Policing Update For Council Has Good and Bad News

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Policing Update For Council Has Good and Bad News

There was both good news and bad from the Superintendent of the local RCMP as he presented his first quarter report to Council.
Starting with the good news, Superintendent Warren Brown had nothing but praise for the partnership with Northern Health, as part of its community safety priority. That partnership has resulted in things like the Car 60 program. It has seen a doubling of calls since its inception in 2015, from 297 calls for the first four months of 2015 to to 467 this year so far. That has resulted in fewer arrests and incarcerations.
Under the bullet of crime reduction, Spt. Brown says officers are seeing more of what he calls “out-of-towners” showing up and are doing so “to catch up with people they met in prison.” He adds there has been a recent spike in break and enters in the downtown which has lead the RCMP to look at “a more enforcement-related plan for the downtown in a month or so.”
The road safety strategy will focus one an area that has been identified by members of the public as a concern: speeding. Spt. Brown says officers will be enforcing more often for speeders on hot spot corridors, specifically, Foothills Boulevard, Domano Boulevard, Ospika Boulevard, the downtown and Peden Hill.
Finally, Spt. Brown reported there are finally 129 officers at the detachment, what the City contract for policing sets out. However, he says that means the detachment has brought in 25 new recruits since November.

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