Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

Hello Neighbor and welcome back to the Blotter, and what a week its been here in the Ridge. Last month was a milestone for me: I just completed 20 years of service with the RCMP. When I first started, we patrolled on horses and our pay consisted 50 pounds of flour, some tea, and a box of ammo once per month. We primarily dealt with cattle rustlers and whiskey runners. Now we drive cars, have satellite phones, and use all sorts of computers. Not only that, our pay has been reduced when they took away our allotment of ammo.

The biggest change however, was not in equipment, it was in the rule book. During this short period of time, I have seen something amazing happen. As the rules changed, so did the delivery of policing services. One by one, the rules were replaced. At first the changes were subtle, barely noticeable.

When I attended Depot as a raw recruit, I learned:

1) Play fair. 2) Don?t hit people.

3) Put things back where you found them.

4) Clean up your own mess.

5) Don?t take things that arent yours.

6) Say youre sorry when you hurt somebody.

7) Flush.

8) Warm cookies & cold milk are good for you.

As society changed, the rule book was thrown out. Instead of rules, we now live by principles. I suspect that some of these principles are universal.

1) Mastery in one skill will get you fame. ompetence in many skills will get you out alive.

2) Damage is useless without accuracy.

3) Justice is made, not given.

4) You never run out of monsters.

5) Always keep your weapon hand free.

6) Armor is always cheaper than resurrection.

7) Oratory only impresses some people.

8) There is more than one kind of intelligence.

9) You can?t throw a grenade as far as you think you can.

10) That diversion you?ve been ignoring is the main attack.

11) If the enemy is in range, so are you.

12) The easy way is always mined.

When everything is said and done, I like the old rules much better.

The boys were kept busy last week dealing with a host of issues from arrest warrants, motor vehicle accidents, traffic complaints and several complaints of unrequited love (you can thank Valentines Day for this one.) Lets touch on a few.

We have a file cabinet full of warrants. Most of the warrants are for people failing to appear for court. How does this happen? Im glad you asked, let me tell you. When a bad guy plies his trade and finally gets caught, the justice system requires that, for the most part, he be released. We give him an official court document called a ?Promise To Appear.? Thats right, all the bad guy has to do is ?Promise To Appear? and he is free until his court date. We have to take a bad guy at his word. When the court appearance is missed, a warrant is issued for his arrest and the police spend a ton of time trying to track down the bad guy. Then the whole process starts over again. Since the government thinks this ?Promise to Appear? is such a good idea, at tax time Im going to send them a ?Promise To Pay? form. No doubt Ill be arrested and released on a …you guessed it, a ?Promise To Appear.?

Another complaint of speeding logging trucks was received. The trucks were reported to be speeding on the North Grizzly Forest Service Road and the Thunder Mountain Forest Service Road. Both of these roads are south of town. Every year at this time, the speeds increase on all forest service roads, do you know why? Spring breakup. In a few weeks, there will be weight restrictions on the roads, and then a few weeks after the restrictions are imposed, the roads will be closed for a month or two until they dry up. As a result, the push is on to get as many loads of logs out of the bush as possible. The drivers will be putting in some very long hours trying to ?get ahead.? When the roads are closed, the loggers dont get paid. Not only is there a lot of hours put in, there is usually very little maintenance done on the trucks from now until breakup. I hope to work in partnership with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement officers over the next month or so in order to address these issues.

Speaking of spring, its also the time of year when our 9-1-1 calls go up. Just last week, we responded to several 9-1-1 calls where the dispatcher could only hear static on the line and no voices. RCMP policy is that we will attend every 9-1-1 call, no matter if the caller calls back and says everything is OK. When the calls were attended to this past week, no one was home. In fact as the officer was at one residence, a 9-1-1 call went out from a house next door. A few moments later a phone repair guy showed up. So whats the problem? Water. Every spring when the snow melts, it shorts out several telephone connections. When this happens, somehow the phones dial 9-1-1 all by themselves. No one knows why, it just happens. With the amount of snow this winter, I suspect that this issue will be more propionate for the next few weeks.

Unfortunately I dont have the time or space to tell you about the call that deals with unrequited love. Just for your information…what one person thinks is love is not necessarily received that way by the other.

Well talk again next week the good Lord willing.

Keep it between the ditches. Cpl. Kurt Peats