Masset RCMP to target prolific offenders

Between April 29 and May 5, Masset RCMP responded to a total of 33 calls for service.

Between April 29 and May 5, Masset RCMP responded to a total of 33 calls for service.

It was a busy week for alcohol-related calls in Masset. There were 14 calls for service involving people being intoxicated in public. This included eight calls in a row over the past weekend which saw Masset RCMP dealing with people in various states of intoxication in the downtown Masset area. Some of these people were sent on their way, some were arrested and placed in cells until safe and sober and others were transported to the hospital to receive medical attention. The increase in numbers was unusual and was likely brought on by the good weather over the weekend.

The RCMP would like to discourage drinking in public as it is illegal to have open alcohol in a public place. If you see someone drinking in public and believe they may be intoxicated, please contact Masset RCMP at 250-626-3991.

On the evening of April 29, Masset RCMP were called to Port Clements after a vehicle was reported in the ditch. A member attended and located a male who stated he had missed his driveway due to heavy rain and darkness. Upon talking with the man further, the member determined that the males’ ability to drive a motor vehicle was likely impaired by alcohol. A roadside screening device was administered and the male failed two tests. The male was given an immediate 90 day roadside prohibition and his vehicle had been impounded.

On the afternoon of April 30, someone stole a Dewalt 18 volt cordless drill in a black and yellow case from the parking lot of the Old Masset Youth Centre. The owner has provided the RCMP with a serial number. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the RCMP.

On May 5, Masset RCMP yet again were involved in the arrest of an off island youth for breaching his bail conditions. The Massett RCMP have been dealing with this youth on a consistent basis since his arrival to Haida Gwaii recently.

Dealing with prolific offenders has been incorporated into the Masset RCMP’s 2014/2015 Annual Performance Plan and as such offenders can expect to be held accountable to their bail conditions.

Please remember, it takes a community to police a community.

Any suspicious activity can be reported to the Masset RCMP at 250-626-3991 or anonymously to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.