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Fort St. John RCMP crime stats for 2020

Fort St. John saw a decline in robberies, break and enters and thefts in 2020, but saw increases in assaults, threats, and violence in relationships.
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Fort St. John saw a decline in robberies, break and enters, and thefts in 2020, but saw increases in assaults, threats, and violence in relationships.

RCMP responded to just under 12,000 calls for service last year, with 37% of those calls for Criminal Code offences, according to the latest annual report from the Fort St. John RCMP. 

Total calls for service were down close to 10%, while the city saw declines in property, persons, and other crimes.

Insp. Anthony Hanson will give city council an update Monday of the detachment's work in the city last year.

Here are the numbers from his report:

Calls for service:

(2019 total)

Municipal - 9,058 (9,924)

Rural - 2,890 (3,082)

Total - 11,948 (13,006)

Criminal Code calls:

(2019 total)

Municipal - 3,636 (3,909) 

Rural - 786 (796) 

Total - 4,422 (4,705) 

Criminal Code offences:

(2019 total)

Persons - 1,124 (1,136)

Property - 2,134 (2,570) 

Other - 1,164 (1,199)

Violent crimes:

(2019 total)

Robbery - 8 (19)

Assault PO - 17 (11)

Sex offences - 72 (72) 

Aggravated assault - 83 (43)

Utter threats - 201 (172)

Common assault - 317 (312)

Violence in relationships:

(2019 total)

Spousal dispute, no assault: 219 (194)

Spousal abuse: 9 (14)

Spousal assault: 165 (107)

Spousal, other offence: 113 (42)

Mental Health Act Related:

(2019 total)

Municipal - 270 (273)

Rural - 73 (63)

Total - 343 (336)

Property crimes:

(2019 total)

Arson - 20 (21)

Break and enter business - 39 (62)

Break and enter residence - 80 (112)

Theft and mischief:

(2019 total)

Vehicle thefts - 132 (180)

Theft from vehicles - 142 (216)

Shoplifting - 77 (121)

Theft - 268 (319)

Mischief - 254 (351)

Public disturbances - 992 (977) 

Drugs:

(2019 total)

Cocaine trafficking - 53 (86)

Cannabis possession - 22 (24)

Fentanyl/other possession - 40 (24)

Fentanyl/other trafficking - 9 (9)

Fatal overdose: 15 (6)

Impaired drivers:

(2019 total)

Criminal Code & Immediate Roadside Prohibitions - 334 (357)

MVA 24 hrs/7 day/30 day warning - 84 (34)

By drug - 27 (16)

Motor vehicle accidents:

(2019 total)

Fatal - 3 (5)

Injured - 75 (93)

Damage only - 317 (315)

Court folders and in custodies:

(2019 total)

Court folders - 840 (914)

Persons in custody - 910 (1,112)

Bylaw calls:

(2019 total)

Noise bylaw - 215 (191)

False alarms - 619 (678)

Other bylaw - 94 (97)

Misc. stats:

(2019 total)

Police info checks - 720 (1,201)

Civil fingerprints - 272 (382)

The Fort St. John RCMP detachment has a complement of 55 officers, the majority of them — 38 — tasked with municipal policing. The detachment has 12 provincial officers, three First Nations officers, and one reserve and one auxiliary constable.

The detachment covers an area that extends north to the Sikkani Chief Bridge, west to Williston Lake, east to the Alberta border, and just south of the Peace River.

Read the report in full below:

Fort St. John RCMP 2020 Annual Report by AlaskaHighwayNews on Scribd


Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.