of assault (266).  He has been remanded in custody and next appears in court June 14.

 

June 11, 2019

Drivers with questionable behaviour nabbed in speed enforcement

By now, the community of Delta is getting used to the fact that its police officers do A LOT of traffic enforcement. But people travelling through Delta may not be getting that message. (We humbly suggest they follow @DPDTraffic on Twitter).

On the morning of June 6, DPD’s Traffic Unit was conducting team enforcement on Highway 17, also known as the South Fraser Perimeter Road. The speed limit along that highway is 80 km/hour.

Six vehicles were stopped for excessive speed, impounded by police, and towed from the scene for a 7-day time out. All but one driver were from other Metro Vancouver communities. Speeds ranged from 128 km to 158 km/hr, which is nearly double the limit. Violators included:

  • A taxi with two passengers who had to be transferred to another cab when their taxi was impounded
  • A driver with an interlock device on the ignition (a possible requirement for drivers who’ve been caught driving impaired
  • Two vehicles, travelling approximately two car-lengths apart, at over 150 km/hr
  • A driver with an interim driving license

“Public surveys and consultations tell us that our community views traffic safety as one of the top issues, if not the top issue here,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “People deserve to get to work, home and school safely, and our officers work hard to keep our roads safe.”

Speed is a major contributing factor to car crash fatalities in BC. While the ticket fine ranges from $368 to $483 if you’re caught doing more than 40 km/hour over the limit, there are also significant additional costs. ICBC will enforce a driver risk premium if a driver has one or more excessive speeding tickets with costs escalating if you have additional roadside suspensions, serious Motor Vehicle Act convictions, or driving related Criminal Code convictions. Additionally, drivers will pay impound, vehicle towing, and storage fees.

June 11, 2019

File 19-11965 and 19-11887

Alleged bike thief nabbed riding stolen bike, carrying another

If you’re going to steal a bike in Delta, we recommend you don’t ride it around town the next day or two. Particularly without a helmet.

On June 5th one of our School Liaison Officers was at North Delta Secondary where a student stopped him to report that a bike he’d locked to the fence at the school the previous day had been stolen.

Through investigation DPD determined a potential suspect, and ensured that information was circulated in the department.

One June 6th our Patrol Support Team, a team that supplements the work of our front line officers, noted a man near North Delta Secondary who was riding a bike without a helmet on, while carrying another bike. Police stopped the man to speak with him about not wearing a helmet.

Recognize this bike? Police recovered it, and believe it was stolen.

Police pointed out that the ticket for not wearing a helmet was the same as the cost of purchasing a helmet from the store.

While speaking with the man officers were able to identify him, and noted that he appeared to be in violation of a number of court ordered conditions. Officers then determined that the bike which the man was riding was confirmed to be stolen the previous day from near the high school. The man was then arrested for possession of stolen property.

Terry Lee PIPE, age 43, of Surrey, BC has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, as well as three counts of failing to comply with court ordered conditions. He is considered known to police.

Police also recovered another stolen bike, and are trying to find the owner of that bike. However, we’re happy to report that the bike stolen from the NDS student has been returned to its owner who proclaimed, “Thank you this is the best day ever!”

If you believe you are the owner or know the owner of the recovered bike, please contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411 and refer to file 19-11965.

 

 

June 6, 2019

File 19-10775

After-hours robbery didn’t end well for suspect

An apparent plan to hide in a Scott Road department store after closing, and break out with stolen goods, did not go so well with for a man who is now facing six charges stemming from the incident.

On May 23, Delta Police officers were flagged down at 2:49 am by two store employees, stating the store had just been robbed. The suspect in the incident was believed to have remained in the store past closing, and broke out after being confronted by staff members. The suspect allegedly brandished a knife and threatened the employees before leaving with a shopping cart full of merchandise.

After learning which way the suspect was headed, the Delta Police officers immediately began to search for the man, who allegedly ran away upon spotting police officers. After a brief chase officers arrested the suspect, and located the stolen goods. The merchandise was then returned to the store.

“Our officers were definitely at the right place at the right time for this incident,” acknowledges Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “The store employees thankfully were not physically hurt, and they were able to provide a very timely update to the officers of which direction the suspect had headed.”

38-year-old Michael Douglas O’Brien of Mission, BC, faces six charges relating to this incident including robbery, breaking out, assault a peace officer, obstruct a police officer and failing to comply with probation orders. He is considered to be known to police, and is associated to a residence in North Delta.

O’Brien is currently in custody and is next scheduled to appear in court on June 7, 2019 in Surrey.

 

June 5, 2019

Recovered bikes donated back to the community

The Delta Police Department (DPD) is exploring new ways to help give back to the community. On Tuesday, June 4, DPD officers donated 18 bikes that had not been claimed, to R.E.C. for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides sports equipment to kids in need.

“When we recover lost or stolen bikes, we try to locate the owner, but most times the bikes have not been registered, or reported lost/stolen.”, says Constable Mike Tegart.  “Historically these bikes would be sent to auction, but we heard that the North Delta Rotary had partnered with R.E.C. for KIDS, and thought that this could be a great way to ensure these bikes go back into the community of Delta”.

R.E.C. KIDS volunteers will now repair any bikes that need servicing, and redistribute the bikes to underprivileged youth recognized by referral agencies such as schools, government departments and social services agencies.

The donation of bikes has the added benefit of helping free up much needed storage space in Delta Police exhibits.

A reminder that DPD’s District Community Police Offices in North Delta, Ladner, and Tsawwassen offer free bike registration with Garage 529. Bikes are photographed, decaled, and logged into the Lower Mainland system, helping police reunite owners with their bikes if have been recovered.

Delta residents are also encouraged to report any thefts immediately to Delta Police Department, so police can gather any potential evidence and link the crime with others that may have occurred recently in your area.

“No Call Too Small, as we say here at the DPD.”, says Constable Tegart. “Often information gathered from the smaller calls can assist with much larger investigations .”

 

June 4, 2019

File 19-11771

Police make arrests in catalytic converter thefts

Just after midnight on June 4 a Delta police officer was patrolling on Derwent Way when he observed an unoccupied truck he suspected to be stolen out of another jurisdiction.

In investigating this truck he observed two people nearby, underneath a van. He advised the men of his presence and with the assistance of another officer who arrived on scene, took both men into custody, on suspicion of attempted catalytic converter theft. The men were in possession of a power saw.

There have been a number of catalytic converter and battery thefts in recent months, primarily on Annacis Island and in North Delta, with two in North Delta last week.

“We wanted to alert the public and business owners, because our officers would appreciate a heads up whenever suspicious behaviour is seen – such as a person going underneath a truck, semi-truck or commercial vehicle at night,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “This is the type of occasion where it’s appropriate to call 9-1-1, as this could be a theft in progress.”

She points out that thieves can remove a catalytic converter with a reciprocating saw quite quickly.

A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that reduces toxic gases and pollutants. Criminals from across Metro Vancouver are stealing these converters to sell the parts for scrap.

The DPD Business Watch Program has reached out to many businesses in North Delta which have vehicle fleets, to inform them of the potential risk of theft. Tips to prevent catalytic converter theft are:

  • incorporate better lighting to areas vehicles are stored,
  • increase sight lines from the road and use surveillance cameras.

Additional suggested steps are:

  • welding catalytic converter to the car frame to make it difficult for criminals to take the part off,
  • engraving VIN numbers onto catalytic converters help in identification,
  • attaching security devices to catalytic converters also help in making them more secure and less prone to theft.

Business owners interesting in learning more about increasing property security are encouraged to contact our District Community Liaison Offices.

May 24, 2019

Files 19-9018, 8969, 9045, 10170

Door to door marketers – caution for residents

Delta Police have received at least five complaints since March 1 this year of a company going door to door, primarily in Ladner, purporting to sell a product related to air quality. Often the sales staff will try and ask residents to respond to a survey on air quality.

