Peel Regional Police
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The Peel Regional Police (PRP) provide policing services for Peel Region (excluding Caledon) in Ontario, Canada. It is the second largest municipal police service in Ontario after the Toronto Police Service and third largest municipal force in Canada (behind Toronto and Montreal) with 2,030 uniformed members and close to 844 support staff.
|Peel Regional Police|
|Motto||A Safer Community Together|
|Headquarters||7150 Mississauga Road|
|Elected officer responsible|
The Peel Regional Police serve approximately 1.460 million citizens of Mississauga and Brampton, located immediately west and northwest of Toronto, including Toronto Pearson International Airport (located in Mississauga) which annually sees 50 million travellers. Although it is part of the Region of Peel, policing for the Town of Caledon, which is north of Brampton, is the responsibility of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The village of Snelgrove was once[when?] part of Caledon, but is now within Brampton, and is within the jurisdiction of the Peel force.
The PRP also patrol the section of Highway 409 between the Toronto-Peel border (immediately west of Highway 427) and Pearson Airport. Policing of all other 400-series highways that pass through the region, including highways 401, 403, 410, and 427 as well as the QEW freeway and the 407 ETR toll highway, are the responsibility of the OPP.
The Peel Regional Police were established in tandem with the creation of the Regional Municipality of Peel on January 1, 1974. It integrated the former police departments of Mississauga, Port Credit, Streetsville, Brampton, and Chinguacousy.
The Toronto Township Police Department was formed in January 1944 and was later renamed "Mississauga Police Department" in 1968.
The Brampton Police Department dates to 1873, when it was created to replace policing from Chinguacousy. It merged with the other local forces in 1974.
The Chinguacousy Township Police traces its roots back to 1853, and was merged to the Peel force in 1974. Areas north of Mayfield Road and not within Snelgrove were transferred to the OPP.
The Port Credit Police Department was founded with the township's incorporation in 1909, and merged with the Peel force in 1974.
The Streetsville Police Department was formed in 1858 and merged into the Peel force in 1974.
As of 2012, the Peel Regional Police have 1,937 officers and 840 civilian support staff.
Since the creation of the Peel force four deaths have been recorded, three from traffic accidents (the latest in March 2010) and one from a stabbing in 1984.
The Peel Regional Police divide the region into five divisions. Major police stations are located in each division which is supported by smaller community police stations. These provide residents with services to deal with traffic complaints, neighbourhood disputes, minor thefts, community issues, landlord-tenant disputes, found property, and questions related to policing in the community.
Commanded by Superintendent Deb Pincivero
- 3030 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga
Commanded by Superintendent Robert Ryan
- 4600 Dixie Road, Mississauga
- Community police stations
- Square One, 100 City Center Drive
The Marine Unit at 135 Lakefront Promenade is located in this division. The unit is responsible for 105 square kilometre of waterways, including Lake Ontario and rivers that run in the region using 3 boats. It was created in 1974 and inherited 1 boat from the Port Credit Police Department.
Commanded by Superintendent Ingrid Berkeley-Brown
10 Peel Centre Dr, Suite C, Brampton
- Community police stations
- Malton, 7205 Goreway Drive
22 Division (headquarters)Edit
Commanded by Superintendent Stephen Blom
- 7750 Hurontario Street, Brampton
- Community police stations
- Cassie Campbell, 1050 Sandalwood Parkway West
Currently commanded by Superintendent Paul Thorne, the Airport Division was established in 1997 following the departure of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The Airport Division consists of uniform, tactical, and plain clothes officers and staff at 2951 Convair Drive in Mississauga.
|Insignia||Shirt colour||Time served|
|Chief of police||White|
(Currently not in use)
|Staff sergeant||N/A||Navy blue|
|Senior police constable||N/A||Navy blue||7 years|
|Police constable first class||N/A||Navy blue||5 years|
|Police constable second class||N/A||Navy blue||3 1/2 years|
|Police constable third class||N/A||Navy blue||2 years|
|Police constable fourth class||N/A||Navy blue||Recruit / first 6 months|
|Police cadet||No insignia||N/A||Navy blue||30 months|
|Special constable insignia|
|Special constable supervisor||N/A||Light blue|
|Special constable||N/A||Light blue|
The physical requirements are:
- Performing a pull up on a 1.9 m (6.5 ft) fence
- Climbing stairs
- Running laps
- Pull testing
- Push testing
- Push together testing
- Dragging a 170-pound dummy approximately 15 m
- "Beep testing" and minimum of 7.0 to pass
As of January 2008, front line officers wear dark navy blue shirts, cargo pants with a red stripe and boots. Winter jackets are either black or reflective orange and yellow with the word police in white and blue at the back. Hats are standard forage caps with a red band. Yukon hats or embroidered toques are worn in the winter.
