The holiday are always hectic. For the RCMP, however, the holidays were especially hectic as officers attended to more than 1,000 calls over a 10-day period.
In addition, several officers were injured as there has been a recent trend of violence towards officers, according to RCMP. For example:
At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Friday December 20, officers responded to a report of an abandoned 9-1-1 call at an apartment on Juniper Street. Three people were found in the residence smoking methamphetamine. Two of the occupants began to argue which one prompted the 9-1-1 call. The occupants were separated. The three officers who responded to the call became ill as a result of exposure to the fumes in the residence. All three were taken to hospital as a precaution and later discharged.
On Christmas Day, at approximately 3 p.m., officers responded to a report of mental health and drug related incident in Prince George. As a result of the investigation, a teenage girl was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to the hospital for assessment by a doctor. While at the hospital, the girl became aggressive towards police and ended up biting an officer to the point of drawing blood. An assault police officer investigation is underway.
Just after 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 28, an officer conducting CounterAttack patrols for impaired drivers, executed a traffic stop with a vehicle on Massey Drive. The female driver and two other occupants all appeared to be intoxicated. The driver refused to provide her driver’s licence or name to the officer. She opened the door and attempted to get past the officer, assaulting him in the process. While she was being arrested, a female passenger, later found to be the driver’s 20-year-old daughter, exited the vehicle and attempted to kick the officer in the groin. She was subsequently arrested too. The 41-year-old driver was later found not to have a valid driver’s licence. She was transported to the detachment where she provided breath samples well over the legal limit, say police. The investigation is continuing.
In the early morning of Sunday December 29, officers responded to a report of a suspect on a bike breaking into vehicles on Sanderson Road. Officers located a man matching the description in a driveway. While in conversation with the officer, the man swung a bag towards the officer, striking him in the head. The man immediately fled on foot. A search of the area was conducted, however the suspect was not located. The officer was not seriously hurt. The investigation is continuing.
Fortunately, none of the officers were seriously injured in these incidents.