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REPORTING · 26th January 2011
Walter McFarlane
Staff Sergeant Steve Corp gave the monthly policing report for December and the year end totals for reported crimes in Kitimat.

“Counterattack roadblocks were conducted through out the Christmas / New Years seasons at various locations around the District. We noticed few incidences where people were drinking and driving. This I believe is a direct result of activities such as the New Year’s Eve Bussing Program here in town and measures like these do have a real impact in keeping our citizens and community safe. I would like to personally thank the District, the participating businesses, volunteers and finally, the citizens for making this year a success once again,” said Corp.

Other detachment news included the addition of a new member to the detachment and the training and skills maintenance. RCMP helped out with the Christmas Food Hampers and the Dare Classes were going on in the schools through out December.

The grand total of prisoners for 2010 sat at 319 incarcerated persons. 285 people were incarcerated in 2009. The increase was 34%.

Onto crime statistics, crime was down across the board with two notable exceptions. Sexual assaults were up to 8 from 5. Thefts of Vehicles were also up from 5 to 9 Threats against a person dropped by 2.

Corp concluded by referring to calls for service, 3,851 calls in 2009, 3620 in 2010. The case load for each officer in 2010 was down to 258 cases for the year.

Councillor Randy Halyk wanted to know just why Sexual Assaults were up. Corp stated the term meant unwanted contact. Many people assume worst case scenario when they hear the word. Others are historical assaults where people have come forward with information from the past years.
Comment by Lisa Leska on 8th February 2011
Just reading the article about crime being down in Kitimat! Wow not only a beautiful community..but a safe one too! Would be a wonderful place to raise a family! Great job and congrats to the RCMP.