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Crime down in Vernon, Coldstream in first three months of 2021

Supt. Shawna Baher will present the latest Vernon area crime stats to Vernon City Council today.
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May 10, 2021 - 11:15 AM

Calls and offences dropped in the Vernon and Coldstream over the first three months of 2021 versus last year.

The Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP's quarterly report will be presented to Vernon city council today, May 10, by detachment commander Supt. Shawna Baher.

It shows there were 4,470 calls for service in Vernon and Coldstream. That’s a 3.6 per cent decrease from last year.

Criminal Code offences were down 16.3 per cent to 1,284.

Police forwarded 435 charges to Vernon Crown counsel, up from 425 the year before. It dealt with 288 prisoners, down from 392 the year before and opened 272 files on street entrenched people, down from 355 the year before.

The number of prolific offenders identified by the RCMP has dropped to 15 from 19 with five of those being in custody.

The report goes on to detail numerous cases the police dealt with during the first three months of the year, including one 32-year-old man who is now in custody awaiting trial for multiple sexual offences on several victims.

A young offender was arrested after being investigated for sexual assault and distribution of child pornography.

It also investigated a series of hostile letters to public officials in January that demanded all public safety measures be stopped while City assets and control of the government be turned over to the letter writer. Police determined there was no threat to elected officials but continues to monitor the group.

Another investigation involved a 61-year-old man threatening to shoot health care workers at the hospital. Police have recommended charges of public mischief and uttering threats be laid.

There were 36 impaired drivers taken off the road through charges or suspensions, and three distracted drivers were charged.


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