Swift Cur­rent RCMP had a busy Oc­to­ber

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A busy month of Oc­to­ber has pushed up the trend of higher to­tal oc­cur­rences re­sponded to by mem­bers of the Swift Cur­rent City RCMP De­tach­ment.

Staff Sergeant Gary Hodges from the De­tach­ment pre­sented a sta­tis­ti­cal re­port at the De­cem­ber 3 Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil meet­ing which in­cluded data up to the end of Oc­to­ber.

The statis­tics show the de­tach­ment re­sponded to 451 to­tal oc­cur­rences dur­ing Oc­to­ber to reach a year to date to­tal of 4,178 calls for ser­vice dur­ing the time pe­riod of April 1 to Oc­to­ber 31. This year is now slightly ahead of the pace of 4,160 calls from 2017, and is well up from the 3,840 calls for the same seven month time pe­riod dur­ing 2016.

Swift Cur­rent’s stats for the pe­riod of April 1 to Au­gust 31 were 3,322 this year, which was slightly be­hind the pace of 3,366 last year.

“The Oc­to­ber stats, they present as the high­est in three years - the num­ber of calls for ser­vice,” Staff Sgt. Hodges told City Coun­cil. “So we con­tinue to work away at those calls and make the com­mu­nity a safer place.”

“In par­tic­u­lar you’ll note there’s an in­crease in Theft Un­der $5,000 calls, which is due in part to a num­ber of ‘car shop­ping’ com­plaints. I seem to talk about them in nu­mer­ous dif­fer­ent in­ter­views and in this fo­rum. We en­cour­age peo­ple again this time of year please lock your car, don’t leave your keys in it. Just while you’re out shop­ping, there’s oth­ers that may be ‘shop­ping’ com­ple­ments of you and your ve­hi­cle. So please se­cure your ve­hi­cles to help pre­vent that crime.”

He also noted there were nine im­paired driv­ing calls in Oc­to­ber, but just one in­stance re­sulted in charges, as six of them were de­ter­mined to be un­founded as their driv­ing be­hav­iour was not a re­sult of an im­paired driver.

Staff Sgt. Hodges also shared with Coun­cil a suc­cess­ful in­ves­ti­ga­tion which led to the ex­e­cu­tion of a war­rant where RCMP seized metham­phetamine, co­caine and am­phet­a­mines with a to­tal street value of $66,000, along with cash and weapons.

RCMP School Li­ai­son of­fi­cer Con­sta­ble Toni Curti also spoke to coun­cil about his du­ties at the Swift Cur­rent Com­pre­hen­sive High School.

Con­sta­ble Curti as­sumed the li­ai­son of­fi­cer du­ties on Sep­tem­ber 1, and has made it a pri­or­ity to be vis­i­ble in the school by at­tend­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in school ac­tiv­i­ties.

“I’ve had a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to do some ran­dom talks in classes. So I pop in ev­ery time I see a class­room door open. I’m al­ways in the hall­ways and try­ing to in­clude my­self in any­way I can just to show vis­i­bil­ity. That’s very im­por­tant to me to just be vis­i­ble, so I’m vis­i­ble, I’m ap­proach­able, and they know that they can come to me when­ever they want.”

While there are RCMP li­ai­son of­fi­cers in schools across the prov­ince, Swift Cur­rent boasts the only po­si­tion which is fully funded through dol­lars ap­proved by City Coun­cil.

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