Whitehorse RCMP poll finds illegal drugs, property crime and driving problems top priorities – Yukon News

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A survey to guide the allocation of resources for the Whitehorse police force identified illegal drug offences, property crimes and conduct-related issues as the top three priorities for the police department.

In a July 8 news release, Supt. Scott Sheppard said the Whitehorse detachment is the largest and busiest in the territory, averaging 67% of all calls in the division per year.

“Through this investigation, other community engagements, and the direction of the Minister of Justice’s policing priorities, we aim to better understand what the public expects of us in the Whitehorse area. and how we can work to better serve the community,” Sheppard said. said.

The online survey conducted by the Whitehorse RCMP between March 23 and April 8 consisted of eight questions, available in French and English, intended to gather the public’s recommendations on priorities to consider for the detachment.

A report on the poll results was also prepared by the police and released on July 8. The report broke down responses from 253 respondents who completed the survey and listed their top three priorities.

A total of 130 respondents named illegal drug offenses a top priority, according to the report. Ninety-four respondents indicated major property crimes and 73 respondents indicated minor property crimes, while 66 respondents selected impaired driving and 94 selected law enforcement.

Options for priorities also included First Nations engagement (34), youth engagement (20), community engagement (37), family violence (38), sexual assault and crimes against persons. (61), alternative patrols (35), increased focus on prolific offenders (56) and proactive outreach to mental health professionals (59).

In the report, 52 respondents expressed interest in participating in a Whitehorse RCMP Detachment Advisory Board, while seven followed up by sending their contact information to the email address provided.

“When creating the survey, it was important to ensure that anonymity was protected to ensure that people felt comfortable being honest in their responses,” reads the article. The report.

“Allowing interested people to reach out rather than including a space to provide contact information in the survey was intended to contribute to the dedication to anonymity.”

In the report, the Yukon Minister of Justice establishes policing priorities for the Yukon RCMP each year based on work provided by the Yukon Police Council and the territorial Department of Justice. The detachment uses these priorities along with feedback from the community, local leaders, governments and stakeholders to “ensure that police officers in the city are focused on issues of identified importance.”

“This poll provided a new way for the Whitehorse community to share their opinions,” the report said.

In the report, annual policing priorities for 2022-2023, including resources, activities and programming, are also based on reviews of calls for service and crime statistics and trends from the years previous ones in addition to the survey results.

The main priorities listed in the report are: alternative patrols, road safety and engagement of rural patrols; participating in property crime prevention efforts, opioid law enforcement, and participating in harm reduction efforts and gun enforcement; youth event presentations and community engagement, including with Black, Indigenous, Colored, and LGBTQ2S+ communities; the engagement and support of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council on self-determined administration of justice and community engagement for all First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Whitehorse; and education, prevention and response related to violence against women and girls.

In the Yukon RCMP’s last year review report, the territory-wide priorities listed for 2021-22 were to increase public confidence; build on past successes through increased policing efforts targeting the opioid and hard drug crisis, as well as responses to serious and organized crime; engage with and support children and young people; strengthen relationships with First Nations; working with community and justice partners to maximize the use of restorative justice; and improve prevention, investigation and enforcement activities related to violence against women, girls and the LGBTQ2S+ population.

Contact Dana Hatherly at dana.hatherly@yukon-news.com

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