By Cal Braid
Westwind Weekly News
Raymond Council received the quarter 2 report from Sgt. Kevin Wright of the RCMP during the recent July 26 regular council meeting.
Wright said that “Raymond persons offences have stayed low again this year. We’re kind of bucking the provincial trend for this quarter. (However), property crimes have been on the rise. Most other jurisdictions in the province been down a little bit from this quarter last year.”
“We had one trafficking methamphetamine file this quarter. No federal statutes, which is generally gun calls and firearms act kind of stuff. We didn’t have any of those.”
As for provincial stats, Wright said the volume of mental-health related calls have decreased overall.
“We’ve noticed that mental health calls have are kind of dying out. False 911’s (are decreasing) because we don’t have kids at home playing with phones like we did during COVID.”
Highway patrol and check-stops continued, and Sgt. Wright said. “At Spring Coulee, we got one guy doing 196 last week there.” In terms of traffic enforcement, school zone targets were met by RCMP officers, and was noted that there was a proactive in-town police presence to monitor other traffic violations like rolling stop signs.