2016 Year in Review
2017-06-06 12:45 PDT
Coquitlam RCMP 2016 Year in Review
The sworn officers, civilian staff, and volunteers that make up the Coquitlam RCMP team serve the citizens of Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and the Kwikwetlem First Nation—a permanent resident population of more than 200,000. We also serve the tens of thousands of people who travel to and through our jurisdiction every day for school, work, and recreation. We provide 24/7 response to call and investigations as well as a wide range of crime prevention and community education initiatives that help make our jurisdiction a safe, secure place to live, work and play.
Stats & Facts
Calls for Service
Total calls for service in 2016: 43,094
40% of the calls for service we received in 2016 required urgent or immediate response.
DO YOU KNOW when to call 9-1-1 and when to call our non-emergency line?
Tip: if an incident is happening right in front of you and a person or property is at risk, call 911. If the incident is over and no people or property were seriously harmed, call the non-emergency line 604-945-1550. And, no matter what, don’t try to report crime on social media, email or text message.
Top 5 Calls for Service
- Suspicious person/vehicle/occurrence
- False/abandoned 911
- Cause disturbance
- Theft from vehicle
Almost 2,800 false or abandoned 9-1-1 calls were handled in 2016.
We had to follow up on each and every one of them to make sure the caller was safe. We need your help to make sure all 911 calls are
real 911 calls.
Tip: Lock your phone’s screen before you slip it into your pocket or bag to reduce the chance of purse or pocket dials. If you dial 911 by mistake, stay on the phone and talk to our staff. You’ll spare us the time we’d otherwise spend trying to track you down to make sure you’re okay. More 9-1-1 FAQs.
Almost 7,500 drivers got tickets for distracted driving, speeding or breaking the rules in an intersection.
Fatal Collisions - 4
Injury Collisions - 301
Property Damage Collisions - 1,352
Distracted driving - 2,012
Impaired driving - 273
Intersection violation - 2,817
Speed - 2,617
Seatbelt violation - 573
Total tickets issued - 8,292
DID YOU KNOW? Police aren’t the only ones working to make our roads safer…Cell Watch and Speed Watch volunteers scanned more than 60,000 vehicles for excessive speed and device use in 2016. More on the Tri-Cities Speed Watch program.
Did you know? The police enforce the Criminal Code of Canada, but we also enforce thousands of other statutes and bylaws—like the BC Motor Vehicle Act—that fall in to the category of
Top 5 Criminal Code Offences
- Cause disturbance
- Theft from vehicle
- Theft (<$5,000)
- Shoplifting (<$5,000)
Over 30% of all founded Criminal Code incidents in 2016 were either break and enters or auto theft. Visit coquitlam.rcmp.ca and follow us on social media to find out what you can do to prevent these high volume property crimes from impacting your family and your neighbourhood.
DID YOU KNOW? Violent crime—also known as
persons crime—is very rare in the communities we serve; making up less than 4% of all founded incidents in 2016.
Online & Social Media
Where Did You See Us In 2016?
Connected To Our Communities
- 27th: Reading to local kids on Family Literacy Day
- 13th: Promoting auto theft prevention with ICBC at Coquitlam Centre.
- 23rd: Hosting a ceremony at which long-time community police station volunteer John
DocCumber was awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour, the highest national order of France.
- 24th: Taking a stand against bullying on Pink Shirt
- 26th: Supporting the Soroptimist International of Tri Cities at the 6th annual Giver Her Wings Gala.
- 2nd: Competing against teams of youth and firefighters in Port Coquitlam’s annual Youth Week Floor Hockey tournament.
- 7th: Marching in Red Serge in the annual Port Coquitlam Rotary May Day Parade.
Arrestingdozens of local VIPs and holding them in
jailat Coquitlam Center to raise funds for the Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast.
- 2nd: Lacing up for the Tri-Cities leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Special Olympics BC.
- 12th: Enjoying the festivities at Coquitlam’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic and Parade.
- 15th: Wearing purple to support Elder Abuse Awareness Day
- 16th: Supporting the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life at Percy Perry Stadium.
- 26th: Joining the crowds at Belcarra Day
- 1st: Raising flags and participating in other Canada Day festivities in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
- 12th: Cleaning up graffiti in Port Coquitlam with Teens Against Graffiti.
- 21st: PoCo Grand Prix bike race.
- 31st: Marching with the BC RCMP contingent in the Vancouver Pride Parade.
- 8th-12th: 6th annual Junior Mountie Police Academy—a free, half-day camp that lets kids, teens and tweens get a firsthand look into the life of a police officer.
- 21st: PoCo BIA Downtown Car Show.
- 18th: Supporting the Terry Fox Hometown Run in Port Coquitlam.
- 27th: Cheering on the Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast team, especially our local riders—Sgt. Terry MacDonald, Cst. Soumia Abboub, and Cst. Tania Saunders, who shaved her head as a fundraiser a week before the ride.
- 12th: Talking to new residents about our programs and services at the City of Coquitlam’s annual
Welcome to Coquitlamevent.
- 24th-25th: Hosting The Anti-Graffiti Symposium (TAGS) conference at the Executive Inn in Coquitlam. The annual event draws experts from around the world to share ideas about preventing and eliminating graffiti vandalism.
- 4th-6th: Hosting the 17th annual Red Serge Classic Volleyball Tournament at Port Coquitlam’s Riverside Secondary School. The tournament included an exhibition game between the high school all stars and members of the Coquitlam RCMP.
- 11th: Marching in Red Serge in Remembrance Day ceremonies in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
- 8th: Delivering hundreds of toys and hundreds of dollars in gift cards to the SHARE community services toy bank as part of the 8th annual 911 We Care Toy Drive
- 10th: Collecting food and gift card donations for the SHARE Community Services food bank at the 3rd annual Cram the Cruiser food/fundraiser.
Where else have you seen us?
- Our volunteers worked more than 17,000 hours in 2016 improving road safety as part of the Speed Watch, (photo) attending events in uniform as Auxiliary Constables, doing foot and bike patrols as part of the Community Police Station program and much more. Sound interesting? Visit coquitlam.rcmp.ca to find out how you can join our team as a volunteer.
- Our members and volunteers were a Coquitlam’s Neighbourhood Nights and Coquitlam 125 Block Parties. We were on the streets for traffic enforcement road blocks, Speed Watch radar set ups and Cell Watch campaigns. We were on foot, bike (photo) and ATV patrols on the parks and trails throughout our jurisdiction. And we delivered hundreds of presentations on policing and public safety in partnership with School District 43, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and many other groups and organizations.
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