Clearwater RCMP detachment now has a full complement of officers and they’ve been busy.
The detachment investigated a total of 1,093 calls for service during the second and third quarter of this year, according to a report by Sgt. Kevin Podbisky to Clearwater town council on Oct. 21.
Corporal Mark Labossiere, who formerly was a constable with the detachment, has been identified to fill the newly created General Duty corporal position in the detachment. However, he has not been able to sell his house in the Sunshine Coast and so his arrival date here is unknown.
“I am eagerly awaiting his arrival. I need him very much,” Podbisky said.
A total of 40 drug seizures were made during the second and third quarters. The majority of them were by one Traffic Services member who has a knack for spotting people who are transporting drugs and/or money in their vehicles.
“He has quite the skill set,” the sergeant commented.
During the two quarters, Traffic Services and General Duty members issued a total of 1,204 tickets and warnings.
Detachment members also investigated and laid 12 criminal charges during the two quarters.
Mayor John Harwood asked if any progress has been made in improving the policing situation in Blue River.
Podbisky said staff from Southeast District were to meet with staff from Northern District soon.
The sergeant said he would like to see the boundary between Valemount and Clearwater detachments changed. It dates from when there was a RCMP detachment in Blue River, he said.