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South Bruce OPP report domestic violence incident; impaired driver; and CAMSafe program

September 14, 2023

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO CHARGES

(BROCKTON, ON) - Sept. 10, the South Bruce OPP responded to an address in Brockton and initiated an intimate partner violence investigation.

As a result of the investigation:

A 26-year-old Bruce County resident was charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
 
  • Spousal Assault
  • Fail to Comply with Release Order

A 27-year-old Bruce County resident was charged with the following Criminal Code offence:
 
  • Forcible Confinement

The accused parties are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Walkerton at a later date.

The OPP will not release names to protect the identity of the victims.

Victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence are not alone. If you need support, or you know someone who does, there are local resources available to help. One organization you can contact is Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth. If you are in immediate crisis, dial 911.

IMPAIRED DRIVER FACING DATE IN CRIMINAL COURT

(CHESLEY, ON) - Sept. 13, at 11:34 a.m., the South Bruce OPP received the report of a possible impaired driver. Officers located the vehicle along 1st Avenue South in Chesley and found that the driver had been drinking alcohol.

Mark SANTARELLI, 64, of Chatsworth Township was charged with Operate over-80 milligrams.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Walkerton, Oct. 11, to answer to the charge.

An impaired driving charge includes an immediate 90-day driver's licence suspension and an immediate seven-day vehicle impoundment.

*THIS CHARGE HAS YET TO BE PROVEN IN COURT*
 

CAMSafe PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY

(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) - The South Bruce OPP has implemented the CAMSafe program, aimed at creating a database of residential and commercial security cameras within a community that may act as a resource for police when investigating offences/crime.

When officers use the CAMSafe database, they will see a map of the local area. They can click on registered addresses to view further details, such as property owner contact information. Officers cannot access your security cameras or cloud-based accounts. If police would like to examine camera footage, they can make a request to the property owner using contact information from the database.

Interested community members are required to provide only basic contact information and camera location but can include more details, if desired, such as direction the camera faces, footage retention details or screenshots of the camera view. Registrants can view only their own information and can delete their account or change their information at any time.

"The only information this database provides is a way to contact a registered party with video surveillance,” says inspector Keegan Wilcox, detachment commander, South Bruce OPP. “When officers investigate a crime, they canvass a neighbourhood for witnesses and other forms of evidence, such as video.

“I see the CAMSafe database quickly becoming a very useful investigative tool. If this leads residents to a greater sense of community safety and well-being, it becomes a win-win."

To learn more about the CAMSafe program and to register security cameras, visit camsafe.ca/.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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