By Mark Squibb | July 22, 2021
An increase in the number of calls to the Harbour Grace detachment, which serves Harbour Grace, Carbonear, and Victoria, has continued to hold steady.
Staff Sgt. Greg Hicks of the Harbour Grace RCMP Detachment would normally present the detachment’s statistics during the Conception Bay North joint council meeting, but as June’s meeting was cancelled, Hicks sent them to the council’s organizers instead.
As of June, there had been 1,938 calls for service year-to-date. That is up from 1,594 during the same time period in 2020, a difference of 344 calls. Last month, calls were up from 1,587 to 1,237, a difference of 350 calls. In the past 30 days, the detachment had responded to 375 calls. Calls received included 44 regarding crimes against persons, which include offenses such as assaults and threats, eight impaired driving calls, 19 mental health calls, 18 collision calls, five Quarantine Act calls, and 11 off-road vehicle calls.
As of June, officers at the nearby Bay Roberts detachment had responded to 317 calls for service over the past 30 days. Calls included 22 crimes against persons, 17 impaired driving calls – with four charges being laid – 15 mental health calls, 12 collision calls, five Quarantine Act calls, and 13 off road vehicle calls.
The Bay Roberts detachment has received 1,563 calls for service year-to-date, down from 1,632 calls over the same period as last year.