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REPORTING · 11th October 2014
Walter McFarlane
Staff Sergeant Phil Harrison delivered a policing report for August at the Regular Meeting of Kitimat City Council on Monday, October 6th.

He explained there are three vacancies in the detachment, one is for medical and one is staff. They will be getting a cadet at the end of the month to fill in one vacancy and he hoped to have a new staff member next month.

August was a busy month for the RCMP with 482 calls for the month, 60 higher than July. However, Harrison said most crimes were down. He stated that most of the shopliftings which have been taking place in Kitimat relate to liquor, not food.

One of the areas which is up is impaired driving. As of August, they have had 74 charges of impaired driving compared to 41 last year. Liquor offenses are also up.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff wanted to know if Kitimat was safe, compared to other communities in the Northwest. The reply was that the RCMP volume is increasing. “Our Crime stats are showing us that Kitimat is as safe as any town. In fact, quite a bit safer than a lot of towns. This is by no means a rip roaring type of town, it’s very very level headed,” said Harrison.

Harrison said there is a downturn in serious crime in Canada and this is reflected in Kitimat.

Councillor Edwin Empinado thanked them for the job they are doing in keeping the road safe. Councillor Rob Goffinet agreed.

Goffinet wanted to know what liquor act offenses were. He was told they can happen at any time and could be as simple as people being intoxicated in a public place.

Empinado wanted to know if there was still a problem of patrons migrating from one establishment to another across the Haisla Bridge and if they check up on those people on the road.

The explanation was there was some pedestrian traffic between the two establishments. One of which closes at two and the other closes at four. When people are concerned about safety on the highway, the RCMP responds to reports of intoxicated people on the roadway.