About Ridge Meadows RCMP

Ridge Meadows RCMP jointly serves two communities from its main detachment office in Maple Ridge and the Community Policing Office in Pitt Meadows.

Values

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Compassion
  • Accountability
  • Respect

Mission

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is Canada’s National Police Service. Proud of our traditions and confident in meeting future challenges, we commit to preserve the peace, uphold the law and provide quality service in partnership with our communities.

Ridge Meadows RCMP Support Staff

The commitment to provide quality police services support to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to the community and City of Maple Ridge/City of Pitt Meadows.

Messages

Superintendent David Fleugel
Officer in Charge - Superintendent David Fleugel

On behalf of the men and women of the Ridge Meadows detachment welcome to our 2015 Community Report. As Chief of Police for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, I am so proud of our police officers, staff, volunteers and citizens. Clearly, everyone is working together to make our communities an incredible place to live, work and play. We are honoured to serve as your police force and care deeply about crime prevention, community safety and crime reduction.

We rely on our partnerships and collaborations as public safety is a shared responsibility. We strongly believe in staying connected and being as transparent as possible, and are committed to our strategic goals going forward to enhance community safety, provide effective and efficient policing and ensure continuous improvement.

Inspector Dan Splinter
Operations Officer - Inspector Dan Splinter

The members and staff of the Ridge Meadows RCMP have a long history of living and working in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. In addition to providing 911 response around the clock, we are heavily engaged in building a safer community by actively focussing our activities on the priorities of the community. This includes traffic education and targeted enforcement at high-risk crash locations and speed corridors, and through a large variety of focussed, committed participation in our schools and with other service providers such as in mental health and addictions.

In addition to being your police officers, we are your neighbours - that's why we care so much about "getting it right" in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

Mayor Nicole Read
Mayor of Maple Ridge - Nicole Read

On behalf of Council and the citizens of Maple Ridge I would like to thank the men and women who serve our community as part of the Ridge Meadows detachment of the RCMP. Our uniformed officers are supported by a team of civilian employees who work side-by-side to keep our community safe.

This document allows the community to see the full spectrum of work that’s done each and every day and to get a sense of the "metrics" by which the team is measured. This report demonstrates that our detachment delivers a very high level of service to citizens. We are very proud to be served by this dedicated, compassionate and professional team.

Mayor John Becker
Mayor of Pitt Meadows - John Becker

On behalf of Council and citizens I thank our RCMP members, staff and volunteers for the vital services they provide to our community. We have a productive working relationship with the RCMP and work closely to provide a high level of policing services to our citizens. Our residents have an active interest in community safety, including crime trends and traffic safety enforcement.

Through enhanced funding from consecutive City councils, the Community Police Office in Pitt Meadows has expanded services over the last several years and we are committed to enhancing these services to maximize the direct benefits of our policing costs.

Paul Gill
Principal Policing Contact - Paul Gill

As part of my role as General Manager: Corporate & Financial Services, I have the privilege of being the principal policing contact to the RCMP. The City has a positive working relationship with the detachment and we see the police as valuable partners in keeping our community safe. I have great faith and confidence in our officers as well as the staff and volunteers who support them.

My role allows me to interact with other communities locally and nationally. I can say without hesitation that the work done by our detachment is exemplary and we are very well served by the RCMP.

Maureen Jones
 
Senior Manager - Maureen Jones

Our Police Services staff are proud to work alongside the RCMP to help deliver policing services to our citizens. Assistance to the RCMP is provided in a variety of different roles ranging from customer service, clerical support, cell guard duties to other specialized services. We augment that support with approximately 109 volunteers who actively engage in RCMP Crime Prevention programs that link to police strategic focus areas.

Our Police Services staff genuinely care about our communities and strive to make a difference every day.


2015 Moments

2015 was a busy year and we would like to share a few "moments" highlighting some of the work accomplished. From dealing with the homeless issues on Cliff Avenue, to creating a "Crime Map" as a crime prevention tool or tackling how to decrease thefts from autos for our citizens, both our operations and administrative staff are committed to improving how we do business.

Everyday work just happen.  It is the "over and above" accomplishments that effect change.

Cliff Avenue Homeless Camp (May 6th – October 13th)

Police on site at Cliff Avenue homeless camp Close up shot of homeless camp - tents with bikes, plastic bays, chairs, water bottles outide

When homeless camps pop up it is as a result of deeply complex social issues within a community, sometimes relating to untreated mental illness and addiction. This story is not only about homeless individuals setting up a camp, but of the impact to local businesses and residents in the area. The City took the lead on this issue, however police were involved on the front lines, both responding to calls for service and being proactive at the camp.

Police actively participated in a resilience initiative alongside Bylaws, Fire and City representatives to provide oversight of the site and its occupants. These partnerships were key to the successful relocation of the homeless residents to both short and long term shelter where residents could receive the support and care they required.

