|Sergeant Gerry Walker of the Prince Rupert RCMP detachment provided|
an overview of Operations and other themes for Council on Monday evening
Among the top three priorities identified from the survey were Crimes against persons, Drug Trafficking Sexual offences, improving community relations, traffic enforcement was also a frequently noted part of the survey results..
|The execution of a warrant last week on a downtown business|
establishment made for a mention at Monday's Council update
From that the Sergeant outlined the nature of the Policing Performance plan for the community, he noted of some recent enforcement work, traffic related themes and expansion of the foot patrol program from his list of items.
He explained on the training program and mentorship themes that the Detachment has put in place observing how the detachment is mostly a placement for first positions for members with only a few exceptions of the complement that numbers 34 at full staffing.
He noted of some of the challenges towards reaching the full level of members assigned to the detachment and how he continues to work to be the squeaky wheel that gets the additional bodies required.
"We're looking at how do we develop in house, so we have in the city it's pretty well everybody's first spot. So pretty much every Constable, I think we have three that it's not their first detachment. Our corporals are primarily new corporals too. So really a developmental detachment"
The Detachment head also outlined some of the community engagement initiatives that the local members have taken on around the region.
Towards reconciliation themes he noted of the Restorative Justice program in the city and initiatives at the detachment level to expand Indigenous related knowledge of the region for the members as a goal for this year.
|Work continues on the new RCMP detachment in Prince Rupert.|
Sergeant Walker also noted of the progress for the new detachment building at McBride and Third Avenue West.
"It's moving along, I've been involved in a number of meetings towards that and we're pretty close to a finalized floor plan and the walls are going up so that's great"
Towards questions, from Councillor Forster he spoke to the work on reconciliation, as well as to how social media video perceptions don't capture a whole incident; along with how he and the detachment review practices from those interactions.
"Any of those I look at, I try to attend, I obviously see the same stuff online. You know I always caution everybody that it it's 50 seconds of a two minute encounter you never get the first minute and ten that shows the whole story.
At the same time we review those, we'll often go through our Professional Responsibilities Unit to make sure that everything is kosher, or above board.
And then ... we talk about things at morning briefing every morning we have a briefing , where we discuss things that have happened things moving forward and ways that we can approach different things" -- Sergeant Gerry Walker Prince Rupert RCMP
Councillor Adey spoke to training themes and the volume of first time placements for recruits in Prince Rupert and what they have found challenging and rewarding from their postings.
He outlined how the more engaged in the community they become helps to give them a view of the more positive side of policing, for challenges he noted of the administrative themes and some of the personal dynamics of the members.
A question on e-bikes and complaints about them, had the Sergeant observing he would have to learn a bit more about the topic and get back to council on an approach towards them.
|Social and law enforcement issues related to Five Corners made|
for a topic at Monday's Council update
Councillor Niesh picked up on comments earlier about enforcement themes in the Five Corners area, asking for some more details related to that area, noting how it was one of the top areas he heard complaints about.
"You had mentioned Five Corners, obviously that's an area that I probably get the most complaints from people. What are you doing down there to kind of get the people to move along ... it just seems to be you know a lot going on at Five Corners all the time and it doesn't seem to be getting much better. What is it that you're doing to improve the area?" -- Councillor Wade Niesh
The Sergeant outlined how members make frequent patrols, pour out liquor regularly and have handed out tickets. He observed some of the issues are social concerns adding that the Detachment members have been called to that area or made a point of patrolling it more and providing for more of a presence.
The Mayor asked about vacancies, of the full complement status the current roster is at 31 though there are always challenges in the flux of the detachment complement.
Councillor Cunningham asked about the ability to make use of the Rural and marine elements, he also observed of having seen the RCMP members at Five corners and the frustrations that they must find with the ongoing situation.