Sooke Mounties have busy start to new year

Service calls increase

Crime is not off to the most auspicious start for 2018.

In the first quarter of the year, Sooke RCMP have recorded 1,435 calls for service, compared to 1,337 in the first three months of 2017.

“We’re trending up, and I expect for this to continue,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur said in a report to district council Monday night.

McArthur said he doesn’t believe the detachment will exceed 6,000 files as in 2016, which was a record, but as the community grows, he expects that number to be surpassed in 2019.

Last year, the detachment set a record for the number of prisoners handled by police officers.

“It shows the degree of seriousness files and investigations taking on,” McArthur said, adding substance abuse remains an issue in the community.

Just Posted

Parents grieving teen’s overdose death say it started with opioid prescription

Elliot Eurchuk, 16, died at his Oak Bay home Friday, after taking street drugs

UPDATE: Victoria hosts first National Cannabis Conference

Vendors, shoppers and cannabis-curious folk head to the Victoria Conference Centre

Ready for day two at the Home Expo

One exhibitor, Atlas Junk Removal, uses their trucks for a good cause

Lack of security: why Vancouver Island food production is on the decline

Big Read: agriculture a big, expensive commitment as advocates push to make us more food secure

UPDATED: Coroners office investigates death of Oak Bay high student

Life saving measures unsuccessful on male teen found unresponsive Friday morning

VIDEO: Moose found licking salt off B.C. man’s pickup truck

Tab Baker was in his garage in Prince George when the small moose gave his truck a clean

New spill response bases on hold as pipeline paused

Future of six new bases, 125 jobs, on Vancouver Island in limbo over Kinder Morgan decision

Spring Home Show this weekend in Colwood

West Shore Parks and Recreation will be transformed to showcase everything home related

B.C. student makes short-list for autism advocacy award

Brody Butts honoured for his role as a mentor and self-advocate

Austin Powers ‘Mini-Me’, Verne Troyer, dies at 49

Facebook page confirmed his death Saturday afternoon

Alberta man dead after snowmobile collision on B.C. mountain

The incident occurred on Boulder Mountain Friday morning

16 of 20 fastest improving B.C. schools are public: Fraser Institute

Independent elementary schools remain at top of the chart in think tank’s annual report card

Dinosaurs taking centre stage at National Geographic event

NatGeo Live series finale May 2 at the Royal features renowned paleontologist

UPDATED: 1 person dead after highway crash in Nanoose Bay

Accident happened just before 4 p.m. near Hillview Road

Most Read