Rural crime is down to 2013 levels and motor vehicle collisions are up in the County of Grande Prairie.
County Council received a second quarter update from Enforcement Services Monday morning.
Despite being fully staffed right now, maintaining a full team continues to be an issue for Enforcement.
“The challenge that we see are getting trained and qualified people,” said Stu Rempel (pictured), Manager of Enforcement Services.
Rempel adds they dealt with more high water rescues this season than usual.
“We, unfortunately, had a few very unfortunate incidents. Because our enhanced police members are trained and man the jet boat, we did a number of patrols and rescues… I’m very pleased with the effectiveness of the enhanced unit and the jet boat operation.”
Also, a number of shell casings have been found in the Dunes area.
“We’ve got a restricted weapons bylaw that prohibits the shooting, or discharge of any weapons down in the Dunes, which stretches essentially from Highway 40 right across the Dunes Natural Area and right down to the river. It’s always an ongoing concern,” explained Rempel.
Rempel says if you are caught firing weapons in that area, you are looking at a $500 fine.
Additionally, he claims increased patrols in the Clairmont area has helped to calm some of the illegal activity taking place there.
In total, 1,291 tickets were handed out in the second quarter of this year. That’s down significantly from 1,792 over the same period in 2016.