Frontline officers wear dark-navy shirts, v-neck sweaters (optional during cold weather months), and side-pocket patrol pants ("cargo pants") with a red stripe (ranks of sergeant and higher wear a black stripe down their pant leg in place of red); and officers wear dark-navy rank slip-ons on the epaulets of their shirts, sweaters, and jackets with embroidered Canadian flags and badge numbers (in white) beneath on each (rank insignia above the flag for ranks above constable).
Senior officers wear white shirts, dark-navy pants (no side pocket) with a black stripe, and dark-navy jackets. Dark-navy v-neck sweaters are also worn. Senior officers wear gold collar brass (on the collar of their shirts) and dark-navy rank slip-ons on the epaulets of their shirts, sweaters, and jackets with embroidered Canadian flags, no badge numbers, and applicable rank insignia above the flag.
The external carriers (body armour) worn by officers are black with silver police on the back and an embroidered patch over the right pocket with badge number embroidered in white. This is the only uniform item that is black.
On dark-navy v-neck sweaters, an embroidered patch is worn on the left chest with police in white.
Officers' standard headdress is the forage (or peak) cap; the cap is dark-navy with black peak, red band, and silver cap badge (gold cap badge for senior officers). Optional Yukon hat (artificial fur hat) or uniform toque can be worn in the winter. Officers of the Sikh faith are permitted to wear uniform turbans (dark-navy blue with red stripe and cap badge).
The shoulder flash (embroidered patch) worn on each arm by officers ranked constable through staff sergeant has a white border, white lettering, black background, and coloured seal of the Regional Municipality of Peel.
The shoulder flash worn on each arm by senior officers (inspector and above) has a gold border, gold lettering, black background, and coloured seal of the Regional Municipality of Peel.
The Peel Regional Police Service has a fleet of over 500 vehicles including:
- Ford Taurus police interceptors
- Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors (canine and tactical, marked and unmarked)
- Dodge Charger (LX) cruisers (unmarked and marked)
- Chevrolet Impala cruisers (unmarked and marked)
- Harley-Davidson FL motorcycles (traffic services unit)
- Chevrolet Tahoe SUV (airport enforcement)
- Ford Explorer SUV (duty inspector and sergeant)
- Chevrolet Suburban SUV (tactical rescue unit)
- Chevrolet Express (tactical rescue unit)
- Ford Escape Hybrid SUV (media relations)
- Terradyne Armored Vehicles Inc. GURKHA with Patriot3 MARS (mobile adjustable ramp system) - airport division tactical truck (tactical rescue unit)
- Marine 1 - 40-foot (12 m) Hike Metal, twin diesel powered/twin propeller aluminum-hulled motor vessel powered by two 310 horse power Volvo Penta diesel engines
- Marine 2 - 26-foot (7.9 m) 2004 Zodiac Hurricane, 7.5 meter rigid hull inflatable boat powered by twin 150 horsepower (110 kW) outboard motors (two Yamaha 150 hp four-stroke outboard engines, 380 litres)
- Marine 3 – 18 foot aluminium boat with 25 hp outboard motor
- 16 foot aluminium boat - from Port Credit Police in 1974; retired
- Trek Bicycle Corporation mountain hardtail 3700 mountain bikes
- T3 Motion, Inc. electric vehicles (airport enforcement)
- Ford F350 paddy wagon (court services)
- Dodge Magnum (traffic enforcement)
All marked vehicles are painted white with three blue stripes, a change made from the yellow standard used by GTA forces in the 1980s. In 2007, Peel Police spearheaded a campaign to amend provincial law to equip police cruisers with blue and red lights and deployed the first such cruiser in Ontario. As of 2008, newer cruisers sport a single blue stripe. The force's logo moves forward along the stripe with the motto and phone number on the rear back door.
Traffic enforcement has several vehicles that not marked in the way described above. These vehicles are painted in a solid colour, like most civilian vehicles, with the words Peel Regional Police applied in a semi-reflective decal in the same, or almost the same, colour as the vehicles' paint. Examples are cherry decals on red paint, or charcoal decals on black paint.
