Fort St. John RCMP present year end review

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP released the 2015 year end review to City Council today.

Insp. Mike Kurvers & S/Sgt. Steve Perret presented the findings to Mayor Lori Ackerman and the Councillors.

Overall total calls for service went up this year. In 2014, there were 15,697 calls. In 2015, 15,802.

Criminal Code Calls were also up. In 2014, there were 5,230 calls. In 2015, 5,444.

Person and Property offences also saw a spike. Person offences were at 1,016 in 2014. In 2015, 1,323. Property offences were at 2,136 in 2014. 2015 saw 2,316 offences committed.

Robberies also went up from 16 in 2014 to 33 in 2015. Assault on police officers went down, with 10 in 2014, and 7 in 2015.

Sex offences also went down from 38 in 2014 to 30 in 2015. Uttering threats was up from 126 in 2014 to 162 in 2015. Arson was also down from 22 in 2014 to 15 in 2015.

Shoplifting saw a rise in offences with 121 in 2014 and 169 in 2015.

Drug possession and trafficking in all categories was also down. Vehicle collisions and fatalities also saw a drop.

The plan for 2016 is to get more Bike Patrol Training in and also to work on detachment building recommendations.

Kurvers also noted that crimes are down because there is more of a police presence out in full force. He said it is more likely that someone won’t do something criminal because they see the presence and think twice.

You can view the full report here.