A brief overview of what has occurred with Codiac Regional RCMP over the weekend from the period of Friday Aug 23rd at 1600hrs to Monday Aug 26th at 0800hrs for your info:
215 files created as a result of calls for service, of those:
• 0 attempted murder
• 0 robbery
• 1 assault with weapon (physical)
• 0 aggravated assault
• 11 assault investigations
• 0 sexual assault investigation
• 0 luring minors over internet
• 0 assault on police officer
• 7 investigations of uttering threats against a person
• 1 sudden death investigations
• 3 missing persons (1 still under investigation)
• 1 criminal harassment investigations
• 6 break & enter (0 business, 0 other, 6 residences)
• 5 possible impaired drivers
• 3 collisions; 1 with injury, 1 reportable, 1 non reportable
• 0 fail to stop/remain at accident scene
• 10 false/abandoned 911 call
• 6 persons related to mental health
• 2 vehicles reported stolen (1 car, 1 bicycle)
• 0 theft from vehicle
• 5 theft under $5000.00 investigations
• 1 theft over $5000.00 investigations
• 2 theft under (shoplifting)
• 1 fraud investigation under $5000.00
• 0 fraud investigation over $5000.00
• 7 mischief investigations - damage to property
• 1 public mischief investigation
• 16 false alarms
• 9 assistance general public
• 6 intoxicated persons detention act
• 20 suspicious person/vehicle/property investigations
• 6 disturbing the peace
• 12 municipal by-laws
• 13 persons detained in cells
OCC stats from Friday midnight to Tuesday morning:
Admin calls - 1508
911 calls - 650
Fire - 63
PDRM (police radio monitor) - 1745
Persons who attended front door - 48
Complaint likely a hoax
Codiac RCMP sent several officers to a Moncton hotel early this morning after receiving a call about a gunman on the premises. But after investigating, police now believe the report was bogus. Police received a call from an employee at Hotel Casino New Brunswick around 3 a.m. "They called us and said someone called the desk and told them there was a man with a gun on the second floor of the hotel," says Sgt. Andre Pepin. "But there wasn't a gun there; it was a crank call."…If the call was a hoax, the person responsible could face a charge of public mischief for interfering with the lawful use of the hotel and for wasting police time and resources.
Vehicle assault case heads for trial
A Moncton woman will stand trial on charges she assaulted two people with a car. Nadia Nina Mallaley, 19..is charged with two counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident…The charges relate to an incident that occurred around 11 p.m. on Feb. 22. Codiac RCMP members were dispatched to King Street following a report of a hit and run. The investigation revealed that two teenage girls were hit by a vehicle. They were taken to hospital and later released.
Story based on report from Codiac member at CRPA meeeting.
Street Crime keeps eyes on Metro
The RCMP always encourages citizens to keep their eyes open for anything out of the ordinary in their own neighbourhoods. If you see a suspicious character lurking around in a suspicious vehicle and there doesn't seem to be a good reason for them to be there, call police so they can look into it…"We sometimes get 911 calls about a suspicious vehicle and it's us," said Codiac RCMP Cpl. Louis Robichaud, a member of the Street Crime Unit. "People also come up to us and ask why we're there and what we're doing, and we explain ourselves and they feel safer because we're in their community." Robichaud was addressing members of the Codiac Regional Policing Authority during the monthly meeting at Dieppe City Hall yesterday. He was called upon to do a presentation about how the unit is trying to reduce property crimes in the tri-community area. A lot of what they do is work in plain clothes and unmarked cars, keeping locations, vehicles or individuals under surveillance, which is why the public sometimes wonders about them. Robichaud says they can do more out of uniform than if they were wearing the RCMP colours in a patrol car. "Many criminals in the Moncton area are frequently looking over their shoulders since the creation of the Street Crime Unit," said Robichaud. "By the time they see us, we're cuffing them." Codiac has been focusing on prolific offenders over the last few years as a key component of crime reduction. They target the people who are committing the most thefts, break-ins and other property crimes in the hope of greatly reducing the number of crimes that occur. "Twenty per cent of the criminals are involved in 80 per cent of the priority crimes," said the corporal. Codiac has a list of prolific offenders with between 80-100 names on it at any given time. In 2012 there were 93 names on the list, and 42 were arrested.