Police have spoken with canvassers from the company and have determined it is a legitimate company. The company has been warned by police not to be so aggressive in its marketing, as it is causing concern among local residents and attracting police complaints.

“Should someone come to your door – whether it’s a salesperson or someone trying to collect personal information – remember you have no obligation to respond to any questions. If you’re not interested, the simplest course of action is to simply say no thank you, and close the door,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police Department.

Some in the community may be more vulnerable to high pressure tactics, such as seniors. Please share the following information with your neighbours:

To prevent being scammed:

  • Don’t allow strangers – including sales people or charity canvassers – into your home.
  • Always ask a door-to-door salesperson for proper ID and a business licence.
  • Don’t feel pressured to give information or money to someone you don’t know.
  • Always lock your doors when doing yard work, getting the mail, or anytime you go outside.
  • Write down the licence plate number of any suspicious vehicle the suspect may be operating.
  • Shut the door and call police if you feel threatened, or grow concerned about their behaviour.

Remember, if it is a legitimate company, police will be able to verify their information.

 

 

May 22, 2019

Program keeps violent individuals away from local businesses

Delta Police Department’s Inadmissible Patron Program is a successful crime prevention tool that isn’t well known outside of participating businesses.

This public safety initiative between Delta businesses and the DPD is designed to deter individuals involved in serious or violent criminal activities from from seeking entry into participating businesses. For example, people wearing gang colours or ‘support’ clothing are explicitly forbidden from these establishments. Business participation is identified by a window decal at the entrances.

IPP program window sticker

Recent statistics tell the tale of the program’s impact. From October 2018 to March 2019, DPD officers conducted an average of 20 checks per month, ejecting two to three parties each month from participating Delta establishments.

The DPD District Community Police Offices are responsible for the program, as they are well positioned to capitalize on the links between the community-based officers and local businesses.

“Our goal is to make Delta and these establishments an undesirable place for people involved in the drug trade, organized crime, weapons, and violence,” says Superintendent Harj Sidhu, head of the Community Policing Bureau. The program has been in place for approximately ten years and Supt. Sidhu oversaw its design to ensure it met legal requirements under the Trespass Act.

“It’s been very successful,” he says. “We’ve had no gun related activities at any of our registered establishments. The majority of the time those asked to leave just pay the bill and move on.”

Businesses and organizations wanting more information on the DPD Inadmissible Patron Program are asked to contact their local District Community Police Office. https://host.deltapolice.ca/patrol/dcpo/locations/

 

 

May 13, 2019

File 19-9762

Cyclist injured at Tsawwassen intersection

On Friday, May 10 at approximately 9:30 p.m., a cyclist was struck at Highway 17 and 52nd Street in Tsawwassen.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision had been stopped at a red light. When the light turned green the driver proceeded westbound on Highway 17, striking a cyclist. The cyclist was attempting to cross the highway while heading north on 52nd Street, although the Highway 17 traffic had the green light.

The cyclist was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver and others who witnessed the incident remained at the scene. The Delta Police Traffic Unit attended to conduct the investigation.

“Fortunately this incident occurred at a low speed,” says Cris Leykauf, Public Affairs manager for Delta Police Department. “As the weather heats up and more cyclists are out on the streets, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind both cyclists and drivers to be aware and be mindful of each other. At an intersection cyclists can either ride with traffic, obeying lights and stop signs, or they may choose to dismount and act as a pedestrian, walking their bicycle across the intersection when safe to do so, according to lights and applicable signage.”

 

 

May 13, 2019

More than 100 unsafe vehicles taken off road in DPD and CVSE enforcement blitz

During BC’s largest commercial vehicle check from May 7-9, the Delta Police Department (DPD) was joined by police and enforcement officers from across the Lower Mainland, targeting 378 vehicles for full inspections, and of those pulling 160 off the road.

Commercial vehicle inspections took place in six locations including Scott Rd/120th St.

With Delta being a thoroughfare to both the ports of Vancouver and the U.S. border, it is no surprise that Delta has some of the highest numbers of commercial vehicles on its roads each day. That’s why the DPD places a high emphasis on truck and commercial vehicle safety, with a large scale annual blitz such as the one that took place last week. In addition to the annual blitz, DPD also has monthly checks, and regular daily enforcement to ensure that unsafe vehicles are taken off the road.

“The majority of the issues that our officers find are tire defects, braking problems, or cargo that is not properly secured.” Says Cst. Ken Usipiuk, DPD traffic unit. “One of the highlight’s of this year’s check was an unsafe trailer that turned out to be stolen, with stolen plates.”

DPD, RCMP and CVSE inspectors check a vehicle’s engine

Drivers were issued 174 violation tickets during the 3 days, with average tickets ranging from $109 to $311. However a number of drivers were unfortunately issued $598 tickets for failure to comply with previous orders, as they had not yet fixed their vehicles within the allotted time; these vehicles were taken off the road. Some drivers also received multiple tickets.

“This year, we focused highly on container haulers and dump trucks, as well as artisan and vocational type vehicles that did not appear to be meeting safety regulations and standards.” explains Steve Bauer, Regional Manager CVSE. “With this approach we were able to quickly process vehicles that were in good condition, and concentrate on pulling the unsafe vehicles off the road.”

 

 

May 10, 2019

File 19-9524

Police caution public about replica guns

Officers were called to a bus stop in Tsawwassen this week after reports from the public of seeing two men with what appeared to be a gun. Police determined which bus the men boarded, and then intercepted the men leaving the bus in Ladner.

One of the men informed police he had just purchased a BB gun prior to getting on the bus, and had been inspecting it at the bus stop. He also showed police the receipt for the pistol.

Which is the replica, and which is the real gun? Answer below.

“Unfortunately this pistol is nearly identical to a police service weapon,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police, “It’s not surprising that inspecting it or displaying the gun in public would be quite alarming.

“We want to take this opportunity to remind the public, and youths or others who might be drawn to these replica guns, not to display or brandish them in public,” she says. “Reports of a person with a gun are taken very seriously by police, and demand an immediate response.”

Police unsuccessfully attempted to explain why displaying the replica gun would be alarming to the public, and seized the Glock-style BB gun.

The matter remains under investigation.

(And to answer the question posed by the photo, the replica gun is on the left, and the real Glock is on the right.)

 

May 9, 2019

DPD advises public about deployment of new foam impact weapons

In any high risk situation, police officers balance the desire for a peaceful resolution with the need to protect the public, the subject, and first responders. When possible, police will first try to de-escalate the situation by speaking or otherwise communicating with the subject person, determining how to best keep everyone safe.

While Delta Police Department (DPD) Officers receive very comprehensive training in de-escalation, police must also be prepared to use force if the situation requires. Front line DPD officers are in the process of being trained and equipped with a new intermediate use-of-force option, a 40 mm foam projectile launcher, or impact weapon.

“The key thing about this equipment is that it allows our officers to maintain or create distance, buy time, and build options toward a safe resolution when immediate action isn’t required,” says Deputy Chief Norm Lipinski. “It’s not likely that the public will often see our officers carrying or using these weapons, as they are intended for use in high risk situations. However, we wanted to be open about this change in our equipment as the weapon is very distinctive looking, with a bright green barrel.”

The launcher is considered a less-lethal intermediate weapon, replacing what are commonly known as bean bag guns.

The 40 mm launcher offers many advantages over bean bag guns. It has advanced optics and the foam projectile is spin stabilized in mid-air, for higher accuracy. In contrast the bean bag gun is not as accurate over distance. The projectile has a plastic body with a foam or sponge nose and delivers impact by way of kinetic energy.

40 mm foam launcher

40 mm foam launcher

The most common injury a person would receive from this weapon is bruising, swelling and physical discomfort.

