Submitted by Staff Sgt. Darren Simons
We had a 911 hangup that appears to have been caused by children playing with a cell phone. An intoxicated individual kept calling 911. Although they were not charged for misuse of 911 they were lodged to prevent the continuation of the offence.
It appears we may have gone a complete week without a false alarm.
Some of you may recall a little bit of a crime spree that went through our area. A couple were committing theft, fraud, and many other related offences from Ontario to Alberta. We were able to link one individual to offences in our area and this individual received 910 days custody for their involvement in the crime spree. Some of this time is consecutive to time being served, some is concurrent to time be served. Regardless both individuals will likely be out very soon. This time in custody may strengthen or weaken their relationship being they do not get to serve their sentence together.
We appreciate the positive attention that our reports have garnered. That said, not everyone is happy with our reports. Some have even suggested we have been a little one sided. Our effort is not to identify anyone, however, it is a small community and those that have lived here a long time know the community better than we do. Thus, some people can put two and two together and figure out who you are. I credit the math teachers.
We are conducting another gun amnesty. If you have a gun you wish to surrender to the RCMP for destruction please contact us and we will come and pick it up. We have a few files already and we truly do not mind assisting you in disposing of unwanted firearms. Please do not walk up to the Detachment carrying your gun. You can imagine how that could be looked at as a bad thing.
So, to be open and transparent, things do not always go our way. While trying to arrest an individual on a warrant two of our Members did get stuck. Both subsequently required a tow truck to get them out, and in the process we lost a side view mirror.
A parent wanted to clear their child’s name in relation to some alleged vandalism. We had yet to be made aware of this incident. Our investigation resulted in an off duty Police Officer confirming the truck operated by the accused was in the area of the alleged vandalism at the time it occurred. The youth denied being there insisting without video it did not happen. I find we did very well in the past without video and any citizen can be a good witness, however, an off-duty police officer is generally a very good witness. Well, we are never really off duty, unfortunately to our family’s detriment. The end result is the youth is sticking to their story and denying any involvement, however, they will assist the victim in rectifying the situation.
We had a reported break and enter and attempted theft. The garage was open and the individual was heard to be in the vehicle. Fortunately it was all a misunderstanding and someone had just returned a fuel card without advising the property owner first.
The above noted is an excellent example of why one should lock their buildings and lock their vehicles.
If you are a victim of vandalism or of a break and enter please call us before you clean up. It makes our investigation much more difficult, if not impossible, to investigate.
Members and Office Staff assisted with several files we refer to as child welfare files. This week we had parents and children that were having challenges and sought out our assistance.
We responded to a possible impaired driver and located the vehicle occupied, but not running, and no keys around. The driver was on conditions of no alcohol, thus, those charges were brought against the individual and they were lodged for the evening.
Members responded to several intoxicated individuals causing problems at residences. All were resolved in one fashion or another. Sometimes they were lodged in cells, other times given a ride elsewhere and sometimes they just chose to go to sleep.
We had a vehicle lose control on ice and hit the ditch. Remember folks, we are in Saskatchewan and it is spring. Ice, snow, freezing rain, blistering sunshine - all possible in spring, actually all possible on the same day.
We continue to get complaints of fuel being stolen. Please ensure your video surveillance provides you the quality you may need to prove who is doing it. We have increased patrols, which unfortunately may prevent some of the thefts, but not all of the thefts.
We had a well being check where a Member had to gain access by crawling through an open window. EMS attended and the individual was transported to hospital for an assessment. As you can imagine it is difficult to squeeze into any small space, let alone with body armour and duty belt. Hopefully there is no video of this endeavour.
Tickets were issued for Fail to Stop - $230, driver fail to wear seatbelt -$175, passenger fail to wear seatbelt properly -$175 and most expensive speeding ticket was for $300
Warnings were issued for speeding, fail to produce drivers licence, fail to stop at stop sign, and fail to signal.
Inspection notices were issued for inadequate tail light and cracked windshield.