The Elk Valley RCMP detachment has released a report on offences in the District of Sparwood for the last two quarters of the year, between April-June and July-September.
In a report to District of Sparwood Councillors, Cpl. Dan Hay said that it had been a busy summer for the local detachment mostly due to staffing issues, but added that a new corporal had been transferred to the area from Saskatchewan, and a new constable had arrived in the valley after undergoing training.
For the April-June quarter, of the 979 calls for service within the detachments area, 302 were within the District of Sparwood (or 30 percent), compared to the same time last year when 26 percent of all calls were in Sparwood (or 273 of 1,041). The district typically accounts for between 20 and 28 percent of all calls in each quarter.
Looking at offences investigated by the detachment in April-June, Sparwood accounted for zero counts of domestic violence (of eight in the Elk Valley), zero counts of sexual assault (of five in the valley), only one break and enter which Hay said was at the BC Hydro Yard on Michel Creek Rd, no vehicle theft (but two counts of theft from a vehicle) among other reports.
Of 60 motor vehicle accidents reported in the Elk Valley in April-June, six were in the district of Sparwood.
Notably, Cpl. Hay reported an ‘above average’ number of child porn cases being referred to the local detachment by the B.C. Integrated Child Exploitation unit (BC ICE).
“We haven’t seen such an increase in many many years,” he said, reporting four files in the quarter, all of which are still under investigation.
For the July-September quarter, Hay reported that Sparwood account for 288 of the 1192 calls for service in the area (24 percent).
For offences investigated, there were three cases of domestic violence (of ten in the valley), and four cases of sexual assault (of ten) in Sparwood.
There were two break and enters, two vehicle thefts, four bicycle thefts and five instances of theft from a motor vehicle in the district.
Motor vehicle accidents were up in the July-September quarter, with 84 reported in the valley, of which 19 were in Sparwood.