TPS IAC INAUGURAL “TREE OF HOPE” CEREMONY – NOV. 14/21
A significant number of Indigenous and Metis groups were represented last night at the inaugural lighting of the “Tree of Hope” hosted at the Mattagami River pavilion.
The tree has over 2000 red lights to represent the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).
Local dignitaries, elders of the Indigenous community and the Timmins Police officers were on hand to lend support and take part in this local ceremony to acknowledge the plight of MMIWG.
This local event that was part of a number of concurrent ceremonies occurring in Thunder Bay, Barrie, and Sudbury.
The ceremonial fire was being tended to by local Indigenous volunteers while elders and local Indigenous women recited stories, prayers and their own personal accounts of how MMIWG has impacted their lives.
The overall theme was one of forgiveness, awareness and understanding.
The Timmins Police Service pledged its continuous investigative efforts in regards to all reports of missing persons in a culturally sensitive manner and working in conjunction with the Timmins Native Friendship Center and a host of other local Indigenous groups nd organizations.
The ceremonial tree was lit at 7:00 p.m. and will remain lit throughout the holiday season as an expression of goodwill.
Staff Sergeant Guy Bouffard has reached a professional milestone in terms of years of exemplary service recently.
He began his career with the Timmins Police Service on April 2nd, 2001. He completed a number of years on platoon as a patrol officer until 2008.
Based on his avid interest in the forensic aspects of criminal investigations, Guy Bouffard, who had been a SOCO officer since 2006, was the successful applicant chosen to be part of the TPS Forensic Unit in 2008.
He worked in that capacity with distinction until 2016 when he opted to return to the road. He displayed the necessary aptitude for a leadership role and was promoted to Sergeant on January 2nd, 2017.
He was promoted shortly afterward to the rank of Staff Sergeant on January 17, 2019. In the course of his 20 years with the Timmins Police, Guy has served as a SOCO officer, coach officer, breathalyzer technician, and most notably as a Forensic Identification officer.
Pictured here is Staff Sergeant Guy Bouffard receiving his 20 year pin from senior administration members – Chief Gauthier in the one photo and Deputy Chief Dacosta in the other.
You cant tell, due to the mask … but Guy is smiling.
Cheers, and Congratulations Staff Bouffard.
FOND FAREWELL TO MONSIGNOR PAT LAFLEUR
It was a bittersweet day at the Timmins Police Service as officers bid farewell to their retiring force chaplain, Monsignor Pat Lafleur.
His kind and gentle demeanor served him well as spiritual advisor and steadfast provider of emotional support to Timmins Police officers and to a larger degree, the entire community.
Information was gathered from varied sources as part of farewell tribute ceremony (Covid compliant) held outdoors in front of the Timmins Police station.
Monsignor Pat Lafleur was born in Elk Lake, Ontario but grew up primarily in Haileybury with his brothers and sisters as part of very large family.
Before entering the priesthood, Monsignor Pat worked at various jobs including as a janitor at the Haileybury hospital, while completing his university studies and successfully completed teacher’s college and worked with children with learning and behavioral challenges for 8 years with distinction.
He also worked as an accountant at a bank and became a rather accomplished drummer (the Rolling Stones never took advantage of his skills).
Monsignor Pat was ordained as a priest on May 30th, 1987 and began his ministry at the Nativity parish (former) in Timmins before eventually assuming the reigns at St-Anthony de Padua parish in Timmins.
He successfully attained the designation of “monsignor” in 2016.
His rectory staff are extremely sad to see him go, as are the members of the Timmins Police Service.
He will be missed for his “laid back” and approachable demeanor and will undoubtedly be remembered for his tireless work with marriage encounter, the parish choir, and a host of other note-able achievements, too numerous to list.
In retirement, Monsignor Pat will be able to work on his slice at the golf course, cheer on his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs and carry on with his musical pursuits.
Monsignor Pat is a genuine believer in the value of socializing and the benefits of team work.
Lunch and other functions, both formal and informal, with his rectory staff, was a daily requirement so that issues did not worsen or become more severe than they had to be.
The Timmins Police Service will forever be in his debt for his tireless service and constant availability for matters big and small.
He was at the fore front and well ahead of his time in terms of being unwaveringly committed to mental health in the workplace.
