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REPORTING · 27th May 2012
Walter McFarlane
Staff Sergeant Steve Corp stepped up with the Monthly Policing Report on Monday, May 21st at City Council. It was an update for the 2012 crime statistics. It has been a few months since his last report, it went back to February.

Kitimat officers took several recertification courses and educational courses since February. In March, the force increased by one with the addition of Constable Chad Inglis and his family. Welcome to Kitimat.

Kitimat Victim Services has picked up 15 new cases between February and April. The detachment looked after 37 prisoners during April. RCMP taught DARE at the local schools and the students graduated.

Under persons crimes for April, there were 1 reported sexual assault, 1 assault with a weapon / assault causing bodily harm, 11 common assaults, 2 criminal harassments, 1 threat against a person and 5 animal calls, none of which were related to bears.

Under Property Crimes, there were 2 residential break and enters, 1 vehicle theft, 3 cases of shoplifting, 5 mischief to property and 23 incidents of causing a disturbance.

Under Drug Offences, there were 4 cases of possession of Marihuana and 4 cases of impaired driving.

Finally, under provincial statutes, there was 1 24 hour suspension, 27 motor vehicle act tickets, 44 warnings and 11 liquor act offences.

Comparing 2012 to 2011, Sexual assaults reports are up, impaired driving looks like it is going to be higher then 2011. Break and Enters to Businesses, Robberies and threats are down.

There were several questions from Council. Councillor Mario Feldhoff wanted to know if the RCMP had any concerns on things which are occurring. Corp said: “Crime is not going up as of yet. We are seeing some new trends develop. Most notably are new people coming to town,” said Corp.

They are doing street checks and curfew checks and identifying new people in Kitimat for Temporary Empoloyment or other reasons. If they have a reason to be interested in this person because of their history, they are introducing themselves through a welcome wagon and are keeping in contact with them.

“Kitimat is a safe community and we intend for it to stay that way,” said Corp.

Councillor Corrine Scott stated she wanted to welcome the new constable to the town. Corp was happy to add that, at the moment, his detachment is completely full up to the strength from last year and he has three officers more then he should because they are in the process of transferring out.

The new officers are a mix of new officers and experienced officers. “We should be in good hands for years to come,” said Corp.