Weekly RCMP report

• During this challenging time we want to assure everyone that the RCMP will continue to provide policing services to the communities we serve.  Our front counter will be closed, however, our phones will still be answered and the Detachment will be staffed. We will be making extra efforts to patrol to all the communities and we will still be enforcing the laws.

            • Please stay safe and follow the social distancing. You may not be worried about yourself, however, you have to think of others. What might be mild symptoms to you could be fatal to someone else.

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• Many court matters will be postponed and if necessary we will bring matters to the Estevan Court House which remains open.

 Original Court Date          Adjourned to Date

 March 25th, 2020            June 10th, 2020

April 8th, 2020                June 24th, 2020

April 22nd, 2020             July 8th, 2020

May 13th, 2020              July 22nd, 2020

May 27th, 2020              August 12th, 2020

            • We want to warn everyone about scams that have been circulating due to the Covid-19 virus. Shopping online is always a risky endeavour. Years ago a friend was going to help coach baseball and ordered an official Blue Jays ball glove online. He did get what appeared to be an official looking Blue Jays ball glove, however, it was way too small for my friends hand.

            • As it relates to recent scams the Better Business Bureau has been receiving complaints about web sites selling masks and failing to deliver the product. Other scams relate to the masks being advertised as being able to prevent the spreading and contracting the Covid-19 virus. Some of the masks which have been delivered are cheap and flimsy and not capable of any protection against Covid-19.

            • Please be savvy about product claims. While wearing a facemask may seem like an easy way to stop Corona Virus from spreading, health officials do not actually recommend it for the general public. It appears from all sources that your best defence is to wash your hands and avoid touching your face. I understand the touching of the face can be challenging. As I was proof reading this I had my hand on my face.

            • Technology can have its issues being we have had five separate 911 static line calls which is a lot for us. We also had 2 false alarms from the same location. We still try and attend these false alarms but we don't rush. It is more of a good reason to make a patrol.

            • As always we had our share of mental health, assist other agency and or Police Services and child welfare calls.

• If the individual is under 19 they can not drink in your residence unless they are your children. We attended and shut down another "House Party". Our goal is to educate, however, we also have to enforce the rules. Several liquor tickets were issued. Unfortunately, due to liability reasons, there are some things we cannot ignore. As a homeowner you are also taking a risk as it relates to civil liability.

• Members investigated an assault complaint. As in a lot of our work we find poor judgment or a lack of judgment due to alcohol consumption leading to the involvement of the Police. In this instance an intoxicated individual had been utilizing profanity and attempted to leave a liquor-serving establishment with their drink and chicken wings. This individual felt they were a victim of assault, however, after apparent sober reflection they realized the individual that had allegedly committed the assault was just trying to prevent the patron from leaving their establishment with alcohol, which is against the law. No charges were warranted. We were unable to determine what happened to the chicken wings.

• We often get asked if we believe we have a problem with methamphetamine in our community. We don't "believe" we "Know" there is an issue. It is not that we always believe what we are told, however, when an individual admits to using "meth" and they end up visiting us and spending some time in our cellblock, well we believe them.

• Our Volunteer firefighters were kept busy with a structure fire. Fortunately, there were no injuries or deaths, however there was extensive damage.

• We are investigating an allegation of an individual striking another individual with the mirror of their vehicle. That's two domestic incidents involving vehicles in the past two weeks. This matter was resolved with no charges being video did not support charges. 

• An individual reported another individual being harassed by a third individual. All were spoken to and we hope the matter has been resolved.

• Members investigated allegations of on individual allegedly threatening another individual. Let us just say, some people act their age and some people don't. Our investigation has been concluded.

• If you have a dog you are responsible for that dog. Leaving your dog outside to bark while others are sleeping is counterproductive.

• Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me. You may wonder where I am going with this? Well, if someone is spreading gossip, let them spread gossip. The truth will come out in the end, however, in the meantime it is not a criminal matter that requires the involvement of the Police.

• An individual that was on a curfew condition was not home when the Police came by to check. This individual was contacted by a family member and they quickly returned and were given a warning. Don't forget we don't always come a knocking, but when we do, you better be there.

• While on patrol Members observed a vehicle swerving on the highway. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver was subsequently arrested and charged for impaired driving after providing samples of 160 mg%.

• Another driver received a warning for cannabis in a vehicle, however, did get a 72-hour suspension and had the vehicle towed.

• Tip number 1: If you should not be driving it is a good idea not to do anything to attract the attention of the Police. One individual discovered this after driving through two stop signs while operating an ATV. They were subsequently charged Criminally for driving while prohibited, the ATV was seized and they received several tickets. 

• Tip number 2: If you should not be driving it is a good idea to make sure your vehicle is in proper operating order. One individual discovered how this can have negative affects when they were stopped for having no day time running lights. This individual was suspended and arrested. A subsequent search of the individual and vehicle resulted in 8 charges including trafficking and fail to comply with release conditions. This individual was held for court.

• Members issued approximately 24 tickets and  59 warnings over the past week.

• Warnings were issued for failing to produce a driver’s licence, have liquor in a vehicle, fail to produce registration, fail to stop at a stop sign, obstructed licence plate, inadequate headlights, inadequate tail lights, stunting, inadequate mudflaps or fenders, window tint, use wrong licence plate, display white or blue flashing lamp, cannabis in a vehicle, fail to wear seatbelt and speeding.

• Tickets were issued for open liquor in a vehicle - $360, minor possess liquor - $360, no insurance - $580, fail to stop at a stop sign - $230, operate a vehicle without a subsisting inspection certificate -$90, operate an ATV without insurance - $95, operate a vehicle without consideration for others - $580, operate a motor vehicle without a licence - $150, cannabis in a vehicle - $360, and most expensive speeding ticket was for $570 and $798.

• Inspection notices were issued for inadequate day time running lights, inadequate brake lights, inadequate windshield, and inadequate licence plate lights.

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