This Week in Policing – April 3, 2009

I’m really excited about the newest release from the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) in regards to bait car technology.

Up until this week, a suspect in a stolen ‘bait car’ was video and audio taped with the location, speed, and direction of travel monitored by dispatchers.  Officers would respond, the car would be disabled, and the suspect would be taken into custody.  The video and audio was not viewed until after the bait car had been recovered.  Often, the video gave investigators information about the theft, an example of which I covered in a previous post on bait cars

Earlier this week IMPACT released BAIT CAR LIVE where the audio and video can be viewed by the dispatcher through a live feed.  The number of suspects, descriptions, and the presence of any weapons inside the bait car should be visible to the dispatcher, who in turn can relay that information to responding officers.

This is fantastic news.  From an officer safety perspective, we can use all the help we can get when it comes to knowing what the occupants of a stolen car are doing and how they are acting.

The following video released by BaitCar.com perfectly illustrates how dangerous occupants of a stolen car can be -these two were allegedly on a crime spree and were in possession of a rifle.  When the car was disabled, not only did the male driver try to avoid apprehension, he jumped into the back seat and tried to access the rifle.  Not good.  It would have been beneficial to the responding officers to know they were facing off with a person in easy access of a firearm.

 

 

 

ANTI-BULLYING

In other news, Hedy Fry, Liberal MP for Vancouver Center, introduced a private members bill in Ottawa.  The bill specifies that harassment, libel and spreading false messages by electronic means should be recognised by the Criminal Code of Canada as criminal offences.  At the moment, the law does not get into specifics about electronic means when it comes to the offences, and Fry states the law needs to be updated. 

Vice President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Paul Taillefer, acknowledged that while changes to law will not prevent cyber-bullying, the changes “will offer clearer protection from the criminal code for those targeted by cyber abuse.”

For more about cyber-bullying and the proposed ammendments to the law, please read the full story at cbcnews.ca.

 

CAN YOU SAY HALLELUJAH

Today in BC Supreme Court, an alleged member of the Red Scorpions gang pleaded guilty to killing three of six people eighteen months ago in Surrey.  From CBC news:

  • “In B.C. Supreme Court on Friday, Dennis Karbovanec, 28, was charged with the second-degree murder of Christopher Mohan, 22, Ryan Bartolomeo, 19, and Michael Lal, 26, and immediately entered a guilty plea on all three counts.”
  • “On Oct. 19, 2007, six people were found dead in a 15th floor apartment of a Surrey high-rise on the 9800 block of East Whalley Ring Road.  Police described the crime scene as bloody and violent and said the killings appeared to be targeted and were likely related to the illegal drug trade.  Four of the victims, Corey and Michael Lal, Bartolomeo and Edward Narong, 22, were described by police as having criminal lifestyles.  But two of the victims were innocent bystanders who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, police said. Mohan lived in a nearby apartment, while Ed Schellenberg, 55, was a fireplace serviceman.”

Finally, victims Christopher Mohan and Ed Schellenberg and their families are seeing justice. 

 

As for the rest of the news – a lot happens on a daily basis in Metro Vancouver.  Instead of giving you a running tally of all the bigger stories that are usually covered in depth on the news and in the papers, I’ve decided to share the stories that really made me take notice.

The new bait car release is obvious – I’m a police dog handler, and one of my jobs is to apprehend car thieves.  BAIT CAR LIVE just made my job a heck of a lot safer.

Bullying is something that can affect anyone – you don’t have to be a grade school kid to get bullied.  I usually try to stay away from commenting on any one political party, but kudos to Hedy Fry for introducing this bill.  

And the last bit is finally good news surrounding what some are calling a gang war.  Gangsters are starting to go to jail.  It’s like music to my ears.

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