Dec. 24, 2018
Update – Woman missing from North Delta located deceased
Delta Police regret to inform the public that Chui Ching HO has been located deceased on December 24, 2018. Her death is not considered suspicious.
“This is a tragic outcome, particularly at this time of year,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Thank you however, to the media and to so
many people who shared her photo in the effort to help locate her.”
Her family has been notified, and has requested privacy at this time.
Dec. 20, 2018
9-1-1 experiencing high call volumes due to wind storm
Please be aware that ECOMM, the Delta Police 9-1-1 call service provider, is experiencing high 9-1-1 & non-emergency call volumes due to today’s
windstorm. Extra resources have been put on phone lines to answer emergency calls.
Only call 9-1-1 if someone is hurt or needs immediate help.
If you see a downed power line stay back at least 10 metres, and call 9-1-1.
If you need to report a non-emergency situation, please try later once the weather conditions change.
Dec. 19, 2018
Police medical training and first aid equipment saves man’s life
The quick arrival of police, equipped with and trained in the use of tourniquets and pressure bandages, is confirmed to have save a Ladner man’s life recently.
Delta Police patrol officers have been outfitted with tourniquets since 2010. This is not the first time officers have had to call upon that training in an emergency situation.
On Dec. 14 around 10:30 pm police responded to a 9-1-1 call in the 4700 block of 45th Ave in Ladner, about a broken window, and that someone was potentially hurt.
“Our officers arrived on scene within six minutes, to find a man lying on his front steps, bleeding profusely,” says Chief Neil Dubord. “At that point the situation was dire, as the man was already grey in colour, with his breathing shallow and labored.”
Sergeant Sarah Swallow and Constable Brad Mear observed several lacerations to the man’s arm, which were vigorously bleeding. Recognizing the life-threatening nature of the situation officers requested emergency health services to arrive at haste, and began immediately treating him.
Constable Mear successfully applied his tourniquet to the victim’s right arm, which stopped the bleeding. However, the man’s vital signs continued to be unstable.
Meanwhile another officer arrived on scene and applied an Israeli bandage to the wound for secondary pressure and protection, as the wound was very severe. Officers moved the man into the entryway of the home to keep him warm, and Sgt. Swallow kept talking to him while monitoring his vital signs.
Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and transported the man to hospital, where he was immediately admitted for surgery. The doctor who treated the man confirmed that his injury was life threatening, and praised the quick and effective police emergency first aid for saving the man’s life.
“I’m very proud of the efforts of our officers. We do a lot of training here, because our officers need to be prepared to deal with a wide range of issues,” says Chief Dubord. “I’m so pleased that preparation has paid off, resulting in a man’s life being saved.”
Delta police officers on the former Municipal Emergency Response Team first began using tourniquets in 2008. They then encouraged introduction of this first aid tool to patrol members in 2010, which was also the first time it was used by the department to help save a life. Since 2012 all front line police officers in Delta have been issued tourniquets and are trained in their use.
The injured man has since been released from hospital.
Dec. 19, 2018
Police investigating serious pedestrian crash
Delta Police were called to the 10200 block of Hornby Drive just after 6:30 am Dec. 19. The road is located in rural Delta, just parallel to Hwy. 99.
Two pedestrians were walking eastbound on Hornby Drive, while two vehicles were travelling west bound. Parking is permitted on the south side of the road,
and there were a significant number of vehicles already parked on the road at that time.
One of the two vehicles travelling west pulled over to the north shoulder, while the other vehicle moved over to pass it. Unfortunately one of the two pedestrians was then struck at that time.
The woman who was struck is in her 20s, and was taken to hospital with what were determined to be life-threatening injuries.
“The driver stayed on scene, and is cooperating fully with police,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs spokesperson for Delta Police. She notes the speed limit is 80 km/hr on that stretch of road, and that there is no indication that the driver was speeding or impaired.
Dec 17, 2018
Woman charged with theft after targeting shopper
On December 13, the Delta Police Street Crime Unit was conducting a “Boost and Bust” project at Tsawwassen Mills/Tsawwassen Commons. Around 4 pm that afternoon a Loss Prevention officer in a large department store observed a woman pick up a wallet from a shopping cart of a customer.
This information was communicated by Loss Prevention Officer to police who were already on scene for the project. Police quickly arrived to observe the women exit the store, and get into a vehicle. They pulled the vehicle over, and arrested the alleged thief.
“These ‘Boost and Bust’ projects are a joint venture between Delta Police Officers, Tsawwassen Mills and Commons security and individual loss prevention officers,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “They’re conducted regularly throughout the year to make sure our officers have excellent
knowledge of the area, and they’re also a great way for us to build relationships with businesses.”
During operations such as this, police work in cooperation with mall security in both an overt and covert capacity. They saturate the mall and surrounding area in order to detect persons who are either committing criminal offences, or who are known to be wanted on arrest warrants, and then safely arrest the suspects.
Angela Richards, age 40, of Vancouver, has now been charged with theft under $5,000. She is considered a prolific property crime offender, and was remanded into police custody and scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 17.
December 11, 2018
File – 18-22716
Package thief facing charges
The Delta Police Street Crime Unit made a timely arrest of a suspected thief on December 5th, after he was observed stealing a parcel from the
doorstep of a residence in the 9200 block of 118th street.
“Our officers were very pleased to stop this real life holiday Grinch in his tracks,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs manager at Delta Police.
Taranjot Singh GREWAL, age 40 of Delta, BC, is currently facing five charges stemming from this incident and a related earlier incident. He is charged with
three counts of theft of mail, from three addresses on 116th Street, 118th Street and Carver Crescent. He is also charged with theft of
a pickup canopy from November 16, 2018, and possession of stolen mail from that same day.
Unfortunately package theft can be an issue at this time of year. The public can help safeguard against package theft by:
- Scheduling deliveries for times you will be home
- Having packages delivered to your work.
- Requiring all packages to be signed for
- Buddying up with a neighbor who will watch for package deliveries, or agree to have packages delivered to their house.
- Installing security cameras that may act as a deterrent
- Giving instructions to the package delivery service – some services allow you to provide instructions on where to leave packages
GREWAL attended Surrey court on December 10, and has been remanded into police custody until December 24, 2018. He is considered a prolific property offender by police.
Dec. 7, 2018
Police ask friends, acquaintances of deceased pedestrian to come forward
Delta Police are asking the public to come forward with more information to help piece together the last days of the man killed in the pedestrian collision on River Road, October 27, 2018.
Gary Bowman, age 48, had worked in the Delta area prior to his death, but police don’t have information regarding the circumstances that led up to him walking on River Road just before 11:30 pm that night.
He was killed in a collision with a bus, and appears to have been attempting to cross River Road. The driver of the bus remained on the scene.
“Gary’s family had lost touch with him prior to the crash, and was very saddened to hear of his sudden death. His family and police are looking for any further information regarding what happened that night and in the days previous,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs manager. “We are also asking Gary’s friends and acquaintances to contact Delta Police, so we can get further information on where he was living, his activities, etc.”
Police are also looking for anyone who may have witnessed the minutes prior to the collision to contact them. This bus, pictured here, is the one which was involved in the crash, however with logos removed.
Anyone with further information about Gary Bowman, and the events leading up to the crash, is asked to call Delta Police at 604-946-4411.
Dec. 04, 2018
Missing TFN man confirmed deceased
On August 18th, 2018 Waylon Joe, 36-years-old, of the Tsawwassen First Nation was reported missing to the Delta Police by his family. Waylon was last seen on August 13th, 2018 on TFN Lands.
“An extensive search was conducted after Waylon was reported missing, spanning several weeks” says Superintendent Kelly Young, head of Delta Police Investigations Bureau. “Police were joined by the TFN community, Surrey Search & Rescue, RCMP Air Services and Dive Team, but unfortunately we were not able to locate him. However our officers continued to work hard, pursuing a number of investigative strategies in an effort to find him.”
On Wednesday November 28th, 2018, the remains of a male were located on the shore of the TFN by a dog walker. On Monday December 3rd, those remains were confirmed to be Waylon Joe.
The Delta Police is working with the BC Coroners Service to investigate the circumstances surrounding Waylon’s death. Foul play is not suspected, and this matter is being treated as a Coroner’s case. Cause of death at this time remains undetermined.
“This was difficult news to bring to Waylon’s loved ones,” acknowledges Supt. Young. “We had all hoped for a different outcome. However, I hope the news can bring them, and this tight knit community, some sense of closure.”
Nov. 28, 2018
Delta Police working to recover body discovered in water by TFN land
At approximately 10:30 am Nov. 28 Delta Police received a call about a body off the shores of Tsawwassen First Nation.
Delta Police attended and officers located a body in the tidal areas on Tsawwassen First Nation land.
Police are currently on scene working to recover the body. Delta Police is being assisted by the VPD Marine section. The Coroner is also on scene.
“We understand that a discovery of this nature is obviously very concerning to the public,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “At this point
our officers are focussed on successfully recovering the deceased.”
She adds that police are unable to confirm when any information may be released regarding the identity of the deceased.
Nov. 28, 2018
Delta Police share information about cannabis edibles and oils
Constable Derek Gallamore is on a mission to share what he’s learned about alternative ways youths may be consuming marijuana.
“Earlier this year I arrested someone for trafficking strictly in edibles. I’d never seen anything like the range of these types of products that they had available,” says Cst. Gallamore. What disturbed him though is that the THC content in the edibles was in his words, “through the roof.” THC is the active ingredient in marijuana, or simply put, what makes a person high.
“The THC in edibles, or vapes can be as high as nearly 100%,” he says. In comparison, THC content in a typical modern joint might be 25%.
Cst. Gallamore is particularly concerned because these products are being marketed and designed to appeal to youths. And the serving sizes may not be clearly marked – for example one square of a chocolate bar could be the recommended serving, rather than the whole chocolate bar.
“The average parent likely has no knowledge that these things are out there,” he points out.
That’s when he decided to put together a presentation for parents, to start informing them of what he was learning as a police officer. He showed it first to the Delta School District Parent Advisory Council, who asked him to bring it to North Delta for a larger audience on Dec. 5. He will be making the presentation in the theatre at North Delta Secondary School from 7-8:30 pm. The presentation is open to the public and is admission is free.
His presentation will also include information about electronic delivery systems for THC – also known as vapourizers or vapes.
They are marketed to be discreet, and may look like key fobs, or a flash drive or even pens. There is typically only a faint fresh marijuana odor associated with their use. Someone using it may simply look like they are sucking on a pen.
The risks Cst. Gallamore wants to highlight for parents is that with the high THC content in many of these edibles and weed oils, there is a risk of THC poisoning, particularly with the confusion around serving sizes. A single innocuous gummy bear could have more than a full serving of THC. And young children could be exposed to these edibles as well.
Symptoms of THC poisoning may include elevated heart rate and blood pressure, vomiting, increased anxiety and psychosis.
Parents and teachers can also see a list of resources regarding youth and cannabis use at https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/cannabis#.W_xlCIyPI2w
Nov. 22, 2018
Public requested to assist with identification
On October 27, 2018, the manager of a restaurant in the 9200 block of 120th Street reported that a customer had cut a cultural canvas near the washroom in his business, causing an estimated $2,500 in damages.
The man is described as South Asian, in his 20s, approximately 6 feet tall with a full dark beard, wearing a blue vest, black pants and a blue turban.
Delta Police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the man pictured here. If you recognize this individual, please contact Cst. Jeremy PEARCE, at 604-946-4411 and quote file 18-24076.
Nov. 23, 2018
Delta police officers and reserves honoured by Lieutenant Governor
Bringing justice to an elderly woman defrauded of her life’s savings, entering a dimly lit room to confront an armed gunman with a hostage, wading into frigid waters to save a suicidal male….This is the exceptional work and bravery for which Delta Police officers and reserve constables were recognized, at Police Honours Night at Government House in Victoria on Thursday, Nov. 22.
Constable Kristine Pemberton is being acknowledged for Meritorious service with respect to an elder abuse file, in which an elderly woman was defrauded of $100,000. The accused bullied, threatened, lied and stole substantial amounts of money from multiple victims.
Cst Pemberton took on the complaint in September 2016, and her doggedness in pursuit of evidence was described as exceptional. She is being recognized for the hundreds of hours of investigative time, her commitment to the victims and their welfare, and for her outstanding work in delivering a well-organized and thorough investigation to Crown Counsel. The accused plead guilty in March 2018.
“With our aging population in British Columbia, it is imperative that elder abuse situations are closely watched and investigated. Our seniors have shaped and built the world as it is, and it is our duty to protect them,” says Chief Neil Dubord. “Constable Permberton’s thoroughness, judgement and dedication are an example to all police officers.”
Several Delta Police officers and Reserve Constables were also recognized for Valour and Meritorious Service for their life-saving efforts on the shores of South Delta. A suicidal male entered frigid ocean waters in Goose Bay in February 2018 in an attempt to take his own life. Constable David Dyck and Sergeant Mike Scholz, along with Reserve Constable Justin Wong entered the waters in order to bring the male to safety. In doing so, the officers began to develop hypothermic symptoms.
Staff Sergeant Dave Vaughan-Smith and Reserve Constable Brian Short (now a DPD constable) also entered the water to help bring the distraught male to safety. Cst David Dyck and Sgt Mike Scholz are being recognized for Valour. S/Sgt Dave Vaughan-Smith, Cst Brian Short and R/Cst Justin Wong are being recognized for Meritorious Service.
“It was a perilous situation, as officers arrived on scene to find the distraught man well out in the water,” says Chief Dubord. “After five minutes in the water the officers were not only sinking in the silt, but the tide was rapidly coming back in. Fortunately they reached the man, who was seriously injured, but they had no quick way to get him or themselves back safely, as efforts to obtain a boat had failed. As they supported him back to shore, the two officers were developing hypothermic symptoms and could no longer move their legs. That’s when the other officers who had arrived on scene took over from the initial responding officers.”
Cst Dyck, Sgt Scholz and R/Cst Wong were taken to Delta Hospital as a precautionary measure, but were released soon after, unharmed.
Constable Dave Ogilvy was recognized for Valour, and nominated by Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr, head of the BC RCMP. Cst Ogilvy was part of the Integrated Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team, called to to an active shooter situation at a residence in Burnaby in September 2015. A man had shot the boyfriend of his ex-wife, causing the ex-wife, child and grandchild to flee. The situation was grave as a hostage was grievously injured, and there were tenants in the suite upstairs.
Deputy Commissioner Butterworth-Carr noted that Cst. Ogilvy insisted on taking point position. “Cst Ogilvy showed tremendous valor in his role as the first member to enter the dimly lit basement suite where it was known that an armed man who had shot at other people was inside; thus again knowingly putting himself in the position with the greatest risk,” she wrote.
While trying to locate the injured victim, Cst. Ogilvy came face-to-face with the suspect, who was still armed with a rifle. Even in the face of this threat Cst. Ogilvy still tried to de-escalate the situation. Unfortunately the victim did not survive the encounter. The suspect also died during this event. Deputy Commissioner Butterworth-Carr noted that “Throughout the call, Cst. Ogilvy demonstrated calmness and professionalism.”
Cst. Ogilvy is being recognized for Valour.
“I am very proud of all of these officers for their dedication to public safety,” says Chief Dubord. “I wanted to take this opportunity to share their stories with our community, as I think our citizens would appreciate the chance to learn more about their efforts as well.”
Nov. 20, 2018
File #s 18-25324 and 18-25305
Tip from resident helps police stop break and enter in progress
What started as a call about suspicious persons in an underground parking lot, has morphed into a significant arrest of two break and enter suspects, known to police.
The call came into police on Monday morning, November 11, with police arriving just after 9:30 am to an apartment in North Delta. The caller was concerned that a storage locker in the building had potentially been broken into.
Police responded quickly and located the men still in the parking lot, allegedly in possession of a variety of stolen items as well as break and enter tools.
The two men were then placed under arrest.
“This is a great example of Delta Police’s No Call Too Small motto in action. We rely on our community to give us a heads up when things look suspicious. And in this case it definitely paid off,” says Staff Sergeant Brian Hill, of Delta Police.
Police recovered a significant amount of items as a result of a related search warrant, including a Giant brand mountain bike worth $2,500.
“The bike had been registered with the Garage 529 app, so within days were able to return it to its very relieved owner, who was happy he registered on the app,” says S/Sgt. Hill. Other recovered items include: 4 mountain bikes, an electric bike, a child’s bike, stove heaters, camping equipment, hockey cards, and a laptop.
Delta Police are working with Metro Vancouver police to locate owners of the property, which is believed to have been stolen from storage lockers.
The two suspects have since been released on recognizance. Delta Police will be forwarding a variety of charges to Crown for consideration.
November 19, 2018
Give us your thoughts on policing in Delta
The Delta Police Department is encouraging everyone in the community to provide their input on policing issues by filling out a service delivery assessment. The assessment will take about 6-7 minutes to complete, and is at: https://www.research.net/r/DeltaPolice_Service_Assessment
If you have any suggestions for Delta Police, ideas on community partnerships or road safety, or want police to focus on a certain illegal activity, please take the time to provide your thoughts. Or perhaps you’re a business owner with a burning concern, or you’ve been a victim of crime and want to offer feedback on the service you receive.
