The Prince Rupert Mounties were a busy lot in 2006, as the local police detachment had a 37.5% increase in the amount of charges laid in 2006, compared to the numbers recorded in 2005.
RCMP statistics for 2006 show that a total of 1043 incidents were reported to the local detachment, 900 more incidents than the 9143 incidents reported in 2005.
Of the incidents called in to the police, Provincial charges resulted in a 42% increase, charges which include traffic and liquor offenses, which jumped by 712 incidents from last year.
The Prince Rupert RCMP responded to less Municipal Offenses in 2006, but increased the number of charges from those that they did attend, with the loud parties of Prince Rupert the prime culprit and a guaranteed opportunity of a ticket being issued. Loud Parties and disorderly groups have been a targetted objective of the local detachment in the last year, with a less tolerant attitude towards them than was seen previously in the past.
The Traffic section found its numbers up as well, responding to 580 traffic incidents in 2006, a 64% increase, with 17 more Criminal Code traffic charges laid in the last year. The majority of which were for Impaired Driving, Refusal to Provide a Breath sample. Other charges included such things as leaving the scene of an accident, Dangerous driver and driving while prohibited.
The details of the local crime statistics were provided on the RCMP web page.
A Busy 2006 for the Prince Rupert RCMP
January 26th, 2007,
Prince Rupert BC-
2006 was another busy year for the Prince Rupert RCMP Detachment. The total incidents reported to the RCMP in Prince Rupert increased nearly ten percent. 10043 incidents were reported in 2006, up from 9143 in 2005.
The most significant increase was in the number of charges laid. 868 more charges were laid in 2006 compared to 2005, that's an increase of 35.75%. Most categories saw an increase in 2006, including a 42% increase in the number of Provincial charges. This number includes most traffic and liquor offences and increased from 1685 charges in 2005 to 2397 charges in 2006.
While the number of Municipal Offences investigated by the RCMP declined again in 2006, to 764 calls down from 925 in 2005, the number of Municipal charges increased, with more tickets being laid by members called to loud parties.
RCMP members responded to 580 traffic incidents in 2006, up 64% from the previous year. That number is mostly collisions, both minor and major but includes miscellaneous traffic calls not covered as a moving or non-moving violation. 104 Criminal Code traffic charges were laid in 2006, up from 87 in 2005. The vast majority of these were for Impaired Driving or Refusal to Provide Breath Sample but also included: Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Dangerous Driving and some Prohibited Drivers.
-->Steve Richards, Cst.
Prince Rupert Media Relations / Community Policing
100 6th Ave West
Prince Rupert, BC