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In case you’ve ever thought that working for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police would be a non-stop whirlwind of high-level drug investigations, serious crimes and secondment to emergency response teams dealing with armed and barricaded felons, here’s a snapshot, a veritable smorgasbord, of the policing weekend in Stephenville, courtesy of the RCMP itself.

Case 2013605917  Break and enter into a vehicle in Stephenville; stereo equipment stolen.

Case 2013606055  Attempted break and enter into a business on Main St., Stephenville.

Case 2013606059  Property damage to a business.

Case 2013606146  Theft of a bicycle in a Stephenville residential area.

Case 2013606221  Quantity of calculators recovered in Stephenville.

Case 2013606598  Adult male, repeat offender, arrested for shoplifting in Stephenville.

Case 2013608368  Complaint of breaching probation conditions under investigation in Stephenville Crossing.

Case 2013608458  Complaint of driver possibly impaired; vehicle located in Stephenville, driver sober.

Case 2013608538  Complaint of dirt bikes being operated on the main road in Piccadilly.

Case 2013610545  Complaint of vehicle parked in hazardous manner in Stephenville, owner arrived and vehicle was moved.

Case 2013610661  Complaint of driver possibly impaired in Stephenville, investigated and found to be sober.

Case 2013610924  Police seeking adult female in Stephenville in regards to investigation involving assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of motor vehicle and criminal harassment.

Case 2013611408  Complaint of adult male resident of St. George's operating motor vehicle while prohibited; unfounded.

Case 2013611517  Resident of Mainland made a complaint of fraud through Kijiji.

Case 2013612452/2013612455  Intoxicated, injured adult male brought to hospital and subsequently lodged overnight in cells.

Case 2013612551  Complaint of probable impairment in Stephenville, driver located and found to be sober.

Case 2013615149  Adult male resident of Lower Cove was arrested and charged with assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats and property damage.

Case 2013615869  Complaint of high speed driver in Stephenville.

Case 2013616033  Vehicle driver on Route 490 was issued violation ticket for driving without a driver's licence, registered owner also issued violation ticket for allowing it, vehicle seized and towed.

Case 2013616266  Complaint of four males leaving Stephenville establishment without paying.

Case 2013616602  Complaint of persons drinking in wooded area near Stephenville business, gone on arrival of police, evidence of extinguished fire.

Yes, that’s why you went through the rigours of the RCMP academy, years of weapons training and specialized policing techniques. “Evidence of extinguished fire,” indeed — for the officers involved, you’d be lucky if it wasn’t evidence of extinguished dreams as well.

Truth be told, policing has far more to do with the nuances of neighbourhood negotiation and the skills of small-d diplomacy than you might think. It might not be the romance of police shows and popular fiction, but it is needed, none the less.

It must make for very long weekends indeed.

Organizations: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Geographic location: Stephenville, St. George's

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  • Kristina
    May 29, 2013 - 11:33

    @Gordon Gekko The RCMP have different divisions and are contracted out to provincial governments for areas that arent populated enough to have their own municipal forces. Rural Canada is generally policed by contracted RCMP officers. The FBI equivilent in Canada is not the RCMP, but is CSIS, and CSIS does not track down stolen bicycles. You should probably get informed about the policing systems in Canada before you pass judgement on the RCMP efforts in the province and the rest of the country. If you don't think the things they were dealing with aren't important than you have serious misconceptions about how to keep communities safe. Keeping drunk drivers off the roads and locating a person who is alleged to have assaulted someone with a weapon? I wouldn't want drunk drivers and violent people in my neighborhood.

    • Gordon Gekko
      May 29, 2013 - 13:49

      CSIS (like the CIA) is a civilian intelligence gathering agency that does deal with domestic threats but primarily international, or at least that's how it should work. The FBI is a federal law enforcement agency which operates within the United States. FBI agents are cops, CSIS are not. There aren't really clear equivalents because each country has a totally different system, but CSIS and the RCMP should be reorganized to closer resemble the CIA and FBI respectively, the RCMP should not be contracted out to do local police work, that should be the responsibility of provinces and municipalities.

  • Petertwo
    May 29, 2013 - 06:52

    The RCMP are doing their work and very well as it appears here, there are detectives that do the other stuff, perhaps they need to be increased? Small municipalities cannot afford their own police enforcement, with salaries,benefits, and pensions et cetera. The rule of one law for all is better applied federally to ensure equality throughout. Judging by the complaints listed above I wonder if any were private vendettas, or just impaired judgement for any reason.

  • Gordon Gekko
    May 28, 2013 - 11:49

    This is actually the problem that we have with the RCMP not just in NL but all across the country. They're stretched far too thin, they should be a federal police force dealing with the big-time issues, instead all over the country we have them doing jobs that should be handled by municipal and regional police forces. In the US you would never have the FBI out tracking down a stolen bicycle in Hicksville, and the RCMP should be serving a similar function in Canada. They should ditch the small-time municipal police work.

    • Eli
      May 28, 2013 - 21:27

      Another federal police force? The RCMP/CISIS relationship or lack thereof is nightmare enough.