Thunder Bay Police Service

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Thunder Bay Police Service
MottoCommitted to Community Needs
Agency overview
Headquarters1200 Balmoral Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Sworn members246
Unsworn members98
Elected officer responsible
  • The Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Agency executive
  • Sylvie Hauth, chief of police

The Thunder Bay Police Service is the police force for the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and also contracts to police the contiguous municipality of Oliver Paipoonge. The police force has a service area of 679 km2 (262 sq mi) with a population of 114,897. The force has 222 sworn officers, 198 per 100,000 people, which is six more than the provincial average of 192. [1] The chief of police is Sylvie Hauth.

Thunder Bay City in Ontario, Canada

Thunder Bay is a city in, and the seat of, Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada. It is the most populous municipality in Northwestern Ontario with a population of 107,909 as of the Canada 2016 Census, and the second most populous in Northern Ontario after Greater Sudbury. Located on Lake Superior, the census metropolitan area of Thunder Bay has a population of 121,621, and consists of the city of Thunder Bay, the municipalities of Oliver Paipoonge and Neebing, the townships of Shuniah, Conmee, O'Connor, and Gillies, and the Fort William First Nation.

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The force was established and operates under the authority of the Police Services Act of Ontario . The act requires the police force to be governed by a five-member civilian "police services board". The mayor has the option to sit on the board by virtue of office. At least two members must be members of council. A third member is appointed by council from the community and the remaining two members are appointed by the Province of Ontario. The current board chair is Jackie Dojack. The remaining members are councillors Brian McKinnon and Joe Virdiramo and provincial appointees Celina Reitberger and Don Smith. City of Thunder Bay clerk John Hannam acts as the board secretary.

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The Thunder Bay Police were formed in 1970, a result of the amalgamation of the cities of Port Arthur and Fort William and their respective police forces. The force was originally headquartered in the Fort William Police station, which is now the home of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum. The headquarters was relocated to 1200 Balmoral Street in 1987 and the entire agency was under one roof by 1993. The 9-1-1 emergency service was implemented in the summer of 1986.

Port Arthur was a city in Northern Ontario, Canada, located on Lake Superior. In January 1970 it amalgamated with Fort William and the townships of Neebing and McIntyre to form the city of Thunder Bay.

Fort William, Ontario former city in Ontario, Canada, amalgamated with Port Arthur to form Thunder Bay in 1970

Fort William was a city in Northern Ontario, located on the Kaministiquia River, at its entrance to Lake Superior. It amalgamated with Port Arthur and the townships of Neebing and McIntyre to form the city of Thunder Bay in January 1970. Since then it has been the largest city in Northwestern Ontario. The city's Latin motto was A posse ad esse featured on its coat of arms designed in 1900 by town officials, "On one side of the shield stands an Indian dressed in the paint and feathers of the early days; on the other side is a French voyageur; the center contains an [grain] elevator, a steamship and a locomotive, while the beaver surmounts the whole."

Thunder Bay Historical Museum

The Thunder Bay Historical Museum is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario. It is operated by the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, incorporated in 1972 as the successor to the Thunder Bay Historical Society.


The force is made up of six branches: administration, uniform patrol, criminal investigation, neighbourhood policing, resource centre, and traffic.

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Uniformed patrol includes an emergency task unit/containment team and K9 unit. Criminal investigation includes street gang, property crime, crime scene, and fraud units, an intelligence section and a crime analyst. Neighbourhood policing centres are located in both of Thunder Bay's urban cores and in six suburban neighbourhoods.

Police dog dog that is specifically trained to assist police

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Property crime is a category of crime, usually involving private property, that includes, among other crimes, burglary, larceny, theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, shoplifting, and vandalism. Property crime is a crime to obtain money, property, or some other benefit. This may involve force, or the threat of force, in cases like robbery or extortion. Since these crimes are committed in order to enrich the perpetrator they are considered property crimes. Crimes against property are divided into two groups: destroyed property and stolen property. When property is destroyed, it could be called arson or vandalism. Examples of the act of stealing property is robbery or embezzlement.

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