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.