“The trend in law enforcement across North America is to move to progressive weapon options such as this. In a high risk situation officers may be able to keep an appropriate distance from a person, which should give more opportunity to safely talk and de-escalate the situation if possible,” says Deputy Lipinski.

He stresses that the addition of this weapon will not alter the emphasis on the importance of communications first, whenever possible in a given situation. The DPD is moving to equip and train all front line officers working in sections such as patrol and traffic.

Roll out of the impact weapon started in January 2019. Since then it has been used once, but not on a person.

 

 

May 8, 2019
File 19-9515

DPD respond to calls of disturbed man climbing on car

Delta’s police chief is crediting his officers’ training and composure after they peacefully apprehended a man apparently experiencing a mental health crisis in North Delta on the evening of Tuesday, May 7.

Delta Police officers received numerous calls just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 about a naked man walking and spinning down the middle of Scott Road/120th Street near 90th Ave. According to bystanders, the man then proceeded then to climb onto a vehicle, and jump on it. The vehicle was occupied by a family with two children. The man also entered the vehicle, but was removed by a member of the public.

Upon police arrival the man was walking down the middle of 120th Street. Recognizing that the man appeared to be scared and worried, police spoke with him in a calm voice, and asked him to sit on the centre median. Officers were able to place the man in handcuffs with no use of force, and apprehend him under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital. 

 “Our officers receive extensive critical incident and mental health intervention training to de-escalate people who may be experiencing a crisis in their lives, whether that is related to mental health or other factors,” said Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “This situation was a bit different as it occurred in a very public manner, but this peaceful resolution is reflective of the type of work our officers do regularly.”

No members of the public were injured during the incident. Police checked in with the family who were sitting in the car when the man jumped on it, and they were doing well, with their vehicle sustaining some minor damage.

The investigation remains ongoing.

If you recorded video at the scene of this incident, investigators Cst. Steve Bentley and/or Cst. Deanna Church would like to hear from you.  Please call them via the non-emergency number at:  604.946.4411

 

 

May 8, 2019

Media Advisory: DPD and CVSE enforcement blitz for commercial vehicles

From Tuesday, May 7 to Thursday, May 9, the Delta Police Department (DPD), in partnership with Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE), along with several policing and regulatory enforcement agencies from across BC is holding the annual commercial vehicle safety initiative. The focus of this three day blitz is on container, dump truck, and artisan/vocational type vehicles that may not be properly maintained and could pose a danger on our roads.

Media are invited to attend the location below to film or photograph the initiative and speak to the coordinators of the project. During the first day of the blitz on May 7 inspectors pulled a stolen tractor trailer with stolen plates off the road. The same vehicle had serious safety issues.

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 1-2 p.m.

Where: Highway 91 northbound at the truck pullout, just north of Highway 10.

What
: With Delta being a thoroughfare to the ports and U.S. border, it is no surprise that Delta has some of the highest numbers of commercial vehicles on its roads each day. DPD recognizes this and therefore places a high emphasis on truck and commercial vehicle safety. During this hour, media can  expect to see DPD and CVSE inspecting and removing unsafe vehicles from the road.

Spokespersons on site: Cst. Ken Usipiuk, DPD Traffic, and Steve Bauer, CVSE Regional Manager

Parking: There is ample parking available at the Hwy 91 pullout.

Media are encouraged to wear safety/high visibility vests

 

 

May 7, 2019

File 19-9041 & 9299

Sharp-eyed volunteers spot stolen vehicles

We often get asked, what do volunteers do at Delta Police? Well this past week volunteers helped recover two stolen vehicles.

On May 1 a North District volunteer was patrolling a parking lot on 120th Street and located what he believed was a stolen vehicle. Delta Police Department (DPD) officers attended the scene and determined the vehicle had been stolen out of Surrey. Fortunately the vehicle did not appear to be damaged, and DPD officers liaised with Surrey RCMP so that the vehicle could be returned to the rightful owner.

On May 4 Ladner Community Crime Watch volunteers located an unoccupied pick-up truck parked on Tilbury Road. Volunteers have access to a database of license plates of stolen vehicles, and they were able to find information which indicated the truck had been reported as stolen from a Richmond business recently, along with a number of tools. DPD officers came to the truck and confirmed it was indeed a stolen vehicle.

“Delta Police Department officers have stepped up patrols in some of our commercial areas, such as Annacis Island and Tilbury, in response to recent thefts.  But our officers can’t be everywhere, so we also rely on our volunteers, who clearly did some great work this past week,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for DPD. “As stolen vehicles are sometimes used to commit other crimes, such as break and enters, it’s important to us to quickly recover these vehicles and return them to their owners.”

For more information on volunteering with Delta Police check https://host.deltapolice.ca/volunteer/

 

 

April 30, 2019

DPD retroactively apply Stats Canada rules to help interpret 2019 statistics

In the first quarter of 2019, the Delta Police Department (DPD) saw most key statistics staying the course compared to last year, while there were a few increases in a couple of key areas.

The DPD has adjusted the 2018 statistics, to retroactively incorporate the new rules from Statistics Canada for all police agencies on reporting on offences categorized previously as unfounded.  The updated statistics now include offences where there is no credible evidence to confirm the incident did not take place. Formerly these offences were not included in DPD crime stats. By retroactively applying this same rule to all 2018 crime stats, and key three year indicators, DPD has a more accurate picture of local crime trends.

The number of traffic collisions were slightly higher than this time last year, with 308, compared to 298 in 2018. Collision numbers peaked in February, when the region experienced a few weeks of rather wintery weather.

The number of violation tickets handed out was virtually identical, with 2,965 handed out this year in the first quarter versus 2,959 last year.

Persons offences, which include crimes such as assault or sex assault, arson, robbery etc, increased to 218, up from 200 during the same time period last year.

“The majority of assaults that were reported to police involve individuals known to each other, and include domestic assaults,” says Superintendent Harj Sidhu, head of Operations for DPD. He notes the persons category of offences also includes incidences such as road rage, or assaults on medical professionals or loss prevention officers.

“We’re not seeing any patterns that would alert us to any public safety concerns” he says of the increase. “For example, we’re not seeing an increase in stranger assaults. And gang related violence remains uncommon here in Delta.” He points out that supervisors meets on a weekly basis to review stats and determine actions, while management meet monthly to discuss appropriate strategies to tackle emerging issues.

That said, the uptick in youth violence which Delta and other police forces across Metro Vancouver saw in 2018 has continued into 2019. Delta Police is addressing this issue by increasing youth preventative programming, such as the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, youth leadership and youth volunteering, while continuing outreach to ensure any youth conflicts don’t become bigger, with an active school liaison program.

The Residential B&E category has been renamed into Residential/Other B&E, to better reflect that the stats include break-ins to buildings such as sheds, storage containers and underground parking storage units. This category was essentially status quo, with a slight increase in the first quarter of 2019, with 54 files, as compared to 51 last year this time. Of those 54, 43 were home break-ins, as compared to the other part of the category.

Commercial B&Es climbed to a higher degree, with 44 files in the first quarter in 2019, compared to 34 last year. Since the fall 2018, there have been increases in these thefts – such as thefts of and from tractor trailers, particularly from businesses in the Annacis Island area and along the river near Tilbury. Police have responded to these thefts with increased patrols, and outreach to businesses to encourage greater security precautions. Additional investigative strategies are also being pursued. Businesses and personal residences that have security cameras are encouraged to register for the Delta Police Security Watch Program at https://host.deltapolice.ca/cwp/. This program simply creates a database which helps police know who might have video footage that could help solve a crime.

Theft from Auto has experienced a noteworthy increase in 2019, compared to the first quarter of 2018, up to 202, from 157 at this time last year. In comparison, in 2017 during this time frame there were 241 thefts from auto.

