The local police service is about to rebrand how they patrol the city.
Thunder Bay Police Service chief J.P. Levesque says he expects the long-awaited shift to zone policing to roll out in the coming months.
This new policing model will see the city divided into five zones. Officers will be assigned to each zone in hopes they can become more familiar with the specific area they're responsible for.
“We’re hoping people will be familiar with the officers dedicated to working their area and that’s a big piece,” Levesque said after Tuesday’s police services board meeting at the Balmoral Police Station.
“When I first started on the job, that’s the way it was. You worked in the zone and got to know the business people, the people who live in their area and we’re trying to rebranding ourselves a little bit.”
The new system was expected already be in place, but the chief admits required policy reviews and officers adapting to a new 12-hour schedule led to some delays.
To help with the revamp patrol cars will be outfitted with tablets, giving officers new ways to communicate with zone supervisors.
Dictating reports while still in the cruiser will also be possible.