2014 in review for RCMP

Sounder News

Tuesday, January 27 2015

Going by 2014 statistics, there are more people driving drunk during the day and early evening than late at night.

Cpl. Markus Müntener released the ‘year in review’ statistics to the Sounder recently.

In 2014, the Gabriola detachment issued 13 prohibitions to people driving while impaired by alcohol. Two of those persons were criminally charged. Nine of them were ‘caught’ between 7am and 9pm.

Müntener said he has heard members of the public suggesting the RCMP be out later at night to catch people driving home drunk.

But based on checkpoints and call-outs for motor vehicle collisions, Müntener said there are more people on Gabriola behind the wheel while impaired during the day and early evening than late at night.

Numbers of people caught driving while impaired are up as well, as in 2013 Gabriola RCMP members issued six driving prohibitions for impaired driving and charged one person criminally for impaired driving.

In total, there were 950 individual files for service recorded in 2014.

Of those files, 38 separate criminal investigations were forwarded to Crown Counsel with recommendations for charges. 

Thirty-five were approved for criminal charges by Crown Counsel.

The year 2013 saw roughly 850 files for service created, with 35 of those files going to court on approval of Crown Counsel.

Cpl. Markus Müntener, Gabriola Detachment Commander, said Gabriola Island RCMP has 30 per cent more criminal code charge investigations per officer than any other RCMP detachments with 10 or less officers within the Vancouver Island area.

“Nine hundred fifty files for the year equates to 317 files per officer, 25 per cent higher than other RCMP detachments with 10 or less officers.”

Forty-two calls were for direct mental health assistance (primary reason for the call was for a mental health emergency requiring police to attend).

These include calls for suicidal persons, persons acting in a manner which indicated they were a danger to themselves or others, and persons with an apparent mental disorder that required immediate intervention.  

In 23 of these calls police apprehended the person under the mental health act or the person voluntarily was transported by ambulance to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Calls after the ferry service would include a transport with Harbour Patrol.  

Müntener pointed out the transport time alone for these situations causes resources to be tied up by both ambulance and police for two to three hours.

Two hundred fifty-three of the files were substantiated criminal code reports. 

One hundred forty-eight were property crime files (thefts, frauds, Break and Enters, mischief) with 13 of those 148 being Break and Enters to a business, residence or seasonal home. 

Forty-eight of the files were “person offences” such as assaults, uttering threats or criminal harassment. 

The remaining criminal code offences include “others such as criminal breach of conditions, drug files, obstruction of police et cetera.