Some questions on the assessment include: how often have people in Delta had personal contact with Delta Police, how do you get information about policing in Delta, if you reported a crime in the past year, and if you didn’t why not, and more.
The Delta Police Department is proud of our community policing model and our partnership with the community. We are committed to improving the safety and security of Delta, and the public’s feedback is key.
Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation. Those who are not able to complete the assessment online may come into either of our main offices in Ladner and North Delta to complete the form. Alternatively, call 604-946-4411 between 7 am to 7 pm, and a Public Information Representative at Delta Police will review and complete the form with the caller on the phone, and submit it on their behalf.
Nov. 16, 2018
Files 18-23276 and 18-24913
Increased patrols, arrests, and outreach help stem Annacis property crime spike
Over the past summer Delta Police began to see a significant increase in thefts on Annacis Island, but increased patrols and business engagement seem to be working.
“We put our analysts to work on the problem, so we could have a comprehensive look at the stats and identify any hot spots,” says Staff Sergeant Darren Dunn, who is overseeing the Annacis Crime Prevention Strategy.
The statistics showed that while there was a spike in battery thefts from delivery vehicles particularly, overall property crime was actually down about 20% from the previous year.
“Nevertheless, we knew we had a problem with a specific type of crime, so we made sure to increase our patrol recourses in these areas, when the crimes were occurring,” said Dunn. “We also reached out to about 170 businesses, to begin talking to them about how this type of crime might be prevented.” A meeting with businesses is scheduled for November 28, and businesses are encouraged to join the Business Watch program.
The increased patrols are paying off. On October 18, 2018 officers doing proactive patrols stopped a suspicious vehicle at 2:20 am on River Road. Inside officers found four vehicles batteries, resulting in in the arrest of two men – one for theft and possession of stolen property and the other on a Canada- wide warrant.
More recently on November 7, 2018, a police officer observed a vehicle in the Tilbury area around 3 am, which had been previously deemed a vehicle of interest to police. However, the driver took off at high rate of speed before the officer could activate his lights or siren. Shortly thereafter another officer located the vehicle again on Hwy. 91. More police came to the area to assist, and the driver was brought to a stop. The driver was arrested in relation to a mail theft from Annacis Island, as well as for flight from police, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
“Prompt reporting of any suspicious activity is key for our officers, so we can respond as quickly as possible,” says S/Sgt. Dunn. “We often get asked what qualifies as suspicious activity. That might be someone lingering too long by a fence or perhaps dumpster diving in the middle of the night. It may be legitimate, but it doesn’t hurt to call us to check it out.” He adds that businesses are encouraged to take a number of additional steps to increase security, such as improving exterior lighting, and adding video cameras.
“It takes a concerted effort by everyone – police, businesses, and the community at large – but we get solid results working together,” says S/Sgt. Dunn.
Nov. 14, 2018
Collisions down, persons offences up in DPD 3rd quarter stats
In the third quarter of 2018, Delta Police were pleased to see that collisions continue a downward trend, with 256 collisions during July through September, as compared to 334 crashes during that same time last year.
“Fewer collisions generally means fewer injuries, so we’re very thankful for that,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “Traffic and pedestrian safety issues are one of our community concerns, and we’ve made a concerted effort to work with the community to make our streets safer.” He points to the social media campaigns conducted by the Traffic department, such as the popular ‘Tell us where to go’, where the public periodically gets the chance to send patrol cars out to their top traffic beef locations.
Traffic enforcement continued to increase over 2017, with 3,477 violation tickets handed out in the third quarter, as compared to 2,547 in the third quarter last year.
Other notable third quarter statistics include:
- Commercial break and enters, up to 42 in 2018, from 25 in 2017. Delta Police has targeted enforcement campaigns underway to address these concerns, and are working with impacted businesses.
- Residential break and enters are static, with 56 this year in the third quarter, compared to 55 last year.
- Theft from autos are down significantly, with 181 in the third quarter, compared to 257 this time last year.
- Persons offences, which involve serious crimes such as assaults, are up with 96 in 2018, compared to 84 in the 3rd quarter of 2017.
“Looking at the data over the past three years, we’ve noted that really only assaults have increased, compared to the three year trend line, up 7% year to date on average. We had relatively low numbers in 2017, and across Metro Vancouver persons offences are up 8% year to date,” says Chief Dubord.
He notes that 77% of all assaults in Delta this year involve people who are known to each other, while stranger assaults include loss prevention officers dealing with a shoplifter, road rage incidents, or health practitioners dealing with someone experiencing a crisis. Drugs or alcohol are a factor in about one third of all assaults.
“One important fact is that of our 181 assault files in Delta by the end of August, only two files had any links to gangs, or the current gang conflict,” says Chief Dubord. “We think this can probably be attributed to our model of policing, and programs such as our inadmissible patron’s program and our committed community.
To see crime reports of select recent incidents in Delta, such as property crimes or collisions, please see Crime Reports online at https://bit.ly/2PLvWu5.
Nov. 6, 2018
Files 18-24363 and 18-24583
Suspicious people at the door prompts warning
Delta Police are warning the public after two recent instances where individuals claimed to be a government or Crown Corporation employee, and tried to gain access to people’s homes.
The first instance occurred between 2-4 pm, on Oct. 30. A Caucasian female, approximately 30-35 years old, 5’7” tall claimed to be from the City of Delta, and requested to do an inspection of a home in the Sunshine Hills area. The woman did not provide any identification, and was not driving a City of Delta vehicle. She walked through the backyard and interior of the home. Nothing was reported by the resident to be stolen.
In the second instance, which occurred around 6:30 pm on Nov 2, a man went to the door of a residence in the Nordel area and claimed to be from BC Hydro. The man did not wear a uniform, but showed a purported BC Hydro identification, though he stood too far away for the resident to properly read it. The man is described as Caucasian, in his 20s, approximately 5’6” tall with short blonde hair. The resident further described the man as unprofessional, and called BC Hydro, who confirmed he was not their employee.
“No government or Crown Corporation employee should come to your door and ask for entry without an appointment being made in advance,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “We advise all residents when faced with this circumstance to either deny such people entry, or at a minimum double check their credentials.” That should involve:
- Ask the person to wait outside your home
- Lock your door
- Search out a number yourself and contact their employer directly, or
- Call the Delta Police to check their ID.
“A legitimate employee will have no issues with you making that request – and our officers would be happy to check their identification for you, if you are not certain of whom to contact,” says Leykauf.
If anyone else has experienced a similar incident recently, they are asked to contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411.
Nov. 2, 2018
Police search for stolen excavator
Delta Police are asking the public’s assistance in regard to a theft of a black and green 2018 John Deere mini excavator. The excavator had Sunbelt Rentals marking on the side.
The machine went missing from the west side shoulder/ditch of Highway 91, just south of Nordel Way. The theft is believed to have occurred between 1 pm October 20 and 10 am October 22.
Anyone with information or possible dashcam video is asked to contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
October 29, 2018
Pedestrian struck and killed after late night collision
Police were called to the 7200 Block of River Road in the Tilbury area just before 11:30 pm on October 27, 2018 after a pedestrian was struck by a bus. Emergency health services also attended.
The bus was travelling eastbound, and it was raining and dark at the time of the crash.
The pedestrian, who is a male in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. He appears to have been struck while attempting to cross River Road. The driver of the charter bus remained on the scene. There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the crash.
“Police are actively investigating this crash, and are asking for any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police, or for anyone who may have relevant dash cam video, to contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police.
The man’s next of kin has not yet been located by police, so further details are not being released at this time. “Delta Police are very troubled to experience a second pedestrian fatality in our city in less than a week,” says Leykauf. “We also had another instance on the weekend where a driver struck a pedestrian in North Delta, fortunately resulting only in a minor injury.”
Pedestrians venturing out at night are urged to have reflective clothing or lights, so they can be easily seen. Drivers need to be aware that now that days are shorter, and often gloomy, that pedestrians can be hard to spot, particularly if they are wearing dark clothing.
October 25, 2018
Roadblocks stop drug and alcohol impaired drivers
Delta Police checked 900 vehicles during a two night Counterattack blitz on October 19 and 20 in Ladner and North Delta. Officers with specialized training were on hand both nights for the blitz, checking for drivers impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.
“Nearly half of our frontline officers are now trained in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing,” says Sergeant Sukh Sidhu, head of the Delta Police Traffic Unit. “And we also have Drug Recognition Experts available on every shift, who can gather evidence to support a criminal impaired charge.”
During the blitz officers suspected three drivers of potentially being impaired by drugs, and after testing handed out two-24 hour suspensions and impoundments, and conducted one criminal impaired by drug investigation, where cannabis was believed to be causing the impairment.
Police also gave out two three-day driving suspensions for persons who blew in the warn range on the Approved Screening Device for alcohol and one 90-day driving suspension.
Drivers who were committing other infractions were pulled over as well, as police handed out five tickets and four warnings for a variety of Motor Vehicle Act and Cannabis Control and Licensing Act offences.
“Another Counterattack effort is upcoming this weekend in Delta,” says Sgt. Sidhu. “We urge drivers to make arrangements in advance about how to get home safely, if their weekend plans include drugs or alcohol.”
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October 24, 2018
Pedestrian dies after being struck on 120th Street
The driver of a Dodge Ram that hit a pedestrian stayed on the scene and is fully cooperating with police after a fatal crash Oct. 23, 2018.
Delta Police were called to the scene of a serious pedestrian collision, arriving shortly after 7:30 pm Oct. 23.
The investigation has revealed that a driver was turning from the Delta side of 120th Street, around the 9000 block, turning northbound out of a parking lot when a pedestrian was struck.
Emergency Health Services was already on scene, and the pedestrian was taken to hospital, but unfortunately he died of his injuries.
The pedestrian is 44 years old, of Surrey BC. His family has been notified of his death.
“While it is too early to speak to what caused this tragic crash, police want to caution both drivers and pedestrians to take extra care as the days get shorter,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Pedestrians should wear bright or reflective clothing, or carry a light if possible, and should be aware that drivers may not see them. Drivers should keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly in intersections and when making turns.”
Oct. 23, 2018
Police respond to complaint of man with gun at Delta Rise
Just after 5:30 pm on October 22 police were called about a man who had threatened another man with a gun at a social gathering in the Delta Rise apartment building, on 80th Ave in North Delta.
Police were advised that a man had been threatened with a gun and fearing for his life, jumped from the 19th floor balcony to an 18th floor balcony and entered another apartment. He hid for a while, until police were contacted.
“Delta Police officers responded within minutes, setting up containment of the suite in question,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “Because of the threat of the firearm this was deemed to be a significant potential risk to the public.”
Delta Police requested assistance from the Lower Mainland District Integrated Emergency Response Team (ERT) with entering a suite on the 19th floor, as it was believed the suspect may still be on scene. Multiple attempts were made to contact the suspect.
Investigators then obtained a search warrant and ERT was used to execute the warrant, entering the suite around 2:30 am, October 23. Neighbouring suites were also searched; however the suspect was not located.
A number of residents at the Delta Rise, particularly those on the 19th floor, were kept from their suites for hours while the incident unfolded.
“We want to thank the residents of the Delta Rise for their patience and their cooperation,” says Leykauf. “We understand this was very inconvenient, particularly as it was a chilly night. Because we didn’t know how long the incident might take our officers took a number of steps to provide for displaced residents.”
Officers were very engaged in looking after residents by providing shelter, including a bus, and food and coffee for those who were not allowed to enter the building.
“We also want to thank the building’s concierge, who stayed late helping officers coordinate communication with residents,” says Leykauf.
Fortunately there were no injuries reported to the police regarding this incident, however there is some damage to a number of suites on the 19th floor.
Delta Police is working with other Metro Vancouver police forces as well as the Real Time Intelligence Centre-BC in an effort to locate the suspect, who is known to police.
Oct. 19, 2019
Apartment rental scam surfaces in Tsawwassen
A savvy would-be renter avoided being scammed out of $1,300 in a fraud that seems to have newly surfaced in Tsawwassen.
A Delta man responded to a Craigslist ad for an apartment in Tsawwassen, allegedly owned by a couple who were offering it for a very competitive rate.
The man hadn’t seen the apartment yet, but was in email communication with the apparent owners, who indicated that if he wanted to secure the apartment, he should put a deposit down through their account with Air BNB. Should he not like the looks of the apartment, he would be able to get his deposit back.
The man was then sent an email purportedly from Air BNB.
“Fortunately the man noticed that the email didn’t look quite right. The Air BNB header at the top of the email seemed a bit off, and there were spelling mistakes,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “He tried communicating his concerns back to the alleged owners of the apartment, but they never responded.”
The man was troubled by the apparent scam, so did not send any money and instead took his concerns into the District Community Police Office in downtown Ladner. There Cst. Ken Kirk confirmed his suspicions, and was able to determine that the $1,300 deposit would have gone into a Western Union account, located overseas, and not into an Air BNB account.
The rental scam attempt took place October 17. Since then Delta Police has learned there may have been another victim of the scam, who did lose a $1,300 deposit.
“While we understand the rental market can be very tough, police recommend that renters meet with the owners or property managers on-site to have a look at a suite before handing over any deposit money,” says Leykauf. Additionally, renters should never provide pictures of their ID to someone they haven’t met with in person. The scammers often ask for this, then use it for identity theft or to propagate their scam.
October 16, 2018
Police seek information regarding stolen shipment of Rocky Mountain bikes
Delta Police is working with police in Eastern Canada in regard to a large shipment of Rocky Mountain bikes stolen September 24, 2018.
A container shipment of the bikes – unassembled and in boxes – arrived at the 1600 block of Clivedon Avenue in Delta at 3:30 pm, Sept. 24. By 9:30 pm the container had been removed from the lot, by a semi-truck, suspected to be stolen out of Richmond.
The container contained 160 Rocky Mountain bikes, which retail from $3,000 – $6,000 each. The total value of the stolen bikes, all 2019 models, is between $600,000-$800,000. The stolen models include the Slayer Carbon 50, Altitude Powerplay, Pipeline and Altitude. The bikes were intended to be sent to a network of dealers across Canada.
The empty container was located a day after the theft, abandoned at the side of Highway 17.
Delta Police did not alert the public when the bikes were first stolen, as police wanted to pursue a variety of investigative avenues.
Recently the bikes have begun to surface in Ontario. However, the majority of the bikes are still outstanding. The full list of serial numbers of the missing bikes is available at https://bit.ly/2CO8fuK
“Our officers are looking for any information that leads to the recovery of the bikes, or the arrest of the people involved,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. Please call 604-946-4411 and quote file 18-21596.
If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of a criminal or recovery of stolen property.
Oct. 9, 2018
Man charged after fire at Public Safety Building
The Delta Police and Fire Public Safety Building remains closed to the public, following an arson that took place over the Thanksgiving long weekend.
A man walked into the building around 1:30 pm on Oct. 6 and allegedly started a fire on two couches in the lobby area, and lit the front counter on fire as well. A member of the public was present during the incident, and civilian staff were also there, behind safety glass. Fire fighters and police officers were also present in the building during the incident.
Civilian staff quickly alerted police officers to what was occurring, and the suspect fled the building. He was located by police and arrested very shortly thereafter.
Corey Mario TAVARES, 30 years old, formerly of Delta, has been charged with:
- intentionally or recklessly cause damage by fire or explosion, Delta Public Safety Building, knowing or being reckless of the fact the property was inhabited or occupied….Sect. 433 (a)
- intentionally or recklessly cause damage by fire or explosion to property, Delta Public Safety Building…. Sect. 434
- have in possession an incendiary material, lighter and gas can, for the purpose of committing an offences… Sec. 436 (1)
Corey TAVARES is currently in custody, and will next appear in court Oct. 10, 2018. TAVARES is known to police.
The Public Safety Building sustained smoke, fire and water damage during the incident, and the full extent of damages is still being assessed. Police and fire personnel continue to work out of the building, but it remains closed to the public.
Should the public require non-emergency police services they are asked to call 604-946-4411, or attend Delta Police headquarters in Ladner at 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent.
Oct. 6, 2018
Man arrested after setting fire at Public Safety Building
At approximately 1:30 pm on Oct. 6, 2018 a man walked into the Delta Police Public Safety Building in North Delta.
He proceeded to start a fire on the couches in the lobby, which caused the building sprinkler to go off. The building was evacuated.
“Fortunately there were no injuries. The man was quickly arrested and is currently in custody,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police.
The lobby of the building sustained significant smoke, fire and water damage. It is now closed to the general public at this time, although police officers and staff remain at work there.
Should the public require non-emergency police services over the long weekend they are asked to call 604-946-4411, or attend Delta Police headquarters in Ladner at 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent.
Oct. 5, 2018
File No. 17-13219
Man charged in prostitution, human trafficking operation
A former Delta resident was arrested Oct. 3, 2018, and now faces seven charges in relation to human trafficking and prostitution. Delta Police believe he mayhave victimized other woman or teen girls, and they are encouraging them to come forward.
In May of 2017 the Delta Police Department received information from a member of the public who identified a residence and individuals in North Delta, allegedly involved in prostitution. The information provided indicated that the women involved may be under aged. The prostitution operation was advertised via social media sites.
