B.C. RCMP test­ing on­line re­port­ing tool

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

VAN­COU­VER – Sur­rey RCMP is set to be­come the first de­tach­ment to test a new on­line crime re­port­ing tool on Mon­day, fol­lowed by pro­posed tests in three other B.C. com­mu­ni­ties later this sum­mer. The RCMP says the pi­lot project will al­low peo­ple to re­port some non-emer­gency crimes on­line, free­ing up time for front­line per­son­nel to re­spond to higher pri­or­ity calls and emer­gen­cies.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment, the B.C. RCMP re­ceives more than a mil­lion calls for ser­vice ev­ery year, amount­ing to nearly half the to­tal re­ceived by the RCMP across Canada.

Res­i­dents of the four pi­lot com­mu­ni­ties will be able to use the on­line tool to re­port crimes such as theft or van­dal­ism amount­ing to less than $5,000, pro­vided there are no items in­volv­ing per­sonal iden­tity, firearms, or li­cense plates.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Dave At­tfield said if the sys­tem is suc­cess­ful in Sur­rey, then Ridge Mead­ows, Kelowna and Rich­mond, the tool will be used in other B.C. com­mu­ni­ties.

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