- Smith & Wesson M&P .40 S&W caliber pistol - new standard sidearm for all officers in 2008
- Smith & Wesson 4046 .40 S&W pistol (phased out)
- Remington 870 shotgun (supervisors) 12 gauge
- Ruger PC40 police carbine (supervisors) .40 S&W (phased out)
- Colt Canada C8 police carbine (supervisors)
Tactical rescue unit and airport division
- Heckler & Koch Mk.23 .45 ACP (phased out)
- Smith & Wesson M&P .40 S&W caliber pistol
- Heckler & Koch MP5 9mm Para
- Heckler & Koch MP7 4.7x33mm
- Colt Canada C8 assault rifles 5.56×45mm NATO
- FN FAL para carbine 7.62×51mm NATO
- Remington 870 shotgun 12 gauge
- Remington 700 sniper rifle .308 Win
- Barrett M82-A1 sniper rifle .50 BMG
- Traffic enforcement
- Regional traffic
- Regional breath
- Divisional criminal investigation bureaus
- Homicide and missing persons bureau
- Special victims
- Central robbery bureau
- Fraud bureau
- Major drugs and vice
- Street crime
- Major collision bureau
- Commercial auto crime bureau
- Technological crime
- Forensic identification services
- Offender management
- Dive team
- Tactical response
- Training and recruiting
- Community support
- Divisional neighbourhood policing
- Family violence
- Internal affairs
- Auxiliary program (auxiliary constable) - established in 1989 and, as of 2015, has 100 members. Members caps have a red-black Battenburg band instead of the solid red used for sworn members
- Crime prevention/alarm program
- Diversity relations
- Labour liaison
- Drug education
- Community liaison office
- (1995) won the Webber Seavey Award for quality in law enforcement sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Motorola. The award was made for the development of a process that helps abused children through the justice system and into treatment with minimal personal trauma.
- (1995) awarded the Certificate of Merit by the National Quality Institute's "Canada Awards of Excellence" program.
- (1994) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the first police service in Ontario to receive this distinction and the fifth in Canada.
Members of the Peel Regional Police are involved in fundraising for a variety of charities and community causes. They have annually raised over $1,000,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and $140,000 through the "Cops for Cancer" program. They are also one of the region's largest donators to the United Way. Members of the force are involved in public service and volunteerism throughout the community.
Misconduct allegations and convictionsEdit
2016 lawsuit against Peel police chief, Jennifer EvansEdit
Jennifer Evans and the Peel Police are facing a 21 million dollar lawsuit alleging that they unlawfully interfered in a special investigations unit investigation. Previously, Evans had faced numerous calls for resignation after refusing to stop carding and refusing to implement body cameras.
- (2017) Constable Noel Santiago of 22 Division was arrested, charged and suspended from duty for defrauding the police services benefit provider.
- (2017) a Brampton Superior Court judge found constables Richard Rerrie, Damien Savino, Mihai "Mike" Muresan and Sergeant Emmanuel "Manny" Pinheiro perjured themselves at a suspect's trial to cover up the fact that they stole a Tony Montana statue from his downtown Toronto storage locker after his arrest. There was also video surveillance of this theft.
- (2017) Constable Donald Malott was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife. The OPP responded and charged him with careless storage of a firearm. He was accused of having several loaded firearms all over his home improperly stored. He was found guilty and was demoted to 2nd class constable.
(2016) Constable Ryan Freitas did not face any criminal charges after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision that seriously injured an innocent elderly women. The officer was responding to a radio call, and as he approached the intersection of Bovaird drive and Great lakes drive he failed to stop for the red light and collided violently with the women. The women suffered several broken bones. He was deemed at fault, disciplined and had to work several days without pay. He was also given a $1000 fine from the region of peel for the clean up crew that had to clean the road.
- (2015) Constable Lyndon Locke did not face criminal charges after he pleaded guilty to discreditable conduct over sexual harassment allegations, instead he was only "docked pay"
- (2010) Constable Sheldon Cook was convicted of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property in a police investigation. He is currently appealing the conviction and is out on bail.
- (2008) Constable Roger Yeo was accused of stalking young girls while off-duty in the summer and fall of 2005. During the course of the investigation into the stalking allegations Yeo said he had used steroids while on the job and claimed other officers had also done so. This prompted Chief Mike Metcalf to launch an investigation into steroid use in the force.
