Broken windows on 2 OPP police vehicles during a car rally in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.
Two Ontario Provincial Police vehicles had their windows smashed during a car rally in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. the weekend and the town’s mayor wonders why more police resources weren’t available.
Mayor Nina Bifolchi said in a statement Monday that the city has been repeatedly threatened and that she would like Ontario Solicitor General Michael Kerzner to ensure the city’s police are « properly equipped. »
“The city greatly appreciates the men and women who wear the uniform of the Ontario Provincial Police and patrol our streets, but it is clear that police resources this past weekend did not permit the vigorous response required to maintain law and order, » Bifolchi said in the statement.
The Ontario Provincial Police said officers were inside the vehicles and one had a police dog when the patrol cars were damaged early on Sunday.
According to police and videos circulating on social media, there was street racing, stunts and vandalism at Wasaga Beach from Saturday night through Sunday morning.
A YouTube video shows a huge street party, people using their iPhones to film drivers making donuts, smoking tires, cars revving their engines and a man jumping on the windshield of a car. an OPP cruiser. Bifolchi blamed a group of people who attended the « unauthorized » car rally for the chaos.
« There have been numerous examples brought to the city’s attention where laws have been broken and no police action has been observed. This is unacceptable to the residents of Wasaga Beach, » Bifolchi’s statement said. .
« Completely unacceptable »
In an email Monday, Kerzner said the behavior at the car rally was « completely unacceptable » and he urged anyone with relevant information to call the police.
“The government does not interfere with or direct police operational decisions, including in response to community incidents. However, we will continue to provide police services and community partners with the resources and support they need to fight crime and keep Ontarians safe,” Kerzner said. in the email.
The Ontario Provincial Police’s Huronia West Detachment, for its part, said in a news release on Sunday that it responded to « numerous calls for service » from Saturday evening to Sunday morning and was investigating the damage. materials in two stores, Canadian Tire on 45th Street and Walmart. on Stonebridge Boulevard, as well as a burglary at Walmart.
It also investigates traffic violations and incidents of mischief. Ontario Provincial Police vehicles were damaged on Beck Street and Main Street, police said.
« The safety of our community and our officers is our number one priority and the safety of both was compromised last night. We want to make it clear that this behavior will not be tolerated, » police said in the statement.
const. Martin Hachey, spokesman for the Ontario Provincial Police’s Huronia West Detachment, said in an interview Monday that there was an influx of visitors to the town over the weekend. He said there were now several investigations underway.
Hachey said police are trying to find those responsible for the damage to OPP vehicles.
« Fortunately, neither the officers nor the dog were injured, but the safety of our officers was compromised. »
The OPP is reviewing videos posted on social media, as well as surveillance footage.
“For sure those responsible will be held accountable for their actions,” Hachey said.