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RCMP on­line crime re­port­ing tool launches in Swift Cur­rent

- By Matthew Lieben­berg mlieben­berg@prairiepos­ The new on­line crime re­port­ing tool is avail­able at this link: https://ocre-sielc.rcmp-grc.­an Crime · Royal Canadian Mounted Police · Swift Current · Saskatchewan · Yorkton · British Columbia · Spiritwood

Res­i­dents in Swift Cur­rent and sev­eral other com­mu­ni­ties can now use an on­line tool to re­port cer­tain crimes to the RCMP.

The Saskatchew­an RCMP se­lected Swift Cur­rent to be part of the pi­lot launch of the new on­line crime re­port­ing tool.

“The Saskatchew­an RCMP and the RCMP as a whole have al­ways been look­ing at ways to mod­ern­ize the meth­ods through which the pub­lic can re­port crime and to make a so­lu­tion to en­cour­age the pub­lic to re­port crime that they see in their neigh­bour­hoods,” Saskatchew­an RCMP spokesper­son Jes­sica Mur­phy said.

She added that the Saskatchew­an RCMP F divi­sion is very ex­cited to im­ple­ment this new way to re­port a crime.

“We def­i­nitely be­lieve it will be a great op­por­tu­nity to keep com­mu­ni­ties safe and en­cour­age mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­port crime that would other­wise go un­re­ported, and hav­ing an op­por­tu­nity to re­port crime on­line is def­i­nitely help­ful,” she said. “But the main mes­sage too is just to re­mind ev­ery­one that you can still call your lo­cal de­tach­ment for any crime to re­port or any in­for­ma­tion to pro­vide on an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and that this on­line tool does not re­place that op­tion.”

The Saskatchew­an RCMP F divi­sion is di­vided into three dis­tricts for north, cen­tral, and south. The pi­lot launch of the new on­line crime re­port­ing tool is tak­ing place in com­mu­ni­ties lo­cated in all three dis­tricts.

“We strate­gi­cally se­lected cer­tain de­tach­ment ar­eas for the soft launch be­fore we roll it out prov­ince wide,” she ex­plained. “Th­ese de­tach­ments were cho­sen be­cause of the lo­ca­tion and mak­ing sure that we are able to en­com­pass all three policing dis­tricts.”

The pi­lot launch started in Swift Cur­rent on Feb. 8, and the roll­out con­tin­ued a few days later in York­ton. In the fol­low­ing week the new tool launched in Kin­der­s­ley and Melfort, and there­after in Hum­boldt and Spir­it­wood.

The on­line tool is al­ready avail­able in other RCMP di­vi­sions. It was launched re­cently by the RCMP in Bri­tish

Columbia and Man­i­toba. The Al­berta RCMP al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced suc­cess since launch­ing their on­line crime re­port­ing plat­form in May 2020, and over 780 re­ports were sub­mit­ted on­line dur­ing the ini­tial six months.

“So we're re­ally hope­ful that Saskatchew­an res­i­dents will find this new tool ben­e­fi­cial for re­port­ing crime to po­lice in their ju­ris­dic­tion,” she said.

Swift Cur­rent res­i­dents can use their com­puter or cell­phone to re­port cer­tain crimes if they have a valid e-mail ad­dress and an in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

“On­line crime re­port­ing will help to en­sure mem­bers of the pub­lic can re­port crime in a more con­ve­nient and ac­ces­si­ble way,” Mur­phy noted. “The pub­lic can up­load images of lost or stolen prop­erty di­rectly through the tool when they're mak­ing a com­plaint.”

The on­line crime re­port­ing tool can be used to re­port the fol­low­ing in­ci­dents: Dam­age or mis­chief to prop­erty un­der $5,000; theft of bi­cy­cle un­der $5,000; theft un­der $5,000; theft from ve­hi­cle un­der $5,000; lost or found prop­erty; and dam­age or mis­chief to ve­hi­cle un­der $5000.

The above men­tioned in­ci­dents can only be re­ported on­line if the fol­low­ing con­di­tions ap­ply: The lost or stolen items cost less than $5,000; the van­dal­ized prop­erty will cost less than $5,000 to re­pair; there are no items in­volv­ing per­sonal iden­tity, firearms, li­cense plates or de­cals; and there are no wit­nesses or sus­pects.

A per­son needs to be a vic­tim to be able to sub­mit an on­line crime re­port. There might be a du­pli­ca­tion of files if a wit­ness or third party sub­mits an on­line re­port, and there­fore they can­not use this op­tion.

“When a wit­ness is in­volved with a file, this re­quires ad­di­tional wit­ness in­for­ma­tion and state­ments, but they can def­i­nitely con­tact their lo­cal de­tach­ment,” she said. “It's just to keep the re­port as con­cise as pos­si­ble and all the de­tails needed to pass along. We can't have mul­ti­ple files for one type of re­port.”

Res­i­dents will there­fore have to con­tact their RCMP de­tach­ment to re­port in­ci­dents that do not fit the re­quire­ments for sub­mit­ting an on­line crime re­port.

Crimes re­ported through the on­line tool will be treated the same as those re­ported over the phone or in per­son. The RCMP takes all re­ports of crime se­ri­ously and it wants ev­ery crime to be re­ported.

“Re­port­ing crime on­line that may other­wise have gone un­re­ported gives us a clear pic­ture of the types of crimes that are oc­cur­ring in a spe­cific area,” she noted. “So it helps us to de­ter­mine the re­sources we need to be able to keep ev­ery­one safe in their com­mu­ni­ties and know how to ad­e­quately re­spond to th­ese types of crimes.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mur­phy the new on­line crime re­port­ing tool will also as­sist the RCMP in other ways to deal more ef­fec­tively with in­for­ma­tion about crime.

“Re­port­ing a se­lect crime on­line can help our emer­gency call tak­ers and front­line po­lice of­fi­cers fo­cus their time on high pri­or­ity calls for ser­vice and as­sis­tance,” she ex­plained. “And when we re­ceive on­line crime re­ports, this as­sists us in­ter­nally with our crime anal­y­sis to iden­tify and tar­get crime trends.”

In­di­vid­u­als will get a ref­er­ence num­ber when us­ing the on­line tool to re­port a crime, and they should keep that num­ber handy.

“Our of­fi­cers will only con­tact you if ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is re­quired,” she said. “How­ever, if you do wish to fol­low up on the re­port, we en­cour­age mem­bers of the pub­lic who file that re­port to con­tact their lo­cal de­tach­ment and pro­vide that ref­er­ence num­ber that you re­ceived when your on­line crime re­port was sub­mit­ted.”

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