RCMP working to keep crime contained in Cumberland County
RCMP Sgt. Allan Carroll and Chris Manuge, who is a community member of the RCMP advisory board, spoke to county council yesterday in the Cumberland County council chambers. DAVE MATHIESON - AMHERST DAILY NEWS
NAPPAN – Amherst Mounties responded to nearly 900 calls in Cumberland County between Apr. 1, 2011, and Dec. 1, 2011.
“Amherst, being the largest, (detachment) was the most active in Cumberland County with 872 calls,” Sgt. Allan Carroll of the Cumberland RCMP said.
Other RCMP detachments in the county were almost as busy.
Pugwash RCMP responded to 504 calls, Parrsboro (rural) had 280, Parrsboro (town) had 328, Oxford (rural) had 229 and Oxford (town) had 462.
“We’re averaging 60 to 70 calls in this district per week,” Carroll said as he presented the RCMP’s annual performance plan to Cumberland County councillors.
“We’ve been very fortunate in that, although there have been some serious incidents in the county, they are not of the same level of seriousness you see in the Metro area,” he said.
He also discussed warrants with council.
“The number of outstanding warrants in the province is well over several thousand,” Carroll said.
There are 39 still in Cumberland County.
“Of those 39 we found that most of them have moved away, so we’re partnering with other agencies to bring them back to face justice,” he told council. “We recently went to Hamilton to bring somebody back and they were sentenced to a number of years imprisonment. So we’re picking away at these problems.”
When it came to drug trafficking Carroll said, “our street crime unit is very active in looking at individuals involved in this type of activity and with the public’s help and through our police investigations we’re having success.”
Councillor Earnest Gilbert of District 8 asked about the age of RCMP officers in the county.
“We have people leaving and people coming in but, fortunately, we’re up to strength with our numbers,” Carroll said. “We have 26 people in the district and we have all young members. I’m a dinosaur.
“Membership across the country is getting younger,” he added. “We have 11 members in this district whose first posting is Cumberland County.”
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