Drug abuse, impaired driving now priorities for P.E.I. RCMP

Published on May 30, 2014


Queens District RCMP has outlined its strategic policing priorities for the year ahead in a performance plan that addresses everything from illegal drugs and highway safety to frauds against senior citizens.

The plan, released Friday, covers Queens District rural communities, Abegweit First Nation and the municipalities of Cornwall and Stratford.

Staff Sgt. Mark T. Crowther, Queens District commander for L Division, said the plan is focused on the things that matter to residents within Island communities.

"Our programs and services are developed in consultation with the community," Crowther said "This year will see a concerted effort to get to know the community better with education and enforcement as a priority in everything we do."    

Contributing to road safety is the first objective outlined in the plan.

As part of that objective officers will target impaired and distracted drivers and speeders.

To that end they will employ special traffic enforcement and education initiatives and conduct strategic checkpoints targeting drivers impaired by drugs and alcohol.

They will also conduct enforcement initiatives targeting aggressive drivers with a focus on motorcycles and offensive noise during the motorcycle season.

The detachment's youth safety initiative will focus on the illegal use of prescription drugs and cyber-safety.

Emphasis will be placed on educating people about prescription pill abuse. Those efforts will be directed towards   targeted schools and as well to seniors groups.

Efforts will continue to gather intelligence and target individuals trafficking in prescription pills.

Youth and seniors groups will receive more information on internet safety, with emphasis on cyber-bullying and fraud awareness.

Illegal drugs, thefts from motor vehicles and vandalism will be the focus of community safety efforts.

To that end officers will gather intelligence through increased use of documented street checks.

There will also be increased intelligence sharing, with a focus on drugs and outlaw motorcycle groups.

As part of their efforts to reduce thefts from motor vehicles and reduce the incidence of vandalism, officers will expand efforts to educate the community on the importance of securing vehicles and property.

Crowther said the detachment's education and enforcement efforts will build on solid results from 2013/2014.

He cited the following statistics for that period:

14 charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) for Cornwall. Thirteen charges under the CDSA for Stratford. There were 1,641 highway traffic offences recordedwithin the district; of these there were 180 charges under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) for Cornwall with 231 written warnings and 329 charges under the HTA for Stratford, with 384 written warnings. Forty-six impaired drivers were charged within the district, including seven in Cornwall and nine in Stratford.