Police officers, on occasion, see people at their worst or when they are facing dire situations.
His compassionate and home spun demeanor assisted those in need and the officers attending to dreadful situations as well.
Throughout his tenure as force chaplain, and as a spiritual councilor, and as a community leader, he continued to serve his municipality, his parish, and the Timmins Police Service.
The Timmins Police bestowed a few trinkets of appreciation and an open door invitation for him to visit when Covid allows as he is always welcome.
RED DRESS DAY 2021
Brenda Beaven, Timmins Police Community Liaison Coordinator, put her artistic skills to good use by decorating the front entrance of the Timmins Police station to acknowledge Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls for 2021.
The symbol used to commemorate the memory of those persons who lost their lives due to violence and gender or ethnicity based hatred is the red dress.
These persons ARE NOT FORGOTTEN by the Timmins Police Service.
This public gesture is meant to inspire public awareness about the Red Dress Project which was the original brain child of Metis artist Jamie Black in 2011.
The empty red dress is meant to be a solemn reminder of the many missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and the sad and silent symbol recognized across Canada.
The Timmins Police is of the opinion that all forms of violence are to be discouraged but violence based on a person’s gender or ethnicity is particularly heinous in nature.
The importance of victims or those who are aware of abuse to come forward speaks for itself during this campaign designed to raise public awareness.
Silence is not a viable option in regards to enhancing any persons sense of wellness and protection.
The Timmins Police wish to make it clear that they are at your service.
Brent Gauthier, a second year Criminology Student at Ottawa University, stopped by the Timmins Police Service to present the Timmins Police Service – Indigenous Advisory Committee with a special gift.
During his class, History of Indigenous, Inuit and Metis People of Canada, Brent discovered a great deal about the history of Indigenous people in Canada.
From the time of First Contact with the Europeans to today, a considerable amount of events with historical significance regarding Canada’s Indigenous population have occurred.
As a culminating assignment for the end of the semester, Brent completed this project along with a 5000 word essay discussing each of the symbols as they relate to the Indigenous community here in Timmins.
The process of creating this culturally significant artwork has allowed for this young man to adopt a personal take away based on his studies and experience.
At the bottom is the Turtle representing Turtle Island which represents the North American continent for the Indigenous community.
Above that is an image of the Treaty 9 area within the Province of Ontario which is where Timmins is located.
Next is the symbol representing the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation which covers much of Treaty 9 territory.
Next is the Timmins Police Indigenous Advisory Committee (TPS IAC) emblem indicating the work being done to improve relations between police and Indigenous partners as we work towards reconciliation in the City of Timmins.
The feather is a symbol of the eagle which is often described as the messenger between the creator, spirits, and the world in which we live.
It is also known as one of nature’s most powerful and majestic birds.
The feather is used during smudging ceremonies and in Indigenous headdresses.
At the top is the symbol representing the Metis Nation of Ontario as we have many Metis members living with in our city.
The Timmins Police Service graciously accepted the art work as a gift designed to acknowledge the cultural significance of local Indigenous populations in our area.
This art work will be placed on prominent display in the Timmins Police station to serve as a symbol of community unity among various Timmins agencies and the local Indigenous population.
TPS endorses usage of “what3words”
The Timmins Police Service has recently engaged in a modern global location application to further enhance 9-1-1 Emergency Services and its ability to locate persons in need of first response assistance.
As the need for 9-1-1 services in our region to remain current and efficient, the Timmins Police 9-1-1 Communications Center have started to adopt the “what3words” system as an innovative global location service. This technological advancement will improve the ability of 9-1-1 communicators to accurately determine the exact location of any person in distress and seeking an urgent response from police, fire or paramedic personnel. The “what3words” system has been launched and used successfully to help locate people in need of assistance in the UK and Australia.
Response times and the ability to accurately dispatch first responders to any given scene are crucial in terms of rendering assistance to persons in distress. This system is engineered to remedy and enhance the ability to determine a person’s exact location.
In short the system is based on the premise that any 3 meter square location on earth has a set of corresponding 3 words unique to that location. Persons who have engaged this app on their cell phones will be able to determine their location by relaying the corresponding “what 3 words” to the 9-1-1 communicator who in turn will be better able to deploy first responders to that exact location.