As the investigation progressed police identified a teen girl involved, and removed her from further harm by ensuring she was brought into the care of the Ministry of Children and Family, and a guardian. Delta Police carried on with the investigation to identify other victims and the leaders of the prostitution operation. In total three victims were identified, two of whom were underage.
“We are concerned that there may be other victims who were caught up in this prostitution operation. It appears that women or teen girls were being transported between the Metro Vancouver area and Calgary,” says Staff Sergeant Heath Newton, with Delta Police Investigations Bureau. “We are encouraging any other victims, or people with further information to contact us.”
As a result of the investigation, which concluded in December 2017, Crown Counsel approved six prostitution and human trafficking related charges, and one charge of assault against Mohammed Sharif BEGG. Another individual was also identified as a perpetrator in the prostitution ring, but died due to an unrelated incident prior to charge approval.
Mohammed BEGG, age 35 of Coquitlam, made his first court appearance on October 3rd 2018.
“Our job is to protect the public, especially those who are more vulnerable, whether that’s because of age, circumstance or lifestyle,” says Delta Police
Chief Neil Dubord. “The allegations brought forward to us were extremely concerning, and our investigators acted as quickly as they could to shut the scheme down, and remove one of the victims to safety.”
Anyone with further information, or who may have been victimized in this scheme, is asked to contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411 or they may contact Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous call 1-800-222-8477.
Oct. 2, 2018
Targeted enforcement effort takes unsafe trucks off Delta’s roads
One of BC’s largest commercial vehicle checks took place in Delta last week, with 80 police and enforcement officers targeting 357 vehicles for a full inspection, pulling nearly half of them off the road.
Delta has some of the highest numbers of commercial vehicles on its roads each day. That’s why Delta Police places a high emphasis on truck and commercial vehicle safety, with a large scale annual blitz, such as the one that just took place, along with monthly checks and daily regular enforcement. Last week’s campaign, organized by Delta Police in partnership with Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE), brought together police, bylaw and government enforcement agencies.
The blitz took place Sept. 25-27 over six locations in Delta, and the focus was all commercial vehicles – large to small – transporting commercial goods.
“The majority of the issues our officers spotted were tire, rim and wheel defects, braking system problems, and concerns with whether cargo was properly secured,” notes Constable Ken Usipiuk, of the Delta Police Vehicle Inspection unit.
“This was a targeted campaign, focusing on vehicles that do not appear to be meeting safety regulations and standards,” explains Steve Bauer, Deputy Regional
Manager CVSE. “Our top concern was mechanical fitness of the vehicle.” This approach allowed officers to concentrate on pulling unsafe vehicles off the road,
while allowing those appearing to be in good condition to quickly proceed.
Of the 357 vehicles targeted for full inspection, 39 passed with no defects, 152 required minor repairs to be completed at a later time and 158 required
repairs to be completed prior to proceeding.
Drivers were issued 110 violation tickets during the 3 days, totaling more than $25,000 in fines, as well as approximately $12,000 in bylaw tickets.
“Officers saw a full range of issues, from minor things, like a missing fuel cap, to a major steering malfunction. The whole front axle was shifting,” ”
says Cst. Usipiuk. He explains that upon inspecting a highway tractor trailer combination, the steering axle was found to be loose from the suspension. If not discovered, it had the potential for a catastrophic end result, with a total loss of steering.
During the enforcement efforts last week, many from the trucking industry weighed in on social media to reinforce their concerns for driver and public safety. “Drivers and those in the industry are definitely appreciative of these efforts,” notes Steve Bauer. “The overwhelming majority of vehicles are being operated in a safe and professional manner, and checks such as those we conducted last week are really about the safety of the vehicle, the driver and ultimately the public.”
Sept. 29, 2018
Police street crime unit goes undercover in Boost and Bust
Recently the Street Crime Unit joined forces with security officers at Tsawwassen Mills and Tsawwassen Commons for a venture informally known as “Boost and Bust.” The name refers to when a shoplifter steals an item (boost), only to then be arrested by police (bust).
The exercise was as much about relationship building as it was about arresting shoplifters, and was a joint venture between Delta Police officers, Tsawwassen Mills and Commons security, and individual store loss prevention officers.
“It’s about much more than arresting shoplifters – for Delta Police it’s about building relationships with businesses, and ensuring our police officers have excellent knowledge of the facility and surrounding area,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Should our officers have to respond to an emergency in the venue, they’ll be that much more prepared.”
During operations such as this, police work in cooperation with mall security in both an overt and covert capacity. They saturate the mall and surrounding area in order to detect persons who are either committing criminal offences, or who are known to be wanted on arrest warrants, and then safely arrest the suspects.
During the recent Boost and Bust event police also watched for stolen autos, theft from auto suspects and prolific property crime offenders. And yes, they even made a few arrests of suspected shoplifters.
September 25, 2018
Delta Police hosting first annual “Girls Who Lead” conference in North Delta
The Delta Police Department is planning the first annual “Girls Who Lead” conference to be held on Friday October 19th at Seaquam Secondary. The day-long conference is geared towards women in leadership, but is open to any high school aged students in Delta.
Guest speakers include a female pilot, doctor, cancer researcher, philanthropist, firefighter (who was a hockey goalie for Team Canada) and a police officer. The speakers will present on both professional and personal experiences in the morning, and the students will have an opportunity for some hands-on activities in the afternoon including testing out the police officer physical aptitude test, trying on some Delta Fire Department gear, and checking out the equipment used by paramedics. Delta Police will also have police women who work in K9, Emergency Response and Training on site for the afternoon.
“The goal of the day is to leave young women inspired to set big goals for themselves,” Says Public Affairs Coordinator Cris Leykauf.
The Delta Police Department is proud to be working in partnership with the Delta School District and the Delta Police Foundation who are sponsoring the event and making it possible to offer the experience for free.
The Girls Who Lead conference is free to Delta High School students who will receive a free lunch and 8 volunteer hour credits. Registration is available online at
Sept. 21, 2018
Man dies after single vehicle collision on Highway 17
The driver of a Ford F150 has unfortunately died, after crashing into a median divider at the Highway 17A exit northbound from Highway 17 eastbound around 6 pm Sept. 20.
Delta Police were on scene shortly after the incident occurred, as was the Delta Fire Department. The jaws-of-life were used to remove the driver from the vehicle. Despite their efforts, the driver died at the scene.
The driver, a Delta man in his 50s, was the sole occupant of the vehicle. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The cause of the accident has not been determined; it remains under active investigation.
Delta Police’s Traffic Section was on scene until approximately 10 pm, and re-opened the road at that time.
“We recognize that the road closures caused significant delays for drivers in the area, and we want thank drivers for their patience and understanding,” said Delta Police spokesperson Cris Leykauf. ‘Police needed to fully document the scene before re-opening the road and officers also wanted to protect the privacy and dignity of the deceased.”
Sept. 13, 2018
File – 18-20596
Update – Missing 50-year-old man located safe
The missing North Delta man has been located and is safe. Thank you to the public and media who share the initial report Sept. 12 regarding his disappearance.
Sept. 4, 2018
Delta Police Chief hands out positive tickets on first day of school
While many probably noticed increased police presence in school zones this morning, Delta’s Police Chief Neil Dubord was out with a different kind of ticket book, looking for kids safely walking and biking to school.
“Making eye contact with drivers, getting off your bike and walking at a crosswalk, those are the kind of behaviors I was really pleased to see this morning,” says Chief Dubord. “Let’s keep it going throughout the school year.”
He was out greeting students attending Ladner Elementary, handing out positive tickets – and treat coupons to children.
Delta Police are also reminding parents who may be driving their kids to school, to take the extra minute to park further away from school in an area that doesn’t block pedestrians’ view of oncoming traffic. Drivers also are recommended to drive around the block, or turn around safely, once school drop off is completed.
Sept. 1, 2018
Update – Missing teen girl has been located
The 14-year-old girl reported missing to Delta Police has been located safe.
Thank you to everyone who read the news release, passed it along and or shared the information about the missing girl via social media.
August 29, 2018
File – 18-19382
Police investigating indecent act in Sunshine Hills park
Delta Police are investigating a complaint of an indecent act that occurred August 28 around 7:30 am in Sunshine Hills park.
A man witnessed a woman chasing away an unknown male, who had allegedly exposed himself to her within the park.
The woman threatened to call police, and the male then fled.
The incident was reported to police approximately two hours later. Extensive area patrols were done, but police were unable to locate the suspect.
Delta Police have stepped up patrols into the area, and analysts are engaged in seeking more information about any similar occurrences in the region.
The suspect is described as a male, approximately 50 years old, 5’8” to 6’ tall, heavyset, with a black beard with some white in it. He was last seen walking around 64a Ave and Mason Place.
“Reports such as these are definitely concerning to police,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “Our officers have been speaking to neighbours in the area, but if anyone believes they have information which may be relevant to police, please contact us.”
Those walking in the area, particularly through parks etc, are advised to pay attention to surroundings, carry a cell phone or walk in pairs.
Anyone with further information is asked to call 604-946-4411 and quote file number 18-19382.
August 24, 2018
Two wheeled thief nabbed by observant police officer in North Delta
A bike thief didn’t take the bait, but still got caught.
On August 16th Delta Police’s Patrol Support Team deployed a bait bike. While officers waited for someone to take the bait, police noticed a man enter a nearby backyard and leave – with another bike.
“While this wasn’t the outcome they were planning for, officers quickly switched ‘gears’ to deal with the situation that they were now faced with,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. She further explains that Delta Police just started a bait bike program this summer. “Though it’s early days, we’d like to use this opportunity to let would-be bike thieves know – any bike you steal could be a bait bike that will lead police directly to you.”
Police followed the man to a nearby home and eventually recovered the stolen bike. When the officer contacted the owner of the bike, she told them how impressed she was that her bike had been stolen and recovered before she even had a chance to report it. “This is exactly why I live in Delta,” she said.
Dennis Corrigan, age 33, of Delta has been charged with theft under $5000 and breach of probation.
Delta Police want to remind people to lock up all valuables, even in their backyards and that we want to hear from you about any theft in Delta, no matter how small.
August 24, 2018
Update – Two charged in forcible confinement incident in North Delta
Two suspects who allegedly broke into a business on Nordel Court on August 2, and held two employees against their will, are now facing charges for their actions.
Jerad Cole Couchman, age 35, of Surrey, and Harvey Peter Hogan, age 51, of Surrey, face five charges each including: robbery, using a firearm during the offence of robbery, pointing a firearm whether loaded or unloaded, confining two individuals without lawful authority, and break and enter, while Hogan has an additional charge of committing an indictable offence while having his face masked.
The two employees were fortunately not physically injured during this incident. The business however did experience a significant amount of damage.
“Using a firearm during a robbery and holding someone against their will are very serious offences,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “Through a considerable and thorough effort, officers in the Investigations Bureau were able to track the movements of the suspects prior to this offence, which assisted in gathering evidence to help identify them. Our forensics unit’s assistance was also invaluable,” says Cris Leykauf,
Both Couchman and Hogan are in custody, with Couchman next in court August 29 and Hogan in court August 24.
August 23, 2018
2018 Delta crime stats continue in right direction
The second quarter of 2018 – April, May and June – saw key crime and traffic statistics continue to head in the right direction.
Collisions are down slightly compared to the same time frame last year, to 288, compared to 295 in 2017. This continues the trend set in the first quarter of 2018. And in the same vein, officers continue to hand out more traffic tickets in 2018, up to 3,284 in the second quarter, compared to 2,132 from this time last year.
“Our officers focus remains on ticketing drivers for offences such as speeding and distracted driving at high collision locations while enforcing impaired driving laws throughout the city. We do this in an effort to influence driver behavior, and hopefully reduce the number of collisions and injuries from collisions.” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Hall, who oversees the Delta Police Traffic Unit and Patrol Support Team. Revenues from tickets go directly to the Province.
Commercial break and enters continue on a very favourable decline, with 25 in the second quarter, compared to 34 over this time frame last year.
Residential break and enters are up just slightly with 54, as compared to 51 in Q2, 2017.
“We are engaged with business owners and are encouraging them to report crime and interact with us,” says S/Sgt. Hall. “In July we had one company report significant theft in their lots that affected deliveries. We were able to strategically deploy patrol resources, ultimately catching people in their back lot, preventing a theft and securing related charges. We also have crime prevention officers who look at changing the commercial environment to make it less susceptible to theft.”
Persons offences – which include crimes such as robbery or assault – rose by one compared to last year this time, with 104 in the second quarter of 2018. Thefts from auto declined to 207, versus 231 from March to June of 2017.
“Our management team really makes an effort to stay on top of any new trends in crime at a very local level, working with our analysts and staff sergeants, ensuring we have a good response plan in place,” says Deputy Chief Norm Lipinski. “For example, if there’s been a spike in thefts from auto in a certain area, we’ll make sure our officers are not only doing increased patrols, but we’ll get them to do their paperwork out there in a marked car, rather than filing a report back in the office.”
Delta is headed opposite to the trend line throughout Canada, as the Crime Severity Index for all of Canada increased for the third consecutive year in 2017. In statistics released in July 2018, Delta continued on a downward trend hitting its lowest point at 50.9, while the Canadian Crime Severity Index increased to 72. Delta also continues to enjoy a low crime rate in comparison to the region and the rest of BC.
The 2018 second quarter statistics and other statistical information can be found on the Delta Police website at http://192.168.23.4/stats/. Delta Police also shares statistics on a monthly basis with the Delta Police Board.
August 20, 2018
Delta Police Seeking Public Assistance to Locate Missing Man
Delta Police are looking for a Tsawwassen First Nation man who hasn’t been seen since last week. 36 year old Waylon Joe was last seen the evening of August 13th at his home in the 1700 block of Tsawwassen Drive.
Joe was reported missing on August 18th. His friends and family are concerned for his wellbeing as he has never been out of contact for this length of time.
He is described as 5’10”, 200 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Delta Police Department at 604-946-4411.
August 15, 2018
Quick reporting by neighbour and witnesses leads to bike theft suspect’s arrest
A timely report of a theft from a Tsawwassen home, and great updates by witnesses allowed Delta police to nab a suspect within a half an hour of police being dispatched to the scene.
Police were dispatched at 12:50 pm, August 14, to the theft of a bicycle that had just occurred on Wilmington Drive. Police were told that a resident saw a male walk into a neighbour’s open garage, grab a bicycle and then leave. Detailed descriptions of the suspect were provided to police.
Police officers began immediately checking parking lots and side streets. The bike owner then received a phone call from a neighbour who observed the suspect on the missing bike in the area of 12th Ave and 56th Street. Police immediately headed there. In the meantime the suspect relinquished the bike, and fled on foot.
The neighbour then updated the police as to the suspect’s possible location. Police flooded the area, and soon spotted a male running through traffic who matched the description of the suspect.
A Delta Police officer driving an unmarked car managed to intercept the male, and then arrested him at 1:13 pm for break and enter and theft. The suspect was cooperative, and identified as a Delta resident. Charges are pending.
“We wanted to bring this incident to the attention of the public, to underscore the importance of timely reporting, and providing a good description of a suspect, and direction of travel,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “Property crime is one of the top issues in our community, and our officers take these reports seriously. This is a good example of the valuable relationship Delta Police has with the community. Our residents provided great information, and we brought multiple officers quickly to the area. The result – a timely arrest of the suspect.”
August 14, 2018
Delta Police secure charges against Red Scorpions after shutting down drug line
The Delta Police Drug Section has secured 94 charges – the majority against Red Scorpion gang members – after shutting down a significant drug line operating in South Delta.
Project Green Planet was initiated in March 2017 after police were alerted to the presence of a drug line of the same name. Operated as a dial-a-dope line based in Richmond, the drug line supplied South Delta and Vancouver.
The project targeted many of the same individuals named in a major press conference on a multi-agency gang investigation last week in Vancouver (Project Territory). Delta Police’s Project Green Planet was a separate investigation, but Delta Police did communicate with members of the VPD-led task force.
Delta Police officers began their project with street level drug purchases, then gradually investigators identified the line managers and suppliers to be Red Scorpion gang members and associates.
“As we’ve conveyed to the community in the past, we are primarily interested in targeting the drug traffickers and not the drug users. If we can break the illicit drug trade supply lines, even if it’s only temporarily, we can save lives and reduce connected property crime stemming from drug addiction,” says Staff Sergeant Heath Newton, Delta Police Investigations Bureau.
As police gathered evidence, search warrants were executed in fall 2017 at a variety of locations in Richmond and Burnaby where drug suppliers and line managers were located. Police seized $50,000 to $100,000 worth of street level drugs, including fentanyl, cocaine and heroin. Also seized were:
- 2 semi-automatic rifles
- 2 pistols
- 2 bullet proof vests
- Various masks, disguises and items suitable to conduct violent acts.
Additionally, police seized proceeds of crime including: $52,000 in cash, $30,000 in jewelry and 4 luxury vehicles.