“This type of crime tends to be more cyclical,” says Supt. Sidhu. “During the first quarter we saw increases in the thefts of catalytic converters. That’s eased and now with the rise in gasoline prices we’re seeing a rise in theft of fuel, particularly from commercial premises. As for the public, the best step they can take is to remove all personal property from vehicles. If it’s not in your car, it can’t be stolen. Failing that, we advise people to at a minimum ensure any property is left in your trunk or out of sight.”

Past quarterly crime stats are online at https://host.deltapolice.ca/stats/ along with an updated crime map.

 

 

April 24, 2019

No instances in Delta, but real estate agents cautioned

Delta Police have received a call about suspicious circumstances, and are sharing this information for precautionary purposes.

An unknown male has been repeatedly calling Metro Vancouver female real estate agents and making appointments to view listings. He is attempting to have the female agents conduct the showing for him alone, which goes against the policies of many real estate agencies.

Real estate agents cautioned

The male has been observed at showings, however leaves once he finds the agent is not alone.  No instances have occurred in Delta, but have been noted to occur throughout Metro Vancouver.

“We wanted to help spread the word, and urge agents not to conduct showings alone,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “If any similar circumstances to this arise, agents are urged to contact police.”

The male is described as Asian with short black hair, a medium build and in his mid 20s.

April 12, 2019

DPD volunteers provide 40,000 hours of service to community 

Delta Police volunteers contributed more than 40,000 hours of service to the community in 2018, and on Thursday, April 11 they were celebrated and thanked at a dinner.
 
“You are all great ambassadors for the Delta Police Department and are key in helping us build community relations by the services you provide,” said Superintendent Harj Sidhu in a speech to the volunteers. He noted that the everyday connections made by the volunteers also provides Delta Police with valuable feedback about the community’s concerns.
 
Delta Police have more than 220 volunteers who perform a wide variety of services including:

  • Staffing the front counters at District Community Police Offices
  • Giving more than 1,000 hours to Speed and Cell Watch duties to remind the public to slow down and put down the phone
  • Bringing public awareness and crime prevention tips to neighbourhoods, and spending more than 1,100 hours patrolling schools and parks.
  • Community crime watch patrols, providing more than 2,000 hours of service in 2018
  • Victim services volunteers, who in 2018 assisted more than 200 clients, providing a shoulder to lean on during times of crisis
  • Assisting at traffic control locations at over 20 community events and parades.
 
At the dinner Chief Neil Dubord thanked the volunteers for helping to make Delta a safer and better community, and noted that people volunteer for many reasons, from simply wishing to give back to the community to building skills for a future career.
 
In the past year 27 DPD volunteers were hired as police officers, some with other forces, and ten with the Delta Police. Five volunteers went onto Correction Services and several others obtained police staff jobs within the department.
 
Delta Police volunteers have also received recognition from others for the service they provided in 2018. Two Reserve Constables receiving Police Honours awards from the Lt. Governor of BC, and a Victim Services volunteer was nominated for the Delta Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year.
 
Anyone wishing to learn more about volunteering is asked to visit deltapolice.ca/volunteer

 

 

April 9, 2019

Files 19-6855, 19-7014 & 19-7018

Police team arrests three in recent focus on property crime

In the public survey Delta Police conducted in late 2018, the prevention and detection of property crime was one of the top issues the public identified – particularly in terms of areas where the police can improve their response.

So we thought we would share some recent highlights from the Patrol Support Team. This team is made up of plainclothes and uniform police officers and their focus is hot spot policing, prolific offenders, and tracking down people with outstanding warrants.

“Officers on this team aren’t part of our regular patrol platoons, so have more time to focus on problem areas, or specific suspects, rather than going from call-to-call,” explains Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police.

There have been a few successes throughout Delta recently. On Wednesday, April 3 Patrol Support Team officers were conducting surveillance on two suspects linked to a problem residence associated to drug and property crime. The suspects were travelling between Delta and Surrey, and officers observed them shoplift items from a store on 72 Ave in Surrey, near the Delta border. Shortly after police intercepted and arrested the two suspects, also seizing break in tools and a weapon. Police were able to recover stolen sporting goods which were returned to the store.

On Friday, April 5 the team was at Tsawwassen Mills after 8 p.m. and checked in with a security guard. The guard indicated there was a suspicious man inside a store, whom he believed was actively stealing merchandise. Officers entered the store, and formed a suspicion that the man had put a number of items of clothing into a backpack. The man exited the store and attempted to leave the mall, but instead was promptly taken into police custody. A search of the backpack revealed clothing, believed to be stolen, along with other miscellaneous items suspected to be stolen from another store in the mall. The stolen merchandise was returned to the stores.

Minutes later, Patrol Support Team officers located a person suspected to be an accomplice of the man who had just been arrested. The accomplice was also arrested. When police searched the suspect they discovered high-end beauty products and clothing.  All the items were confirmed to be merchandise from the mall.

Both men were confirmed to have travelled into Delta to commit these crimes, and were identified as prolific property crime offenders.

“The Patrol Support Team is an important pillar of Delta Police’s approach to providing service to our community,” explains Leykauf. “We know how frustrating property crime can be for the public. We want them to know we’re continuing to focus on hot spots like problem residences, and that officers are doing everything they can to ensure these offenders know they’re not welcome here.”

 

April 1, 2019

DPD announces new partnership with the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society

The Delta Police Department is welcoming a new member to the department, thanks to  a joint effort with the OWL (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society.

Sonsie, a male bald eagle was sent to OWL in July 2002 due to being imprinted on humans as a baby. Because of this, he has not been welcomed back into the wild by other raptors. Raptor care manager, Rob Hope reached out to Chief Neil Dubord in September 2018 upon noticing the raptor was becoming increasingly depressed. Hope noted that Sonsie was highly intelligent, focused, and easily conditioned.

After careful consultation with the City of Delta and OWL, the Delta Police Department have hired the majestic bird to be the eyes in the sky of Delta. Sonsie, renamed Police Service Eagle (PSE) Goose will be a working eagle, concentrating on traffic enforcement, particularly in school zones and on the SFPR, and community events.

Rapture care manager, Rob Hope, PSE Goose, and Chief Dubord.

PSE Goose is outfitted with a lightweight, wireless camera that is bluetooth enabled, and through extensive conditioning, now  recognizes himself as a police officer, and can easily identify police vehicles from the sky to notify them of a traffic violation.

“The Delta Police Department is excited to welcome PSE Goose onboard. We feel that PSE Goose is a great investment to the DPD and the City of Delta. He is both environmentally and economically friendly, and can monitor Delta in a way we never thought possible.” says Chief Dubord

“It is not very often that we get to release a raptor from our care, who has been in contact with humans from a young age. The Delta Police Department has given Sonsie/PSE Goose a new lease on life. We look forward to seeing him soar above Delta”, says Rob Hope of OWL.

We hope you will join us in giving PSE Goose a warm welcome. 

OWL is a non-profit dedicated to the survival of raptors and relies on donations. If you would like to donate, please visit this link: https://www.owlrehab.org/donate/

Happy April Fools’ Day everyone!  To watch a blooper reel from the making of this prank, please visit: Blooper Reel

 

March 15, 2019

File -19-4228

Weapons seized during execution of search warrant

Delta Police executed a search warrant in the 11000-block of Corey Drive, North Delta on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 10:30 p.m., after learning of a video posted to social media depicting a man threatening the general public while holding a firearm. As a result of the search warrant, police seized an unauthorized firearm along with prohibited devices and ammunition.

“We take these types of situations very seriously and acted to ensure public safety. The work of our officers in executing the search warrant means that we have removed a potentially dangerous weapon from our streets,” says Inspector Guy Leeson.

Paul Herbert Deane-Freeman, aged 53, of Delta, BC, faces four charges in relation to this incident; Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted weapon with Ammunition, contrary to Section 95(1) of the Criminal Code; Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, contrary to  Section 88(1) of the Criminal Code; Possession Contrary to Order, contrary to Section 91(1) of the Criminal Code; and, Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized, contrary to Section 86(1) of the Criminal Code.

