OPP Responds to Calls from City Police

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Residents of the Pinewood area were surprised when the Ontario Provincial Police responded to an emergency call from a suspect breaking into a garage.

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Several people contacted The Nugget to express their concern and questioned why the North Bay police did not respond to the call, considering it to be their jurisdiction and not the responsibility of the OPP.

The break and enter took place on January 30 on Lavery Street.

North Bay Police Chief Scott Tod said it was the same day a North Bay police officer discharged a firearm at a knife-wielding suspect.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is now responsible for this investigation.

According to the North Bay Police Department’s daily duty calls, officers responded to an assault call at 3:28 a.m.

As the investigation began to unfold, other officers responded as they needed to secure three sites in an effort to protect the integrity of the investigation and evidence at these scenes.

There were seven gendarmes on duty at the time.

At 5:35 a.m., North Bay Police received a call from a North Bay resident about someone in his garage.

Less than 20 minutes later, the Ontario Provincial Police were on the scene, according to police records.

“We have a mutual aid agreement with the Ontario Provincial Police. We were able to bring in an OPP. I don’t think that speaks ill of our service. I think that says a lot about our service. We have a good policing partner in our community that we can work with,” Chief Tod told The Nugget on Tuesday.

He added that the Ontario Provincial Police had also used the services of the North Bay police.

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