RCMP re­pond to al­le­gata­tions of ha­rass­ment by lo­cal mo­tor­cy­cle club

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - Edi­tor’s note: The fol­low­ing let­ter from S/Sgt. Rick Robin­son, com­man­der of the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP, is in re­sponse to an ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “ Hakapiks speak out” that ap­peared in the Sept. 14 edi­tion of The Com­pass. In the ar­ti­cle, the founder

IN THE NEWS S/Sgt. Rick Robin­son of the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP pro­vides a re­sponse to al­le­ga­tions from the Hakapiks mo­tor­cy­cle club that his mem­bers have been ha­rass­ing club mem­bers. Robin­son de­nies the claim, and says his mem­bers are sim­ply do­ing their jobs.

As the district com­man­der for the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP, I would like the gen­eral pub­lic to know that we have no is­sue with “Mo­tor­cy­cle En­thu­si­asts.” I ex­pect that many of our per­sonal friends and many RCMP of­fi­cers are “Mo­tor­cy­cle En­thu­si­asts,“ likely rid­ing a va­ri­ety of makes, in­clud­ing Har­ley-Davidson mo­tor­cy­cles.

I can­not speak about ru­mors or false as­sump­tions, it is sim­ply not the way the RCMP does busi­ness.

I will, though, re-as­sure our com­mu­nity res­i­dents that the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP is ded­i­cated to the safety of ALL of the peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties,

In that role it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to in­ves­ti­gate crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, as well as sus­pected crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, as it re­lates to any “in­di­vid­ual” or any “group.”

I think that the pub­lic has that ex­pec­ta­tion of the po­lice. We in­ves­ti­gate such mat­ters when we feel that we have rea­son to do so. If that in­ves­ti­ga­tion leads us to an of­fence, then we will take the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion. And like­wise, if it does not lead us to an of­fence, then no ac­tion is taken.

I make no apolo­gies for my of­fi­cers con­duct­ing these in­ves­ti­ga­tions. It is our job.

High­way Traf­fic Act en­force­ment is also a part of the RCMP role. “Safe Roads, Safe Com­mu­ni­ties” is an RCMP ini­tia­tive right across Canada. I sus­pect that the “cheesy pro­vin­cial of­fence notices” that was re­ferred to by the Hakapiks are ac­tu­ally our “Sum­mary Of­fence In­for­ma­tions,” com­monly known as “ Traf­fic Tick­ets.”

I ex­pect that many “ law abid­ing” res­i­dents, likely com­muters, are quite fa­mil­iar with these. I know sev­eral up­stand­ing res­i­dents that have joked with me about be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of a traf­fic ticket for speed­ing. Most sim­ply re­al­ize that they made a mis­take and are quite ready to pay the penalty. There is also the op­tion to dis­pute the ticket and have a de­ci­sion made at pro­vin­cial court if the driver feels the of­fi­cer was mis­taken. The Hakapiks are cer­tainly no dif­fer­ent from any other driver or mo­tor­cy­cle rider that is ex­pected to obey the rules of the road.

The RCMP of­fi­cers in Trin­ity Con­cep­tion are fully oc­cu­pied with a va­ri­ety of mi­nor and ma­jor du­ties rang­ing from the Liquor Con­trol Act, High­way Traf­fic Act, Crim­i­nal Code in­ves­ti­ga­tions such as as­saults, break and en­ters, thefts, mis­chief, sex­ual as­saults, frauds, rob­beries, pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy and drug traf­fick­ing, just to men­tion a few. In ad­di­tion there are any num­ber of pub­lic as­sis­tance mat­ters, prop­erty and neigh­bour dis­putes. They do not have “idle” time.

The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP is very open to re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion on any crim­i­nal or or­ga­nized crime ac­tiv­ity, ei­ther “up front” or “con­fi­den­tially” from ANY mem­ber of the gen­eral pub­lic, this in­cludes the Hakapiks. While all in­for­ma­tion can­not be acted upon, all in­for­ma­tion with re­spect to crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity is use­ful.

Crime Stop­pers is now also avail­able on Face­book and Twit­ter. Hope­fully those av­enues al­low for eas­ier shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion while pro­tect­ing the anonymity of the provider.

S/Sgt. Robin­son can be reached by phone at 596-5014.

S/Sgt. Rick Robin­son com­mands the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP.

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