Notably, Delta Police also seized the master phone that controlled the dial-dope operations for South Delta and Richmond. The phone number was well distributed to a customer base and call forwarded to multiple street level dealers, so the removal of the number shut down the line. Seven individuals are now facing a total of 94 charges including:
- Kyle Steven Latimer, age 27 of Vancouver and Richmond – 19 charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, firearms offences and breach of conditions. (Red Scorpion)
- Khaadim Kwame Coddett, age 26 of Richmond – 19 charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, firearms offences and breach of conditions. (Red Scorpion)
- Billie Onare Kim, age 33 of Burnaby – 14 charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and firearms offences (Red Scorpion associate)
- Jacob Angelo Pereira, age 25 of Richmond – 14 charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and firearms offences (Red Scorpion)
- Anduele Jonathon Pikeintio, age 22 of Richmond – 14 charges of trafficking in a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking (Red Scorpion)
- James Albert Souliere, age 27 of Richmond – 10 charges of trafficking in a controlled substance
- Darryl Rick Whitson, age 27 of Richmond – 4 charges of trafficking in a controlled substance
“These arrests and charges will have a significant impact on gangs operating in the Metro Vancouver area,” says Chief Constable Neil Dubord, head of Delta Police. “Yes, gangsters and their associates may reap some short-term profits. But we want the public, and those who may be considering getting involved in gangs, to know that the end is inevitable. Whether it’s by violence through a rival gang, or through the justice system, you will be held accountable for your criminal activity.”
August 10, 2018
Delta Police bike unit offers cycling safety tips
In the wake of a tragic collision August 7 that claimed the life of a Delta cyclist, and a crash August 8 involving a teen cycling on Ladner Trunk Road, the Delta Police bike unit is offering a few safety tips.
Officers in the unit –which is an addition to the Delta Police Tsawwassen First Nation Services Team – took a one-week police biking course, to learn how to safely handle their police bikes.
“Just like other cyclists, we want to work or bike hard, enjoy what we do and come home uninjured at the end,” says Constable Jeff Miller. He and his partner in the unit, Sergeant Roy Garnham, have three B’s that they keep in mind:
The 3 Bs
- Be conspicuous (visible, obvious)
- Be predictable (if you’re in a lane that turns right, people expect you will turn right)
- Be aware
The majority of collisions between motor vehicles and cyclists occur in intersections. Several studies have found the fault in vehicle/bicycle collisions is essentially equally shared between cyclists and drivers. The majority of cyclists were going straight ahead.
Cst. Miller notes that the rules of the road, and traffic signs and signals also apply to cyclists. He has five further rules to share with cyclists:
The Top 5
- Stay to the right (Sort of. Generally 1 metre from curb to avoid obstacles)
- No riding in a crosswalk
- In the dark, bikes must be equipped with a headlight and a tail light
- No side-by-side riding on the roadway
- Wear a helmet.
“Probably the most significant thing cyclists can do, is BE CONSPICUOUS!!!” adds Cst. Miller. “The most common comment by a driver in a vehicle/cyclist collision is – I didn’t or I couldn’t see them.”
August 8, 2018
Man charged after traffic altercation
A Surrey man has been charged after an altercation on the 11200 block of 72nd Avenue in Delta.
Delta Police were called to a dispute in North Delta around 9:15 pm, August 5. Upon investigation police determined that two vehicles had been travelling eastbound on 72nd Avenue. Both vehicles had pulled over, as a result of an apparent driving dispute, involving allegations of tailgating and high-beaming.
The passenger of a Volkswagen vehicle is suspected to have exited the car, and then bear sprayed the occupants of a Dodge vehicle.
A further occupant of the Volkswagen vehicle then got out of the vehicle. However, during this process he is believed to have stepped into oncoming traffic, and was struck by an oncoming Ford truck. The driver of the Ford truck immediately stopped the vehicle and called 9-1-1.
Emergency Health Services arrived and transported the man to hospital. He is believed to have received life-threatening injuries.
Mahamed Halane, age 28, of Surrey, BC has now been charged with one count of assault with a weapon. He has been released on conditions and will next appear in court on August 21, 2018.
August 8, 2018
Update – Potential witnesses of cyclist fatality asked to contact police
Police are asking anyone whom they have not yet spoken with, to contact them regarding the collision between the cyclist and vehicle on August 7, at 72nd Street and 36th Avenue, around 1:30 pm.
Several independent witnesses have now provided statements to police.
“It is too early to determine if there will be any charges in regard to the collision,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “However, as part of the investigation, police are looking into traffic flow in the area, as well as the volume of cyclists who use the area to access the Boundary Bay Dyke, or as a route to travel to Ladner Trunk Road.”
Police will also consider potential view obstructions or engineering recommendations, and will be writing a report on the incident. The investigation will also include an examination of the vehicle involved.
Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to call 604-946-4411.
August 7, 2018
Cyclist killed in traffic collision
Delta Police were called to a traffic collision around 1:30 pm August 7, at 72nd Street and 36th Avenue, near Boundary Bay Airport.
The collision occurred between a cyclist who had been travelling on 36th Ave and a vehicle travelling south on 72nd Street. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene, and is cooperating with police.
“Emergency Health Services attended, but unfortunately the cyclist did not survive the collision,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. She confirms officers have contacted the cyclist’s immediate family, but says Delta Police won’t be providing any further identifying information to allow extended family and loved ones to be notified.
South bound 72nd Street will be closed until approximately 6 pm, as the Delta Police Traffic Collision Reconstructionist is on scene, investigating. Drivers are thanked for their patience.
August 3, 2018
Delta Police Investigating Forcible Confinement Incident
At approximately 2am on August 2, 2018, two unknown suspects forced entry into a business in the 10300 hundred block of Nordel Court. Upon entering the premises, the suspects confronted two employees, who were then held against their will.
The suspects caused a significant amount of damage to the interior of the building in attempts to steal cash and liquor. The employees were not injured and police are continuing to investigate the incident.
If anyone has any information regarding this file please call the Delta Police Department non-emergency line at 604.946.4411 or Crimestoppers at 1.800.222.8477
August 2, 2018
Body discovered in Washington State that of missing Delta man
On April 25, 2018, police responded to reports of a man falling off a boathouse in the 3400 Block of River Road in Delta. The man’s friends, who witnessed the incident, were unable to rescue him and he slipped under the water. After an extensive search of the area, including resources from the Coast Guard, RCMP Air One and Delta Police, the man was not located and was presumed drowned.
On July 22, 2018, three months later, a body was discovered at Neptune Beach in Ferndale, Washington by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. Due to the condition of the body, there was a delay in identifying the deceased. A positive identification was established using dental records, and on July 31, 2018, Delta Police received confirmation that the body is that of the missing person from the April boathouse incident in Delta.
“While it is a sad day for the family of the missing man, they now have an opportunity for closure. Safety in and around the water, especially when current are strong cannot be understated,” comments Inspector Guy Leeson of the Investigation Bureau of the Delta Police Department. “Limiting alcohol consumption, wearing life jackets and being mindful of the dangers will help save lives.”
UPDATE: Delta Police successfully disarm man after officer attacked with a switchblade
August 1, 2018
Crown Counsel approved four charges against Clifford Adrian Montgomery, 59 years old, of Delta. He is facing charges of: one count of uttering threats, one count of possession of a prohibited device, for a purpose dangerous to public peace, one count of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon.
Montgomery appeared in Surrey Provincial Court yesterday, July 31, 2018, and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance scheduled for August 7, 2018.
July 31, 2018
Delta Police successfully disarm man after officer attacked with a switchblade
Over the course of the past year, Delta Police Department has trained all of its police officers in Integrated Communications and Tactics (ICAT), which focuses on verbal communication to de-escalate agitated and potentially violent subjects. The purpose of the training is essentially to save lives and protect both the public and the police from the results of escalated use-of-force in high-risk situations.
On July 30, 2018, Delta Police were called to a senior’s care home where staff were concerned about the family member of a patient. The 60-year-old male was agitated after learning of the imminent passing of a relative, and alert nursing staff called police prior to his arrival. Police attended the care home and while speaking to the male, he engaged police in a sudden and unprovoked knife attack, causing a laceration to the face of one police officer. Officers backed away, and displayed both a pistol and a conducted energy weapon in an attempt to subdue the male.
The injured police officer continued attempts to communicate verbally with the male, resulting in a successful de-escalation with no use-of-force. The male is safely in custody and charges are pending for Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon, Utter Threats, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.
Delta Police Deputy Chief Norm states, “last night’s events were highly elevated and dangerous, but through appropriate de-escalation it was peacefully resolved. We recognize that it is our duty to keep all members of the public safe, regardless of their actions, and this training served us well in this incident. The ability to use various force-options is a valuable tool for our officers and our investment into ICAT training is showing us returns.”
It is anticipated that the injured officer will make a full recovery.
Recovered body deemed not suspicious
On July 26, Delta Police recovered the body of a male at the 8200 block of River Road. The male has been identified and his family has been notified. The death has been deemed not suspicious and Delta Police will not be releasing his identity, as the file is now with the BC Coroner’s Service.
July 26, 2018
Police recover body of male
Delta Police have recovered the body of a male from the Fraser River this morning, July 26, at the 8200 block of River Road, near Bridgeview Marine. The body was seen by an individual who works in the area, and called into police.
“At this point our priority is to identify the man, and then ensure next of kin notifications are completed,” says Cris Leykauf, Public Affairs Coordinator.
“Our officers are reaching out to neighbouring police forces regarding any missing person reports, or other relevant information.”
The Coroner is on scene. Police will not be releasing any further information at this time.
July 24, 2018
Scammers spoof Delta Police number to defraud local woman
Recently a Delta woman was scammed out of $3,000 when a man called her, pretending to be a police officer. The call apparently came from the Delta Police headquarters phone number – 604-946-4411.
The unknown man advised the woman that her father was in custody and that she should purchase $3,000 in Google Play gift cards to be used as payment for “bail money.”
The woman purchased the gift cards and sent the activation codes to the male through WhatsApp.
“Unfortunately scammers will spoof well known phone numbers, like that of local police, in order to try and convince their potential victims to take them seriously,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “We want to advise the public that Canadian police officers will not call you directly, asking for money for bail or any other purposes.”
She notes there are many variations on these scams, with fraudsters regularly changing their tactics.
“Our best advice is that if someone is calling you, asking you to pay a fine, taxes, bail, or anything through gift cards or bitcoin, it is a scam. Hang up.”
Delta continues to see drop in Crime Severity Index
The City of Delta has experienced another decrease in the Crime Severity Index (CSI) and continues to be low in comparison to the Metro Vancouver average. While the Canadian CSI increased slightly by one index point to 72, Delta continued on a downward trend hitting its lowest point at 50.9, since the index began.
The overall CSI for Delta remained relatively constant between 2015 and 2016, but saw a decrease in 2017 related to a significant drop in the Violent CSI (-22.7%). The Non-Violent CSI dropped by -1.6%.
“Delta continues to see a consistent reduction in the Crime Severity Index over the past decade. It speaks to our partnership with the community and the commitment of our officers. So far in 2018, crime appears to be levelling off and as our CSI declines to historic lows, continued reductions will become more difficult. However, we will continue to work towards making Delta one of the safest city in Canada,” comments Cris Leykauf, Public Affairs coordinator for the Delta Police Department. “Our focus is public engagement and visibility of the police, because that is what the public wants from us and that is reflected in the newly implemented 2018 – 2022 Community Safety Plan.”
In Delta, property crime, traffic issues and pedestrian safety are key concerns for citizens, and DPD continues to develop strategies and work with stakeholders to respond to community expectations.
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.
July 18, 2018
Delta Police arrest two suspects related to a property crime spike in Tsawwassen
In the early morning hours of July 18, 2018 Delta Police officers were patrolling parts of Tsawwassen that have experienced a recent spike in property crime, specifically theft from auto.
While in the area, officers attempted to engage two suspicious males, who fled on foot. Police then began an extensive search in an effort to locate them. The men were eventually found hiding in a Porsche Cayenne parked on a street, along with what was believed to be a significant amount of stolen property. The vehicle and property were seized, and police are working to identify rightful owners. The stolen items have been linked back to theft from autos in the past two weeks in the English Bluff area of Tsawwassen and includes:
- Insurance papers and Identification
- Boat and car keys/FOBs
- GPS units
- One bike was recovered from the vehicle and has been returned to its owner.
Both men, who are known to police and are not local to South Delta, were arrested on outstanding warrants and breach of court conditions. Charges are pending related to Possession of Stolen Property.
Delta Police have focused efforts on this particular area of Tsawwassen due to an unusual increase in property crime. This morning’s proactive efforts by Patrol officers have led to the successful apprehension of the individuals who Delta Police believe to be responsible for a large portion of property crime in the English Bluff area.
If you have been a recent victim of property crime in Tsawwassen, please contact the Delta Police non-emergency line at 604.946.4411.
July 17, 2018
Delta Police offers Police Information Checks online
Do you need to complete a Police Information Check for coaching or volunteering with children, or other vulnerable populations? Or perhaps you need the check completed as part of a condition of employment, or for a work contract?
You can now apply for a Police Information Check from home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without having to come into our offices. Applying takes about 10- 25 minutes, and your private information is kept on a secure server.
For further information and to apply, please visit us online. The process includes online authentication, which is necessary as the Delta Police Department will not release information unless your identity has been confirmed.
Once we receive your completed application, it will be processed by our staff and the results will be mailed to you. This may take up to four business weeks.
July 12, 2018
Delta Police caution youth and parents about gang recruitment
With school out for the summer, it’s a time where police typically ask parents to ensure kids are aware of safe biking practices and water safety along with other warm weather tips.
However, in light of recent gang violence in Metro Vancouver, Delta Police School Liaison Officers want to share some additional cautions and advice for parents and guardians.
“Our officers acknowledge that over the summer gangs and criminals remain active, trying to pull in new and young members into their ranks, promising wealth and stature,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “We want to ensure youth and their families have the necessary information to protect themselves through the summer and into the new school year.”
- DO NOT be tempted into making easy or quick money by people you know or have recently met – money is earned through legitimate means;
- BEWARE of people you do not know or have not seen in a long time reaching out to you through social media asking you if you want to make money ordo favors for cash even if the request doesn’t appear to be criminal;
- DO NOT be tempted to getting into vehicles or hanging out socially with people you know or suspect are involved in criminal activity or gangs –You may fall victim of violence due to association;
- BEWARE of friends or associates dressing in expensive clothes, driving or are passengers in expensive vehicles when you know they do not have themeans to have that lifestyle;
- TRUST your feelings, if it doesn’t feel or look right it probably isn’t; and
- REMEMBER: Gang life is a sure way to end your life – Do not become a statistic.
- BEWARE of your children(s) friends who are wearing clothes or driving cars if you know they DO NOT have the means or job to possess suchthings;
- BEWARE if your child begins or show that he / she has significant cash and possessions over a short period of time when you know they do not havethe means;
- BEWARE if your child has mail or packages addressed and shipped to the family residence without an explanation as to the contents;
- BEWARE if your child begins to isolate themselves from the family or does not introduce their friend group to you; and
- BEWARE if your child changes friend groups rapidly and without rationale.
The above tips are not exhaustive but the Delta Police Department encourages everyone to be vigilant, to make sure our youth stay away from the gang lifestyle.
We are also aware of the difficulties that our young people face every day when trying to make the right life decisions as they can be influenced for the good and bad of society daily through the various media platforms. We are here to help.
If you or someone you know may have become involved in the gang lifestyle and are in need of assistance please contact the Delta Police Department at 604-946-4411 or remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477.
The Delta Police Department would like to wish the students and parents of the community a fun and healthy summer 2018.
July 10, 2018
Significant sentences handed down in huge fentanyl lab investigation
Two men charged in connection with the largest fentanyl conversion laboratory discovered in Canada were sentenced June 29 in court. The investigation was particularly noteworthy, as over $1.5 million dollars in cash, 9 firearms and large quantities of heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, methamphetamine and furanyl fentanyl were discovered during search warrants. W-18 was also found at the lab, the first time it was located in BC.
The men were arrested in March 2016 following a lengthy investigation, and have been in custody since that time. In 2015 Delta Police began looking into activities taking place in South Delta. That blossomed into an incredibly complex investigation, as Delta Police sought to collect evidence. On June 29, 36-year-old Scott Pipping of Surrey, received a sentence of 15 years and 28-year-old Adam Summers, of Delta, received a five year sentence.
Pipping and Summers faced a combined total of 17 charges, including charges for trafficking in a controlled substance, possession for the purposes of trafficking, possession of restricted/prohibited firearms, and possession of restricted/prohibited firearms without a license. Both pled guilty to the charges.
“These are significant sentences and they reflect the scope and impact of this lab,” says Chief Neil Dubord, head of Delta Police. “This was a massive lab, and a key part of the drug trade at the time in Metro Vancouver. An entire kitchen in a Burnaby apartment had been converted to process the fentanyl. I’m very proud of the work of our officers in shutting this lab down, and have no doubt that many lives were saved as a result of their work.”
Search warrants were executed at three locations in Burnaby, Richmond and Surrey, where evidence of drug trafficking was found at all locations. In the Burnaby location, the police search revealed a large scale fentanyl laboratory where fentanyl was being combined with a cutting agent, colored brown to replicate heroin and washed in acetic acid to make it smell like heroin. In addition to the cash and guns police located 4.5 kg of heroin, 12 kg of cocaine, over 45,000 oxycodone/oxycontin pills, over 1 kg of methamphetamine, and 125 grams of pure fentanyl analog.
