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REPORTING · 25th September 2012
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat City Council Meeting on Monday, September 17th began with the RCMP report for August. Corporal Darryl Peppler stepped up to give the report.

“August was a rather uneventful month,” said Peppler. He explained August is a slow month because people are generally on vacation and the RCMP programs are usually not up and running.

Peppler began his report by telling Council how Sergeant Steve Sumner has transferred out and Sergeant Norm Striker will be joining the Kitimat detachment from Prince George.

Staff Sergeant Steve Corp and Constable Kelly took part in operational skills training. The RCMP met with community groups and continue to do patrols around Kitimat.

The RCMP has also increased visibility and enforcement around local liquor establishments due to complaints. “We did numerous identification checks of patrons and proactive impaired enforcement in the parking lot and uniformed patrols were conducted,” said Peppler.

Turning to the Crime statistics for August, Peppler reported there were 14 common assaults and 3 assaults causing bodily harm. There were three residential break and enters and two theft of vehicles. There were 24 incidents of mischief and 20 of causing a disturbance.

There were 22 motor vehicles act tickets and 62 warnings given out.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff pointed out there were several line items which were higher in 2012 then they were in 2010. Notably Sexual Assault, Assault with a weapon/causing bodily harm, theft of vehicles and vandalism. He asked what the root of these incidents was and if the construction was a cause. He also wanted to know what Council could do to turn it around.

Peppler explained 90% of the Sexual Assaults were historical, prior to 2012. Solving the problems with impaired driving could be done through proactive policing. Pepper stated increases in traffic related incidents could be attributed to the camps. The RCMP have been working with both Bechtel and Apache and they have been cooperating with the RCMP.

Councillor Rob Goffinet wanted to return to an in depth briefing between Council and the RCMP concerning trends at the beginning of a year so Council could under stand what the RCMP were doing in the community.

Peppler stated they could meet in April at the beginning of the fiscal year and will bring it back to the detachment with him. He did have some suggestions though.

Due to the boom in Kitimat, Traffic and Drugs are priority. He stated the RCMP are working with probation to have a curfew check program where the RCMP will check to make certain people on probation are there.