From humble beginnings in 1841, the Kingston Police has grown into a sophisticated and respected police agency. In response to operational needs and community expectations, the organizational structure of the Kingston Police has evolved and changed many times over the years.
Emergency Response Unit
The Emergency Response Unit (tactical team) was established in 1981 to provide Kingston with a highly trained team of officers to effect the peaceful resolution of high-risk incidents and arrests.
When not engaged in such operations or regular training, Kingston Police tactical officers are on community patrol, making their expertise and individual tactical skills available at all times. The unit is specially deployed as required in a variety of roles, including situations involving hostages, barricaded persons, or weapons.
Drug Enforcement Unit
The illicit sale of drugs is a catalyst for numerous other illegal activities. Drug trafficking and cultivation have a negative impact on everyone's quality of life, creating health and socioeconomic problems.
The Drug Enforcement Unit focuses on eradication and promotes awareness programs that reveal the serious consequences of becoming involved with drugs.
The largest and most visible area of the police service is the Patrol Division. The officers assigned to this unit provide front-line response to calls for service. Patrol officers are deployed to these calls by the Communications Unit, located within police headquarters.
The Criminal Investigations division concentrates on the detection and prosecution of criminals involved in major criminal incidents. This area is also responsible for the collection, compilation, and dissemination of criminal intelligence. The combination of specially trained detectives and an advanced forensics unit makes for an effective investigative team.
The objectives of the new Community Oriented Response and Enforcement Unit are multi-faceted. This Unit will identify, plan, and execute initiatives targeting specific community problems. By developing new community partnerships and enhancing existing ones, the CORE Unit will proactively alleviate front-line officers from multiple responses to the same incident. Through considerations such as crime analysis, mobilization of community partners, problem-solving techniques, enforcement, and public education, the Kingston Police will provide more sustainable solutions to crime and other problems that go beyond the traditional reactive law enforcement approach.
The Kingston Police strive daily to make the roads in Kingston among the safest in the province. Drinking and driving, speeding, and aggressive driving are issues of concern for Traffic Unit officers, as well as the safe operation of recreational vehicles such as ATVs and snowmobiles. Education and enforcement are used in tandem to make operators focus on safe driving.
Urban Foot Patrol Officers
|Cst. Debra Wicklam representing Kingston Police as the top fundraiser for Special Olympics Ontario in Zone 2 (East Region Ontario)|
- Citizens Police Academy
The Kingston Police will host a spring Academy commencing April 2, 2015 and will be structured as an interactive information sharing evening; similar to a night class. The Academy will be a two hour session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. offered every Thursday evening.
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- Public Complaints
The investigation/resolution of conduct complaints made by a member of the public, through effective communication and sensitivity to citizens, concerns, in an efficient and timely fashion.
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