Delta Police were assisted in the investigation by Lower Mainland RCMP Emergency Response Team, the RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Recovery team, the Burnaby and Richmond RCMP detachments and the Burnaby Fire Department and HAZMAT team.
July 9, 2018
Update – Ball python spotted near Westham Island
As a result of the press release below, Delta Police was notified that a ball python was spotted near the Westham Island Bridge on the Canada Day long weekend. At that time a photo was taken, but the snake was not reported to Delta Community Animal Shelter until July 3.
Bylaw inspectors have made patrols of the area, but have not seen the snake. No other sightings have been reported.
As a reminder, the snake is non-venomous, and in the wild primarily feeds on rats, mice and birds.
July 7, 2018
Ball python reported missing in Ladner farm field
A ball python is missing in Ladner. Delta Police were informed July 6 that a ball python named ‘Gypsy’ went missing in a farmer’s field on June 30,2018.
“Unfortunately, officers do not have an exact location where the snake was last seen – just that it was in a farmer’s field in Ladner,” says Cris Leykauf,
spokesperson for Delta Police.
Delta Police had been in contact with the owner of the snake on June 20, when a man was reported to be sleeping outside of Walmart at Tsawwasssen Commons
with a large snake. Upon police request, man and snake relocated to their nearby minivan. They were noted to be cooperative and polite.
“The snake is six feet long, eight inches in diameter and a dark caramel colour,” says Leykauf. “Ball pythons are not venomous, and apparently are a popular
choice for those wanting a pet snake, as they are known to have more of a docile temperament.”
This type of snake is known to curl up in a ball when stressed or frightened. In the wild their diet is primarily small mammals such as rats and mice, or
The circumstances of how the snake came to be in a Ladner farmer’s field are not known to police at this time. Police also do not have a photograph of the
missing snake. If the missing snake is spotted please call 9-1-1 with the location, so it can be quickly captured.
July 4, 2018
Parents urged to think about risks after young children rescued from hot vehicle
Two young children were rescued from an overheated vehicle on the long weekend, with police forced to break the window to free the children.
Delta Police were called to the Tsawwassen Mills mall parking lot just before 5 pm on July 1, after two small children were reported to be locked in a vehicle.
“When our officer arrived on scene he discovered the children trapped in the hot vehicle sweating profusely, crying, and with bright red faces,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. The youngest, age three, was strapped in a car seat in the full sun.
Previously onlookers had tried communicating with the children in order to get the older one, age five, to unlock the door. However, the five-year-old was unable to get the door open, and 9-1-1 was called at 4:55 pm.
Police arrived on scene at 5:04 pm, and communicated to the older child to stand at the back of the vehicle, while the driver’s side window was breached.
“Our officer then helped the children out of the vehicle and brought them into the police cruiser so they could be cooled off by air conditioning right away, and provided with water,” says Leykauf. “He was very concerned with their condition, particularly the youngest child who had irregular breathing.”
Emergency health services were also called to the scene, and the children were brought to hospital to be assessed and treated. They have since been released and are reported to be doing well.
The children’s father arrived at the vehicle approximately ten minutes after the children were rescued.
“Police spoke with the father at length about the dangers of leaving young children in a vehicle on a warm or hot day. If not for the observant and caring people who were shopping and working at the mall, this might have ended differently,” says Leykauf.
Police will be recommending criminal charges to Crown, and have advised the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
July 4, 2018
Tsawwassen residents warned of spike in thefts from autos, garages
Tsawwassen residents are advised to ensure all valuables are removed from vehicles after a rash of break-ins occurred overnight from July 2 late at night through July 3 early morning hours.
Break-ins to vehicles were reported in the 100 block of English Bluff, 100 block of Tsawwassen Beach Road, 4900-5100 block of 1st Avenue, and in the 100-200 block of 49th Street, Ave. There were also a few reports of thefts from unlocked garages and carports in these areas and the 5000 block of Wallace Ave.
Stolen items include wallets, passport, laptop, sunglasses, and speakers. A Trek Road bike, tool bag, tools and golf clubs were also reported stolen. In the majority of cases the vehicles were not locked, as police did not see signs of forced entry.
“Our officers increased patrols in the area as reports started to come in July 3,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Police are also taking further investigative steps, as this is a priority issue for us. We fully understand how property crime can impact residents.”
An electronic reader board is also being moved into the area to warn all residents of the recent thefts.
Police recommend people:
- Take all keys from the vehicle, and garage door openers if applicable
- Lock vehicle doors
- Remove all personal items from vehicles
- Park in secure or well-lit areas at night
- Remember to lock their garage doors, and keep windows shut and locked.
Anyone with information about these thefts is encouraged to contact police at 604-946-4411.
June 25, 2018
New bike unit helps police be accessible on TFN lands
The first day that the Delta Police’s new bike unit was in operation, members arrested a suspected shoplifter at Tsawwassen Mills shopping mall.
“We stopped her just a she was going to her car,” says Constable Jeff Miller, with the Tsawwassen First Nations Services Team. “She told me, ‘I was going to run, but then I looked at you, and thought, forget it.’” Constable Miller gestures down at his bike patrol uniform and rugged mountain bike, which allows him to easily bike over curbs, down stairs and more.
The bike unit just started in mid-June, and is a new addition to the Delta Police Tsawwassen First Nations (TFN) Services Team. TFN lands are flat, with a number of trails, and readily lend themselves to policing on bike.
“It just makes us that much more accessible,” says Sergeant Roy Garnham, who heads up the unit. “Rather than being in cars, behind windows, we’re finding already that people are stopping us more, waving at us, just wanting to have a quick chat.”
He points out that the bikes are very convenient as well, saying he can get from the TFN administrative offices to the mall in three minutes – sometimes faster than what they might be able to do in the car, dependent on traffic.
He and Cst. Miller took a specialized one-week course which teaches police officers bike-specific tactics, as well as training on how to do power slides, travel safely down stairs, and more.
They wear their regular duty belts, as well as a police uniform modified for use on bikes, consisting of shorts and short sleeved shirt, and of course the helmet. The bikes are specially designed for law enforcement use, with heavy-duty 29” tires.
“They’re not exactly light weight,” Sgt. Garnham notes wryly.
Delta Police has had a bike unit in the past, but it’s been about 15 years since it was active. Sgt. Garnham thinks the unit is the perfect fit for the Tsawwassen First Nations.
“It just makes so much sense here, and the public response so far has been outstanding.”
June 19, 2018
Drug and alcohol impaired driving numbers rise on weekend
With the warmer weather this weekend, unfortunately Delta Police were stopping an increased number of impaired drivers on the roads.
“We understand that with the nicer weather people may be getting together with friends and family, barbecuing, having a few drinks,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “But our officers want to make sure that your night ends on a good note, and not with a big fine for impaired driving, or worse, in a crash.”
Delta Police dealt with nine impaired drivers over the weekend. Penalties ranged from 24-hour suspensions to criminal impaired charges.
“A growing number of Delta Police officers are now trained to recognize drug-impaired drivers, and that’s being reflected in the number of drivers facing penalties for impaired driving,” says Leykauf.
Impaired drivers were stopped mid-afternoon in Tsawwassen on Friday, June 15, and at 10:30 pm Sunday, June 17 in North Delta. A drug impaired “N” driver was handed a 24-hour driving prohibition in Ladner on June 16, as well as a violation ticket for driving contrary to restrictions.
In North Delta an impaired driver caused a two-vehicle crash just after midnight on June 17, and now faces charges of impaired driving. Fortunately there were no serious injuries. Impaired driving is also suspected in another single vehicle crash on Hwy. 17 on the weekend.
“Our officers also want to remind the public that the Summer Counterattack initiative will be kicking off soon, with extra officers on the road targeting impaired drivers,” says Leykauf. “Before you drink – or do drugs – have a plan for how you’ll get safely home.”
June 12, 2018
Allegation of sex assault in Sunbury Park recanted
A reported stranger sex assault, alleged to have occurred on April 12 near Sunbury Hall in North Delta, has now been determined by police to have been a false report.
The alleged incident was reported to Delta police on April 13, 2018. Delta Police immediately launched an investigation, provided victim services, issued a news release to advise the public, and increased patrols in the area. Police undertook a variety of measures to gather information and evidence, including canvassing the neighbourhood.
Due to significant community concerns expressed, Delta Police also held a public meeting May 9, which featured a number of police speakers, the mayor, as well as parks representatives who outlined safety improvements made in the area. At the meeting Delta Police also issued an updated news release on the investigation as well as a composite drawing of the suspect. During this process Delta Police continued to meet with the victim to gather more information and update her on the progress of the investigation.
Evidence has since come to light that caused police to believe the alleged assault may not have occurred. In a follow-up meeting with the woman she confirmed the assault did not take place, and recanted her statement to police.
“We understand the community was very troubled by news of the alleged stranger sex assault in the park,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “A significant number of resources were dedicated to this investigation. However, our concern right now is that we do not want this news to discourage any other potential victims of sex assault from coming forward. Our investigators will always treat these reports very seriously, and will work with the community to do our best to ensure the public’s safety.”
“Could police resources have been put to better use during this time? Absolutely. And we acknowledge that others who have made false police reports have faced criminal charges, such as public mischief. However, due to a variety of factors, investigators have determined it is not in the public interest to pursue charges in this matter,” says Leykauf.
Stranger sexual based assaults are rare and are prioritized to the highest level of investigation by policing agencies across Canada due to the risk to the public safety. Therefore, due to the seriousness and significant resources deployed for these types of reported incidents the DPD would like to remind the public that making false reports to the police is a crime and a person may be prosecuted accordingly.
June 12, 2018
Police investigating suspected arson on Tsawwassen First Nations land
At 6:45 pm on June 10 Delta Police and Fire were called to a house fire on the 4600 block of Eagle Way.
The house was fully engulfed, and was completely destroyed in the fire. Fortunately there were no injuries; the homeowner was away at the time of the fire.
Delta Police took custody of a man at the scene, and later arrested him on suspicion of arson. Charges have been forwarded to Crown for consideration.
June 11, 2018
Delta Police investigate motorcycle fatality at Deltaport Way
Delta Police were called to the reports of a collision involving a motorcycle in the morning of June 10, 2018.
A motorcycle driver was exiting Deltaport onto the 2700 block of Deltaport Way shortly after 9 am. The driver experienced a single vehicle collision, potentially after coming into contact with an exit gate. No other vehicles were involved.
The driver, a 37-year-old Delta man, was taken immediately to hospital, but unfortunately was declared deceased shortly thereafter. His family has been notified of his death.
“Due to the serious nature of the crash, the Delta Police collision reconstructionist was called to the scene to identify, document and measure the physical evidence,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. Police were on scene till nearly 4 pm, and thank those impacted for their patience, as one lane on Deltaport Way was closed during that time.
Leykauf notes that the collision remains under investigation at this time.
June 8, 2018
Public reminder – crisis lines on the Alex Fraser Bridge
On June 7, with the assistance of the public, and a timely warning from a neighbouring police force, Delta Police managed to be in the right place at the right time to prevent a youth in crisis from committing suicide.
The incident occurred on the Alex Fraser Bridge. A passing driver alerted police to a distraught looking youth. Just prior to this call, another police force asked Delta officers to check for the youth on the bridge.
“Our officers were lucky; they got there just in time. It’s not something we’d usually speak about, as we try to be very sensitive about how we approach mental health issues” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. But she notes with recent high profile news of two celebrity suicides, Delta Police wanted to remind the public about the existence of the six yellow call boxes, located at the pedestrian entrances and middle of the bridge.
The phones are in place for anyone who needs help, and were installed in October 2017, in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation, the Crisis Line Association of BC and Telus. The phones connect the caller to either the Fraser Health Crisis Line or the Vancouver Distress Line for emotional support. At the time the phones were installed Delta Police noted they had responded to approximately 30 incidents specific to the Alex Fraser Bridge over the span of five years. The day after the phones were installed the Delta Police responded to a person calling for help from the one of the boxes.
Though the phone wasn’t used in this specific instance, it was in use as recently as April 2018.
“The public has also played an important role in helping save lives in these instances – whether it is a passing motorist who notices something isn’t quite right, or someone who may be working on the bridge,” adds Leykauf.
The Fraser Health Crisis Line provides immediate, free, and confidential emotional support, crisis intervention and community resource information to people of all ages 24 hours a day – everyday. If you’d like to make a difference in the lives of others, please consider volunteering with the crisis line.
To learn more please go to http://www.options.bc.ca/fraser-health-crisis-line/volunteer-with-the-fraser-health-crisis-line.
For more information on suicide prevention please visit,
June 7, 2018
Law enforcement torch run raises money for Special Olympics athletes
During the past two decades Delta Police has raised about $250,000 for the Torch Run, to benefit Special Olympics athletes.
The Torch is coming to Delta on Friday, June 8. Delta is one of 16 Lower Mainland Communities participating in this four-day run. Three Delta Police Officers are running this year, to help spread the message of respect and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Overall more than 400 law enforcement members and 50 Special Olympics BC athletes will be taking part in the Torch Run.
“We are honoured that so many law enforcement members come out each year to support Special Olympics BC through the Lower Mainland Torch Run,” SOBC President & CEO Dan Howe says. “This event raises much-needed funds and awareness for SOBC, and it is inspiring to see the amazing levels of camaraderie and mutual respect between law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes.”
Delta Police sponsors a few Special Olympics athletes, one of whom also works part time for the police department.
In Ladner the Torch and runners will be leaving Ladner Lions Park at 1 pm, and are expected to finish between 1:30 and 1:45 pm at the Delta Police Department headquarters on Clarence Taylor Crescent. Please join us to cheer on the runners!
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run
For more than 35 years, law enforcement members throughout the world have supported people with intellectual disabilities through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The LETR movement has raised more than $3 million in British Columbia since 1990. To date, the LETR has raised more than $600 million for Special Olympics programs around the world. To learn more about the LETR, visit www.specialolympics.bc.ca/letr.
May 23, 2018
File # 17-11850
Abbotsford man charged in June 2017 hit and run of 5 men in Ladner
An Abbotsford man is facing multiple charges after an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of June 11, 2017 in Ladner.
A man is alleged to have intentionally driven his vehicle into a group of pedestrians at the 5300 block of 48A Avenue, hitting five males and causing serious injury to two of the men, and minor injuries to the remaining three men. The driver apparently then fled the scene without stopping.
Police investigation revealed that the driver was believed to have been in a physical altercation at a nearby pub with some or all of the males who were latter struck by the vehicle.
“Police resources from patrol, major crime, and forensics, as well as a traffic collision analyst dealt with multiple scenes and many witnesses and victims while investigating this incident,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police.
All five victims from the incident are expected to make a full recovery.
A warrant was issued for Patrick John Scott MCINTYRE, age 20, of Abbotsford in April 2018. He was arrested April 14, 2018 in Langley, and is now facing the following charges: 3 counts of Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm S.249(3) CC; 5 counts of Assault with a Weapon S.267(a) CC; and, 5 counts of Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident S.252(1)(a) CC.
MCINTRE has been released from custody and is next due in court in Surrey on June 12 at 9 am.
May 19, 2018
Police investigate possible clandestine lab
The Delta Police Department is investigating what is believed to be a clandestine lab in the 11100 block of 85 Avenue in North Delta.
Residents may see emergency vehicles in the area for several hours. The vehicles are there as a precautionary measure for first responders. Public safety, or the safety of neighbouring residents, is not thought to be at risk.
Delta police are working with assistance from the Delta Fire Department and the RCMP Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) team.
No further details are available at this time.
May 15, 2018
Suspect in robbery and assault facing charges
Delta Police were called to the 1500 Block of 56th Street in Tsawwassen around 8 pm May 14 in regard to a potential robbery in progress.
Police attended minutes later and located a victim on the sidewalk who had sustained non-life threatening injuries. Investigation revealed the victim knew the identity of the suspect, who allegedly attacked him with a metal pipe and bear spray, and robbed him of his phone, wallet and other personal items.
Police quickly determined a likely location of the suspect nearby, and were able to contain the area, while waiting for appropriate authority to search the dwelling. The suspect was located inside the dwelling, and was arrested.
Lucas William Logan, aged 31, of Abbotsford, BC, appeared in court today and is facing three charges in relation to this incident. He has been charged with robbery, assault with a weapon, and assault causing bodily harm.
A woman was also arrested at the scene May 14, but has not been charged in relation to the incident.
“The victim and suspect were known to each other,” said Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Our officers want to thank the members of the public
who called police to alert them to this incident, and for the public’s cooperation in staying back, and allowing officers to safely do their jobs.”
May 15, 2018
Police rescue youth from deep mud in Boundary Bay
Nearby beachgoers and residents alerted police to a youth stuck in quicksand-like mud around noon on May 12 near 12th Ave and Boundary Bay Road. Boundary Bay is very shallow, and the tide can go out very far.
The youth was exploring the beach area, and was approximately 100 yards from shore when he sank up to his waist, and became stuck.
“He literally could not move, and was pretty upset,” said Constable Derek Gallamore, who responded when calls came into police about a youth yelling for help. “People nearby the boy had a rope, but the challenge was to figure out how to help this kid, without getting stuck myself.”
