RCMP reports increased assaults

RCMP Sgt. Rose presented to the Houston council, reporting several trends in their Houston files.

RCMP Sgt. Stephen Rose presented to Houston mayor and council on Dec. 4, reporting several trends in their case files.

“We’re noticing some pretty distinct changes,” said Sgt. Rose, speaking of the RCMP files since 2010.

Drug offences have decreased to almost half the number of files in 2010, moving from 26 files in 2010 to 17 files so far this year, Sgt. Rose said.

Break and enter cases and general property crime have both decreased over the past three years, but there’s an increase in common assaults to the point that we’ve nearly doubled since 2010, he said.

That’s a bit concerning but it’s a type of offence outside of RCMP control, because we can never predict when or who is going to be involved in physical assaults, said Sgt. Rose.

Preventing that is extremely challenging and sometimes it comes down to dealing with other aggravating factors like alcohol, he added.

Sgt. Rose says that motor vehicle offences and crashes are increasing and will likely continue through December.

Impaired driving and drunk in public offences have significantly increased – criminal code impaired increasing from 19 last year to 33 this year and 24 hour driving prohibitions from 18 last year to 36 this year so far, nearly doubling through positive enforcement efforts, said Sgt. Rose.

Mayor Bill Holmberg says that scares him a bit, but noted it also hasn’t been policed nearly as hard before.

“So good on you,” Holmberg said to Sgt. Rose.

Sgt. Rose agreed that one of the biggest reasons for the increases in impaired driving and 24 hour prohibition files is because it’s something they’ve focused on enforcing to try to make the roads safer.

“I think increases there is actually a good thing, because we’re taking that risk off the roadway,” Sgt. Rose said, adding that he’d like to see it continue to go up until people realize it’s not acceptable, and hopefully in a year to two it should go down again as people start calling a friend and making ride arrangements.

There’s been a decrease in bail violations, said Sgt. Rose, again because it’s something RCMP has targeted and monitored closely.

Sgt. Rose says that when he first arrived there was a number of breaches but now those people are no longer breaching because they’ve ended up with custodial sentences and are no longer in the community.

Finally, Sgt. Rose asked mayor and council to consider what they’d like RCMP to prioritize and target next year, saying he’d like to consult with them early next year and begin forming next year’s priorities.

 

Just Posted

Province announces $100-million grant funding for Northwest communities

The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to four regional districts and 22 municipalities

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project searches for partners

TransCanada is renewing permits for its natural gas pipeline project to North Coast.

Coastal GasLink stops work to investigate archaeological find

OGC archaeologists are en route to the Houston-area site where Unist’ot’en report finding stone tools

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 5: Recap

Highlights and results from day 5 at the All Native Tournament

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 6: Preview

Look ahead to all the action scheduled for Feb. 16 at the All Native Tournament

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

The can’t decide the pipeline’s fate until a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

B.C. communities push back against climate change damages campaign

Activists copying California case that was tossed out of court

Most Read