RCMP Dealing with Repeated Calls to 3rd and George
Prince George, B.C.- The downtown area of 3rd and George Streets is now a hotspot for calls for police service.
That is one of the highlights of a presentation Prince George RCMP Superintendent Warren Brown will be making to Prince George City Council on Monday evening.
His presentation points out that between 2011 and 2015 there has been a 22% increase in calls for police to attend the 3rd and George area. In the first three months of this year, calls are already up 7% over the same period one year ago. According to Superintendent Brown’s presentation, over the past four years there have been, on average 132 calls to that area each month.
Nearly half of all the calls for service in the 3rd and George Street area between 2011 and 2015 were for non criminal code offences (49.7%) . The primary reasons for a request for police response are to deal with those who are either causing a disturbance or are intoxicated in a public place.
As for overall crime stats within City limits, for the first five months of 2016 there are improvements in some categories, and increases in others when compared to the same time period in other years:
The Superintendent’s report comes on the same evening Councillor Brian Skakun will submit a notice of motion calling for Council to direct Administration to report back on the possibility of a new bylaw that would allow for the recovery of costs from the owners of properties which have been sites for repeated calls for service from the RCMP and/or staff to deal with nuisance issues. While Council won’t debate the issue Monday night, the matter is expected to be up for discussion when Council meets again on June 27th.