Fort St. John RCMP give semi-annual report to Council

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – S/Sgt. Steve Perret and Sgt. Dave Tyremen of the Fort St. John RCMP gave the semi-annual report to City Council at a committee of the whole meeting this afternoon.

Perret says that the detachment was pleased to announce that every position at the department will be staffed. He says the detachment will have a surplus in officers. He says it is very exciting to have every position now filled.

Overall calls for service has gone down in 2016.

  • In 2015, there were 7,777 calls for service. In 2016, there have been 7,080.
  • 6,062 calls in 2015 were municipal, while 1,715 were rural.
  • 5,562 were municipal in 2016, while 1,518 were rural.

Criminal code calls have also seen a decline in numbers in 2016.

  • There were 2,595 in 2015. In 2016, 2,474.

Also seeing a decline in numbers were criminal code offences.

  • There were 649 in 2015 compared to 572 in 2016.

Violent crimes are broken down into many different sections. Some were up, while some went down.

  • Robbery is down in 2016. There were 18 in 2015, compared to 6 in 2016.
  • There were 3 police assaults in 2015. There has been 4 in 2016 so far.
  • Sex offences have risen in 2016. There were 13 in 2015 compared to 21 in 2016.
  • Weapon crimes saw 43 in 2015 and 39 so far in 2016.
  • Uttering threats has gone down drastically. There were 94 incidents in 2015, compared to 53 so far in 2016.
  • Common assault is also down. 167 in 2o15, and 148 in 2016.

Arson has seen a rise in activity.

  • There were 6 in 2015. 14 so far in 2016

Break and Enter on businesses has also seen an increase.

  • There were 33 in 2015 and 40 in 2016 so far.

Break and Enter of residences has gone down in 2016 so far.

  • There were 37 in 2o15 and 27 in 2016.

Another area that has seen a big decrease in the Fort St. John area is vehicle thefts.

  • In 2015, there were 70 compared to 56 this year.
  • Theft from vehicles in 2015 was 96 while so far in 2016, there has only been 47.

Theft and mischief has also seen numbers go up and down.

  • There were 76 shoplifting incidents in 2016. In 2016, there has been 91.
  • Theft overall has gone down. In 2015, there were 166 incidents and in 2016, there has been 106.
  • Vandalism has also gone down. There had been 192 incidents in 2015 and 162 incidents in 2016 so far.

Motor vehicle accidents have gone down but fatalities has slightly risen.

  • In 2015, there were 3 fatalities. 4 have occurred so far in 2016.
  • 37 people were injured in 2015 while 16 have been injured so far in 2016.
  • There were 210 accidents where there was damage only in 2015. In 2016, there has been 158.

Public disturbances has risen and in custody numbers have risen as well.

  • In 2015, there were 552 public disturbances. So far in 2016, 700.
  • In custody numbers saw 684 in 2015 and 713 in 2016.

Noise by-law calls and false alarms have both gone down in 2016 so far.

  • There were 118 noise by-law calls in 2015. In 2016, there has been 102 so far.
  • There was 412 false alarm calls in 2015. This year so far there has been 392.

Mayor Lori Ackerman was curious if there is any relation to certain numbers rising as the economy has taken a downturn.

“Does the RCMP as a whole keep statistics on when the economy shifts in the communities, what goes up, what goes down? Do we take a look at these things to see if there are trends?”

The RCMP said that they don’t keep statistics as a whole with other RCMP detachments but track their own.

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