- Yeo was found guilty of discreditable conduct on 29 April 2008 and was suspended with pay.
- (2006) A $9.5 million lawsuit was filed by a police officer, Constable Duane Simon, an 18-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service, alleging false imprisonment, abuse of public office, injurious falsehoods, negligent investigation and breach of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms after he had been arrested and charged with assault of a female Peel Regional Police officer.
- Simon's suit is pending.
- (2006) A $3.6 million lawsuit was filed by the parents of three Brampton teens alleging seven off-duty officers attacked them without cause in the fall of 2005 after one of the teens crashed his bicycle into a car owned by one of the men.
- The suit was settled out of court in June 2006.
- (2006) A $12 million suit was filed by Orlando Canizalez and Richard Cimpoesu who claim that they were roughed up by off-duty police on 28 August 2006 after refusing to give up their videotape of officers partying behind a strip mall.
- Fourteen officers have been charged under the Police Act with offences ranging from discreditable conduct to neglect of duty. Ten other officers have been disciplined for their roles in the incident. Of these, two were demoted, while others were docked from four to nine days' pay. The lawsuit brought by the two men is pending.
- (2006) A $14.6 million lawsuit was filed by former Toronto Argonaut football player Orlando Bowen, who said he was assaulted and falsely arrested on 26 March 2004 by two undercover officers outside a Mississauga night club. Bowen was tried and acquitted for drug possession in 2005, claiming the officers had planted drugs on him. The judge in the case described the testimony of the officers involved as "incredible and unworthy of belief".
- The Crown prosecutor attempted to have the charges against Bowen withdrawn before a verdict was rendered after Constable Sheldon Cook, a 14-year veteran of the force, was charged on 18 November 2005 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with drug possession and drug trafficking. RCMP officers tracked a shipment of cocaine from Pearson International Airport to Cook's home in Cambridge where they found discovered 15 kilograms of the drug with a street value of more than $500,000.
- Bowen's suit is pending. Cook's case is pending.
Shooting death of Michael Wade LawsonEdit
On 8 December 1988, 17-year-old Michael Wade Lawson was shot to death by two Peel Regional Police Constables. Anthony Melaragni No. 1192 and Darren Longpre No. 1139 were both charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault after a preliminary hearing; both were later acquitted by a jury.
The officers claimed that the stolen vehicle driven by Lawson was approaching the officers head-on in a threatening manner, and they then discharged their firearms.
An autopsy conducted by the Ontario Coroner's Office showed that the unarmed teenager was struck by a hollow-point bullet to the back of the head. This type of bullet was considered illegal at the time, as hollow-point bullets were not authorized for use by police officers in Ontario.
Shortly after the shooting death of Lawson and pressure from the black Canadian community, the Attorney General of Ontario established the Race Relations and Policing Task Force. The task force made several recommendations, the result was the provincial government creating the special investigations unit to investigate police shootings resulting in injury or death.
The Peel Regional Police Public Complaints Investigation Bureau (PCIB) investigates all complaints made by the public in regards to the actions and services provided by PRP officers. PCIB is a branch of the Professional Standards Bureau.
In 2005, 158 public complaints were filed:
- Two resulted in informal discipline
- One resulted in charges under the Police Services Act of Ontario
- None resulted in charges under the criminal code
- 155 were withdrawn by the complainants, resolved informally, or ruled invalid as they exceeded the time limit or the complainant was not directly affected
In 2004, 180 public complaints were filed:
- Three resulted in informal discipline
- None resulted in charges under the Police Services Act of Ontario
- None resulted in charges under the criminal code
- 177 were withdrawn by the complainants, resolved informally, or ruled invalid as they exceeded the time limit or the complainant was not directly affected
- Press Releases
- Peel Regional Police - History
- CBC.ca: Peel police Chief Jennifer Evans named in $21M lawsuit alleging she interfered in shooting probe
- thestar.com: Victim of police shooting sues Peel chief and others for $21 million
- mississauga.com: Innocent bystander shot by Peel cop files private criminal charge
- thestar.com: Peel residents at meeting call for police chief to resign
- insauga.com: No Body Cameras" One of the Topics Discussed at Peel Police Meeting in Mississauga
- insauga.com: Peel Police Officer Docked Pay for Sexual Harassment Incident in Mississauga
- TheStar.com: Peel officer admits to using steroids on the job
- globeandmail.com - National: Ex-Argo sues Peel Police over arrest