At yesterday’s City of Fort St. John Committee of the Whole meeting City Council heard a presentation from the local RCMP detachment updating the figures from the first half of 2015. Overall calls for service are up 3.8 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the first half of 2014.
Calls are up in the municipal area of the detachment but down in the rural area, both by small margins. So far this year there has been 6,062 municipal calls, and 1,715 rural calls. Comparatively in the first half of 2014 there were 5,768 municipal calls, and 1,729 rural calls.
The presentation was made by Inspector Mike Kurvers who admitted to not being sure as to why there has been an increase in the need for service so far in 2015.
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A number of offenses have gone down in contrast to their 2014 figures. Of note vehicle theft, and theft from vehicles is down. Those numbers are pegged at 70 and 96 respectively. Last year those stats were at 81 and 193.
Kurvers gave credit to members of the drug unit during his presentation as cocaine possession, and cocaine trafficking numbers were down. There was however an increase in cannabis possession charges.
The figures were a bit of a mixed bag when it came to violent crimes. Robbery charges, and uttering threats were up significantly at 18 and 94 respectively. That compares to three and 65 from the first half of 2014. Assaults on officers remained the same at three, and assault with a weapon/aggravated assault also remained the same at 18. There were declines in sex offences, and common assault charges.
As for how Fort St. John ranked province wide relating to crime, the detachment was ranked 18th highest, but was still above the provincial average.