The suspect in remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

 

 

 

 

March 13, 2019

Public confident in DPD’s delivery of urgent services, but wants more police visibility

Delta Police are releasing the results of a public survey, held over three weeks in late November and early December 2018.

Approximately 280 people throughout Delta responded to the survey, which provided a statistically relevant sample size, and they provided a total of 312 comments on a wide range of topics.

Respondents were asked questions about the importance and performance of key police services, as well as whether they had contact with the DPD, and on future issues impacting Delta. Feedback was categorized into three key areas. Survey respondents thought the DPD did well in:

  • Delivering urgent services in a timely manner,
  • Dealing with violent crime,
  • Clear and transparent communication through strong social media programs, and
  • Consulting with the community to ensure the DPD is meeting their needs and expectations.


“The survey gave us a chance to assess how we’re doing in the first six months of our Community Safety Plan, working to build safe communities and relationships. And it helps us assess our capacity to deliver on people’s expectations,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “I’m very pleased that 74% of residents give a good to very good rating of officers they had contact with, and 80% of people feel we do a good to very good job of delivering urgent services in a timely manner, well above the Canadian average.”

In looking for areas where Delta Police can improve, the top issues for the public are:

  • Traffic related matters including safety and flow,
  • The prevention and detection of property crime,
  • Visible presence in all parts of our community, and
  • Prevention and investigation of intimate partner violence.

“Another thing that stood out for me in the survey results, is that of those impacted by crime, 22% of Delta residents indicated they did not report the crime to police, versus the national average of 31%,” says Chief Dubord. “Since our motto is ‘No Call Too Small’ I am encouraged this is making a demonstrable difference.”

The survey also highlighted some interesting distinctions between Delta’s three main communities. For example, Tsawwassen residents were the most concerned about traffic issues, while population growth and an increase in younger adults stood out as an issue in upper North Delta. 

“Now that the survey is concluded, the public is probably wondering what’s next. We’re constantly striving to improve our services to the public through techniques such as this survey, through general feedback and social media dialogue,” says Chief Dubord. “So to answer what’s next, we’re looking at increased traffic enforcement, ways to improve police visibility in our communities and ensuring we have the right training and focus to address issues such as property crime, scams and frauds, youth at risk and domestic violence.”

 

 

Update – February 24, 2020

The suspect’s name in this matter was removed from this press release in order to comply with a publication ban order.

March 6, 2019

File 19-3605

Suspect from February stabbing incident facing 6 more charges

The suspect in the stabbing incident at Immaculate Conception is facing an array of additional charges, including attempted murder.

On February 20, 2019 an off-duty Delta Police officer witnessed an altercation between a man and a woman at the school, and intervened. During this process both he and a female victim received serious stab wounds. However uniformed police arrived to the scene quickly, and a suspect was apprehended minutes later.

On February 21, 2019, Delta Police announced Crown Counsel had approved two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon, against the suspect, 49 years old, of Delta BC.

The investigation has continued, with police looking into the circumstances that led to the events of February 20. On March 5, additional charges were sworn against the suspect. Those charges are:

  • Attempt to commit murder
  • Sex assault with weapon
  • Extortion
  • Unlawful confinement
  • Choking to overcome resistance
  • Utter threats

The charges are in relation to the woman who was injured in this incident. There are no new additional victims in relation to this investigation.

“These are serious charges, regarding circumstances that only came to light once the police investigation was underway,” says Inspector Guy Leeson of the DPD Investigation Bureau, who is in charge of the investigation.

The suspect has been in custody since February 20, and remains in custody pending his next court appearance on March 13, 2019. He is now facing a total of 10 charges in relation to events that took place on February 20, 2019.

The female victim remains in hospital, but is recovering. Acting Sergeant John Jasmins was released from hospital February 23, and is currently off work. He is expected to make a full recovery.

 

 

 

 

February 28, 2019

File 19-4057

Update – pedestrian collision in Tsawwassen

The pedestrian in the collision that occurred February 26 remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries. He is a Richmond resident in his fifties, and his next of kin has been notified of his condition.

Early indications are that the collision was simply a tragic accident, with the pedestrian apparently falling from the sidewalk into the path of traffic on 56th Street, and striking a passing tandem dump truck.

“At this point it does not appear that the driver of the dump trunk was speeding, distracted, impaired or had committed any intersection violation,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact lead investigator Constable Grayson Smith by email at gsmith@host.deltapolice.ca or call 604-946-4411 and request to leave a message for him.

Original release is below…

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February 26, 2019

File 19-4057

Police investigating pedestrian collision in Tsawwassen

Delta Police are investigating after a man was struck in the afternoon, February 26, near 16th Ave and 56th Street in Tsawwassen.

The man was struck by a tandem dump trunk. 56th Street has been shut down between 14-16th Avenues.

The driver of the dump trunk remained on scene.

“The pedestrian has been taken to hospital with what appear to be serious injuries,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 26, 2019

Delta Police first BC police force named as top employer

Delta Police has been named as one of BC’s top employers in 2019, which is noteworthy as BC leads the nation with a strong economy and booming job market, making it challenging to both recruit new staff and retain employees.

“This is the first time a police force has been named as one of our province’s top employers,” noted Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “We’re particularly proud of that accomplishment. Delta is one of the safest communities in Metro Vancouver. I believe it’s the commitment and dedication of our officers and police staff, with the strong support from the community, our police board and Mayor and Council that’s led to that outcome.”

The BC Top Employer’s project for 2019 was the most competitive on record. Delta Police and other successful employers were evaluated on eight criteria: physical workplace, work atmosphere and social, health, financial and family benefits, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, training and skills development and community involvement.

DPD Chief Neil Dubord is presented with an award naming Delta Police one of BC’s Top Employers.

“Our workforce, both civilian and sworn, must reflect our community and its values,” says Chief Dubord. “Delta Police is well known for its outreach and No Call Too Small approach. But we’re also known within law enforcement circles for the high calibre of our training and equipment. That’s balanced with benefits that provide for a healthy work and home life balance, to ensure our staff are ready to meet challenges. We recently were called to answer a significant challenge, when one of our off-duty officers stepped in to save a woman and was seriously injured.”

“Fortunately the Delta Police Department doesn’t often face such a test. But as this event demonstrably proved, our officers and our police staff are exceptional professionals even under extreme pressure. We may have been named one of BC’s Top Employers, but I think our people are more aptly described as some of the Top Employees in the province. I am so proud of them all,” says Chief Dubord.

The following link outlines why Delta Police was recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers https://content.eluta.ca/top-employer-delta-police-department.

 

 

 

 

Feb. 25, 2019

File 18-21698

Investigation targets Brother’s Keepers gang activities

Drugs and weapons associated to the Brother’s Keepers gang were seized, and arrests were made following a recent Delta Police Drug Section investigation.

On Friday February 15th 2019 the DPD Drug Section executed a search warrant on a residence in Surrey that had been the target of a drug trafficking investigation associated to the Brother’s Keepers gang / group.

As a result of the search warrant a significant quantity of drugs packaged for sale, including a suspected bulk quantity of Fentanyl, was located.  Investigators also recovered a loaded firearm, replica restricted firearm and two bullet proof vests.  Three persons located inside the residence were arrested without incident and later released from custody pending charge approval by Crown Counsel.

“This seizure highlights the inherent dangers and violence associated to drug trafficking,” says Staff Sergeant Heath Newton, who headed up the investigation, dubbed Project Infinity.  “This investigation is also an example of the ongoing efforts by police to stem the opioid crisis and the gang crime gripping the Lower Mainland and the province at large.”

DPD investigators will be forwarding evidence from this multi-month investigation to Crown Counsel seeking charge approval on multiple members and associates of the Brothers Keepers gang.

