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Council hears OPP update

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While some of the numbers are down from the same period last year, the Fort Frances OPP detachment definitely was busy in the second quarter of 2008, OPP S/Sgt. Steve Shouldice reported to town council Monday night.

In the second quarter, local OPP officers responded to 1,175 calls for service, compared to 1,022 in the second quarter of 2007.

A total of 52 violent crimes were reported, down one from the same time period last year.

As well, 103 property crimes were reported, compared to 108 in 2007, while 14 drug crimes were reported, up from eight a year ago.

Police also laid six impaired driving charges (the same number as in the second quarter of 2007) while motor vehicle collisions were down by 10—42 as opposed to 52 in the second quarter of 2007.

A total of 159 Highway Traffic Act charges were laid, up from 131 during the same time last year.

Officers laid 148 Criminal Code charges in the second quarter of 2008, down from 157 in the same period last year. Drug charges also were down, with a total of 13 in that time frame compared to 17 last year.

Police also laid a total of 33 Liquor Licence Act charges, up from the 26 last year. And there were three Provincial Offence Act charges, down from four in 2007.

A total of five parking tickets were issued, compared to four in the same period of 2007, while only one municipal bylaw charge was laid—the same as in the second quarter of 2007.

The OPP collected a total of 4,868.35 in revenues in the second quarter of 2008, up from last year’s $3,777. A total of $2,292 of that was the result of the police auction in May.

Police worked 8,612.75 total hours of service in the second quarter of this year, up from 6,341 hours at this time in 2007. Overtime also was up, with 554 overtime hours compared to 408.75 a year ago.

S/Sgt. Shouldice noted the Fort Frances OPP detachment is fully staffed at this point, with the most recent personnel being two probationary officers who arrived here May 10.

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