It’s official: no police officer for Sandspit

  • Aug. 16, 2010 5:00 p.m.

Not enough members of the Moresby Island Management Committee showed up Aug. 11 for the scheduled meeting to be held, but chair Evan Putterill said those who attended did listen to a report from Queen Charlotte RCMP detachment Sgt. Rob Knapton. Sgt. Knapton reported on the detachment’s statistics for April, May and June 2010, and also spoke about the vacant Sandspit position. Historically, the Queen Charlotte detachment has had one member located in the sub-office in Sandspit, but that position has been empty for the past two years because of new requirements about employee safety and backup. Sgt. Knapton said the position will now be based out of the Queen Charlotte office, and he expects to fill it this winter, bringing the detachment back up to its regular staff level of seven police officers. Mr. Putterill said it’s not good for Sandspit to lose the police presence it used to have, but he understands the reasons behind the decision. “The Sandspit position is no longer and they’re going to staff it out of Queen Charlotte,” he said. “It’s unfortunate but there’s nothing to be done about it.” According to Sgt. Knapton’s quarterly report, calls from Sandspit accounted for about 11 percent of calls received by the detachment, which also includes Queen Charlotte, Skidegate and Tlell. Sandspit was the site of four business break and enters (out of a total of five in the entire detachment area) and one residential break and enter (out of a total of two). Sandspit was also the site of one assault, one theft under $5,000, and two property damage under $5,000 incidents from April to June. The small community had no complaints of fraud, drugs, accidents, impaired drivers or sexual assaults during the quarter.