I would like to thank the residents and our partners in the Town of Shelburne, the Town of Lockeport and in the Municipality of Shelburne for their continued support and cooperation. The Shelburne RCMP proudly provides community and police service to over 6,600 residents and additional seasonal residents and visitors.
During 2013, we received and investigated 1,961 calls for service. This was a 9 % increase from the previous year. We experienced an increase in clearance rate as well in both traffic and criminal matters resulting in enforcement action in 43 % of the cases. Over 200 charges were laid by Shelburne RCMP in relation to one of our key policing priorities - Road Safety. This was a 76 % increase from 2012. The number of suspected Impaired Drivers reported to us during 2013 was 14% higher than the previous year and resulted in twelve related criminal charges.
I would like to share some particular highlights from 2013. In January a local business reported a theft in relation to a number of high priced items. As the stolen articles started to appear for sale on social networking sites in the Halifax area, a tip from the public lead our officers in the right direction. Following additional investigation, a Shelburne RCMP member travelled to the Halifax area, located and arrested two suspects. Over $7,000 in stolen property was recovered which included items from our local business.
Following a report of a missing youth from the Halifax area in September 2013, Shelburne RCMP located and partnered with Family and Children Services to facilitate his safe return. In November, while investigating a possible impaired driver, a local officer had his hands full. Following the incident, two local individuals were charged; one with impaired driving and the other with obstruction of justice and assaulting a police officer. In October a member of the local detachment travelled to Quebec and arrested and returned a Shelburne resident who failed to attend court. In November, in a separate matter, an Ontario resident was located in Ontario, arrested and returned to Shelburne. The RCMP is focused on crime and warrant reduction in the province of Nova Scotia and will locate and apprehend wanted individuals when it is a matter of public safety.
In December 2013, local RCMP officers completed an investigation initiated from arson incidents occurring during the summer and fall of 2011. An unrelated series of commercial and residential Break and Enters and thefts which occurred throughout Shelburne, Queens and Lunenburg Counties during 2012 and which resulted in over 20 related charges against former Shelburne residents broke the case open. As a result a former Shelburne resident is currently before the courts charged with seven offences including Attempted Murder and Arson with Disregard for Human Life. I credit a number of local investigators who pursued these matters with skill and perseverance all in the interest of public safety.
I also report the Shelburne County Street Crime Enforcement Unit (SCEU) continued to experience huge success in investigating organized crime in this area. Shelburne County SCEU work collaboratively with local, provincial and federal partners to achieve overall crime reduction in our local communities. In May, two out-of-town residents were arrested in the Town of Shelburne following a brief drug investigation. Both subjects were charged with Trafficking and over 30 grams of cocaine was seized in addition to a quantity of marihuana, MDMA and cash. SCEU initiated an investigation just outside of the County which resulted in two individuals being arrested and an excess of 45 tablets/capsules of MDMA (Ecstasy) and approximately 30 grams of cocaine seized. SCEU believe these drugs were being directed back into the Shelburne County area. In September two local residents were arrested and charged with trafficking. A quantity of cash and drugs, including over 60 opiate prescription pills, were seized. In July a local resident was arrested and charged in relation to possessing contraband tobacco; approximately 8 cases or 300 cartons of contraband valued in excess of $16,500. We believe contraband cigarettes originated from Central Canada. Profits from the sales of contraband tobacco in all our communities go towards funding organized crime elsewhere in the country.
In 2014, our members and staff will continue to work closely with our partners, community groups and you the public to contribute to safe communities in this area. Sgt. Ben Parry arrives to Shelburne on Jan. 13 and I know he looks forward to settling into his new community and his new responsibilities as Shelburne Detachment Commander.
Nancy Mason, Cpl.