Kimberley’s second quarter policing report

Road safety, crime reduction, family violence and organized crime identified as priorities

Cpl. Chris Newel of the Kimberley RCMP delivered the second quarter policing report to Council this past Monday evening, a little late because of the schedule of summer Council meetings.

Newel, who has been acting NCO in charge at the Kimberley Detachment since the retirement of Sgt. Laurie Jalbert last summer, informed Council that a new Sgt. was now in place at the detachment. Sgt. Darrell Robinson will be formally introduced to Council at a future meeting.

The Detachment has identified four issues in the Annual Performance Plan, those being road safety, crime reduction, family violence and organized crime.

Under road safety are enforcement, education and awareness, along with proactive initiatives such as road checks.

Newel reported that over the three months of the second quarter, officers had 179 traffic contacts and 11 impaired drivers were taken off the road.

Local speed watch groups were also out on ten separate occasion, each of which would clock about 2000 vehicles.

It was found that  less than 10 per cent of vehicles were travelling more than 10 km/hr over the speed limit.

Newel also reported that it had been a relatively quiet period for complaints about longboarders.

Police continue to keep an eye on raves, although Newel says there is not much police can do if they learn of them after the fact.

“We do have information about one in Ta Ta Creek in October,” he said. “We will be working with the Natural Resources people on this. We are talking about trying to nip it in the bud.”

Police continue to keep and eye on repeat offenders and Newel says that most of them are following their court ordered conditions.

“Over the past few months the number of drug targets has dropped, likely as a result of the exceptional work done by the team over the past two years. One member of the team is scheduled to be transferred. There is discussion between Cranbrook and Kimberley commanders with respect to the future plan.”