Park Wardens, OPP arrest man at Sandbanks

Prince Edward OPP. (Gazette File Photo)

A Belleville man has a court date in Picton in October due to an altercation at Sandbanks Provincial Park on Monday.

On Monday August 10, 2020 shortly before 4:30 p.m.Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to Sandbanks  to assist Provincial Park Wardens with an individual.

A SAFE PLACE TO TRADE- Police Services Board Chair Richard Gwozdowski, Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant John Hatch and Councillor Janice Maynard are promoting safe trading areas at the Prince Edward detachment for online and social media sales that require in-person exchanges. (Submitted Photo)

That afternoon Park Wardens were called to disturbance in the park. They attempted to arrest an individual which led to an altercation. OPP officers arrived, assisted with the arrest and took custody of the individual. 

As a result of the investigation, Shawn Burriss, 38, from Belleville, was arrested and charged under the Criminal Code with:

  • Assault – sec. 266
  • Assault with a weapon – sec. 267(a)
  • Resist peace officer – sec. 129(a)
  • Uttering threats – sec. 264.1(1)(a)

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on October 7, 2020.

In other Prince Edward OPP News:

The Prince Edward County Detachment  would like to announce to members of the public about the program launched in an effort to make online transactions safer for buyers and sellers.

The purpose of Project Safe Trade is to create a ‘community safe zone’ at an OPP detachment parking lot in which to facilitate online property transactions. Creating a ‘community safe zone’ is about moving online transactions away from secluded parking lots, personal residences or other areas and bringing them to a public place. 

“We are inviting everyone to use the OPP ‘Safe Trade’ designated parking spaces at our detachment. These Safe Trade parking spots are available at all times with no appointment necessary,” said Community Safety/ Media Relations Officer Constable Aaron Miller.

The OPP does not monitor or mediate the use of these premises for these purposes.

Online transaction safety tips:


·       Meet in a busy public place

·       Bring a trusted friend or family member along as a witness

·       Keep transactions during to daylight hours

·       Do not erase emails, texts or voicemails between yourself and the seller/buyer

Learn more at Project Safe Trade