The DPD would like to thank the RCMP LMD Emergency Response Team and members of the CFSEU Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team for their assistance in the execution of the Search Warrant.

 

 

 

Update – February 24, 2020

The suspect’s name in this matter has been removed from this press release in order to comply with a publication ban.

February 21, 2019

File 19-3606

Suspect charged following incident at Immaculate Conception School

On February 20, 2019 an off-duty Delta Police officer, Acting Sergeant John Jasmins, witnessed an altercation between a man and a woman shortly after 3 pm at Immaculate Conception elementary school in North Delta.

A/Sgt. Jasmins intervened, and during this process both he and a female victim received serious stab wounds.

Police began to receive 9-1-1 calls at 3:03 pm, and by 3:04 pm the first on-duty police officer arrived on scene. A suspect in the altercation was identified and taken into custody by 3:06 pm.

“We’d like to commend the actions of a number of members of the public who assisted during this event,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “I’ve said this many times – Delta is such a supportive community and you showed it again yesterday.”

“And of course I want to acknowledge our officer’s quick thinking and bravery. Investigators believe that if John hadn’t acted so quickly, the woman involved in this incident could have lost her life. He is a hero.”

Chief Dubord notes that although an incident such as this is a rare occurrence in Delta, the Department was ready to respond. Officers also began providing immediate first aid to the women and injured off-duty police officer. “Our officers performed at an extremely high level yesterday. I am so proud of the actions of all our officers responding to this incident. We train for these type of incidents and yesterday it paid off.”

“I want to thank the staff at Immaculate Conception and the parents at the school who leapt in to help immediately, calling 9-1-1, providing the initial first aid to the woman who was injured, and making sure the kids were looked after. And I want to express my gratitude to Surrey RCMP and my amazing wife and my children who were so brave, and had the awareness and composure to run to the nearest adult and direct them to call 911. My family and I are doing much better today. We want to also thank our broader law enforcement family and the public for all their support and well-wishes.” says Jasmins.

The woman involved in the incident is a 41-year-old resident of Delta. She remains in serious condition, but is improving.

The suspect, age 49 years old of Delta BC, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon. He was in a relationship with the woman who was injured in this incident.

Delta Police Investigative Bureau worked throughout the night on this investigation, processing the scene and doing witness interviews. The DPD Victim Services unit has been at Immaculate Conception today, assisting staff, and will be present tomorrow to provide comfort and support when the children return to school.

 

 

February 21, 2019

File 19-3606

Media Availability – Update on incident at Immaculate Conception school

What – The Delta Police Department will be holding a media availability today, providing an update regarding the incident at Immaculate Conception School that took place Feb. 20.

Where – Aspen Room, 3rd floor of Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia, Vancouver

When – 3 pm today, February 21, 2019

Who – Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord, will speak to the initial police response and provide an update on the conditions of the injured woman and the injured Delta Police officer. Superintendent Kelly Young will provide an update on the investigation into the alleged stabbings.

Please note – Delta Police will not be providing any further information or conducting interviews prior to this media availability

 

 

February 20, 2019

File 19-3606

Update:  5:30 p.m. – At this time both the condition of the female victim and the officer involved in the incident are considered to be serious.

Delta Police investigating incident at private school

Delta Police are on scene at an incident at a private elementary school, Immaculate Conception in North Delta on 119th Street.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:05 pm Feb. 20, 2019.

“An off-duty Delta Police officer was at Immaculate Conception and witnessed an assault occurring between a man and a woman in front of the school. He intervened, and during the altercation the woman and the officer were stabbed,” said Cris Leykauf, spokesperson from Delta Police. Information on their condition is not known at this time.

A suspect is currently in police custody, however the scene remains very active. No children are believed to have been involved in the incident.

“We are asking parents who have not yet been able to get their children to pick them up at 88th and 120th at the Desi Junction parking lot,” said Leykauf.

More information to follow as it becomes available.

For an audio statement on this incident, click here:

 

 

February 20, 2019

Delta Police support athletes at the Special Olympics BC Winter Games

The Delta Police Department (DPD) is proud to continually support the Special Olympics BC (SOBC) through fundraising efforts, community events, and athlete support.

DPD’s own Inspector Debra McLeod has been an integral part in supporting the SOBC, and will be representing the DPD at the SOBC Winter Games taking place in Vernon, BC on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23.

This year, the Fraser-River-Delta region is sending over 80 athletes including Delta’s own Brad Smith (floor hockey and curling), Kim Davies (curling), and Corey Duchene (alpine skiing). Each of these athletes has been successful in obtaining medals in previous local, provincial, and national games.

“I am very connected to Brad, Kim, Corey, and many others. This is the most rewarding part of being a police officer, and a great way to give back to our community.” says Insp. McLeod.       

Special Olympics athlete, Kim Davies, and Inspector Debra McLeod

Delta Police has an additional connection to Brad as well, as he works for the department.

We wish Brad, Kim, Corey, and all the other athletes our best, and thank Insp. McCleod for her commitment to Special Olympics over the last 20 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 19, 2019

Video database offers way for public to assist police

Delta Police has launched a new way for the public to get involved in helping keep our community safe –the Community Watch Program.

The program creates an online database of homes and businesses with video cameras. Signing up is voluntary, and easily done at https://host.deltapolice.ca/cwp/

“There are a variety of situations where police might want to view video that is privately collected,” says   Staff Sergeant Dave Schaefer, who spearheaded the program. “Our officers might be looking for information to help solve a spree of thefts from vehicles, or they may be urgently trying to find a high risk missing person. This database will help provide a starting point of where public-facing video cameras in the area may be.”

Currently officers have to conduct a door-to-door canvass for each instance, and that can be a time consuming process.

The role the public can play in assisting police with investigations has grown over the years as technology has continued to evolve. The Community Watch Program provides a mechanism for the public to proactively register, and help police solve crimes more rapidly, which could be critical in missing person or serious crime investigations. 

The process was very simple and easy to navigate, says Michael O’Connor, a Delta resident who just signed up for the program.

“You never know how you might be able to help police out – it might be providing footage of someone breaking into your neighbour’s house, or maybe your cameras have a key bit of footage of someone’s tattoo that could help solve a serious crime,” says Mr. O’Connor, of his rational for registering.

“We’re fortunate to have citizens who are so active in helping to keep our community safe,” says S/Sgt. Schaefer. “We thought this program would be a good fit here in Delta.”

 

 

February 18, 2019

File 19-3346

Police arrest man after overnight incident in Ladner

Delta Police attended 60th Avenue in Ladner shortly before midnight on February 17, 2019.

A man was confirmed to be in a residence contrary to court ordered conditions. A woman was also present in the residence. Because the man refused to exit the residence and comply with his conditions, police moved to contain the residence and tried to work with the man to gain his cooperation.

As the incident progressed the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team, negotiators, and the integrated Police Dog Service were called in for assistance.

Delta Police obtained a warrant and negotiators continued working to convince the man to surrender.

“Fortunately negotiators were successful and the man surrendered to police before 7 a.m., February 18,” said Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “We’re very pleased that there no injuries sustained by any person during this event.”

Contrary to reports on social media, there were no gunshots fired during this incident. The suspect is currently in police custody.

 

 

February 14, 2019

Delta Police release list of top collision areas in city

The strip of road connecting two very busy highways – Hwy 17 and Hwy 91 – was the number one spot for collisions in Delta in 2018.

“We are releasing the top 10 collision areas because we want the public to know why we are focusing our enforcement in these areas,” says Sgt. Sukh Sidhu, head of Delta Police Traffic Services. “The hope is  that the public will take this information and drive a bit more carefully in those locations, knowing history has shown there’s a greater chance of getting into a crash there.”

The top ten list takes account of all collisions attended by Delta Police, and includes everything from fatalities and serious injuries to minor injuries.