Cst. Gallamore found a long piece of driftwood to use as a base and then tossed the rope out to the boy, instructing him to tie the rope around his waist.
“Then I told him to push on the long piece of driftwood as I pulled the rope,” said Cst. Gallamore. “Unfortunately the area was like quicksand. I also sank to my knees at one point. But I got myself clear and then proceeded to pull him out.”
The boy’s father called Cst. Gallamore later that day to thank him for rescuing his son.
“We’re very glad this incident had a happy ending,” said Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “We want to remind the public that there are a number of very deep muddy areas that can be like quicksand, in various locations in Boundary Bay. The safest area to explore the tidal flats is in front of Centennial beach.”
May 10, 2018
Costume jewelry donation the real thing – owner sought
Someone recently made a donation of jewelry to the DYSL Thrift Store (Delta Youth Support Link) in Tsawwassen, which was a bit more valuable than they probably realized.
“The donation came into the thrift store around March 1,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for the Delta Police Department. “Apparently there were a number of costume jewelry items donated, but one of the people working at the store thought some of the jewelry looked more valuable. They had it appraised, and it’s the real thing.” The jewelry is valued at $23,000.
The DYSL Board of Directors turned the jewelry over to police in the hopes of finding the rightful owner.
Because of the nature of the donation police are not going to provide a description of the jewelry. But if you or someone you know donated jewelry to the DYSL Thrift store around March 1, please contact the Delta Police non-emergency line at 604-946-4411 and refer to File# 18-9689. The owner will need to provide a detailed description of the jewelry to police.
May 7th, 2018
Delta Police’s Summer Soccer Camp returns for its second year
Delta Police is excited to host its second annual Kids Soccer Camp at Dugald Morrison Turf Field in Ladner. The week long camp that runs from August 27-31 for kids aged 5 to 11 and is open to residents and those outside of Delta. Players will be placed into groups based on age and ability to ensure they are challenged appropriately, maximizing their development and most importantly, having fun!
Constable Aaron Hill, 10 year veteran with the Delta Police, will once again be the head coach and organizer for this year’s camp. The majority of the coaching staff will be made up of some Delta Police Departments finest, as well as Delta Police volunteers and some special appearances from Delta fire.
“Last year was a great success, with coaches having just as much fun as the kids. The soccer camp is a great way for the kids to interact with police officers in a relaxed and positive environment,” says Cst. Aaron Hill
Approximately 70 kids attended the soccer camp last year and the camp is looking to cap registrations at 100 kids for the 2018 camp.
“This year, we want to expand on the success of last year. We have some very cool things planned for the kids including some new gear and an exciting new obstacle course” Says Cst. Hill
Along with the new activities planned, the very popular radar board will be back for new and returning kids. New players will be able to try and set new records, while returning players will have the opportunity to beat their speed from last year and challenge Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord’s blazing foot speed of 21km/h.
An $80 Early Bird registration runs from now until June 31st. After that the cost of the soccer camp is $100.00 and it includes 5 days of
good times, swag and a visit from a special guest. Visit http://192.168.23.4/soccer-
camp/ to register today.
Police respond to shots fired call
At approximately 9:45 pm, May 4, Delta Police responded to a call about shots being fired in the 8800 block of Delvista Drive.
When police arrived they located two victims who had been shot. They received non-life threatening injuries and were taken to hospital.
A number of police resources immediately attended the area, including the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Services. However the male suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival and was not located. No description of the suspect is available at this time.
“It’s early in the investigation, but we believe this is a targeted incident, related to a previous dispute,” said Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “It is not believed to be associated to gang activity.”
She notes that another police incident, the occurred the same evening in the 95th Ave block of 120th Street, is not related to the matter on Delvista Drive, and is under the jurisdiction of Surrey RCMP.
“We understand events of this nature are very concerning to the community. Our officers want to thank residents in that neighbourhood for their cooperation with police last night. We continue to work hard today to advance this investigation,” says Leykauf.
Update – Charges sworn in Tsawwassen crime series
Charges have now been sworn in relation to a series of events that unfolded mid-day April 30 in Tsawwassen, starting with a break and enter in progress, and ending with collisions, and an attempted car-jacking.
“We’re very thankful that no one was seriously injured during these events,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. In regard to the Good Samaritans who stepped in to restrain the suspect, she notes that while police appreciate the intent of the citizens, these type of actions can be very risky.
“Generally speaking, we recommend that if people want to help police, the best thing they can do is to be a good witness. Noting details such as a suspect’s direction of travel, clothing and any other descriptors is very useful,” says Leykauf.
Michael John Krawetz, age 47, of Surrey BC is facing 12 charges including: break and enter, theft over $5,000, possession of stolen property, assault, dangerous driving, fail to stop, robbery and attempted theft of a motor vehicle. Krawetz remains in police custody, and will next appear in court in Surrey on May 10.
A female suspect is also wanted in relation to these matters, and the incident remains under investigation.
“Property crime such as break and enters, or theft from vehicles, is one of the top concerns for police in Tsawwassen,” said Leykauf. “Our officers are very pleased to have some significant charges in relation to this issue.”
See previous release.
Police arrest one after events in Tsawwassen
Delta Police are in Tsawwassen dealing with a complex set of events that unfolded today, April 30. Additionally, police are looking to speak with a number of the Good Samaritans involved in apprehending a driver who ran from the scene.
Around 12:30 pm, April 30, Delta Police received a call about a possible break and enter in progress in a residential area near Brandrith Park. As police vehicles began to arrive to the area, a U-Haul van was leaving, and collided with a police vehicle. The officer was not injured in the collision.
Due to concerns over public safety police did not pursue the U-Haul van, but noted the driver leaving at a high rate of speed. The U-Haul was observed heading north on 56th street. According to witnesses the U-Haul allegedly ran a red light, clipped one vehicle, jumped the median and was involved in a head-on collision with another van.
“Fortunately, there were no reported injuries from this series of collisions,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police.
According to a number of witnesses, the U-Haul driver then exited his van, then tried to take another vehicle in the area of the Town-Centre mall. When that attempt was unsuccessful the driver fled, and was apprehended by a number of citizens in the area. Officers then arrived to arrest the driver, who is currently in police custody.
“A wide variety of police resources have been brought in, and this is still an ongoing incident” says Leykauf. “This was definitely an unusual series of events to unfold in our quiet town, but we’re thankful that no one was hurt.”
More information will be released as it becomes available. Any witnesses who haven’t yet spoken to police, or who may have taken photos or videos related to the incident are asked to call 604-946-4411 and indicate they have information related to File # 18-8823.
Delta Police and partners search for missing man who fell in water
Delta Police attended the 3400 block of River Road in Ladner around 7:15 pm April 25, after it was reported that a man fell off the dock of a float home into the water.
Delta Police, the Coast Guard, and RCMP Air One all participated in a search for the missing man the night of April 25. Search efforts included boats, a helicopter equipped with infrared light, and divers. Unfortunately the man was not located.
At this time there is nothing to indicate the incident was suspicious. The search was called off overnight, but is continuing on April 26.
Media Advisory – Starting April 26, public to be notified of traffic enforcement efforts in advance
In what’s believed to be a first in policing in BC, the Delta Police Traffic Unit will be regularly advising social media followers when traffic enforcement will be occurring. And that first publicized enforcement effort begins today, April 26, at the foot of Nordel Way. Media are invited to attend.
“Although Delta Police and other forces occasionally publicize enforcement efforts, we don’t think any other police force in BC has committed to giving the public a heads up on a regular basis,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Hall, of the Delta Police Department. The Traffic Unit falls under his area of authority.
“We’ll be giving folks who follow us @DPDTraffic on Twitter an advance warning of enforcement efforts approximately once a week,” says S/Sgt. Hall.
He acknowledges that some may find the move controversial, but adds that the public should recognize that traffic enforcement takes place 24/7, every day of the week.
“Part of the job of traffic officers is to ensure that the public is aware we’ll be out there – whether it’s Counterattack on a summer long weekend, or doing a distracted driving blitz the first week of school. We’d like to expand those efforts year round, because people should be practicing good driving habits every week,” says S/Sgt. Hall. “And every minute of every day.”
“If we don’t hand out any tickets, because people have slowed down and are driving responsibly, that would be amazing,”says S/Sgt. Hall. “Because that means all our officers have observed is good driving behavior, and as a result no harm is coming to anyone who is on the road.”
Who – S/Sgt. Ryan Hall, Community Support Section, Delta Police
When – 11 am, April 26, 2018
Where – The curve of Nordel Way, on the approach to the Alex Fraser Bridge northbound. Media will be parking in the gravel, directly south of Great Pacific Forum/Planet Ice. See map below for parking/location information.
What – Police enforcement efforts will focus on the bottom of Nordel Way, and drivers will be pulled over on the curve, nearby where media will park.
Safety – Delta Police have high visibility pedestrian suspenders, which they will give media who don’t have their own safety vests. Safety vests/suspenders must be worn for this event. (And yes, you can keep them.)
Red Arrow – Media Parking Accessed via Nordel Way westbound or Highway 91 northbound, take the Highway 17 exit.
Blue arrows – Media staging area
Stats from first quarter of 2018 show decrease in property crime in Delta
There’s been a decline in the number of residential and commercial break and enters in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same time frame in 2017.
Thefts from auto are also down 35%.
There were 51 residential break and enters from January through March in 2018, down from 61 in these months in 2017. Commercial break and enters are down even more 33 as compared to 49 last year.
Theft from auto showed a more precipitous drop – going down to 158 incidents reported to police in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 245 last year.
“We think the decrease in these numbers is due to the strategic approach we’re taking,” says Superintendent Harj Sidhu, head of operations for Delta police. “We make it a priority to keep on top of emerging trends such as in property crime, and we share that information among our patrol staff and specialty units. Additionally, our model of zone ownership ensures that sergeants and constables are all responsible for certain areas of the city, and follow up regularly on any outstanding issues.”
Supt. Sidhu acknowledges that there were a number of complaints of theft from auto in April – with 46 incidents reported to police so far this month, primarily in Ladner and North Delta. While it is too soon to indicate if this is a spike, Delta police is currently working on a strategy to better address thefts from auto.
Persons offences showed an unusual increase in the first quarter, rising from 90 during the same time last year to 122 offences in the last three months. The increases were primarily in assaults, including common assault, assault with a weapon and aggravated assault.
“Delta experienced a number of youth-related assaults during that time frame, some of which included weapons,” says Supt. Sidhu. “However we do not feel this is a trend, and we’re confident that we are on top of this issue, working with our school liaison and youth officers, as well as community partners.”
In regard to broader trends, in July 2017 the Canadian Center for Justice Statistics released Delta’s Crime Severity Index for 2016, which showed a decrease of 35% in violent crime. There was also an increase in property crime, resulting in a slight decline overall in Delta’s Crime Severity Index. Delta continues to enjoy a low crime rate in comparison to the region, the province and the country.
The 2018 first quarter statistics and other statistical information can be found at http://192.168.23.4/stats/. Delta Police also share statistics on a monthly basis with the Delta Police Board.
Delta Police release top collision locations, launch new traffic Twitter account
Delta Police officers are increasingly focusing efforts on high collision areas in the city, and it looks like our work is beginning to pay off. The number of collisions from January to March is down 17% compared to this time last year – 298 in 2018, compared to 357 in 2017.
In the interests of ensuring the public is aware of enforcement priorities, Delta police is also releasing the worst 10 areas for collisions from the past three years. Here’s a hint to motorists – you may want to slow down, and definitely put down the phone when driving on Nordel Way.
There are actually six different areas along Nordel Way that police have highlighted as a concern, but in the interests of keeping this list as a top 10, a few locations have been combined. The worst spot for collisions on the list is the 10500 Block of Nordel Way – that’s the stretch of Nordel going southwest down the hill on the approach to head north on the Alex Fraser bridge. But another bad spot nearby is at the Nordel Way/Hwy. 91 connector. See below for the full list of collision hot spots (and places where you should be on your best driving behavior!)
“We are leveraging technology to ensure we consistently focus our enforcement efforts on the high collision spots,” says Sergeant Sukh Sidhu, head of the Delta Police Traffic unit. “Traffic officers are telling me that they’re heading out to do enforcement in a specific spot, only to find out that patrol officers already targeted the same spot earlier that day.”
Perhaps not coincidentally the number of tickets issued in the first quarter of 2018 are up. Delta police officers handed out 2,904 tickets in the first three months of 2018, as compared to 1,578 in 2017.
“Honestly we’d prefer not to hand out any tickets,” says Sgt. Sidhu. “But it’s an important tool for us to influence driver behavior, and ultimately prevent collisions. I’d far rather give you a ticket, then tell your family you’ve been involved in a serious accident.”
Traffic officers also believe an informed public is a public who may be driving a bit more responsibly, so today they’re launching a new Twitter account at @DPDTraffic.
The Top 10 collision locations in Delta – 2015-2017
- 10500 Block Nordel Way and Nordel Way/ Hwy. 91 Connector
- 72nd Ave and 120th Street
- Hwy 17/Hwy. 91 Connector
- Hwy 91 Alex Fraser Bridge Approach
- Nordel Way and 120th Street and Nordel Way and 116th Street
- 72nd Ave and Nicholson Road
- Nordel Way and 84th and Nordel Way and 112th Street
- Intersection of 56th St. and Hwy. 17
- Intersection of 52nd St. and Hwy. 17
- Intersection of Hwy 17A and Ladner Trunk Road
Ten Delta Police Officers named to Alexa’s Team this year
This year will mark the 10th anniversary since four-year-old Alexa Middelaer of Ladner was killed by an impaired driver in Delta. Since then, Delta Police have worked diligently to take impaired drivers off the road. This year, 10 Delta Police officers are being named to Alexa’s Team for their work in issuing Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP) and IRP warnings.
Alexa Middelaer was a vibrant, blond little girl whose life was taken by a drunk driver in May 2008 in Delta. The driver, a 56 year old woman, was later convicted of drunk driving. This tragedy left Alexa’s family ever changed and had a deep impact on the community.
“The Delta Police officers named to Alexa’s Team this year removed 210 impaired drivers off Delta Roads in 2017,” says Superintendent Harj Sidhu, who is in charge of front line policing in Delta. “Those are 210 drivers who were at significant risk of being in a crash, and injuring or even killing themselves and other innocent people.”
One officer in particular, Constable Taylor Armstrong, made a particularly noteworthy contribution, taking 38 impaired drivers off the road last year.
Laurel and Michael Middelaer, Alexa’s parents, have worked tirelessly to bring awareness to, and incite change around, drinking and driving and impaired driving laws since their daughter’s death. They have spearheaded changes to provincial drinking and driving legislation bringing greater penalties to those who choose to drink and drive with the express purpose of reducing the number of drunk drivers on our roadways.
“Officers across the province are working hard to prevent tragedies, similar to the one that took Alexa Middelaer at such a young age,” says Neil Dubord, chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety committee “It’s been nearly ten years, but it’s so important to see her legacy live on through the officers who are named to Alexa’s Team.”
In order to qualify to be named to Alexa’s team, a police officer has to have taken at least 12 impaired drivers off the road either through the Criminal Code Charge or through Immediate Roadside Prohibition process in the previous year.
Update – Charges laid re Ladner business robbery
Charges have been laid in connection to a robbery that occurred at a Ladner business on April 2, 2018.
Harkamai Singh HIRA, 31, of Surrey, BC, has been charged with one count of robbery (Criminal Code Section 344 (1) (b) and one count of using an imitation firearm while attempting to commit the indictable offence of robbery (Section 85(2).
“We know news of this robbery was concerning to Ladner residents and businesses, so we wanted to make sure our community was provided with an update,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for the Delta Police.
HIRA was previously known to police. He is currently in custody, and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 17, 2018.
The investigation remains ongoing in respect to locating the other suspect involved in this incident.
Break-in to Hydro substation dealt with safely
A 38-year-old man faces a charge of breaking and entering after he allegedly attempted to break into the BC Hydro substation at the 6500 block of Ladner Trunk road on April 6, 2018, around 6 pm.
Delta Police arrived shortly thereafter at the substation, after receiving a report of a person jumping over the barbed wire perimeter fence. Police then made numerous attempts to speak with the suspect.
“Our officer were very concerned for the safety of this individual, as the substation contains live wires with very high voltages,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police.
The RCMP Air 1 helicopter attended the area, to assist Delta Police in pinpointing the whereabouts of the suspect on the substation property.
BC Hydro personnel assisted police in accessing the property, and the suspect was arrested just before 7 pm. Fortunately neither he nor first responders suffered any injuries in relation to this incident.
Robin James GACSI, aged 38, of no fixed address was charged with one count of break and enter on April 7, 2018. He has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance April 10, 2018.
Note – Published in support of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP). Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord is co-chair of the CACP Ethics Committee.
Canadian police chiefs launch second survey to assess professionalism in policing
Ottawa, ON, April 9, 2018 – Following the success of the first-ever study of ethics in Canadian policing in 2012, Canadian police agencies will be participating in a second national survey starting April 9th, 2018. The follow-up survey will assess the current situation and the impact of any changes and advancements made by police since the last survey with respect to work environment and conditions, supervision, communications, decision making, management and community engagement.
