Support Units - Supplementing Front Line Policing

Accident Collision & Reconstruction

Members of this unit are taken from our uniform patrol officers. They receive specialized training in the scientific tools and practices required in properly investigating any serious collision where major damage, severe injury or loss of life is involved.

The members of this unit are responsible for the detailed investigation, measurement and documentation of these scenes and often are called as expert witnesses in both criminal and civil court proceedings.

The roadways affected are usually closed to vehicular traffic when these investigators are on site, to preserve and document physical evidence such as skid marks, fluid stains and other observations. The concentration required would make them easy targets for inattentive and curious drivers should we open a portion of the roadway while they are on scene.

Forsensic Identification

This highly technical discipline requires months of specialized training followed by several more years of mentoring before assuming an un-supervised role as a Forensic Identifications Officer.

This unit uses scientific measurement, precision photography, chemical analysis and visual identification techniques to provide investigative support to both CID and uniform patrol units. One of the more grisly tasks appointed to these members is attending at all death scenes and the resulting post mortem.

Although made popular on television by fictional entertainment programming like CSI, the real life work of the IDENT officer lacks the drama and glamour of their TV counterparts and cases are rarely solved in 60 minutes.

Communications & Records

Staffed by civilians, this unit is the hub of most police activities. 95% of all calls to our Police Service are answered by these professionals. Emergency communications training is employed daily as this unit answers all operational phone lines, 911 lines and field general inquires and walk-in complaints at the front counter in our lobby.

Our communicators answer emergency calls and radio dispatch for:

  • Midland Police Service
  • Midland Fire Department
  • Midland Public Utilities
  • Midland Water and Works

Once of many advantages of maintaining a local dispatch centre is our interconnection (geographically and technologically) with the community's various public service and utilities and our intimate knowledge of emergency and disaster response plans within the community that allows us to focus wholly and entirely on our community and its specific community safety needs.

In addition, our communicators manage the Intergraph Computer Aided Dispatch System, Niche Records Management System and queries and maintenance of the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system, Police Information Portal, Sex Offender Registry and a variety of other municipal, provincial and federal data systems. Prisoner monitoring, filing, data entry, UCR scoring, data quality assurance and many other clerical duties are also part of the job.

Our communicators work the same schedules are the platoons they are assigned to. The communications centre, lobby and reception area is staffed 24/7 and is often sought out as a place of refuge and safety.

Court Services

Our court unit is staffed by Special Constables. This specialized rank is bestowed upon civilian members who are empowered with very specific Peace Officer status under the Criminal Code while performing a set of duties or designations. The Special Constables are uniformed members whose appearance is different from that of uniform patrol officers. Their light blue shirts (as opposed to dark blue) and shoulder epaulets will identify them. In addition, Special Constables are not issued firearms. They are issued and trained in the use of all other police equipment that they may use in the course of their duties.

Peace Officer powers are in place to grant them the authority and protections required under the Criminal Code to perform their designated duties in guarding and transporting prisoners, providing security at our Provincial Court facility and the various other duties to which they are assigned. They are not an auxiliary unit and do not perform the same duties as our Police Officers.

With the addition of the larger satellite court facility in our jurisdiction, our compliment of Special Constables has had to increased significantly.

Midland's mandate to provide security to the Provincial facility and to effectively guard and manage the higher volume of prisoners from the surrounding municipalities and the Provincial Jail requires specially trained individuals. Our court staff duties include but are not limited to:

  • Crown Brief management and filing
  • Provincial and Federal Case management
  • Court document preparation
  • Victim notifications
  • Court house security
  • Transportation of prisoners
  • Guarding of prisoners
  • Execution of warrants of committal / bench warrants
  • Service of summons and subpoenas
  • Crime scene preservation
  • Traffic & Public Events Control

Auxiliary Police

These dedicated volunteers assist our patrol officers in front-line policing and work under the direct supervision of police officers. While working, these members are afforded all the powers and protections of a police officer and while they are not armed, they are trained in the use of all of our use of force options. An auxiliary officer's duties are assigned by their escorting officer and their contributions to community peacekeeping are valuable and appreciated.

Information Technology

Beyond maintaining our own electronics, computer and telecommunications infrastructure and network security, this unit provides technical support to all the other units within our organization. The Midland Police Service has a strong commitment to the use of technology to enable and enhance the delivery of police services. As member of the Ontario Police Technology and Information Cooperative (OPTIC), we share common police applications hosted within centralized data centres that allow data sharing between the Midland Police Service and other Municipal, Regional, Provincial and Federal police services.

This shared technology provides Midland Police access to world class police applications at a reduced cost by collaborating on all elements of application design, development, testing and implementation. Our IT unit develops in-house solutions, saving our citizens significant commercial acquisition and licensing costs, and in the spirit of the technology cooperative, shares those with our law enforcement peers, affording other municipalities the benefits of our solutions for the common purpose of intelligence-lead effective policing.

Technical Surveillance

This specialized unit uses a combination of classic and cutting edge technology to assist in criminal investigations. A blend of techniques, tools and technology assist our investigators in documenting elusive evidence, ensuring officer safety and monitoring criminal activities on the telephone, internet, in homes and businesses and public spaces. Our ability to perform these functions in-house allows us to conduct technical investigations in a prompt and timely manner not available to agencies without this expertise. Alternatively we would request the assistance of other partner agencies and wait for their assistance on a priority basis.

The specialized techniques, methods and technologies are a trade secret but play a vital role in the successful prosecution of area criminal activity.

Forensic Video/Audio Analysis and Enhancement

This specialized unit uses an industry-standard Avid Pro HD non-linear video suite along with a host of hardware and software including the court-proven dTective toolset from Ocean Systems. Our video analysts use accepted scientific methodologies like ACE-V(R) when working with analog and digital audio/video evidence from crime scenes and other sources and optimizes them for investigative and court purposes.

The ability to employ trained personnel and maintain this vital in-house service, like those of the technical investigators, means that we can conduct prompt and timely investigations without having to request the assistance of our peer agencies and wait for their availability on a priority basis. This unit enjoys many successes that have and continue to lead to successful criminal prosecutions.