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Cobourg police chief calls for all hands on deck to fight drug epidemic

So, for our first show of 2020, it seemed like a good idea to revisit one of the more significant stories in Northumberland: the ongoing battle with drugs across the county. Following a number of key arrests over the past few months, plus a shocking announcement regarding a more deadly form of drug suspected to be in our region, it is appropriate to talk once more about the state of the opioid situation and some of the developing issues that have come forward since July when we began examining what was going on. Certainly, a lot has happened and there is a more vocal public debate taking place since then. Back in July, then Deputy Chief Paul Vandegraff sat in this same chair across from me and we talked about opioids. It was the first of a series of interviews done by Consider This around the emerging situation. Continue Reading →

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Safe interview room helps victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, says police


Unless you have been through it, understanding the terror and pain of domestic abuse, it is not easy to fully appreciate what someone is experiencing. As we learned last week when I interviewed Nancy Johnston, executive director of Cornerstone women’s shelter, there are some 2,600 women and children, who seek help from their services. In many cases, these women have faced violence in the home. The first responders to these cases of domestic violence are the police. During such cases, interviewing the victims of violence, rape or sexual assault can be very hard. Continue Reading →

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Opioids in Northumberland County – a frontline perspective from Cobourg police

If you live in Northumberland County, surely there has been a time when you were standing in the sunshine and looked north only to see the dark clouds of a storm. And, you may wonder, it is going to come here or is it just going to pass by. The recent headlines coming out of Peterborough related to the opioid crisis facing that community are shocking. In a single weekend in early June, 13 people overdosed and two died within a 72-hour period. Deputy Chief Timothy Farquharson said in an interview with CBC, he hasn’t seen anything like it in his 33 years in policing. Continue Reading →

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Fentanyl deaths quadruple in Cobourg in less than a year, says police chief

The number of deaths due to fentanyl has quadrupled, while the number of calls to police has doubled in the past year, Chief Kai Liu said during an interview on Consider This Live. These are just calls where the police respond, he added. There are also those cases where people call an ambulance and those are not recorded in the police statistics, he explained. The number of calls up until July was 25 compared to 13 fentanyl calls for all of 2017.  The number of deaths in 2017 was one. By July, it was four. Continue Reading →

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Fighting human trafficking in Northumberland through community initiative, says police

Human traffickers target children as young as 11- to 15-years old in Northumberland County for prostitution, according to Constable Detective Janice MacDonald, of the Cobourg Police Force. But, a multi-organizational task force is coming together with a $41,000 grant to help youth and parents by becoming better educated, she said. Acting Staff Sergeant Brent Allison said police are cracking down, as well. Listen to the shocking statistics and what is being done, as well as helpful tips to prevent children from being swept up in this growing problem as we discuss this issue on Consider This, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Award-winning deputy chief talks about community building from a police perspective

Cobourg Police Deputy Chief Paul Vandegraaf talks about receiving the Order of Merit of the Police Force from the Governor General of Canada recently. He talks about his grassroots approach to policing and discusses what can be done about policing in America as part of Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Remembering former Cobourg Police Chief Dan McDougall

By Robert Washburn

It was with deep sadness the news of the death of former Cobourg Police Chief Dan McDougall arrived this past week. It would be wrong to say I knew him well because I didn’t. But, he and I had lots of contact when I was a reporter at the Cobourg Daily Star. For the all the years I worked as a reporter, the police beat was mine. So, we regularly crossed paths. Continue Reading →

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