Police in Kimberley are noticing an increase in drug activity, but are often not in a position to act on it.
This from Sergeant Chris Newel, who gave his detachment’s quarterly report this week.
He says while drug charges have been low from July to September, more assaults and conflicts point to a larger problem.
“We’re able to make some conclusions based on types of calls that we may have had, information that we pick up through tips or even through other investigations,” Newel says. “So you start to put things together and say we need to start doing something about this and increase enforcement.”
Newel adds its difficult for their detachment to respond to cases of narcotics.
“With drug activity, very time sensitive. You often have to deal with it within days or sometimes within hours and the manpower and resources that we have doesn’t enable us to do that very quickly sometimes,” Newel says. “We get called to other things and have to change our focus quickly and move back. The Crime Reduction Team really fills that void.”
Newel says the Crime Reduction Unit is better suited for targeting drug related incidents.
Police in Kimberley haven’t had a member on that team in recent months due to injuries.
A member of the Kimberley detachment has just recently been assigned to that section, which will allow more effective targeting of those involved in the drug trade.
– Kimberley RCMP Sergeant, Chris Newel