With its location on the Fraser River, access to ferries, an extremely busy port and easy access to parts of Metro Vancouver, Delta sees a significant amount of vehicle and commercial traffic on its highways and roads. The top ten collision locations are:

  • Hwy 17/Hwy 91 Connector
  • Bottom of Nordel Way
  • Nordel Way – 116th to 120th Street
  • 120th Street – Around the 72nd Ave, including 7155 120th St.
  • Mid span Alex Fraser Bridge
  • 72nd Ave/Nicholson Rd.
  • 64th Ave/ 120th Street
  • Ladner Trunk Rd/ Hwy 17A
  • Hwy 10 and 120th St
  • Hwy. 17 and 80th St

“Our community has consistently told us that traffic enforcement is one of their top concerns,” says Sgt. Sidhu. “That’s why beginning in late 2017 we began to increase the amount of enforcement we were doing, as well as ensuring that enforcement was targeted to areas where we see high collision numbers. And because what gets measured gets done, we’re also tracking that targeted enforcement internally, so we know exactly where our officers are doing that enforcement.”

In 2018 Delta Police saw a 12% decrease in the number of collisions on Delta roads, compared to 2017.

In an effort unique among BC police departments, the Delta Police Traffic Services announces enforcement efforts in advance approximately once per week, via its Twitter account @DPDTraffic. The Twitter account was launched in spring 2018 and provides an additional way to increase awareness of good driving habits among the public.

“Though we do have a few people who are less than thrilled with our enforcement and aren’t shy about sharing their opinion on social media, we’ve also found that most people are very supportive,” says Sgt. Sidhu. “And to prove we have a sense of humour too, we held a few ‘Tell us where to go’ initiatives – which were our most popular events last year.  We’ll be bringing it back again this year. It’s important to us to respond to the concerns of the community.”

 

 

February 12, 2019

File 19-2577

Suspect charged in gas station robbery in Tsawwassen

At 9:35 pm on February 5 Delta Police responded to a report of a robbery at a gas station in Tsawwassen. The suspect allegedly demanded money from the cash register, and produced a knife.

After stealing a quantity of cash and lottery tickets, the suspect fled. Police attended and contained the area, but the suspect had already left the scene.

“Our officers immediately began an investigation, collecting evidence to assist in identifying the suspect,” said Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “The allegation of a weapon being used in a situation such as this was very concerning to our officers. Fortunately no one was injured.”

Delta Police arrested a suspect in this offense on February 8, without incident.

Marc Joseph Schofield, age 34, of Delta BC is now facing three charges in relation to this incident:

  • committing robbery, contrary to Section 344 (1) (b) of the Criminal Code,
  • with intent to commit an indictable offence , have face masked, contrary to Section 351(2) of the Criminal Code; and
  • carry or have in possession a weapon, a knife, for a purpose dangerous to the public peace for for the purpose of committing an offence, contrary to Section 88 (1) of the Criminal Code.

Schofield is considered to be known to police, is currently in custody. He next appears in court in Surrey on February 19, 2019.

 

 

February 8, 2019

File 19-2748

Extortion scam appears based in Philippines

Delta Police are cautioning the public about an extortion scam which has targeted a number of Delta residents.

Typically a man or teenage male is contacted through social media. An online relationship may evolve through messaging apps, which feature free video calls.

In an instance reported to police today, a man relayed that a conversation with a female apparently residing overseas escalated to the point where the female was showing herself partially undressed, and encouraging the man to reciprocate.

In this instance the female claimed to have recorded the interaction and demanded $1,500 or she would post the video to social media. The female demanded the money be transferred through a digital transfer process commonly available worldwide.

Fortunately the man reached out to Delta Police, and did not transfer any money. Police advised the man to immediately cease contact with the woman. Initial investigation determined the female’s social media account was fake.

“Our officers are cautioning people to be careful when embarking upon online relationships, particularly when the other party lives overseas,” says Cris Leykauf, Delta Police spokesperson. “Taking part in revealing videos is just as risky as sending naked photos, as there is the possibility for extortion.”

There have been at least three recent instances now of this scam reported to Delta Police, and all suspects appear to originate in the Philippines. In the other instances the victims did not necessarily share any revealing imagery, however it was threatened that their faces would be photoshopped onto other naked photos.

Police caution that should money be transferred in such a situation, it will likely be impossible to recover it.

 

 

Feb. 8, 2019

File 18-28312

Weapons and drugs seized after police act on public complaints

In North Delta a community district police office is conveniently located across the street from the largest high-rise building in the area. So when the public began to notice an increase in what appeared to be property and drug-related crime in the area surrounding the Delta Rise, at 11967 80th Ave, a number of people brought their concerns directly to the local police office.

In January 2019 the issue was deemed a Tactical Management Team priority by Delta Police, and the Patrol Support Team was assigned to investigate the complaints. The Team is made of plain clothes and uniform police officers, and its members have the time to do more in-depth investigations, in support of Patrol officers.

Acting on information received from the public and observations made by the investigating officers, the Patrol Support Team executed a search warrant on a unit in the Delta Rise on January 31, 2019.

“A man and woman were arrested without incident at the Delta Rise that morning. Police also seized a vehicle, and recovered drugs, weapons, cash, stolen identity documents, and stolen property from several thefts in the surrounding area,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. The weapons seized include OC spray, knives, rifle parts and ammunition.

Shown here are some of the items recovered by Delta Police in this investigation.

Leykauf notes that Delta Police have a very good relationship with the Delta Rise management and strata, and police have been in ongoing communications with them regarding next steps and crime prevention.

Delta Police has forwarded a number of suggested charges on this investigation to Crown Counsel. In the meantime Patrol Support Team officers have been actively contacting and returning the various stolen items that were recovered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 6, 2019

Traffic collisions continue to decline in 4th quarter of 2018

The trend Delta had been seeing throughout 2018 with a reduction in traffic collisions carried through the 4th quarter of the year with 342 collisions from October through December, versus 367 the previous year. Traffic enforcement also continued its reverse trend, with 2,547 violation tickets handed out in 2018, versus 2,306 from 2017.

“The community has consistently told us that traffic is one of their top three priorities, and we’ve focused our resources throughout 2018 to really drive down the number of collisions, particularly in our high-crash locations,” says Chief Neil Dubord, head of the Delta Police department.

Doing traffic enforcement on Nordel Way, the area with the highest number of collisions

In other noteworthy statistics persons offences continued to be higher than the previous year in the 4th quarter, with 116, compared to 95 in 2017. Persons offences include crimes such as assault, arson, robbery etc. Because of the increase in 2018 Delta Police analysts looked into the numbers and determined stranger assaults remained minimal, but assaults between family members, co-workers and persons known to each have shown an increase. About 77% of assaults in Delta in 2018 involved people known to each other.

“When we look more closely at the persons offences data over the past three years, we see that it is the number of assaults that have increased, compared to the three year trend line. This is similar to a trend being seen around Metro Vancouver, with person offences up around 8% for the year. It’s challenging to say exactly what has led to the increase,” says Chief Dubord, “as it could be a variety of factors including increasing population, economic stresses, or an increase in the willingness of the public to report domestic violence.”

Police were very pleased to see a substantial decrease in theft from auto, a crime that plagued Delta throughout 2016 and 2017. Reported offences fell from 247 in the last quarter of 2017 to 145 in 2018.

“Theft from auto is really a crime of opportunity, as no matter how many proactive patrols police do, we can’t be everywhere,” says Chief Dubord. “Remove the opportunity, and the incidences of this crime go down. I have to give credit to the public here, who I think has heeded the call to remove all valuable and personal items from their vehicles.”

Commercial and residential break and enters have seen an increase in the 4th quarter. Residential break and enters are up from 44 to 54, comparing 2018 to 2017. And commercial break and enters have seen a more significant increase with 46 in 2018 compared to 24 in 2017. Delta Police noted a significant spikes regarding commercial break and enters occurring in the Annacis Island region in the second half of 2018, and have been working hard with businesses there to drive the incidences of these crimes down, but more work remains to be done.