Nearly 1,000 tickets issued for distracted driving in 2012
Police in New Brunswick say distracted driving continues to be a problem on the province's roadways. Nova Scotia RCMP recently reported driver inattention had overtaken drunk driving as the leading cause of fatal crashes in that province. While police here can't say whether the same trend has been observed in New Brunswick, they say it is definitely a concern. "Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of serious injury and fatal collisions on New Brunswick roads, along with impaired driving, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt," said Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh, acting spokeswoman for the RCMP in New Brunswick. Mounties issued 987 tickets for distracted driving in 2012 and handed out 118 in the first two months of 2013…"Obviously distracted driving is more than just cellphone use. We're looking at anything that will take the driver's attention off the road, whether it's using a cellphone, a mobile device, reaching into the backseat, eating or drinking while driving, having an unsecured pet, or using a map while driving - they are all ways that a driver can be distracted while driving." As of Monday, there had been 22 fatal collisions on the territory patrolled by the RCMP in New Brunswick, claiming the lives of 30 victims. That's down from 42 fatal crashes with 45 victims over the same period in 2012 and 33 fatal crashes with 36 victims over the same period in 2011.
Story based on report from Supt. Snowman at CRPA meeting.
Drivers still using devices, hiding it better
Codiac RCMP handed out fewer tickets for distracted driving in July, but that doesn't mean drivers are less distracted. At yesterday's Codiac Regional Policing Authority meeting at Dieppe City Hall, Supt. Marlene Snowman was giving board members the July statistics for occurrences where the RCMP were involved. As part of that report, she said that there were 12 tickets handed out last month for driving while using a handheld electronic device, commonly known as distracted driving. That brings the 2013 total for distracted driving tickets handed out by Codiac RCMP to 221 up to the end of July. When asked if this means fewer people are driving while using devices, Snowman said the number varies depending on what patrol members observe. But in general, she said, drivers who still want to use their devices are becoming more shrewd. "They're getting more difficult to find," she said, of these drivers. "People are holding the devices in their laps to speak on the phone or text, and it makes it much more difficult to see."
Scam uses Shoppers Drug Mart trip as bait
A phone scam that purports to be a giveaway by Shoppers Drug Mart has been targeting people in the capital city, the Fredericton Police Force said on Tuesday.Const. Danielle Carmichael said several reports have been filed of scammers saying they're representatives of the country's largest retail pharmacy and offering a free cruise in exchange for credit card information. "We would advise people to never give out personal information over the phone or the Internet or to people you don't know, for that matter," Carmichael said…Police believe an automated dialling system is being employed by the fraudsters, which targets anyone, regardless of age, gender or location. Even the police dispatch office was called, she said.
Tickets for pot possession, chiefs say
Canada's top cops say handing out tickets for illegal possession of small amounts of marijuana could be more efficient than laying criminal charges. Delegates at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police annual meeting have passed a resolution that says officers need more enforcement options to deal with people caught with pot. Association president Jim Chu, who is chief constable of the Vancouver Police Service, said that having the option of writing tickets to penalize pot users caught with less than 30 grams of the drug would help reduce policing and court costs…Chu pointed out that a conviction results in a criminal record that places barriers on future travel, employment and citizenship. A ticket under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act would avoid that record. The association said its ticketing proposal would require changing federal law, but that does not mean the chiefs support the legalization of marijuana. Chu said some officers, when confronted with simple possession, find laying charges isn't worth the effort.
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Engage in Candid Discussion on Policing the Mentally Ill
Winnipeg, Manitoba – On the final day of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Annual General Meeting, police leaders engaged in a candid discussion on issues of concern affecting both policing and the public they serve. Specifically, dialogue centered on law enforcements ability to police the mentally ill.
Chief Constable Jim Chu, President of the CACP, called on governments to ‘step-up’ and provide adequate care and facilities for the mentally ill. “Police should not be the front-line on mental health issues. Lack of funding in the health-care system is putting these people on the streets. We need to shift from a point of crisis to preventing the crisis from occurring in the first place.”
