FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the semi-annual report to City Council by the RCMP on Tuesday, the subject of the Creep Catchers that has formed in Fort St. John was discussed between Council and members of the Fort St. John detachment.
Sgt. Dave Tyreman says that the Fort St. John RCMP don’t condone the Creep Catchers ways of catching people because it could sanction legal action against them.
“With Creep Catchers, it is kind of a touchy subject because what they are doing, their goal is to shame this individual in the community. Our goal as investigators is to stop this behaviour, put somebody behind bars, get them whatever help they need.
With Creep Catchers, if we have a current ongoing investigation where somebody is involved in child pornography or sex with underaged women and these people all of a sudden out this person, they have thrown countless hours down the drain by doing this.
We don’t condone what they are doing. We understand why they are doing it but again, they shamed a person in the community.”
Tyreman said that if someone was to hurt themselves because of the comments from the public, the police would have to ask the question of whether or not the person from Creep Catchers would be responsible for negligence causing death.
“We don’t want to see anyone pushed to that point where they take their own life. We do what we can. We’ve had a couple of videos we found out about from a third party where it was on the website. We got a hold of the individual involved, we do everything we can to preserve the evidence from the sites. The main thing we have to look at, when they go out, what process are they following.”
He says that they have to ask the question of “are they going out and pretending to be 14 year-old girls, are they encouraging the behaviour or are they just sitting back and waiting like they say they are.” He also said they have to go through the transcripts that the Creep Catchers provide and see if the are “baiting” the person.