Police checking a bike against the police record system  Two police officers patrolling at the camp site

Police attended 96 calls for service on Cliff Avenue compared to 23 calls in the same period in 2014. These calls included complaints of property crime, including theft of bikes, assaults, drug use and trafficking (including drug overdoses) and reports of vigilantism. The majority of the files for the duration of the camp were related to bylaw issues and assistance to other first responders.

Theft from Auto Project

In March 2015 we reported the highest number of Theft From Auto (TFA) compared to the same period in 2014, and statistically for a single month since 2006. This upward trend was recognized by police as a priority for our citizens. An action plan to focus on chronic prolific offenders was created and implemented, requiring coordinated action by all detachment resources to address the problem through enforcement and public education. The project ran as highlighted in the chart below and had significant positive results.

Line graph: Theft from auto year to year comparison by week - a downward trend from an average of 45 counts in 2014 to an average of 15 counts in 2015.  A TFA initiative was implemented between Apr 27 and Jun 7 of each year.  The results for both year show a similar pattern althought 2015 had higher counts.

Key Results
  • 21% decrease overall in TFA
  • 25 arrests
  • 126 criminal code charges forwarded to Crown
  • 155 TFA hot spot patrols
  • 102 extra hours on targeting hot spots and offenders
  • 259 hours donated by RCMP volunteers to the TFA action plan
  • 481 contacts made with local residents (Crime Prevention Notices)

Line graph: 2010 to 2015 Theft from Auto Comparison - Between 2010 and the first six months of 2014, the counts were between 50 and 150 each month.  Between July 2014 and Mar 2015, there were five months when the counts were between 150 and 200. After the Theft from Auto project was started in Mar 2015, the counts dropped to below 150 in May 2015.

Public Education Event

On April 17, 2015 a "pop-up" detachment event was held on how to deter theft from personal vehicles. The event included interactive ways to see what thieves are looking for and through partnership with ICBC, 55 steering wheel locks were given out to owners of vehicles which are at high risk of theft. A "Bait" car was on scene, as well as a "mock-up" vehicle typical of what criminals are interested in. Our Crime Prevention Coordinators, RCMP Community Programs members along with our Detachment Commander were on-scene to interact with the public.

Participants at the Spot the Target for Auto Crime event checki out a Bait Car to see what thieves see. Steering wheel with a lock bar on

Ways to Stop Theft From Vehicles
  • Move all items out of sight, including loose change, sun-glasses – even a lighter
  • Stash before, not after you park – thieves will watch where you put your items
  • Do not leave garage door openers visible – thieves will use them to gain access to your premises
  • Report big and small incidents to police so we can track community trends

Community Crime Map - A Crime Prevention Tool

In 2015 we were pleased to implement an online interactive Crime Map for both the City of Maple Ridge and the City of Pitt Meadows. This mapping tool was achieved in partnership with our cities and offers our citizens open and transparent information relative to property crime.

Screen shot of a Maple Ridge Crime Map Screen shot of a Pitt Meadows crime map

The map is searchable by street/address for offences such as: bike theft, theft, break & enter, theft from vehicle, mischief, auto theft and other property crime and is updated every 2 weeks. Filter use is offered including search of a date range and/or for specific offence types, the data can be exported and a mobile phone version is also available.

The Crime Map not only provides citizens with data, it enables awareness on the neighbourhood level.

Look for enhancements to our Crime Map for 2016!


Many Eyes Make for Less Crime!

With our citizens’ engagement, we consider our Crime Map to be a crime prevention tool.

Targeting Prolific Offenders

Our teams actively target prolific offenders who are responsible for the majority of criminal activity in our communities. Analysis shows us that we can decrease crime activity by focusing on criminal behaviour this way. In 2015 we focused on our top 12 prolific offenders and as we made arrests added new offenders to the program. We made 18 arrests, including 138 charges and worked on two large projects to make it difficult, if not impossible, for these individuals to make a living from criminal activity.

"Relentless Pressure on Prolific Offender" - A car that was involved in a crime is shown with the front passenger door opened wide

Road Safety Initiative

The top 5 high crash intersections were identified based on collision data from 2014. Enforcement of these intersections resulted in an overall 16% decrease in collisions. Our analysis shows that most accidents occur at intersections and by focusing on enforcement and public education we can have a positive impact on traffic related public safety.

"Targeted High Profile  Road Safety Enforcement" - Police talking to a driver who was stopped for road safety check


Service Delivery

Ridge Meadows RCMP serves the cities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows and vast Provincial lands. Detachment teams include first responders, serious crime, property crime and drug investigators, prolific offender and road safety teams, and a community policing team, including youth and crisis intervention officers.

