South Simcoe Police Service
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|South Simcoe Police|
|Common name||South Simcoe Police|
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South Simcoe Police is a municipal police force in Ontario, Canada providing service to the municipalities of Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury. It came into existence on January 1, 1997, through the amalgamation of the Innisfil Police Service and Bradford West Gwillimbury Police Service. The neighbouring Barrie Police Service was part of the initial proposal but did not participate in the amalgamation.
South Simcoe Police has 74 officers and 43 civilian staff members. The police force also has a complement of 30 auxiliary officers.
The Chief of Police from 1997 to 2011 was Bruce J Davis. On April 16, 2012 Rick Beazley was appointed Chief after Davis was convicted under the Police Services Act of unlawfully terminating a Constable. Beazley was the former Chief of Police for the Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service.
Municipal councillors for The Town of Innisfil have been critical of the 6.75% budget increase for 2011 - with at least one councillor calling for the municipalities to look at other policing options. Bradford West Gwillimbury is also looking at other policing options - with council voting in favour of asking the Ontario Provincial Police for a proposal to provide policing.
The police service operates out of two divisions. The South Division is based in a new building located at 81 Melbourne Drive in Bradford; it opened in January 2008 and houses most of the administration staff, criminal investigations branch, identification bureau, communications, and uniform patrol. The North Division has been extensively renovated and is located at 2137 Innisfil Beach Road in Innisfil. The Services Traffic and Marine Unit, Victims of Crime (VCARS) and uniform patrol operate out of this building. A community office was located at the Cookstown Outlet Mall at Highways 400 and 89 but closed in early 2013.
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