Blue River-Avola highway calls keep RCMP busy

There were 116 calls for service from the Blue River and Avola area during the first six months of 2013

With fewer than 300 people, Thompson-Nicola Regional District electoral area B (Thompson Headwaters) has about six per cent of the population of the area served by Clearwater RCMP.

Nevertheless, according to a report from detachment commander Sgt. Kevin Podbisky, 15 per cent of Clearwater RCMP’s calls for service came from Area B during the first six months of 2013.

“All I can say is, by the percentage of population, you guys have been busy,” joked Willow MacDonald, TNRD director for Thompson Headwaters, when Podbisky’s report was tabled during a recent Thompson Headwaters services committee meeting.

In fact, as she pointed out, most of the calls were highway related and so not reflective of population.

According to Podbisky’s report, there were 66 calls for service from Blue River and area during the six month period.

These included nine accidents, 14 erratic driving complaints, one abandoned 911 call, and six other Criminal Code cases (such as assault, theft, mischief, fraud, etc.).

The police received 50 calls for service from Avola and area. These included 12 accidents, 19 erratic driving complaints, seven abandoned 911 calls, one production of marijuana charge, and six other Criminal Code cases (assaults, thefts, break-ins, etc.).


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