Sgt. Dave Clare of the Princeton RCMP presented the third quarter statistics to Mayor and Council during the regular meeting of Council on Nov. 19.
The majority of selected offences were either close to the same or lower than that of the third quarter of 2011.
The only category to show a significant increase was ‘theft from vehicles’ – to date this year an increase of 60 percent compared to 2011. Most often the thefts have been from unlocked vehicles.
From July to September 2012, Princeton RCMP investigated seven founded drug offences. Crystal Meth, Crack Cocaine and Marihuana continue to be a concern in Princeton.
Traffic safety issues remained a problem during the third quarter as 10 drivers were issued 90 Day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions, one driver issued a 24-hour suspension for alcohol use, one driver was issued a 3 Day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and one driver was charged with impaired driving under the Criminal Code.
The Princeton RCMP had a very busy few months supporting community events during this quarter.
Members enjoyed participating in a Bocce tournament with Special Olympics Princeton, the Air Show, Canada Day celebrations in Princeton and Hedley, a Golf tournament to support the Princeton Skating and Swim Clubs.
Members actively participate on a regular basis as well with the Posse Jr. Hockey Club, Princeton Minor Hockey, Brownies, Princeton Ground Search and Rescue and the Princeton Swim and Skating Clubs.
Sgt. Clare was pleased to report that no major offences or occurrences happened over the Tulameen Family Fun Days long weekend in August.
“We worked with a great community,” said Sgt. Clare, “It was by far the most successful year we’ve had.”
Successful marine patrols of the Otter Lake and the addition of another officer to work the long weekend was met with tremendous public and community support.
Sgt. Clare reported that the Restorative Justice Program was “really starting to come alive in Princeton.” It has been used with success and has proven to be an asset to the community.
Members continue to be pro-active in conducting school zone enforcement. Princeton RCMP are dedicated to the safety of Princeton youth and provide a daily presence in the morning and afternoon. They are actively involved with the DARE program which begins later in the school year, are committed to supporting the WITS program at John Allison Elementary (anti-bullying program) and are pleased to have participated in the CSI youth camps with the Princeton Recreation Department and the Princeton Museum.
In the report it states that the Princeton RCMP appreciate the support they receive from Citizens on Patrol—they are a valued resource.
After the presentation, Mayor Armitage commended Sgt. Clare. “ We appreciate the leadership you bring,” he said. The Mayor then went on to ask for clarification of the rumor that Sgt. Clare was to retire.
“It’s scary,” said Sgt. Clare with a chuckle, “but I am looking forward to retiring.”
Mayor Armitage then said, “You’re going to be a tough act to follow. On behalf of all our good citizens, I wish you and your wife all the very best.”
Sgt. Clare offered his appreciation to council and to the community for their support.