April 23, 2014 - 3:08 PM
PENTICTON — RCMP Supt. Kevin Hewco said dealing will serial offenders is his first priority for the annual performance plan.
Hewco presented the Penticton RCMP’s first quarter report to City council Tuesday night. He said prolific offender management programs are going help them catch the criminals who cause a good portion of the city’s property crime.
“It’s those few that are causing all your property crime in this town, I can guarantee it,” he said.
Hewco said the RCMP will concentrate their investigative resources to catch these criminals and get them into treatment or jail. They will also work with service providers and government agencies, including, but not limited to Community Corrections, Crown Counsel, and the Ministry of Housing.
“I’ve seen it work,” Hewco said of the program.
A prolific offender is someone who commits a disproportionate amount of crime, according to the quarterly report. The difference between a prolific offender and a repeat offender is prolific offenders fail to control their criminal behaviour, and addictions, mental health issues, self-esteem and lack of skills may also be motivating factors, the report states.
There are also seven active chronic nuisance offenders in Penticton responsible for three per cent of total files in the first few months of 2014. They made up 13 per cent of total liquor act, safe streets and cause disturbance reports for that time period, according to the report.
One offender is a 15 year old girl and chronic runaway, while the other six are men aged 40 to 63 who suffer from substance abuse or mental illness.
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