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Fort Macleod RCMP find criminal complaints decline

Fort Macleod RCMP saw a drop in Criminal Code complaints last year.
Sgt. Brent Hawker reported the detachment handled 742 Criminal Code investigations by the end of November, compared to 832 in the first 11 months of 2011.
Hawker submitted his regular report Jan. 28 to Fort Macleod council.
Hawker, who is in charge of the Fort Macleod detachment, will get an invitation to discuss the report in detail with council.
“What I would like to do is invite him to come out and explain it,” Town of Fort Macleod municipal manager David Connauton said.
The report is filled with details that council felt warranted some discussion or explanation, so agreed to invite Hawker to a meeting.
In his written report Hawker noted the RCMP had dealt with 344 property offences by the end of November, compared to 380 the previous year.
That included 174 complaints of mischief to property, down from 206 the previous year.
The RCMP also dealt with 97 complaints of theft under $5,000; 27 reports of break-and-enter; 21 cases of fraud; 15 thefts of motor vehicles; seven charges of possession of stolen property; and three cases of arson.
Crimes against persons were about the same at 143, compared to 144 in 2011. That included 86 assaults; 25 charges of uttering threats; 21 instances of criminal harassment; and four offences that were related to deaths.
The number of drug offences in 2012 dropped to five, from nine the previous year. That included four charges of possession and one charge of trafficking.
The RCMP attended 228 motor vehicle crashes compared to 250 the previous year. There were two fatalities in 2012.

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