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REPORTING · 21st March 2014
Walter McFarlane
Staff Sargent Phil Harrison stepped up to give his monthly policing report to Kitimat City Council on Monday, March 17th.

He explained they have all of their officers in place now except for the Sergeant and the GIS position.

There were 268 calls for service in February. Person crimes are down 2% and property crimes are down 13%. Criminal Harassment is down 13%, threats against persons are down 14%. There were no sexual assaults reported. Common assaults are up 31%, 18 complaints to bring the total to 34 this year. There has only been one break and enter to business and that was last month.

There were two complaints of shoplifting. Mischief is down, there were twelve cases of causing a disturbance.

Provincial statutes are up 46%. 28 tickets were given out last month. They are working their way up. There were 45 motor vehicle act warnings last month.

He wanted Council to know about alarms. “We are instituting a new policy, to try and keep them down a little bit. After three false calls, we will be sending out a letter and telling the people that we will not be responding to their alarm calls until they have fixed their alarms. Hopefully, that’s going to reduce our call outs for a lot of needless time,” said Harrison.

Councillor Rob Goffinet asked if liquor act offenses were comparable to last year. So far in 2014, there have been 14, in 2013, there were 13. Harrison told him they can occur at any time and they are usually for people consuming open liquor or are intoxicated in public. These are usually done by the same people over and over.

Councillor Edwin Empinado asked if the RCMP are planning to have a larger presence in the community. Harrison replied he is planning for it and he will be discussing it with Council in a closed meeting. This is the time of year where the RCMP Plans for the coming year. He asked Council for their thoughts on focusing their priorities.