The Port Alberni RCMP are well on their way to meeting their goals for the year, Inspector Mac Richards told city council on Monday. (Oct. 26).
The greatest success was the RCMP’s visibility and engagement within the community.
“That’s all about us being active and involved in the community,” said Richards. One of the goals set had to do with patrolling the community on foot or by bike.
“The goal was 460 (patrols)…perhaps the target was set too low,” he said.
“At over 500 we are well over and will be far in excess of that by the end of the year.”
The detachment also set goals regarding attendance at community events.
“The goal was 24 and we’re at 16 so we should meet that goal as well.”
The RCMP also improved their mental health services in 2015.
“We’ve got two new initiatives that we’re working on,” said Richards.
“We’re really trying to connect services with people.”
Traffic offences were on the RCMP’s radar as well, Richards said.
The detachment’s goal was to address 105 incidents related to drinking and driving; 65 of those have been investigated so far.
In addition to cracking down on impaired driving, police are also focused on keeping students safe as they head back to school.
Signs saying “slow down” are again available at the community policing office at Harbour Quay.