A brief overview of what has occurred with Codiac Regional RCMP over the weekend from the period of Friday Dec 21st at 1600hrs to Monday Dec 24th at 0800hrs for your info:

163 files created as a result of calls for service, of those:

* 0 robbery with weapon
* 1 assault causing bodily harm
* 0 aggravated assault
* 4 assault investigations
* 1 sexual assault investigation
* 0 luring minors over internet
* 1 assault on police officer
* 2 investigations of uttering threats against a person
* 2 sudden death investigations
* 2 missing persons (both located)
* 1 criminal harassment investigations
* 1 break & enters (1 residence)
* 8 possible impaired drivers
* 9 collisions; 2 with injury, 6 property damage reportable, 1 non reportable
* 4 fail to stop/remain at accident scene
* 8 false/abandoned 911 call
* 7 persons related to mental health
* 1 vehicle reported stolen (car)
* 1 theft from vehicle
* 5 theft under $5000.00 investigations
* 0 theft over $5000.00 investigations
* 6 theft under (shoplifting)
* 1 fraud investigation under $5000.00
* 0 fraud investigation over $5000.00
* 6 mischief investigations - damage to property
* 14 false alarms
* 6 assistance general public
* 4 intoxicated persons detention act
* 5 suspicious person/vehicle/property investigations
* 6 disturbing the peace
* 3 municipal by-laws
* 15 persons detained in cells
OCC stats from Friday midnight to Sunday midnight:
Admin calls - 1130
911 calls - 385
Fire - 45
PDRM (police radio monitor) - 1108
Body discovered in field by passerby

MONCTON - Codiac RCMP cordoned off a grassy, treed area next to Wheeler Boulevard, Lewisville Road and the Botsford Street intersection in Moncton, where a body was found Saturday afternoon. 

Police say that around 4 p.m. Saturday, a man was out walking his dog on the Church Street overpass and found human remains laying in a small field near Wheeler. Sgt. Daniel Landry say they are treating the discovery as a sudden death, and that it is too early in the investigation to rule it out as a suspicious death. 

"Forensics on scene are trying to identify the body and the circumstances around the death," he said Sunday morning, noting that RCMP aren't yet releasing the gender of the body. Codiac Regional RCMP Major Crime Unit, with the assistance of RCMP Forensic Identification 

Experts, attended the scene and are still conducting the investigation. A blue tarp was hung up among a few pine trees to cover the majority of the small area where the body was found. Landry says the remains were taken off the scene by the coroner at approximately 11:30 a.m. Sunday. An autopsy will be performed sometime Monday.

*The identify of this individual has not yet been confirmed.

Too many people still killed by drunk drivers
Several years ago my wife and I were out with friends enjoying a few drinks at a bar in downtown Moncton. We left the car at home and intended to take a cab at the end of the night. After all, Moncton is not huge and cabs are never that expensive.

We ran into an acquaintance at the bar who heard we were going to grab a cab and he offered us a ride because it was on his way. We asked if he was OK to drive and he assured us he was. On the way home, a pizza delivery car had the right of way and passed in front of us. The guy giving us a lift reacted way too late and by the time he noticed the car in his path and hit the brakes, we stopped with about an inch to spare. When we told other friends what happened the next day, we were informed the guy who almost killed us drank about 12 beers at the bar that night. He seemed sober to us, but he was anything but. Why he offered to drive us home after drinking all night instead of letting us safely take a cab is still a mystery.

I no longer ask people if they're OK to drive, because many drunk people clearly think they are. Drunk driving is not a problem that's going away. According to the New Brunswick RCMP, between 1,200 and 1,300 people are charged with drunk driving each year in this province and as of mid-December that number was at 1,100 for 2012. MADD Canada estimates between 1,250 and 1,500 people are killed every year in this country because of drunk driving and more than 63,000 people are injured. 

When you look at the public outcry against lax gun laws in the U.S. after 26 people were shot by a maniac in Connecticut, it makes you wonder how many more people drunk drivers have to kill before people get equally outraged. 

A couple of Moncton provincial court judges spoke out about the need to send a strong message to the community about drunk driving in the beginning of 2011. They pledged to jail drunk drivers whose cases had aggravating factors, such as a collision or blowing more than double the legal blood-alcohol limit. 

I saw that happen a couple of times, but it didn't seem like all judges were on board with this new idea. In many cases drunk drivers didn't go to jail, even if their case involved one of those aggravating factors. 

