Phone lines busy for RCMP

Calls from Con­cep­tion Bay North towns gen­er­ally up

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

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

PHOTO BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

Staff Sgt. Howard Gale, left, and Sgt. Richard Mar­shall were in­vited guests for last week’s Con­cep­tion Bay North Joint Coun­cils meet­ing in Vic­to­ria.

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