Big turnover for Masset RCMP

  • Feb. 20, 2014 6:00 p.m.

The Masset RCMP detachment is anticipating a big turnover this year, with as many as seven out of nine members moving on to other detachments by this fall, Cpl. Glen Breckon told Port Clements council Monday night (Feb. 17). Sgt. Blake Ward has already left to take on a new position in 100 Mile House, Cpl. Breckon said in his quarterly report, and it may take a few months to fill his spot. Cpl. Breckon will be the acting detachment commander for now, but told council that he just found out that he is going to be transferred to work at the RCMP’s BC headquarters in Surrey. Three other members are set to leave Masset this spring, and another two could follow in the fall, he said. Council members expressed concern about the large turnover, but Cpl. Breckon said the RCMP will work hard to make it as seamless as possible. Meanwhile, the number of calls for service has dropped slightly during the fall quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. The detachment received 348 calls during October, November and December 2013, down 4 percent from the 363 it received in 2012. The number of prisoners also dropped, with 33 prisoners lodged in the fall quarter of 2013, down from 42 in 2012. The number of calls coming from Masset and Old Massett was down, with a tiny increase in calls from Port Clements and a large increase in calls from the Tow Hill Road area, Cpl. Breckon said, mostly for property-related offences. Calls for crimes against people, like assault, were down significantly, although the number of property crimes rose. Cpl. Breckon said much of the increase is due to a few offenders in Masset who have been checking for unlocked vehicles and stealing items from them. Although police have been warning residents to lock their homes and vehicles, RCMP received two calls just in the past month about break and enters to houses that were not locked, he said. Councillor Urs Thomas asked how the Masset detachment’s crime rate compares to the south end of the islands, and to other communities in BC. Cpl. Breckon replied that generally, the Queen Charlotte detachment handles about half the number of files Masset does. “Queen Charlotte is very slow compared to other detachments in the province,” he said. “Masset is about average.”

Just Posted

B.C. First Nation Chief Ed John faces historic sex charges

John served as minister for children and families under then-premier Ujjah Dosanjh

Cullen gets $89,000 in post-MP severance

At 55, the former MP will also be eligible for an $82,000 per annum pension

Carol Young, an artist who fought for timely cancer treatment in Abbotsford, dies before first solo show

B.C. Haida artist’s exhibit to open Saturday at downtown Seattle gallery

PHOTOS: Masset Remembers

Veterans, the Legion, the RCMP and the town came out to honour all those who have bravely served

Freezing rain warning issued for central Interior Remembrance Day

Highway alerts in place for Begbie Summitt and Pine Pass

VIDEO: B.C. to restrict nicotine content, bring in 20% tax on vaping products

Province will also restrict candy and fruit flavoured vaping products to adult-only stores

B.C. government working with RCMP to address $10 million in budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

Tolko shuts B.C. divisions for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23-27; two weeks’ downtime runs Dec. 21-Jan. 6

Port Moody mayor says stayed sex assault charge related to ‘awkward date’

Rob Vagramov said charge was related to a string of dates in 2015

UBC conference draws fire over speaker from Chinese tech company blacklisted in U.S.

The company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. over links to the repression of China’s Muslim minority

‘It’s been 12 years’: Father of murdered B.C. real estate agent pleads for mayor’s help

Lindsay Buziak was stabbed to death on Feb. 2, 2008 in Saanich. Her case is unsolved.

B.C. woman sends fight to reduce preventable medical errors to Victoria

Teri McGrath and South Okanagan senior’s centre members presented 150 signature petition to local MLA

Most Read