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Waterloo Regional Police welcome 14 new officers to their ranks

The Waterloo Regional Police Service last week welcomed members of recruit class #103. The new officers were sworn in on October 2. 

Fourteen new constables who recently completed their basic training at the Ontario Police College were officially sworn in and received their police badges. 

“This is such an exciting time for our new officers as they embark on the next phase of their policing career. Even though friends and family members couldn’t join us today due to COVID-19 restrictions, we know they are proud of each and every one of you,” said Chief Bryan Larkin in a release.

Prior to joining the police, the new members studied in a variety of fields, including criminology, advanced police studies, justice studies, and police foundations. The new officers also bring experience from former careers such as a youth worker, carpentry, Canadian Armed Forces, special constable, youth care worker, conservation officer, paramedic, loss prevention officer, sales associate and park warden.

SEPTEMBER 30

5:11 AM : Personal property was stolen from a vehicle parked at a Wilby Road address in Wilmot Township. The investigation by Waterloo Regional Police is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Police remind the public to lock and secure their vehicles, do not leave valuables in plain sight and report any suspicious activity as soon as possible.

8:25 AM : Waterloo Regional Police received a report of stolen property from a residence on Riverside Drive West in Elmira. Sometime overnight, a generator was stolen from the area. Anyone with information is encouraged to call police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

OCTOBER 1

11:00 AM : Licence plates were stolen off of a vehicle parked at a residence on Arthur Street in Woolwich Township. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

OCTOBER 3

12:45 PM : Wellington County OPP received reports of an orange sedan that was travelling at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles unsafely on Highway 6 south of Fergus. An officer spotted the suspect vehicle southbound at a speed that appeared to be well above the posted 80 km/h speed limit. The vehicle was locked on radar in excess of 180 km/h. Police stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver for ‘dangerous driving.’ Further investigation revealed that the driver and a passenger were in possession of drug paraphernalia, a large quantity of cash, and a quantity of drugs including methamphetamine and fentanyl. A 55-year-old Owen Sound man was charged with ‘dangerous driving’ and ‘possession of methamphetamine.’ A 20-year-old Owen Sound woman was charged with ‘possession of fentanyl.’ The accused are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice – Guelph on November 6.

OCTOBER 5

3:00 AM : Wellington County OPP  responded to a report of a theft in progress at an address on Wellington Road 29 east of Fergus. It was reported that a suspect was observed stealing scrap metal while on the property. Upon police arrival, a suspect was arrested without incident and the stolen property was recovered. A 32-year-old Township of Centre Wellington man was charged with ‘theft under $5,000’ and ‘possession of property obtained.’ He is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice-Guelph on November 3. Any person with information regarding this incident should contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip on-line. You may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.

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