The Timmins Police endorse the use of this app and is encouraging members of the public to download the app and so that they ae able to provide their “what3words” location in an emergency.
Every 3 meter square location in the world has been given a unique combination of three words: a what3words address. For example, the 3 words “caveman vastly sleepless” corresponds to a water access point for Kamiskotia Lake. Imagine a tourist visiting the area and becoming lost or experiencing a mechanical break-down and calling in to 9-1-1 indicating that they are in need of assistance and are have reached the shore line of Kamiskotia Lake.
The ability to locate the person in distress and render assistance will be significantly improved if the caller was able to relay the “what3words” coordinates: caveman vastly sleepless rather than location descriptors that are generic and vague. The benefits are obvious and speak for themselves.
Members of the public can download the free what3words app for iOS and Android or use the online map. The app works offline making it ideal for use in the rural areas of Canada that might have a poor internet connection, such as the Kamiskotia Lake area that is enjoyed by hikers, tourists and lovers of the great outdoors alike. Every 3 meter square location in the world has a what3words address, and they are available in over 40 languages, including French. The weather in North-Eastern Ontario has a notorious reputation for its unpredictable nature, local residents and tourists alike can find themselves lost or in a difficult set of circumstances due to our temperamental climate, so it’s important to be as well-prepared as possible when venturing out into remote locations. Emergencies can happen anywhere, from an accident along an unmarked stretch of road to an incident at a specific building entrance or industrial area. In an emergency situation, identifying precisely where help is needed is critical in order to get resources to the scene quickly. However, this can be near impossible for a caller to do if they get into trouble in an area with no address, no memorable landmark or an address that simply isn’t good enough to accurately describe where they are. In response to urgent calls for service, emergency services are forced to expend precious time and resources trying to locate the person in need of help. At best, this can be frustrating, and at worst waste crucial minutes that can be the determining factor in the eventual outcome of the event.
Now, in an emergency where a location is difficult to describe, 9-1-1 callers can give their what3words address from the what3words app. People who do not have the app installed will be sent a link by the Timmins Police 9-1-1 Communications Center to a mobile version of the site: ca.findme.w3w.co, which they can open in a mobile browser and read the three words on their screen to the 9-1-1 call operator. These three words can then be used to identify the precise location and direct police, fire or paramedics to the exact location.
Timmins Police 9-1-1 Communications Manager Selena Pearce- Gauthier remarks “Being able to use what3words will be a definite benefit to any person who finds themselves in an urgent situation requiring first responder assistance. For anyone who finds themselves lost, injured or in need of help in an unfamiliar location, trying to communicate where help is needed by providing visual descriptions of what they can see, or trying to remember what direction they were heading, can be very misleading, stressful and time consuming. Our 9-1-1 communications center team members can now ask for a precise what3words address, or send an SMS with a link to what3words to save precious time responding to emergencies and helping 9-1-1 callers without delay.”
Donation of prepared meals from “Get Ribbed Smokehouse” for local homeless persons
Thanks to the generosity of a local entrepreneur, certain individuals known to the Timmins Police who are confronted with food insecurity issues will have their anxiety lessened due to a recent initiative.
Dale Dupras, the proprietor of “Get Ribbed Smokehouse and BBQ Pit” approached Cst. Leah Blanchette recently to see if he could contribute in a meaningful way lessening the plight of the homeless.
As a result, a “baker’s dozen” or so of prepared meals were donated to the Timmins Police outreach officers for apt distribution.
This selfless gesture goes a long way in terms of alleviating food insecurity issues for a number of local homeless persons.
Pictured here, Cst Blanchette and Cst. Field receive the donated meals from Dale Dupras in keeping with his wishes to do his part in regards to a persistent need in Timmins.
made a contribution to the Timmins Police / OPP annual food drive in terms of a cash donation of $750.00 earlier today (Dec. 21).
The recipient of this good-natured gesture was the local Salvation Army located on Third Avenue.
As the Salvation Army coordinator Craig Wilson says “Hunger never takes a vacation”.
The Timmins Police is pleased with this recent development on the heels of the most successful “Cram a Cruiser” undertaking.
