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RCMP seeing improvements with detachment returning to Bow Island

Posted on March 5, 2024 by Ryan Dahlman

By Brylan Span

In a Feb. 28 briefing by Acting Sergeant Phillipe Beaupre of the RCMP, the Bow Island detachment has seen significant improvements in crime and traffic incidents for 2023.

During the year, the RCMP laid 31 criminal charges, marking a noteworthy 34 per cent decrease compared to previous statistics. Additionally, there were 42 traffic tickets issued, indicating a commendable 62 per cent reduction in traffic offences. Acting Sgt. Beaupre attributed these positive trends to the enhanced police presence in the area, following the recent decision to fully staff the Bow Island detachment.

Acting Sgt. Beaupre emphasized the impact of increased police presence on the community, noting a decrease in calls for service. “Now that we are here in Bow Island and going to be fully staffed, we can see that the number of calls that we are receiving for the area is decreasing. I think that the police presence is making an impact on the area,” he stated.

In addition to bringing the detachment back to Bow Island, the RCMP’s occupation of the force house in Foremost, a first in many years, signifies a commitment to bolstering law enforcement in the region. Plans to potentially convert the force house into a duplex to accommodate more personnel highlight the RCMP’s dedication to maintaining a strong presence in the area.

County of 40 Mile Reeve Stacey Barrows echoed the positive sentiment surrounding the return of the RCMP to Bow Island, emphasizing the community’s support for the increased police presence.

With the addition of a new corporal and a total of six members, the Bow Island detachment is set to be fully staffed as of February 29. Acting Sgt. Beaupre assured residents that the RCMP is committed to addressing community concerns and providing a safe environment.

In Manyberries, concerns have also been addressed, with notable reductions in criminal activity and calls for service. However, community members have voiced ongoing concerns, prompting discussions during “Coffee with Council” sessions. Acting Sgt. Beaupre has assured residents of increased patrols, particularly during nighttime hours, to address these concerns effectively.

Acting Sgt. Beaupre also added that there will be an increased presence during special events and in recreational areas like 40 Mile Park, which speaks to the RCMP’s proactive approach to community safety.

Council let Acting Sgt. Beaupre know that local residents have expressed satisfaction with the heightened police presence.

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