Have you noticed how there are almost zero reports of any crime coming out of Langford or the West Shore lately? Do you think all criminal activity has suddenly ceased, or do you suspect, as I do, that the RCMP has been ordered to stop issuing press releases about criminal activity? Is that what its new Crime Reduction Unit is all about? Is this how Stew Young fights crime in Langford?
This bothered me so I went to the West Shore RCMP web site and found this very impressive sounding posting, not unlike postings it has done before when the Devils Army opened its clubhouse in Langford and when twenty-five cars were burgled. It speaks of a new Crime Reduction Unit,
I have a deep respect for the men and women of the RCMP, but being spun feels like being insulted.
“West Shore RCMP add heat on Prolific Offenders with a new unit
2015-09-03 10:57 PDT
File # 2015
West Shore RCMP has filled the void created by the disbandment of the former Regional Crime Unit by creating its own unit; the Crime Reduction Unit. The C.R.U. is composed of officers specifically dedicated to targeting prolific offenders in the West Shore. Prolific offenders are those individuals currently criminally active with a high number of negative contacts with police due to criminal behaviour and with a history of committing the same type of crime over and over.
The C.R.U. is responsible for adopting enforcement and crime prevention strategies that are based on an understanding of the cause of crime. For this, the C.R.U. will be working in close partnership with key community partners such as Crime Analysts, Probation Officers, Correctional Services etc. in order to identify crime trends, hot spots and high crime areas in the West Shore area.
In a relentless fashion, the Crime Reduction Unit is aggressively targeting those individuals by conducting frequent curfew checks, surveillance, bar walks and make sure that those individuals who are released from custody abide by their court bound conditions.
It did not take long before the C.R.U. made its mark, with the assistance of the West Shore RCMP Street Crime Unit by arresting a 32 year old man and a 30 year old woman, both of Langford on September 2, 2015. Both suspects are facing numerous charges, including Possession of Stolen Property, and Drug Possession after they were found in a stolen vehicle out of Duncan and stolen licence plates out of Shawnigan Lake. The man was held into custody for court appearance the next morning as he is a much known prolific offender. The woman was released and set to appear at the Western Communities Courthouse on December 3, 2015.
We routinely issue news releases requesting the public’s assistance in helping us solve crime because we know that there are people in the community who know who is responsible for those crimes. We need those individuals to come forward and help us target the small group of individuals who are responsible for the majority of the crimes in the West Shore, states Sgt. Raj Sandhu, who oversees the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit and Street Crime Unit.
Anyone with information can call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or anonymously via Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Cst. Alex Bérubé”
There might be more troops on the way, but “on the way” and “here” aren’t the same thing. Anyhow, let’s break this announcement down with a few questions because when it comes to politics, Mayor Stew Young has a BS, a MS and a PHD (Bull Sh*t, More of the Same and Piled Higher and Deeper)
QUESTION: This Crime Reduction Unit that it just formed, how many new cops has the RCMP brought in for it so far?
ANSWER: Zero! This is more of Stew Young’s smoke and mirrors. All that has happened is that RCMP reassigned a few officers from traffic, adjusted a few schedules and said it now has a C.R.U.
QUESTION: Who were the RCMP supposed to be concentrating on in the beginning if not prolific offenders?
ANSWER: The answer is in the question. This is an absurd announcement, creating fanfare around the idea that cops actually chase criminals and target the worst criminals first. That’s what is supposed happen.
QUESTION: How does this new C.R.U. fill the void created by the loss of the Regional Crime Unit?
ANSWER: It doesn’t. The Regional Crime Unit had officers from other departments, in other words “manpower”. This was lost to Langford and the West Shore when it was disbanded. This new C.R.U. does not have those officers, or for that matter the funding that was lost when the R.C.U. was disbanded.
QUESTION: Now, ” the C.R.U. will be working in close partnership with key community partners such as Crime Analysts, Probation Officers, Correctional Services etc. in order to identify crime trends, hot spots and high crime areas in the West Shore area.” Is this supposed to impress you?
ANSWER: This is exactly what the cops were supposed to be doing in the first place. That is part of policing. Why is a big deal being made of this absolutely mandatory and common police work?
QUESTION: As far as the hot spots and high crime areas go, can anybody tell me the difference between the two?
ANSWER: There is no difference. It is just blah, blah, blah.
QUESTION: The C.R.U. is responsible for adopting enforcement and crime prevention strategies that are based on an understanding of the cause of crime. Really?
ANSWER: It doesn’t take a crime analyst to tell you the causes of crime; any twelve year old kid knows the answer. The principle causes of crime, other than white collar crime, are dope (fentanyl, heroin, crack, etc.), greedy and predatory dope dealers, dope addicts who need their fixes, gangs (Red Scorpions, Norteños and Asian dial-a-dope rings, etc.) and criminal motorcycle clubs (Devils Army and Hells Angels, etc.)
QUESTION: How is this going to happen? “In a relentless fashion, the Crime Reduction Unit is aggressively targeting those individuals by conducting frequent curfew checks, surveillance, bar walks and make sure that those individuals who are released from custody abide by their court bound conditions.”
ANSWER: It is NOT! Again, they have added no “boots on the ground” and it takes at least a half a dozen officers to conduct a surveillance. Until a substantial number of new cops are available the RCMP does NOT have the manpower, despite Stew Young’s promises in May about hiring twenty percent more RCMP.
QUESTION: Can this new C.R.U. handle sick days, vacation days and regular days off, etc?
ANSWER: Not only NO, but HELL NO. RCMP needs more bodies, a lot more bodies.
QUESTION: Look at this statement: “We need those individuals to come forward and help us target the small group of individuals who are responsible for the majority of the crimes in the West Shore, states Sgt. Raj Sandhu.”
ANSWER: Do you see the implication in here? The RCMP is trying to tell you that crime is not widespread in Langford and the West Shore, that it is just a few people that are causing all the problems. If that is true, and most of the crime comes from a “small group”, the RCMP must know who all the offenders are or else it wouldn’t know that it is a “small group”. That being the case, why does the RCMP need the public’s help in identifying and targeting these individuals? They should already be targeted through the “relentless fashion” with which the Crime Reduction Unit is “aggressively targeting those individuals by conducting frequent curfew checks, surveillance, bar walks…”
GIVE THE RCMP MORE HELP
Let’s talk about these curfew checks and other checks to ensure that those released on bail or enjoying other forms of “conditional releases” seem to get, almost as if by entitlement
If the courts were doing their job, then the criminals would not be on the street, especially the “prolific offenders” that the RCMP spoke of in its press release. Why is a prolific offender on a “conditional release“? Do you understand now how liberal judges are costing you money and putting you at risk? You are not just at risk because the offender is in the community; you are also at risk because it takes police manpower to surveil that offender and that manpower used to police that offender must then be pulled from other duties, duties which may have protected your car, your home and your family. Our courts are broken!
Are you starting to understand now how everything is interconnected?
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