Will Bouma
Will Bouma

MPP Bouma Congratulates BPS

Brantford Police Chief reports zero homicides in Brantford in 2023

NEWS January 9, 2024

BRANTFORD – Brantford Police Service reports that in the calendar year 2023, there have been zero homicides in the City of Brantford.

“Our government has been committed to public safety since day one”, said Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma. “But all of our investments into guns and gangs, human trafficking and other programs take strong partnerships with local law enforcement in order to see results. I am so thankful for leadership of Police Chief Rob Davis, the men and women of the Brantford Police Service and the Police Service Board for being those strong partners in our community”. 

“The police service underwent a significant restructuring over the past two years”, said Brantford Police Chief Rob Davis. “This included the implementation of a stratified approach to public safety, working closely with city bylaw, city security and the creation of BPS Special Constables for the downtown. 2023 was the first full year of their deployment.  I want to thank the Brantford Police Services Board and Mayor Kevin Davis for supporting this vision. 

This restructure enabled us to assign officers with the expertise and skills to our Criminal Intelligence Unit, Tactical Intelligence Generated Action & Response (TIGER) Unit, and the Provincially funded High Engagement Action Team (HEAT), to focus on the most dangerous groups in the city that perpetuate violence tied to the drug trade and associated crimes. 

We must also thank the dedicated BPS Communication Centre staff and frontline officers who responded to calls for service, proactively intervened in incidents, and helped get weapons off the street. It was truly a team effort. We are very proud that the city had no homicides in 2023.

I want to thank all of the support and efforts of our MPP Will Bouma, our Solicitor General Michael Kerzner and Premier Doug Ford who always says publicly that, ‘he has our back’ to get the job done to keep Ontario safe”, Police Chief Rob Davis continued. “These are not just words.  The service received $443,595 from the Province in 2023 to operate HEAT, and we are also very thankful for the funding received from the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario (CISO). This helped to fund investigations of sophisticated criminal activities that impact Brantford, the surrounding Region, and across Ontario.

In 2023, the Brantford Police Service received approximately $4,425,000 from the Province of Ontario through various grants to support operations and infrastructure such as court security, prisoner transport, automated license plate readers, the implementation of Next Gen 911, Intelligence and HEAT.

More details: https://willbouma.ca/2023/

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For more information, contact MPP Will Bouma at 519-759-0361 or [email protected]