Meanwhile the parade of people accused of drunk driving in Moncton court continues. In one morning last week, one man was charged with impaired driving causing the death of a cyclist, while another was sent to jail for 30 days for his second drunk driving offence where he was found asleep at the wheel on the side of Salisbury Road with open liquor and a blood-alcohol level of .200. That's the same road where a drunk driver smashed into a family's car a few years ago, killing the parents and injuring the kids. 

A couple of weeks ago in Moncton's Court of Queen's Bench, a woman pleaded guilty to drunk driving causing death in relation to a pedestrian being hit and killed in Moncton a while back. Unlike a gunman who walks into a school with several firearms, I doubt any drunk driver actually wants to kill anyone. But too often they do. The people who commit this crime must be dealt with harshly, to reduce the carnage on the roads of our communities. Their fines must be higher, their driving prohibitions longer and they must be sent to jail if there are any aggravating factors. 

Families don't deserve to lose loved ones because someone couldn't put down their keys after they lifted a bottle. Canadians are paying too high a price when some drivers refuse to put down their keys when they pick up a bottle. City Views appears daily, written by members of our staff. Craig Babstock is a Times &Transcript reporter.

CACP Supports Proposed Changes to the Medical Marijuana - Access Regulations Program
OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) is very pleased with the leadership shown by Health Canada in the proposed changes to the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations program. The CACP Drug Abuse Committee (DAC) has been working closely with Health Canada for several years indicating their grave concern about the unintended public safety impacts of not having such regulations.

CACP President Chief Constable Jim Chu states: “Most significantly, the move away from allowing individual production of medicinal marihuana to a commercial licensed dealer distribution model will certainly address public safety considerations related to; Health concerns of having marihuana growing in dwellings as it relates to mold and chemicals, fire hazards related to residential growing of marihuana and theft of electricity, individuals and groups trafficking due to overproduction of crops, security risks of individuals being targeted for theft” 
“Today’s announcement by the Government of Canada contributes towards the prevention of organized criminal groups who attempt to acquire and profit from those who legitimately require marihuana for medical purposes" Chief Chu continued. The CACP supports a balanced approach to the issue of substance abuse in Canada consisting of prevention, education, enforcement, counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, and where appropriate, alternative measures and diversion to counter Canada’s drug problem. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) 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.

Codiac RCMP front desk hours change
Codiac Regional RCMP wishes to advise the public that changes will be made to the hours of service at the front desk beginning Jan. 1. In the new year, services at the front desk will no longer be available during weekends and holidays. Front desk service will continue to be offered Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drop-off boxes will be available at the main doors of the office for the public to drop off non-urgent documents 24-7 for added convenience. A phone with a direct line to a police operator is also in place 24-7 for anyone who must speak with an officer or is required to report to the detachment. Since requests for front desk service during weekends and holidays is usually low, these changes are being put in place in an effort to use the existing RCMP resources more efficiently. These measures will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Bakery fire deemed suspicious
Police are investigating a suspicious fire at a Moncton business. The fire started early yesterday morning at McBuns Bakery at 122 Shediac Rd…The Fire Department called Codiac RCMP just before 1 a.m. to come investigate the fire. "The fire appeared to be suspicious in nature and we are investigating at this point," Const. Damien Theriault said.

Metro woman pleads not guilty
An Indian Mountain woman will stand trial next summer on charges of abducting a girl and lying to police. Tammy Chappell did not appear in Moncton provincial court yesterday but was represented by defence lawyer Lisanne Maurice. The lawyer entered not guilty pleas on behalf of her client and Judge Joseph Michaud set the trial for Sept. 4 to 6. Chappell is charged with abducting a person under the age of 14, depriving the girl's parents of the young person. In this case, a 13-year-old girl ran away from home and Chappell is accused of concealing or harbouring her while she was missing for two weeks.

Metro man jailed for threatening ex-girlfriend
A 23-year-old man was sent to jail yesterday for making a series of death threats against his ex-girlfriend. Andrew Hicks was in Moncton provincial court to be sentenced after earlier pleading guilty to making death threats, theft and breach of probation….Roy and defence lawyer Johanne Landry made a joint recommendation for three months in jail for the threats, minus almost a month spent in remand since the guilty pleas, along with a year's probation. They also recommended two years’ probation for the theft and an order to pay $400 restitution.

For your information, Minister Trevors made an announcement in the House on December 11th that the Move Over legislation is being proclaimed and will come into force on January 1st, 2013, requiring New Brunswick drivers to move over for emergency vehicles.