Supt. Brown Says Extra Focus on Downtown on the Way
Graph gives visual impact of changes – graph courtesy PG RCMP
Prince George, B.C.- Prince George RCMP Superintendent Warren Brown says his team is committed to focusing on efforts to reduce the violent crime in Prince George.
In presenting his workplan for the RCMP’s new fiscal year to City Council, Supt. Brown noted he is very concerned about the increase in break and enters in the downtown and the increase in the number of sexual assaults.
He says it is clear that much of the crime happening in the City is the work of people from out of town “When we ask what brought them here and why they stay, they tell us they have made friends while in jail.” To that end, Supt. Brown says there is work being done with the Prince George Regional Corrections Centre to try and see that those who are released, move on to other locales.
In the first four months of this year, there have been 261 break and enters in the downtown, compared to 193 in the same period a year ago.
He says one of the efforts the detachment will undertake is beefing up the downtown enforcement unit.
That news was welcomed by Councillor Jillian Merrick “Certainly the word on the street is that things have gotten really weird in 2017, it’s strange” she added “I don’t think that beefed up safety unit could come soon enough for us, and even if the weather isn’t great, we’re hoping we’ll see cruisers, on foot, on bike, whatever it is. There is a shift happening I think in what’s happening downtown and certainly the stats are showing it, the conversation is showing it so hopefully we can get on that sooner rather than later.
Supt. Brown says the overall calls for service so far this year are well ahead of where they were in the first four months of 2016 and that period had the highest number of calls for service in a decade.
Mayor Hall thanked Supt. Brown for the report “It really tells it like it is, and that’s what we are used to hearing from you”. Hall added, “I appreciate you not sugar coating it, we need to know and we need to try to work together to try to resolve some of these issues.”