Police Pinpoint Plans For Coming Year

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
Police Pinpoint Plans For Coming Year

Mayor and Council received a round up of criminal activity in the city in 2016 and what some of the plans are moving into 2017.
The city has seen a drop in some crimes from 2016 to the year before. Disturbance calls have gone down (-9%), as have false alarms (-18% and Liquor Control and Licencing Act offences (-28%). Other crimes have seen an increase, such as mischief (+9%), theft under $5,000 (+7%) and Mental Health Act calls (+10%).
Superintendent Warren Brown says there are reason for some of the changes. The Car 60 Program, for example, is capable of dealing with a lot more mental health and additions cases.
He hails closure of the Connaught Motor Inn “a victory” for downtown crime fighting, noting there was not a spike in criminal activity after that problem property was shut down.
However, there are two issues dogging the local detachment. Social chronic offenders are eating away at a lot of resources, and the plan is to partner more closely with other social agencies to help reduce those cases.
Another is Third and George, which was referred to as a “challenge.”
“I could put an officer at that location all day,” Spt told Council, but he adds there are marginalized people with mental health and additions issues that need to access services found at that area of the downtown. What he “will not tolerate” is crime in that location or those who feed on those marginalized people.
He did have praise for Council’s efforts on the crime front, adding it is sticking to its bylaws and enforcing them, such as with the Connaught Motor Inn and the Lombardy Trailer park.
Another challenge facing the local detachment is the number of officers it has. While it is budgeted for 135 officers, there are only 117 on active duty, due in large part, to attrition. However, Spt. Brown is confident there will be “a full roster come Spring.”

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