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REPORTING · 21st August 2015
Walter McFarlane
Sergeant Graham Morgan stepped up before Council on Monday, August 17th to present the Monthly Policing Report for July.

He told Council the live scan finger printing machine had been installed. This will speed up Criminal record checks and ensure finger printing will be more efficient. In addition, the closed circuit video equipment will be completed this week.

Their new records clerk has been cleared through security, and they have three guards who are in applicant stage and awaiting security clearance. There are four officer vacancies. One will be returning from paternity leave in September and one recruit will be arriving in November.

“We are pleased to announce the liquor licensing board manager has ruled on two disputes that were before the manager regarding two enforcement actions that they have taken against the Kitimat Hotel. One for allowing intoxicated persons to remain on premise stemming from October, 2014 and one for allowing a minor on premise. They will be starting an eleven day suspension starting on September 6th,” said Morgan.

Morgan also introduced Corporal Chris Manseau who has taken over the media releases and will deal with media relations. He invited the Council to check out the Kitimat RCMP’s twitter feed.

In July, the RCMP had 382 calls for service. These include 5 assault with weapons, two of which were incidents at the river in which charges are still pending. Another one of these five was an assault against a dirt biker by a motorist on Kitimat village road. Charges are pending in this matter as well. One was domestic and on, the complatent was not willing to lay charges.

Under property offenses, there was an arson to two vehicles which were at a repair shop in the Service Centre. This file is under investigation. Four vehicles were stolen including one dirt bike, one was found on fire and one was a civil matter. One of these stolen vehicles was an employee taking their boss’s vehicle and charges to take vehicle without owner consent are pending.

“We have seen a decreasing number of bear calls this year since two grizzlies were relocated in Jun in the Kildala area. We haven’t had that many calls for service regarding bears in the District or Residential Areas. There have been some along the river, which is normal,” said Morgan.

He told Council the majority of animal calls consist of dogs locked in vehicles on hot days and dogs in beds of vehicles and dog bites. Impaired driving is down, but tickets are up and warnings are down. There were 32 less prisoners for their year to date from last year.

Councillor Larry Walker asked for a comment on the number of incidences being handled on the upper and lower dyke of the river. “I want to know just how prevalent the problem is or is not,” said Walker.

The reply was that the assault was between bikers and campers and charges are pending. The other one was an 8 am assault between a fisherman and someone else. This one is before the courts. Morgan said there has been no further violence that he is aware of. He said there are calls of people concerned about children living in the trailers and calls relating to sewer.

There were no further questions so the RCMP sat down.