On hand from left to right is OPP Auxiliary Sgt Tibor Lesko, Salvation Army coordinator Craig Wilson, Francine Denis (DARE Timmins), and Timmins Police Auxiliary Sgt. Rob Ferri
The Timmins Police Service is proud to offer a Vulnerable Persons Registry – an enhanced protective service in which officers will focus on registrant safety so that in cases involving a police response, vital information can be distributed more efficiently to essential first-responders.
When an incident of a vulnerable person with a neurocognitive disorder or intellectual or developmental challenges wanders or becomes displaced or lost, the initial response by the Timmins Police Service is critical.
It is vital for the Timmins Police Service and other emergency response personnel to have ready access to viable and current information regarding the nature of a person’s disorder, physical description, recent photo, and other pertinent details that will assist in locating them, should they become lost or displaced.
All persons responsible for the care of vulnerable persons are encouraged to register these persons on the Timmins Police Service – Vulnerable Persons Registry as a proactive measure to enhance the safety and wellbeing of such persons residing in the city of Timmins.
Once registered, all pertinent information will be collected discreetly and remain private and treated as sensitive information in keeping with existing standards and practices governing such material.
When called upon in response to a report of a lost or wandering person, the information will be readily available to the Timmins Police Service and other first responders so that a more efficient response can be undertaken.
Time and energy devoted to collecting the initial details about a missing vulnerable person can be deployed towards locating that person more effectively when the vital data is already at the disposal of the Timmins Police Service.
The safety of all citizens is a priority for the Timmins Police Service. Vulnerable Persons are of particular concern and this registry hopes to serve as a police resource to manage calls for service involving them so that, in response to emergent situations, efforts to locate a vulnerable person by the Timmins Police Service will be timely and effective.
The Timmins Police Service is proud to engage in offering this service as part of a community partnership with:
Victim’s Services – Timmins and District
Crime Stoppers – District of Cochrane
Seizure and Brain Injury Centre – Timmins
The consent and data collection downloadable forms pertinent to the Vulnerable Person Registry are now made available on the Timmins Police webpage at
It is recommended that once completed, the forms and photos, if any, be delivered to the Timmins Police Service at 185 Spruce Street South or faxed to the Timmins Police by means of the following fax number: 705-360-8707.
CARING Community Policing
In late November 2020, Timmins Police Chief John Gauthier and Inspectors Rick Blanchette and Darin Dinel joined Timmins Chamber of Commerce President Melanie Verreault for a comprehensive look at what Timmins Police are doing to address an escalation of crime as well as the TPS role in confronting homelessness. This 27 minute video includes the highlights from that discussion.
TPS Translation Project
Breaking Down Language Barriers
Constable Trevor Southcott put the TPS translator service provider to the test on Monday, November 16th with a mock event that served as a test run for Language Line Solutions Ltd.
Two international students in the Northern College – Police Foundations program, Vikrant DHIMAN and his brother Karambir SINGH,
attended the TPS storefront office at Northern College campus to “report” a break and enter occurrence.
When confronted with the devised language barrier, Constable Southcott deployed the services of Language Line Solutions Ltd in order to offer seamless and proficient police services by the Timmins Police.
All pertinent details were collected by the officer by means of using the Language Line Solutions translator services on the office speakerphone.
The testing procedure went off without a hitch. This will prove to be a genuine benefit for anyone requiring police assistance who does not possess the capacity to speak English.
The Timmins Police is grateful to both these students who, for a brief period of time, could not speak a word of English and assisted with the testing procedure.
Aboriginal Advisory Committee
In late 2007 the Timmins Police Service contacted several Indigenous Elders and various Indigenous community agencies to begin the process of establishing the Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee. Within only a few short months the Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee came into fruition.
The members of the Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee are volunteers from various Indigenous and non-Indigenous agencies within the city of Timmins. The Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from the following agencies:
Cheryl Macumber (Grandmother – Kunawanimano)
Kristin Murray- Misiway
Mary Boyden- Ontario Native Women’s Association
Ann Iserhoff-Ontario Native Women’s Association
John Gauthier- Chief, Timmins Police Service
Brenda Beaven- Indigenous Liaison, Timmins Police Service
Cathy Longboat- NAN Legal
Shannon Naveau- NAN Legal
Catherine Gull- NAN Legal
Joseph Nakogee- Northern College
Angele Beaudry-Conseil Scolaire Catholique de district des Grandes-Rivières
Elizabeth Innes- District School Board Ontario North East
Tammy Gregoire- Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service
Jessica Paquette- Metis Nation of Ontario
Kristine Arthur- Northeastern Catholic District School Board
Julie Cyr- Wabun Tribal Council
The Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee was established to improve and enhance communication between the Aboriginal community, including local and regional Aboriginal organizations and the Timmins Police Service.
The Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee will assist the Timmins Police Service in developing strategies to bring together the Indigenous community and the Timmins Police Service while enhancing partnerships to ensure a safe and secure community. These partnerships will assist in the Timmins Police Service’s commitment to achieving the highest standards of police service delivery.
The goal of the Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee is to foster a healthy and positive relationship between Indigenous people and the Timmins Police Service in the delivery of law enforcement and effective crime prevention.
The strategies of the Timmins Police Service Indigenous Advisory Committee is to:
- Liaise with community members and organizations to determine existing problems and assess the needs as perceived by the Indigenous community in the delivery of law enforcement and crime prevention.
- Consult with the Timmins Police Service through its representatives on the problems and needs to achieve solutions.
- Educate community members and police representatives to bridge the cultural gap.
- Provide a forum for ongoing discussion of existing and emerging issues.
For further information or assistance, the Timmins Police Community Liasion Coordinator, Brenda Beaven can be contacted at (705) 264-1201 extension 8220.
ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
The Annual Timmins Police Toy Drive, undertaken in partnership with Victim’s Services (Timmins and District) and the Bargain Shop (Algonquin Blvd), has collected over $7000 in toys and treasures this year.
These toys will be dispersed to local families in need of assistance so that area children will have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with a new toy.
The campaign culminated with a final drive at the Bargain Shop hosted by Timmins Police under the direction of Constable Caroline Rouillard and Sarah Altman of Victim’s Services.
Constable Caroline tickled the ivories and sang Christmas carols with the talented vocal accompaniment of Veronique Moreau (Caroline’s sister).
The pair offered up a lot of Christmas cheer to help promote customer generosity in terms of donation of toys leading to the end of the campaign.
This is a job well done that will certainly benefit families who might be struggling financially this year.
A special note of gratitude must go out to The Bargain Shop’s staff and store manager Diane Auger for their collective efforts to help in making this campaign so successful.
Timmins Police Service acknowledges Canada’s Annual Day of Remembrance (December 6th) recognizing 14 women senselessly killed in 1989.
2020 Cram A Cruiser
The Timmins Police held its annual “Cram a Cruiser” food drive this past Saturday at various grocery stores throughout the city to gather donated food and funds for area food banks.
This year proved to be the most successful since its inception. See results below.
2017—1905 kg of food and $3320.40 in currency
2018—2767 kg of food and $3233.35 in currency
2019—2041 kg of food and $4855.21 in currency
2020 –3696 kg of food and $7150.75 in currency
This campaign is spearheaded by TPS Aux Staff/Sgt Glenn Simpson and OPP Aux Sgt Tibor Lesko who take on the preliminary logistics in collaboration with OPP Aux Constables Rick Audet and Kathier Charlebois to get the ball rolling.
Timmins Police Auxiliary Unit members Glenn Simpson, Rob Ferri, Lacey Rigg, Tammy Grydsuk, Nick Buczkowski, and Heather Albert are to be commended for their tireless collective efforts in making this campaign such a successful undertaking.
Special thanks are extended to Tina Simpson, Budget Rental, Discount Rental, PADS K-9, and GFL Timmins Ltd (Glenn Simpson) for logistical and vehicular support.
In addition, the success of this campaign would not be possible if not for the cooperation and eager assistance of the management and staff at the following grocery stores:
Pick of the Crop, Wal-mart, Metro, Foodland, YIGS, and Food Basics.
In addition, the Timmins Police Service wishes to acknowledge the selfless actions of the following Northern College -Police Foundations students:
Emily Brueske, Austin Klomp, Logan Daoust, Jasmin Moore, Kim Wesley, and Matt Walcer.
Each of them who braved the cold, rendered enthusiastic assistance and contributed to the overall success of the campaign.
Community Safety and Well Being Plan
“To achieve the ideal state of a sustainable community where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, opportunities to participate, access to services and where individuals can meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income and social and cultural expression”