MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY — Commanding officers from the three RCMP detachments with operations in the county have provided detailed first quarter 2022 reports on activities and initiatives in their respective patrol areas.
The reports were reviewed by councillors during the recent regularly scheduled council meeting, held in person and on Zoom.
In his report, Sundre RCMP Sgt. Trent Sperlie updated council on the three community priorities set by the detachment in consultation with council: crime reduction, increased visibility, and traffic enforcement.
Regarding crime reduction, he said, “The detachment continues to pursue this priority from the front end by targeting prolific offenders. The members have been very successful in preventing property crimes by giving their attention to known property offence offenders that are in our area. Several arrests have been made for breaching conditions.”
Regarding increased visibility, he said, “We have been able to put some effort into this now, especially with the school visits and in person town halls and community engagement events. We have had three engagements with two more planned. The members have also been able to spend much more time at the school.”
Regarding traffic enforcement, he said, “Traffic enforcement decreased somewhat this quarter and was expected due to the effort members are putting into being out targeting prolific offenders as well as coordinating patrols in areas of high risk for property crime.”
During the first quarter of 2022, there were 201 total Criminal Code offences reported in the detachment area, compared with 148 during the same period in 2021.
In his report, Olds RCMP Staff Sgt. Warren Wright updated council on the progress of three community priorities: habitual offender management, increased visibility, and increased traffic enforcement.
Regarding habitual offenders, he said two offenders were “identified within Mountain View County inside the Olds detachment area and were identified as processing enforceable court imposed conditions.”
Regarding increased visibility, he said, “Random patrols were undertaken through the county as well as patrol presence while responding to calls for service.”
Regarding increased traffic enforcement, he said a total of 342 moving and non-moving violation tickets were issued within the county in the detachment area, with 12 tickets issued on county-owned and maintained public roadways.
During the first quarter of 2022, there were 117 Criminal Code offences reported, down from 122 during the same period in 2021.
Didsbury RCMP Staff Sgt. Stephen Browne updated council on the progress of three community priorities: habitual offender management, increased visibility, and increased traffic enforcement.
Regarding habitual offenders, he said, “Mountain View currently only has one habitual offender that Didsbury members continuously monitor. Didsbury detachment will continue to work with probation to ensure any offenders moving into the county will be monitored by members and made aware of conditions or release orders.”
Regarding visibility, he said, “Numerous patrols were made in the Cremona, Water Valley and remaining MVC area resulting in traffic violations being issued and several immediate roadside alcohol sanctions against drivers.”
Regarding traffic enforcement, he said 28 violation tickets were issued by members.
There were 97 reported Criminal Code offences reported in the first quarter, down markedly from 158 in the same period last year.
Council accepted the reports as information.