Phone lines busy for RCMP
Calls from Conception Bay North towns generally up
Trinity-Conception RCMP is there to serve and protect just like any other police force, and judging from figures released last week, there’s no shortage of work to be done.
At the most recent Conception Bay North Joint Councils meeting, held last Thursday in Victoria, police indicated there has been a 7.5 per cent increase in the number of calls received for the year as of that date. That figure was specific to 11 communities from Victoria to Brigus and did not reflect the local detachment’s full coverage area.
We’re not going to be worked out of a job any time soon. Sgt. Richard Marshall
“We’re busy. We’re not going to be worked out of a job any time soon,” Sgt. Richard Marshall told those who attended the meeting.
Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 26, 5,370 calls were received, compared to 4,994 over the same time period in 2014. Those figures did not include calls concerning activity on Veterans Memorial Highway, of which Marshall said RCMP are receiving plenty of driver complaints. He said the majority of calls re- ceived were minor in nature, though he noted all cases take time to investigate.
The biggest jump in terms of calls received came in Brigus. The 143 calls made as of last Thursday represents a 53.8 per cent increase from 2014. Victoria (30.4 per cent) and Clarke’s Beach (22.6 per cent) have also generated more complaints this year compared to last.
The sharpest decline for calls received for the year as of last
Staff Sgt. Howard Gale, left, and Sgt. Richard Marshall were invited guests for last week’s Conception Bay North Joint Councils meeting in Victoria.