Police services throughout Canada are investing in education and developing new models to improve responses, some of which include the use of mental health professionals within their response unit.
The CACP announced a March 2014 initiative entitled “Balancing Individual Safety, Community Safety and Life Quality: A Conference to Improve Interactions for Persons with Mental Illness.” This is a joint-initiative between the CACP and the Mental Health Commission that will focus on identifying new opportunities and promoting emerging best practices for improving the quality of interfaces and outcomes among persons with mental illness and the police, criminal justice, mental health and broader human services systems.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police was established in 1905 and represents approximately 1,000 police leaders from across Canada. The Association is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Through its member police chiefs and other senior police executives, the CACP represents in excess of 90% of the police community in Canada which include federal, First Nations, provincial, regional and municipal, transportation and military police leaders.
Two ex-Bacchus members get bail following arrests
Two former members of the Saint John Bacchus motorcycle club have been granted bail after being arrested as part of a drug operation last week. Blaine Beddow and Ryan Wallace, both 39, were among six people nabbed by the Fundy Integrated Intelligence Unit as part of Operation J Turmoil. Beddow, a former striker for the Bacchus, faces multiple drug production and trafficking charges. He’s been released on conditions, including not associating with members of the club, and surrendering his passport. Wallace awaits another appearance on drug and weapons charges.
Beware of old, discarded needles
Incidents of discarded needles found in Metro Moncton are on the way down, according to operators of Moncton's free-needle program…Last year the group handed out 52,478 free needles. They also collected 42,555 used syringes for a 81 per cent return rate…Warren was responding to reports in some media that a Moncton man was asking for public help to support his efforts to collect discarded needles from parks and streets. The man, who is disabled..says he uses his needle-sniffing dogs to ferret out discarded syringes, collecting 11,500 in his first year alone. Skeptics say that's a lot of needles - more than 220 per week - and that it doesn't seem to jibe with the Moncton AIDS group's statistics…City workers whose jobs take them outdoors have been trained to watch out for discarded needles, Codiac Regional RCMP officers have been instructed on sending any found-needle reports to the agency, members of Downtown Moncton Inc. have attended meetings on what to do and how to report tossed syringes, and even local youths have been visited by SIDA/AIDS Moncton on the issue. Yet last year in the downtown area, just two cases of found needles were reported, and incidents of discarded syringes being reported to the police are down substantially as well, according to the group's records. "We very rarely get a call now, and the RCMP aren't getting many calls."
Deputy Mayor, Cecile Cassista with the CBC interview on Riverview Neighbourhood Watch at:http://riverviewnhw.wix.com/riverview-nhw#!nhw-in-the-media/c1flo
Police investigate series of small fires
The Moncton Fire Department was kept busy Thursday evening when a string of fires was set in the city's downtown. Platoon chief Brian Gaudet says they responded to six grass fires and four dumpster fires in a short period of time…"They were all pretty small, mostly nuisance fires," says Gaudet. "We couldn't tell for certain what was used to start them, but with that number of fires and the locations, it seemed like someone was going along starting fires." The small fires were reported around Main Street, Mountain Road, Robinson Street and Cameron Street. Codiac RCMP is investigating. "It's suspicious, the fact that there were several around the same time," says Sgt. Andre Pepin.
Stay cautious on mobility scooters, motorized wheelchairs
Residents who rely on mobility scooters or motorized wheelchairs to get around the city should practise extreme caution when driving, say officials. "It's better to drive on the sidewalk because there are no safety issues?... but if they do use the road, they have to make sure they don't drive in too-high of traffic and stay on the side, not the middle of the road," says Sgt. André Pepin with the Codiac Regional RCMP, adding that should said motorists attempt to manoeuvre their scooter or wheelchair into traffic, "you're asking for trouble." According to the Motor Vehicle Act and City of Moncton bylaws, those operating mobility scooters or motorized wheelchairs are prohibited from travelling along or upon the roadway where sidewalks are provided.