Conducted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Carleton University, with funding from the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Leadership Ethics, results of the first survey were released in February 2012. It was the first survey of its kind in the world, with more than 10,000 sworn members, ranking from Constable to Staff Sergeant in 31 Canadian police services, taking part.
The survey came about after police chiefs from around the country requested an in-depth look at evolving leadership issues with an impact on both staff and public trust and confidence in policing. The survey provided a benchmark and valuable insight to inform the development of new guidelines on how to better structure policing. “The results and recommendations from the first survey were widely shared across Canadian police agencies leading to many positive changes,” said Dr. Maguire, the lead researcher from Carleton University.
There were three key takeaways for police agencies from the last survey:
- Organizations need to demonstrate greater support for police officers’ well-being and development.
- Police officers want to better understand management decision making and ethical considerations.
- Two-way communications is critical and will pay long-term dividends.
“There have been some significant changes in the environment since the last survey. We’ve seen tremendous growth in the role of social media, which has both positive and negative implications for policing,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord, co-chair of the CACP Ethics Committee, which commissioned the survey. “A key issue with social media is that what happens with police forces in other countries impacts the public perception of, and potentially interactions with, Canadian police officers.”
The follow-up survey has expanded now to more than 30 participating police agencies, and this time, will also include civilian employees. “This second survey will give our police forces the chance to assess the changes they may have implemented after the first survey, and also look at new areas, such as interactions with the public,” said CACP Ethics Committee co-chair Gatineau police Deputy Director François Duguay. “This should help all our police leaders take a good look at the challenges we face in maintaining public trust and confidence, and how we can better communicate with all our staff in meeting those challenges.
This second survey is being led once again by Dr. Stephen Maguire, Executive Director of the Centre on Values and Ethics at Carleton University, and Dr.
Lorraine Dyke, Vice-Provost and Professor of Management and Strategy at Carleton University.
Media – Please note that Dr. Stephen Maguire, Dr. Lorraine Dyke, Deputy Director François Duguay, and Chief Neil Dubord are in
downtown Vancouver April 9, 2018, and are available for interviews upon request.
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Public Affairs Coordinator
Delta Police Department
Robbery at Ladner business linked to collision in Surrey
Delta Police have made an arrest and recovered some cash and stolen property after an armed robbery at a business in the 5200 block of Ladner Trunk Road. The robbery was called into police at approximately 12 noon on April 2, 2018.
Staff at the business alleged that a gun had been used in the robbery, and cash and a quantity of goods was stolen. The investigation also revealed a vehicle of interest associated to the robbery.
Delta police located the vehicle soon afterwards. Police activated emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle at which point the vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic in the 12600 block of 68th Avenue. The suspect vehicle failed to stop at a red light on 68th Avenue in the 12600 block, and struck a northbound vehicle.
Fortunately the occupants of this northbound vehicle received only minor injuries.
The driver of the suspect vehicle fled on foot, and the passenger in the suspect vehicle was arrested by Delta police. Police recovered a number of items stolen from the business as well as a replica handgun.
The Delta police forensics unit attended both the scene of the armed robbery and the crash, while Surrey RCMP is investigating the motor vehicle crash. The Delta Police major crimes unit is also engaged.
The incident remains under investigation.
Missing BC Ferry Passenger
On Thursday March 29, 2018 a man boarded the 9pm BC Ferry in his vehicle, departing from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen. Upon arrival at Tsawwassen, the man did not return to his vehicle, which was abandoned on the ferry. Police completed a search of the ferry and could not locate him.
Delta Police are working with Sydney RCMP and BC Ferries to obtain any video footage to determine what may have occurred. At this time, there is no reason to believe the circumstances around his disappearance are suspicious.
The missing man is:
- 80 years old
- Heavy Build
- 5’9”, 225 pounds
- Brown eyes, Brown hair
- Wearing a grey sweater, dark grey/black pants
Police are asking any ferry passengers or potential witnesses at either Swartz Bay or Tsawwassen who may have seen the man to contact Delta Police at
Any updates on this investigation will be released accordingly.
Don’t trust fraudsters threatening arrest or deportation if you don’t pay
Fraudsters are threatening Delta residents with deportation and arrest in one variation on the Canada Revenue Agency scam, reported yesterday to Delta Police.
Paramedics contacted police March 15, to report that a distraught man had stopped at the ambulance station on Scott Road that morning, stating that people were after him.
Delta Police attended and spoke with the man, who advised that he had received a phone call that morning from someone claiming to work for the Canada Revenue Agency. The fraudster stated the man owed $5,249 in unpaid taxes and that he and his family would be arrested and deported if he did not pay immediately.
The man had withdrawn money from the bank and was on route to a Bitcoin ATM when he pulled into the Ambulance station looking for help.
“The gentleman made the right decision in asking for help,” said Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “And we’re very pleased the paramedic called police on his behalf. Because of those decisions the man has not lost any money, and is now aware of this type of fraud, and ways to protect himself in the future.”
Leykauf notes that the CRA scam is particularly prevalent in Delta right now; she and others at Delta Police have also recently been contacted on their work and home phones by fraudsters. Fraudsters may be using phone numbers that appear to come from the CRA or police, but she cautions that these phone numbers can easily mimicked by criminals through app technology.
“The real Canada Revenue Agency will not contact you suddenly by phone and demand immediate payment, or threaten arrest,” says Leykauf. “If you’re in doubt, hang up.”
The Canada Revenue Agency has more information on scams and frauds on its site at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html
Police investigate and determine no threat at DSS
Delta Police were engaged in investigating a rumour that emerged on social media on March 14, regarding Delta Secondary School.
“The rumour arose as a result of a disagreement between two students, that continued over social media after a verbal altercation yesterday,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police.
Police met with one of the involved parties, and school board staff were involved with families of both students throughout the evening. Discussions between police and school administration continued the night of March 14, to determine if there were any threats to safety of students.
“We want to thank the students who came forward yesterday with information, as police and the school administration were able to quickly investigate the rumours. Delta police have confirmed there is no threat to Delta Secondary School or to the students attending the school,” says Leykauf. “However police will be at the school today, March 15, to provide support and answer any questions.”
Three face significant charges of theft and identity theft
Three people are now facing a combined 58 charges in relation to alleged stolen property and identity theft activities based out of a house in Tsawwassen.
Community concerns about activities in a house on English Bluff Road, combined with a timely vehicle stop, launched an investigation by Delta Police in May of 2017.
By November 2017 the Patrol Support Team, which is a team that acts as a support to front line officers, had taken conduct of the investigation. By late December the team executed a search warrant on the house on English Bluff Road, and located a number of stolen items, including high end mountain bikes and construction tools, along with a fraudulent credit card making operation – including card readers and a credit card embossing machine.
“Our officers were able to return several items to their rightful owners,” explains Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator at Delta Police. “Officers also contacted several credit card holders as well, whose property was found in the house, and confirmed that many of the cards had previously been stolen out of vehicles, from throughout the Lower Mainland.”
Regarding the stolen bikes, many were disassembled and then reassembled using different parts, likely in an attempt to make the bikes more difficult to be identified.
Three people are now facing charges ranging from possession of stolen property, identity theft, fraudulent use of credit card, unauthorized use of credit card, fraud under $5000, possession of forged credit card, forgery of a credit card, possession of a forgery instrument, trafficking in identity information, forgery, fail to comply with probation order, theft and possession of a controlled substance. They are:
- Zackery TANNER, age 29, of Richmond, BC, is facing 24 charges. He has since been released on a number of conditions, pending his next courtappearance.
- Jeannette GIBBON, age 47 of Surrey, BC, is facing 15 charges. She has since been released on a number of conditions, pending her next courtappearance.
- Kimberly Markland, Age 42, of Delta, BC, is facing 19 charges, and is being held in custody, pending her next court appearance.
“Our officers want to pass along their thanks to the concerned community residents who took the time to call in and describe suspicious activities to police officers,” says Leykauf. “Theft from auto is one of the top crimes impacting people in Tsawwassen. We’re pleased to have shut down what was apparently quite an active theft and identity theft ring.”
February 27, 2018
Delta police officers run into Goose Bay in Ladner to rescue male
Two Delta police officers and a reserve constable waded about 600-700 metres out into the ocean to rescue a man in crisis early Saturday morning.
Police officers had been alerted by the man’s family that he was in crisis, and fortunately located him driving to the end of 34th Street at Goose Bay in Ladner.
The man ran into the ocean, and was followed by the two constables, who apprehended him under Section 28 of the Mental Health Act.
“Our constables were in the water for an extended period of time – longer I think than they had anticipated,” says Chief Neil Dubord. “Although the ocean is not deep there, our police officers faced challenging conditions as the ocean floor was very soft, and they were sinking down each step they took. I believe the cold really started to impact them as they were two thirds of the way back with the man.
“Fortunately our fire department and another police officer reached the scene and were able to assist them all back.”
The police officers were taken to hospital, but released later that day. The man remains in hospital for treatment.
“I’m very proud of the selfless actions of our officers, who risked their safety to rescue a fellow human being in distress, and I’m so pleased we had a positive outcome for this man and his family,” says Chief Dubord.
2018 Battle of the Badges
This Pink Shirt Day — February 28, 2018—over 1600 grade 5-7 students will fill Sungod Arena for the third annual Battle of the Badges, a collegial hockey game between the Delta Fire Department and Delta Police Department built around celebrating diversity and unity in that diversity.
Delta Police Chief Dubord explains, “Battle of The Badges is a fun way for Delta Police and Fire to showcase the values of camaraderie and teamwork for students in the community. Delta Police and Delta Fire may look different, and perform different roles, but together we are committed to keeping our community safe. We each fulfill a unique purpose, together making a difference in our community.”
“The Battle of the Badges has become a wonderful annual tradition that unites our diverse community through sportsmanship,” says Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “As an awareness campaign, it has done a fantastic job of showing our community leaders working together to demonstrate compassion and teamwork as a way to combat bullying.”
This event is a collaboration of Delta Fire and Police Departments, Delta School District, City of Delta, and the Delta Police Foundation. It is the collective belief of the partners involved that there is no room for bullying in our classrooms, our workplaces or our community and this is a creative approach that will have significant impact on promoting the themes of inclusion, equity, and empathy.
Chief Copeland states, “To get good at something takes practice. If you want to be good at the guitar – you practice. If you want to be good at hockey – you practice. The same goes for kindness and caring – practice being kind to those around you every day and get good at it. Every act of kindness is a strength that will make help make the world around you a better place.”
Fifteen Delta schools will have the unique opportunity to cheer on the local police and fire departments, all in the spirit of inclusion and anti-bullying. Joining in the fun will be local mascots Del from the Delta Ice Hawks, Sparky the DFD firedog, DPD Safety Bear, Jack the Vancouver Giant, and Bob the Vancouver Canadians Brown Bear. Also making an appearance will be Delta’s favourite DPD Canine —Caber!
Pink Shirt Day (www.pinkshirtday.ca) has chosen cyber-bullying as this year’s focus, and the hashtag #NiceNeedsNoFilter will be used to help share the message of anti-bullying online.
“Pink Shirt Day is an opportunity for our learners to come together in celebration of diversity. This event is a great reminder to our students of inclusion and respect of their peers, not just for today, but each and every day of the year,” says Doug Sheppard, Superintendent of Schools, Delta School District.
The puck drops at Sungod Arena on Feb 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Parents asked to talk to children about replica guns and safety, after student detained
Delta police were contacted at noon Feb. 26 about a suspicious male near Delview Secondary School in North Delta.
A concerned member of the public contacted police about a suspicious person near the school with what looked like a gun.
Both Delview Secondary and nearby Gibson Elementary were placed into a Code Yellow as a precaution. The Code Yellow procedure allows the school to continue with a normal school day, but cancels outside activity. Unauthorized personnel are not permitted to enter the building.
Police located the male, confirming that he was in possession of a pellet gun. The male is a student at Delview Secondary.
Both schools were in a Code Yellow for approximately 50 minutes.
“Pellet guns can easily be confused or mistaken for a real weapon,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “This one in particular looked very similar to a real weapon.”
“This is the second time in less than two weeks that police in Delta have received a call of this nature. It is not acceptable for anyone to bring a replica gun or pellet gun anywhere near a school,” says Leykauf. “While not illegal to own, we recommend parents have a discussion with their children about safety and the appropriate use of pellet guns and replica guns.”
Manslaughter charge laid in relation to death of Russ Armfelt in 2016
A Burnaby man has been charged in connection with the death of a 53-year-old Tsawwassen man, following an altercation at the Rose and Crown Pub in December 2016.
Franco Sarra, aged 20, faces a charge of Manslaughter in relation to the incident, under section 236 of the Criminal Code.
Previously, Delta Police had noted that Armfelt was located unconscious and unresponsive early in the morning December 11, 2016. Despite efforts of paramedics to revive him, he later died in hospital. His death was regarded as suspicious.
“Russ Armfelt’s death was a shock to our community. I want to thank the community and Mr. Armfelt’s friends and family for their patience, as this allowed our investigators the time to diligently take the needed steps, so they could bring us to the point we’re at today,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord.
“Investigators updated Mr. Armfelt’s family yesterday with this news, and I can relay that they are feeling a bit numb right now. This day was a long time coming, and it’s hard for them to believe. Our hope is that they can now start to find a bit of closure with this news.”
Police note that the accused and Mr. Armfelt were known to each other.
Franco Sarra is currently held in police custody, and will appear in Surrey court later today.
Suspect sought after woman reports being groped
Delta Police are investigating after a woman reported being groped by a man near Seaquam Secondary School in North Delta.
The adult woman was walking on the track at the grounds of Seaquam Secondary around 10:15 am, Feb. 19. She contacted police to report she had been groped from behind, by an unknown male, who then fled. The woman suffered a minor injury as a result of the incident.
“Our officers responded immediately, conducting a search for the man. A police dog was brought in to assist with the search, but unfortunately the man was not located,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police.
In order to ensure the safety of students at Seaquam Secondary and nearby elementary schools, a code Yellow lockout procedure was initiated by the police School Liaison Officer.
The Code Yellow procedure allows the school to continue with a normal school day, but cancels or delays outdoor activities. Unauthorized personnel are not permitted to enter the building.
The investigation is continuing, and police are currently in the area canvassing residents.
The suspect is described as male, with a medium build, wearing a dark hoodie and possibly dark pants.
If anyone has information related to this investigation, they are asked to contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411.
Delta Police File 18-3156
Suspects sought after home invasion robbery in North Delta
Delta Police are cautioning people to be careful of inviting people they meet on social media into their homes, after a recent home-invasion.
On February 13th at approximately 2 am, a teenage boy was the victim of a home invasion-style robbery in North Delta.
It’s believed the victim was targeted though a ruse, after a teenage girl communicated with him via social media. The boy invited the girl to his home.
Shortly after the girl entered the victim’s home, multiple male suspects entered and allegedly threatened the victim, demanding he give them money to leave. The teen girl left the residence immediately after the suspects entered.
The victim indicated the suspects produced a gun and other weapons. When the victim told the suspects he did not have any money, the suspects allegedly stole a number of items from within the home. The victim received a minor injury during the incident.
The suspects are described as dark-skinned. They are believed to be in their mid to late teens. All were wearing dark clothing, with their faces covered. The female is described as Caucasian, medium build, with black hair and pale skin. Anyone who may have information about these suspects, or who may have witnessed any suspicious behavior, is asked to contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411.
“We want to caution people who make plans to meet in real life with those whom they have formed a relationship with on social media,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “We recommend people avoid providing personal details, such as their address, or home phone number. Should you choose to meet with someone, it is recommended to do so in a public place, such as a coffee shop or library, for example.”
Police called to Sands Secondary
A Delta Police School Liaison Officer was contacted February 15 at 10:07 am, by staff at Sands Secondary School, regarding a student who may have brought a weapon to the school.
Police were at the school a minute later. Officers quickly located the student, who was taken into police custody. Police confirm that the student was in possession of an air soft pistol.
“The situation involved a dispute between students. The student in question apparently felt threatened and decided to carry the air soft pistol as a deterrent,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “Though this was an unfortunate decision, our officers were pleased the incident was resolved quickly and safely,” says Leykauf.
Sands Secondary was placed into a Code Yellow while the matter was investigated. The Code Yellow was lifted by 10:45 am. The Code Yellow procedure allows the school to continue with a normal school day, but forbids outside activity. Unauthorized personnel are not permitted to enter the building.
“The Code Yellow procedure worked very smoothly, and our thanks to teachers, students and the administration for their cooperation. Our police officers train regularly for these situations with schools,” says Leykauf.
The matter remains under investigation and the School Liaison Officer will continue to work with school administration regarding this issue.
Pedestrians injured in two incidents Feb. 13
An older woman and a teen boy were both struck by vehicles in Delta on February 13.
The first incident occurred around 1 pm in Ladner. An elderly woman tripped on a speed bump in the Trenant Park parking lot, and fell to the ground. Another driver who was proceeding out of a parking stall drove over her while she was on the ground, and did not appear to realize they had a struck a person.
Fortunately at this time it appears the elderly woman has non-life threatening injuries from the incident. The matter remains under investigation.
The second incident occurred around 6:20 pm in North Delta. A driver was eastbound on 84th Avenue when they struck a pedestrian in the crosswalk with 110th Street. The pedestrian, a teen boy, was taken to hospital for evaluation, but later released.
