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.
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
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. Filing, data entry and 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 is staffed 24/7.
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 Municipal 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 Midland Municipal Court House, our compliment of Special Constables has increased over the past few years.
Our mandate to provide security to the facility and to effectively guard and manage the higher volume of prisoners from the surrounding municipalities 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
- Traffic & Public Events Control
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.
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.
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.
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 Analysis
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 work with analog and digital video evidence from crime scenes and optimize them for investigative and court purposes.