REPORTING · 30th November 2012
Staff Sergeant Steve Corp delivered his final Policing Report to Kitimat City Council on Monday, November 19th. Acting Mayor Corinne Scott congratulated him and thanked him for his service to Kitimat.
Under detachment news for September, Corp announced one of the constables attended bear training, three officers took a radar screening device course, one office took a water transport course and Sargent Norm Striker joined the Kitimat Detachment.
In October, Kitimat received a new officer fresh from training, two constables attended the field coaching and training course, an officer attended the Prime course, and several constables took the Radar training course.
The RCMP have been busy being parts of the community. In addition to their duties, they gave tours of the detachment for children and have attended interagency meetings.
Going into the crime statistics for October, there were 7 common assaults, 1 assault with a weapon, three threats and 20 animal calls, all of which were bears. Under property crimes, there was 1 break and enter to a business, 1 theft over 5000, 1 vehicle theft and fourteen mischief to properties.
Under Drug Offenses, there were 3 possessions of cocaine, 3 possessions of marijuana, 2 possessions of other drugs and 3 impaired driving. Under Provincial Statutes, there were 3 liquor act offenses, 18 tickets and 51 warnings.
Councillor Phil Germuth wanted to know if the RCMP could give the Council an update on the Fulmar Street Shooting. Corp replied they could not give an update other than they are actively investigating it and the suspects.
Councillor Mario Feldhoff asked about the rash of vehicle break-ins which took place in earlier this month.
“We saw a dramatic increase in break-ins to vehicles as well as thefts of vehicles. We had 25 instances reported over a 45 day period of break-ins and, I believe, 5 thefts of vehicles. The suspects who were doing this were actually looking for cars where the keys had been left in them. When they found them in that condition, they were stealing the cars and joy riding. We did a news release. Last week, we happened to catch and lay charges against 1 adult and 2 young offenders who were in possession of a stolen car,” said Corp.
He was hopeful that the RCMP would see an end to this crime spree. There were no further questions.
While this was Corp’s last report to Council, he also delivered the budget request for the 2013 budget on Monday, November 26th. His was the first presentation to Council. Following his requests, he was asked to introduce his replacement, Staff Sergeant Phil Harrison from Carlyle Saskatchewan.