 

 

January 28, 2019

File 19-1556

Police ask for assistance to find owner of missing household goods

An eclectic collection of higher-end household goods and equipment was located last week by police in a stolen ‘sea-can’ or sea container. Now police want the public’s help to solve the mystery.

The goods include vintage MCM Danish teak furniture, a Hudson Bay point blanket wool throw with real fur on the flip side, welding equipment, a large frame print of a tree in fall colours, and an 8 foot totem pole.

8 foot tall totem pole

The empty sea-can, valued at more than $3,000, was originally purchased from a Delta container company in late December, and delivered to Vancouver. In January the company determined the purchase was fraudulent, and was able to track the missing sea-can to a storage facility in Delta.

On January 22, 2019 Delta Police attended the storage facility and confirmed the identity of the missing sea-can. The next day Delta Police opened the can, and with the assistance of approximately 15 police officers, and about five City of Delta staff, transferred the contents of the sea-can to Delta Police headquarters. Now police are hoping the media and the public might be able to help identify the owners.

“Our officers have been through the contents of the sea-can, which would fill a 1-2 bedroom home, and there’s nothing to indicate who the owner is,” said Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Officers have tried to match the serial numbers of stolen items against police databases, but haven’t had any success. There are a number of distinctive pieces, which were wrapped in moving blankets and shrink wrapped carefully, and we’re hoping the public and media will help us locate the owners.”

No arrests have been made at this point regarding the stolen property and the investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the rightful owner/s of these goods is asked to contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411 regarding file 19-1556 and ask for Constable Sahota at ext. 4082.

 

 

January 17, 2019

First responders share struggles with adversity in new podcast

Across the country you’d be hard pressed to find a single first responder agency which isn’t talking about the mental health and well-being of their employees. Police, fire and emergency service organizations are all looking for ways to make their first responders more resilient.

Over the course of their careers, first responders will deal with some unimaginable calls for service. How they respond without having those calls negatively impact both their personal and professional lives, is a critical skill. Imagine the toll on a first responders’ mental health when they break the news of a family member’s unexpected death to a loved one. Or the stress of attending fatal motor vehicle collisions or the suicide of a person suffering from a mental health issue.

Sharing stories, and how they’ve faced a variety of extremely tough situations, is the impetus behind a new podcast produced by Delta Police, called Bend Don’t Break. In one-on-one interviews with Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord, police officers and other first responders are speaking about their experiences in the face of adversity.

“These interviews are very honest, raw, and at times hard to listen to,” says Chief Dubord. “My role in interviewing these officers, and other first responders, is to hear their stories and encourage them to speak about what they may have learned or would do differently. I also think there’s another takeaway there – for leaders at all levels to be able to understand the perspective of someone going through a very tough situation.”

“We chose to make this podcast public to acknowledge the importance and potential value in sharing these stories,” says Chief Dubord. He credits Constable Aaron Hill with proposing the podcast, and for his bravery in being upfront in regard to his own struggles.

Cst. Hill’s story is the topic of the first podcast, issued in November, 2018.  It details how he was faced with a complaint alleging he’d used excessive force, which came at the same time he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Chief Neil Dubord, Cst. Aaron Hill and producer Nikki Hewitt record the first Bend Don’t Break Podcast.

“So now I’m in the middle of a complaint, not sure if I’m going to have a job, and I have an auto immune deficiency disease and I’ve just lost my career aspirations of being a SWAT operator and I’m going to be going back to the road,” Cst. Hill outlines at the launch of the first podcast.

Later he describes the moment he learned about the complaint.

“He told me, right there and then, with my two year old son, that I was being investigated for deceit….This cold feeling just came over my body….I know I felt like throwing up. I just remember standing there, looking at my kid, and the first thing that went through my mind, is holy sh-t, I’m not going to be a cop anymore.”

In the second and third episodes Constable Jordan MacWilliams, a Delta police officer of the integrated Emergency Response Team, shares the story of the police shooting in 2012, outside a casino in New Westminster.

In the interview Jordan recounts the events that day.

“He’s walking at us, holding the gun in the air and I remember, I’m staring at him through my site, and I’m just watching him, and I’m thinking to myself, okay Jordan, if he points the gun at us, you’re going to have to shoot him…..he lowers the gun, and now he’s pointing the gun right at us.”

Cst. MacWilliams and Chief Neil Dubord recording the podcast

After describing what it was like to be in a situation he’d hoped would never happen, Cst. MacWilliams shares the investigation that followed, and the devastating impact it had on his emotional well-being. In the second part of the podcast, Cst. MacWilliams reveals what it was like to be facing an unexpected second-degree murder charge as a result of the shooting.

“For a few years now we first responders have been talking rather openly about the importance of mental health and wellness,” says Chief Dubord. “We thought it was time to take another step to shine a brighter light and give our officers, and other first responders, a way to share their stories in their own words.”

Bend Don’t Break podcasts are available on the Delta Police website at https://host.deltapolice.ca/podcast/. Future interviews will also share stories of other first responders. You can also find Bend Don’t Break under podcasts on i-Tunes, or the Google Play Music store.

Audio clip below from Cst. Aaron Hill.

Audio clip below from Cst. Jordan MacWilliams

 

 

January 16, 2019

File 19-1026

Delta man charged with attempted murder

On January 14, 2019 around 9:20 pm Delta Police received numerous emergency calls regarding a dispute, or a stabbing in progress in the 11600 block of 82nd Ave in North Delta.

Police arrived on scene within five minutes of the first phone call, and immediately located and arrested a suspect in the altercation. The suspect was arrested without incident as he attempted to leave the scene. Subsequent officers arrived seconds later and began providing first aid to the victim.

“Delta Police are very appreciative that a number of people in the area called 9-1-1 immediately upon seeing and hearing this dispute, and also attempted to help the victim,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Their quick action allowed police to arrest a suspect right away and also ensured the victim was able to receive timely medical attention.”

The parties involved in the dispute are known to each other and the victim received non-life threatening injuries. Police recovered a knife at the scene. The suspect in this incident is not considered to be known to police.

Benny IBANEZ, age 46, of Delta, is currently remanded in custody. He will next be appearing in Surrey court on January 17 and faces one count of attempted murder, contrary to section 239 (1) (b) of the Criminal Code.

 

 

Jan. 13, 2019

File 19-872

Police investigate fatal collision between train and vehicle

At approximately 3:20 pm January 12, 2019, Delta Police were called to the scene of a collision between a truck and train at the 4600 block of 72nd Street, an area known as the Churchill Railway Crossing.

“Unfortunately the driver of the truck did not survive the crash,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. She notes the driver was deceased at the scene.

The crash scene was complex as the truck was pushed a significant way down the track by the train. Police were on scene until 3:45 am Jan. 13, conducting the initial investigation, which was led by the Traffic Services with the assistance of the Forensics Investigative Services Section.

Delta Fire Department, CN Rail, and BC Hydro were among the other agencies which attended the scene.

According to CN Rail, the crossing is equipped with active warning devices, which were working at the time of the incident.

The deceased is a man in his 40s from Vancouver. Police were able to notify his family of his passing this morning. No further information regarding the victim will be released at this time.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation, and there is no clear indication of what led to this tragic outcome.

 

 

Jan. 9, 2019

File 19-610

Foul play not suspected – report of a body in the water

Delta police were called to a report of a possible body in the Fraser River this morning, January 9, 2019.

Police attended the scene at the 3800 block of River Road in Ladner. The area is a commercial property.

Police have now recovered the deceased, with the assistance of the Delta Fire Department. The deceased has now been identified, and a vehicle associated to the individual has been removed.

“Although the investigation is preliminary, the death of this individual is not considered suspicious at this time,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. She cautions that next of kin notifications are ongoing, and no further details would be released at this point.