Pubdate: Thu, 14 Sep 2006
Source: Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Pique Publishing Inc.
Author: Cindy Filipenko


When It Comes To Being A Safe Community, Pemberton Is In Good Shape, 
According To Rcmp.

Inspector Norm McPhail and Cpl. Paul Vadik delivered their quarterly 
report to mayor and council on Sept 13. Having changed crime-tracking 
software, the police were unable to generate the comparative 
statistical information contained in past reports. However, McPhail 
assured council that crime in all areas, from property crimes to 
assault, has been reduced.

Most notably, alcohol related offenses have dramatically diminished. 
Two significant community events, The Birken 4x4 Rally and the 
Pemberton Barn Dance, yielded no arrests. And thanks to ongoing 
Counter Attack efforts, there have been no impaired driving arrests 
since April.

Overall, road safety has increased in the region with no serious 
motor vehicle accidents occurring during the summer. Cpl. Vadik 
attributed this trend to increased RCMP visibility, enforcement and radar.

Break and enters, which had been a problem earlier this year for 
Pemberton businesses and residences in Birken, have not been an 
ongoing issue. In terms of the Pemberton case, the culprit has 
pleaded guilty and is due to appear in court for sentencing on Sept. 
21. Charges in the Birken case are pending confirmation of the 
suspect's identity via DNA testing.

Currently there are no grow-ops investigations within the Village of 
Pemberton boundaries, and the recent Outdoor Marijuana Eradication 
Program resulted in a mere 20 plants being found in the surrounding 
wilderness areas. Those plants were found on the only site discovered 
during a two-day air sweep of the area.

"We've put three drug dealers out of business," said Vadik, adding 
that two of the dealers had left town.

Vadik added that this year there would be extra focus on the high 
school to increase drug awareness and curtail drug activity among youth.

Arrests for public drunkenness, an issue that has long been a problem 
amongst a handful of habitual drinkers, are down by 55 per cent. 
Vadik attributed the reduction in arrests due to an increase in 
patrols at times when these individuals come into the town core to 
buy alcohol. Recognizing the ongoing social problems associated with 
chronic alcoholism, McPhail noted that RCMP will be meeting with the 
Winds of Change committee later this month to discuss strategies for 
dealing with the problem.
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