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Fort Macleod RCMP among Alberta’s busiest

Fort Macleod RCMP responded to 4,119 calls for service in 2010.
That ranks the local detachment as the 23rd busiest out of 107 detachments in Alberta.
“We maintained our position in the province,” Sgt. Brent Hawker said of his detachment, which was also 23rd in 2009.
Hawker and Const. Shane MacMillan appeared Jan. 24 as a delegation at the Fort Macleod council meeting.
Hawker attended the meeting to deliver his year-end report to council, noting the volume of calls was 4,340 in 2009.
“Calls are down slightly over the past year,” Hawker said.
That continues a downward trend that saw calls for service drop to 4,663 in 2008 from 4,773 in 2007.
The detachment serves a population of 5,918, including the towns of Fort Macleod and Granum and portions of the MD of Willow Creek and counties of Lethbridge and Cardston.
Fort Macleod Mounties handle an average of 105 Criminal Code cases, compared to the provincial average of 97.48.
Members at the Claresholm detachment in 2010 each handled an average of 63.4 Criminal Codes cases.
Hawker provided council with a breakdown of the types of crimes members dealt with last year:

Fort Macleod MD of Willow Creek
and counties
Impaired driving 36 31
Disturbing the peace 167 37
Assaults 39 8 4
Theft under $5,000 112 12 7
Theft over $5,000 9 2
Mischief under $5,000 132 25 2
Break and enter 22 6 6
Drug offences 10 2
Common police activities 733 274 29
Liquor offences 127 36
Provincial statutes excluding traffic 306 212 8

The Fort Macleod detachment held 371 prisoners in 2010.
Hawker also noted the integrated traffic unit working in the Fort Macleod district dealt with 402 speeding violations, 22 seatbelt infractions, four intersection violations, three impaired drivers and 24 other violations.

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