Kimberley RCMP Cpl. Chris Newel delivered the third quarter policing report to Council this week, and also took the opportunity to introduce Kimberley new detachment commander, Sgt. Robinson.
Sgt. Robinson comes back to Kimberley — he lived in Marysville 19 years ago — after spending those 19 years serving in BC, Alberta and the Yukon.
“I am glad to be here,” he said.
The 2014/15 Annual Performance Plan has four initiatives. Those are road safety, crime reduction, family violence and organized crime.
On road safety, officers had 183 traffic contacts and 11 impaired drivers were taken off the road in the third quarter, Newel said. He also mentioned the dedicated service of Speedwatch volunteers, which he said were very effective.
As for crime reduction, Newel said officers continue to be a visible presence at local events such as Dynamiter games. Officers also try to be visible in the Platzl as often as possible. Prolific offenders continue to be monitored. These persons, under court ordered conditions, number six at present, though one has fled the area and is wanted.
Newel says the drug team is picking up again after a period of relative inactivity after the transfer of Cpl. Preston. A new Kimberley member joined the Cranbrook investigators on November 1 and Newel says there will be more to report on the drug front in the next report to Council.
Members will be doing presentations on family violence at McKim over the next few months.