ARICHAT: The head of Richmond District RCMP appeared before municipal council last week.
Sgt. Darryl MacMullin was at the March 25 regular monthly meeting of Richmond Municipal Council in Arichat to provide updated statistics, the current state of the force, and future plans.
Under their annual performance plan, MacMullin said priorities for the Richmond district include enhancing relationships with indigenous communities; improving road safety (impairment investigations, checkstops, Highway Traffic Act enforcement); and reducing crimes against persons (cybercrime, property crime, and promoting crime reduction initiatives).
Between January and March of this year, MacMullin said Richmond District RCMP responded to 423 calls for service, and of those, 274 concerned traffic enforcement complaints.
During this period, the District Commander said there were: six reports of assault; four break and enters; two motor vehicle thefts; seven thefts; one drug trafficking charge; six Liquor Control Act offences; three Cannabis Control Act charges; four causing a disturbance calls; eight reports of impaired driving; six reports of sexual assault; four Coroner’s Act investigations; nine court order breaches; 12 uttering threats complaints; seven 911 Act offences; and 17 miscellaneous calls for service.
During the first three months of this year, MacMullin said officers completed 25 checkstops in the municipality, checking 917 vehicles, which resulted in five charges of impaired driving by alcohol or drugs, as well as two roadside suspensions.
MacMullin said there were 127 summary offence tickets issued under the Highway Traffic Act, the Liquor Control Act, the Cannabis Control Act, and the Off-Highway Vehicle Act. The main infractions included one distracted driving by cellphone stop and 44 speeding tickets. The Staff Sergeant said there were: three summary offence tickets for no seatbelt; four for no driver’s licence; six for no insurance; three no registration; and three driving while revoked or suspended.
Between January and March, there were 134 warnings issued, along with 13 defect notices, MacMullin told council.
From January to March, MacMullin said there were 15 collisions reported, with one fatality.
On the human resources side, MacMullin said there are 11 members (and detachment assistants in West Arichat and St. Peter’s) in the district, which includes one sergeant, two Corporals, and eight Constables. There are currently three vacancies in Richmond County, including one Corporal position, and two “soft vacancies,” which refer to officers off work for medical reasons, MacMullin explained.
Of the 11 members, there is a Sergeant, a Corporal and four Constables at the St. Peter’s detachment, two Constables in Potlotek, and a Corporal and two Constables in West Arichat.
Richmond District RCMP has six police vehicles, with four located in mainland Richmond County and two on Isle Madame, MacMullin said, noting that includes a 4×4 Chevy Tahoe, a Ford Explorer and four Ford Taurus cruisers. The vehicle compliment also includes two new ATVs.
“The Explorer and Tahoe that we have are additions from last year,” Sgt. MacMullin told council. “We’re just waiting for another Ford Explorer to be replaced this spring… And we have two brand new ATVs that were received this past summer, Polaris ATVs. They’re a great addition.”