It had just started to snow at the time, and the driver remained on the scene, indicating they had not seen the pedestrian prior to the collision.
“Both incidents occurred at low speeds, and drivers are cooperating with police,” says public affairs coordinator Cris Leykauf. “Pedestrian safety is one of the top priorities for Delta Police and we are in ongoing discussions with the City of Delta about this topic.”
Aggressive owl targets cyclist and jogger in Tsawwassen
Delta Police are warning Tsawwassen residents to be on the lookout for an aggressive owl, after three people were attacked by an owl February 8 and 9.
A female jogger was apparently attacked around 6 am February 9 in the 1700 block of 56A Street. The attack was reported when a concerned man went outside to investigate after hearing screams, and was dive bombed twice by an angry owl. Police were unable to locate the jogger, though another witness also reported seeing the woman apparently being attacked from above.
Later this morning a Delta resident reported her teenage son was attacked by a large owl while riding his bike through the South Delta Rec Centre parking lot the evening of February 8. The owl apparently grabbed onto the boy’s helmet as if it was trying to take it.
Police have not had any reports of injuries.
“Our officers reached out to the BC Conservation Office, and apparently this is not an uncommon occurrence,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “Joggers and cyclists are recommended to pick a different route for the time being. And it seems they should avoid wearing toques or flashy head wear if travelling through that area.”
Police, school district partner to bring anti-violence program to NDSS
Students at North Delta Secondary School will get the chance to learn about how they can promote healthy relationships and create respectful school environments when BC Lions visit the school February 13.
The school will be hosting the BC Lions “Be More Than a Bystander Program” that day. The program is brought to the high school thanks to a partnership with the Delta Opposed Violence Everywhere Committee. Delta Police Victim Services and Domestic Violence Units are part of the DOVE Committee, as is the Delta School District.
The Be More Than A Bystander program is intended for youths in grades 8-12, and emphasizes how students can communicate that violence and abuse are not acceptable.
“A key point of focus for Delta School District is the creation and support of safe, respectful learning spaces for all students. The Be More Than a Bystander Campaign is an exciting initiative that we hope will engage students in awareness about breaking the silence surrounding violence against women and girls. The program provides tools, language, and practical ideas about how to speak up and communicate that violence and abuse is not acceptable,” says Joanna Angelidis, Director of Learning Services–Inclusive Learning with Delta School District.
Sports icons from the BC Lions will be speaking about leadership on and off the field. Students will be provided an overview of gender violence in our society, and introduced to the bystander approach.
“The DOVE Committee members will be in attendance during the presentations, providing information, resources and support to students around the topic of violence in relationships and bullying,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police Department. Adds Angelidis, “We are so pleased that the BC Lions and Delta Police, in collaboration with the DOVE Committee, are able to bring this important messaging to NDSS, we look forward to continuing this work and engaging with schools across our district.”
There will be two presentations at NDSS, Tuesday, February 13, from 9:20-11:40 am. All grades will have a chance to view the presentation.
DOVE Committee Background: The Delta Opposes Violence Everywhere Committee (DOVE) is comprised of members from various community service agencies within Delta, whose focus is the prevention of relationship violence through Education. The DOVE committee’s objective is to increase public awareness surrounding violence in relationships and the committee’s coordinated efforts work toward reducing any gaps in services that may exist in the Delta area.
The Dove Committee consists of multiple community agencies including; Delta Police Victim Services, Delta Police Domestic Violence Unit, Stroh Healthcare, Deltassist Family & Community Services, Legal Services Society, Boy and Girls Club, Diversecity, Options, Family Justice Services, Delta School District, Delta/Surrey Community Corrections, ~Delta Senior Planning team, Azure Transition home, Moving Forward Family Services.
Drivers and pedestrians cautioned, after two collisions this week
Both pedestrians and drivers are asked to look out for each other as the poor weather and low light conditions persist.
Two pedestrians have been struck by vehicles this week in North Delta, both in crosswalks.
“Fortunately neither pedestrian was seriously hurt,” says public affairs coordinator Cris Leykauf. “We are urging drivers to please look twice for pedestrians, especially when turning in intersections and near transit stops, as pedestrians may be hard to see in this bad weather we’ve been experiencing.”
In the most recent incident Delta Police were called to 112th Street and 72nd Avenue on Feb. 1 at 5:30 pm. A motorist was turning left onto 112th Street and struck a pedestrian crossing northbound on 72nd Avenue in the crosswalk. At the time of the incident it was dark and raining, and with limited visibility. The driver remained on the scene and was cooperative with police.
In another incident, police attended the scene of a pedestrian struck by a driver at 7100 block of 120th Street at 9 am, January 29. The pedestrian was walking north bound on the west side of 120th Street, across a mall access road in a crosswalk. The driver did not remain on the scene, and was later given a violation ticket.
“While our officers continue to enforce traffic laws – they’ve handed out about 80 violation tickets this past week alone – we would be remiss if we didn’t do all we could to try and protect pedestrians. That’s why our volunteers and District Liaison Officers are continuing to do outreach in North Delta and other areas, handing out reflective pedestrian suspenders,” says Leykauf.
Police also recommend that pedestrians, when using umbrellas or putting hoods up, make eye contact with drivers. They should never assume that a driver sees them.
Wearing reflective clothing or using flashlights also makes it easier for drivers to see pedestrians in wet weather, and at dusk or night.
Police, volunteers and citizens recognized for lifesaving efforts and exceptional work
Saving a teenager in crisis one night on the Alex Fraser Bridge, rescuing a woman held hostage at knife point, ensuring a nephew who defrauded his elderly uncle of $300,000 would face charges – these were some highlights of the Delta Police Department’s annual award ceremony February 1, 2018.
“On a daily basis Delta Police officers, staff, volunteers and citizens contribute hundreds of hours to public safety,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “This ceremony was about recognizing their exceptional accomplishments, and saying thank you. For example, last February one of our volunteers assisted officers with a woman in grave distress in Ladner– translating and helping ease her desperation. It is wonderful to be able to officially recognize Mr. Karn Shergill for his efforts.”
The Delta Police Department Annual Awards ceremony honored 29 officers, police staff and members of the community. A full list of names and awards are listed below.
Other highlights included a presentation by St. John’s Ambulance to Sergeant Brian Hill, who was recognized for saving a woman’s life, while off duty on vacation in Oregon, USA.
Another officer was recognized for helping to save a life that night in September 2016, when police attended to nine overdoses of fentanyl tainted drugs in South Delta. Constable John Smith determined there was one person who had likely consumed drugs, but wasn’t with his friends – his quick actions to locate the man and alert the fire department occurred in the nick of time.
The Delta Police Department recognizes the exemplary service, sacrifice and contribution made by these individuals. They epitomize the department’s values of Honour, Integrity, Courage and Trust.
Chief Constable Commendation
Teen in Crisis on Alex Fraser Bridge
- Cst. Kevin Boyce
- Cst. Jason Martens
- Cst. Rob Kennett
- Cst. Gordy Gill
Deputy Chief Constable Commendation
- Cst. John Smith
DPD Soccer Camp
- Cst. Aaron Hill
- Sgt. Jill Long
- Sgt. Gwen Vaughan-Smith
- Cst. Martin Levangie
- Cst. Rob Semler
- Cst. Chris Ward
- Cst. Sean Cessford
- Cst. Scott Formby
- Cst. Ken Kirk
- Cst. Ryan Masales (Abbotsford Police Department)
- Sgt. Ben Bruneau
- Cst. Vince Neudorf
- Cst. Mathew Taylor
- Cst. Nilo Diguangco
- Cst. Taylor Armstrong
- Cst. Harprit Hair
- Cst. Steve Bentley
- Cst. Kristine Pemberton
Fraud and Elder Abuse case
- Cst. Dustin Classen
Tableau Development and Implementation
- Ms. Candace Danielson
- Ms. Jody Johnson
Volunteer of the Year Award
Tsawwassen CoPs Volunteer
- Mrs. Joyce Marshall
Delta Police Outstanding Citizen Award
BC Ferries Chief Officer involvement with female in crisis
- Mr. Roy Hicks
Female in crisis at Ladner Waterfront
- Mr. Karn Shergill
Patrol Officer of the Year
- Cst. Kathy Bauman
Man faces dangerous driving charge after police called
A man has been charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop after police were called to a report of a suspicious person at 11:30 pm on January 26. Police located a man matching the description they had been provided, in a vehicle outside a business at the 1600 block of Fosters Way. When police in both marked and unmarked vehicles entered the parking lot, blocking the exit, the driver allegedly drove toward police vehicles, then over a grassy embankment onto Foster’s Way.
Air 1 was used to safely monitor the progress of the vehicle. Spike belts were also deployed by police to try and safely disable the vehicle.
The vehicle stopped at Cliveden Avenue and Audley Blvd. At that time the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Services was used to help affect an arrest of two individuals, a man and a woman.
Robyn James Yvan ROCHEMONT, 38 years old, of no fixed address, has been charged with operating a motor vehicle in a manner dangerous to the public, contrary
to Section 249(1)(a), and failing to stop, contrary to Section 249.1 (1) of the Criminal Code.
2017 stats reinforce Delta’s reputation as safe community
Delta residents continue to enjoy the benefits from living in a safe community, but despite the positive trend in the numbers, police acknowledge there is room for improvement.
Crimes against people – such as assault or robbery – were down 21% in 2017, to 378 incidents down from 477 in 2016. Break and enters at businesses declined 10%, with 133 in 2017. And residential break and enters were down even more – 23% with 141 in 2017.
“We’re really pleased to see the numbers declining in this way,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “We enjoy a high quality of life here in Delta, and we really are fortunate to live in such a great community.”
However, he recognizes there are a number of persistent issues that the Delta Police continue to work on, hopefully with continued cooperation and assistance from the community.
Thefts of items from autos were up 16% to 982 in 2017. However actual thefts of vehicles saw a decrease, down 14% to 194 in 2017.
The spike in thefts from autos was obvious last year, and Delta Police used a number of tactics to address the surge, such as the “You Leave It, They’ll Take It – Leave it Empty” campaign, and alerts to residents when a spike occurred.
“We’ve ordered a portable reader-board as well,” says Chief Dubord. “We’ll be able to deploy it to areas where we are seeing a spike. We need to be innovative in the ways that we are communicating with neighbourhoods – social media, traditional media, door-to-door – we are doing whatever it takes. And of course we increase patrols as and when required.”
“But we’re asking the community to do its part too. It’s wonderful that our residents feel safe here, but we need people to take basic precautions, and ensure they don’t leave anything of value in their vehicles, including passports, cash, sunglasses and phones.”
The other area of concern for Delta residents is traffic collisions, which saw an increase of 10% last year reported to police. The increase hasn’t gone unchallenged by Delta police who ramped up the number of violation tickets handed out to motorists to 8,079 last year, an increase of 20% from 2016.
“We occasionally get comments on social media that tickets are a cash grab, or that police should focus on more important work,” says Chief Dubord. “However, preventing someone from getting killed or injured by a distracted, speeding or impaired driver is our job. We’d be thrilled to hand out fewer tickets. You can expect more news from us in this area in the coming months.”
Police looking for possible witnesses in large beer theft
A trucking company is missing more than 2,500 cases of Coors Light beer, after the trailer containing the beer was stolen off a property on the 600 block of Aldford Avenue on January 20.
“Surveillance footage shows a red semi-truck enter the lot, and hook up to the trailer containing the beer at approximately 11:45 am January 20,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “Based on the company’s GPS tracking systems, we know the trailer was then driven to the 8000 block of Blundell Road in Richmond, approximately half an hour later.”
The trailer was discovered empty, mid-afternoon in Richmond, January 21, upon which time the theft was reported to police. The 2,592 missing cases of beer are valued at approximately $155,000.
“This is definitely an unusual theft,” says Leykauf. “We’re asking that anyone who may have seen some noteworthy activity, or perhaps is aware of some odd circumstances around the sale of beer to contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411.”
Tipsters can also choose to be anonymous by calling Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or texting “BCTIP” to Crimestoppers at 274637.
Police seek witnesses to pedestrian hit and run on Jan. 23
Delta police are seeking witnesses to a hit and run that occurred Tuesday, January 23, at approximately 6:30 PM in Tsawwassen.
A middle-aged woman, was crossing 12th Avenue in a crosswalk at the 5500 block, when she was hit by a vehicle. She has been transported to hospital with
“Witnesses relayed that a Ford Ranger pickup truck, possibly dark green in colour, struck the woman,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta
Police. “The driver initially stopped but then allegedly drove around the woman and fled the scene.”
Police are currently speaking to witnesses and gathering evidence including video. 12th Avenue has been shut down east and west bound at the 5500 block to
allow police to conduct the investigation.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411 or if you choose to be anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or
text “BCTIP” to Crimestoppers at 274637.
File # 18-1312
Delta police arrest machete-wielding man
Delta Police moved quickly to contain a man seen wielding a machete, today at approximately 11:50 am in North Delta.
Delta Police officers were joined by Air 1 and the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Service in an effort to quickly contain and arrest the man, spotted near the Watershed area off Kittson Parkway.
Machete in sheath, seized by police
After a brief foot pursuit down Kittson Parkway the man was arrested by officers. Fortunately neither the suspect nor officers were injured during the incident, and there are no reports of any public being injured.
“Four police officers were chasing the man by foot down Kittson Parkway, just before his arrest. I want to thank the motorists who assisted our police officers by stopping and waiting for this to be safely resolved. It was understandably a startling sight for them,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police.
The suspect has now been taken to hospital to be evaluated, and will be facing charges.
Delta Police ask for witnesses to crash on Arthur Drive on Jan. 15
Delta Police are investigating a collision that occurred Monday morning, January 15 at approximately 7 am on the Arthur Drive Overpass at Delta Port Way.
The crash involved a white Chevrolet Cobalt travelling southbound on Arthur drive. It collided with a black Ford F150 truck travelling northbound. The driver from the Chevrolet was taken to hospital after the accident, but has since been released.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Constable Josh Lehbauer at 604-946-4411, and refer to file number 984.
Update – Delta Police recover body in water
At this point Delta Police have found nothing suspicious regarding the death of the individual found in the water, January 17, near Ladner Harbour Park.
Police have confirmed the identity of the individual, however, they are still in the process of trying to contact that person’s family.
The investigation remains ongoing, however, unless new evidence comes to light, police will not be commenting further on this matter.
Original press release is below.
Delta Police recover body in water – investigation ongoing
At approximately 9:45 am this morning Delta Police were contacted by a person out walking their dog near Ladner Harbour Park, who reported seeing a body in the water.
Delta Police attended to the scene immediately. With the assistance of the Delta Fire Department and the New Westminster Police boat, police were able to recover the body.
The Delta Forensic Identification Section is also on scene. At this point the identity of the deceased has not been determined. Police are currently working to determine more details. The investigation is ongoing, and police have no further information at this time that can be publically released.
Delta Police recover body in water – investigation ongoing
At approximately 9:45 am this morning Delta Police were contacted by a person out walking their dog near Ladner Harbour Park, who reported seeing a body in the water.
Delta Police attended to the scene immediately. With the assistance of the Delta Fire Department and the New Westminster Police boat, police were able to recover the body.
The Delta Forensic Identification Section is also on scene. At this point the identity of the deceased has not been determined.
Police are currently working to determine more details. The investigation is ongoing, and police have no further information at this time that can be publically released.
Prohibited drivers stopped, but fewer impaired drivers in CounterAttack roadblocks in December
|Release Date/Time:||January 5, 2018 11:44am|
Approximately 12,000 vehicles went through Delta Police CounterAttack road blocks in December 2017, including a large integrated roadblock with Surrey RCMP on Scott Road, Dec. 30. That single roadblock saw 9,000 vehicles pass through in the course of just over two hours. The total number of cars checked is up significantly from the 4,000 vehicles Delta Police checked during the holiday Counterattack season last year.
Despite the large number of vehicles which police checked, relatively few drivers were found to be impaired. Three drivers are now facing criminal charges for drug or alcohol impairment. Two drivers received 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) notices, and had their vehicles impounded, while three drivers were given 3-day IRPs.
While conducting a drug-impaired driving investigation at the December 30 roadblock, Delta Police found the driver to be in possession of over $6,000 in suspected drug money, along with small quantities of drugs, believed to be fentanyl/heroin and crystal methamphetamine. Charges are pending.
Police also were able to stop four prohibited drivers. Additionally, 57 violation tickets were handed out for infractions such as not wearing a seatbelt. And 15 Notices and Orders were served, for vehicles with deficiencies, such as no functioning lights or muffler issues.
Delta Police is pleased that the vast majority of drivers are getting the message, and planning a safe ride home before they consume drugs or alcohol. Even
though the holiday celebrations are behind us, police remind the public that impaired driving checks happen year round.
Please note these statistics incorporate the joint integrated CounterAttack road block with Surrey RCMP December 30.
New Year’s Eve busy but most celebrate responsibly
|Release Date/Time:||January 1, 2018 12:55pm|
Police thank everyone who chose to make responsible decisions regarding driving after their celebrations. However, police did deal with five impaired drivers, handing out a number of sanctions, including one 90-day immediate roadside suspension.