Intimate Partner Violence Policy Evaluation

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The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service continues to evaluate Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and how they can best serve and support victims in the community.

Through the ongoing review of the four homicides in the fall of 2023, Sault Police have identified areas in which Chief Stevenson and Senior Command can better support the officers who are responding to emergency calls.

“I have a responsibility to this community and to our members to provide the best tools, training, and complement of staff to support victims and ensure public safety, says Chief Hugh Stevenson. “I, along with our senior leaders, will continue to explore all options to enhance the level of service we deliver.

Sault Police have thoroughly reviewed all 911 calls from the victims in this incident. The day before the homicides, the deceased adult victim phoned police during a verbal argument with Bobbie Hallaert. During this call, the victim mentioned to the 911 Communicator that she had a physical altercation roughly two weeks prior with Hallaert.

“I am a strong believer in the notion there is always room to improve,” adds Chief Stevenson. “It’s crucial we share the results of this review and the areas of improvement we identify. We will continue to lead by example to ensure the public’s trust in their police service.” reporter, Ron Jokelainen Will have a full report coming up.

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