Our local services are enhanced by 5 Regional Integrated Teams:

  • ERT (Emergency Response Team) - Responsible for enhanced response to tactical and technical situations where extreme danger is present.
  • ICARS (Integrated Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Services) - Investigates the forensic aspect of all vehicle collisions that result in serious injury or death.
  • IFIS (Integrated Forensic Identification Services) - Collects, processes, analyzes and interprets crime scene evidence utilizing a forensic lab located at our detachment.
  • IHIT (Integrated Homicide Investigation Team) - Investigates homicides, high-risk missing persons and suspicious deaths.
  • IPDS (Integrated Police Dog Service) - Tracks and searches for suspects, evidence, drugs and explosives.
These teams are key partners and are part of the overall policing service provided to our cities.

Police services are a significant and costly item for our City partners and our citizens. Our communities are growing and we will need to keep pace with increases in population, but also contain costs as our cities have other funding pressures.

RCMP Members

  • 96 Maple Ridge members +10 Integrated Team members
  • 22 Pitt Meadows members + 2 Integrated Team members
  • 3 Provincial members

Bar graph: Maple Ridge Police Resources - Members increased from 79 in 2005 to 96 in 2015.  Integrated Team members increased from 2 in 2005 to 10 in 2015.

Bar graph: Pitt Meadows Police Resources - Members increased from 19 in 2005 to 23 in 2013 and decreased to 22 for 2014 and 2015.  Integrated team members increased from 0.3 in 2005 to 1.7 in 2011, decreased to 1.6 in 2012, increased to 1.7 for 2013 and 2014, then to 1.8 in 2015.

Civilian Staff

In addition to police resources, there is a team of 45 full-time equivalent City staff who support the policing operation in a variety of roles. This work is more cost effective when done by City staff.

ECOMM-911

ECOMM provides telecommunication, radio service and police dispatch.  When citizens make a report of a crime or call 911, they are connecting with ECOMM. We value this partnership as the service is both seamless and cost effective for our citizens.

Police work is not only about catching the bad guy.  It includes dealing with social pressures and being a good community partner.

- Supt. David Fleugel.


Trending

Maple Ridge

Property Crime

Residential Break & Enters:  10% Decrease

  • 224 incidents in 2015
  • 250 incidents in 2014

Theft of Auto: 17% Decrease

  • 258 incidents in 2015
  • 292 incidents in 2014

Theft From Auto: 18% Increase

  • 1,235 incidents in 2015
  • 1,043 incidents in 2014

Fraud: 3% Increase

  • 273 incidents in 2015
  • 264 incidents in 2014

Arson: 55% Increase

  • 31 incidents in 2015
  • 20 incidents in 2014
Violent Crime

Homicides: 67% Decrease

  • 1 incident in 2015
  • 3 incidents in 2014

Assaults: 19% Increase

  • 345 incidents in 2015
  • 291 incidents in 2014

Domestic Violence: 31% Increase

  • 201 incidents in 2015
  • 154 incidents in 2014

Sexual Offences: 17% Decrease

  • 35 incidents in 2015
  • 42 incidents in 2014

Robberies: 10% Increase

  • 45 incidents in 2015
  • 41 incidents in 2014

 

Pie chart: Maple Ridge 2015 top 10 service calls - 18% cause disturbance, 13% traffic (other moving), 12% theft from MV under $5K, 9% mischief under $5K, 9% false alarms, 9% suspicious occurrence, 9% mental health, 8% theft general under $5K, 7% bylaw offence/assist, 6% other provincial statutes

 

Pitt Meadows

Property Crime

Residential Break & Enters: 30% Decrease

  • 7 incidents in 2015
  • 10 incidents in 2014

Theft of Auto: 14% Decrease

  • 57 incidents in 2015
  • 66 incidents in 2014

Theft From Auto: 0.4% Decrease

  • 281 incidents in 2015
  • 282 incidents in 2014

Fraud: 11% Increase

  • 63 incidents in 2015
  • 57 incidents in 2014

Arson: 30% Decrease

  • 7 incidents in 2015
  • 10 incidents in 2014
Violent Crime

Homicides: No Change

  • 0 incidents in 2015
  • 0 incidents in 2014

Assaults: 6% Decrease

  • 72 incidents in 2015
  • 77 incidents in 2014

Domestic Violence: 17% Increase

  • 42 incidents in 2015
  • 36 incidents in 2014

Sexual Offences: No Change

  • 11 incidents in 2015
  • 11 incidents in 2014

Robberies: 55% Increase

  • 17 incidents in 2015
  • 11 incidents in 2014

 

Pie chart: Pitt Meadows 2015 top 10 service calls - 11% traffic (other moving), 11% cause disturbance, 10% theft from MV under $5K, 10% false alarm, 10% mischief under $5K, 10% erratic driving complaints, 10% mental health, 10% theft general under $5K, 9% shoplifting under $5K, 9% suspicious occurence


Policing Costs

Our cities contract the RCMP to provide police services to our communities. These charts show actual RCMP contract costs as well as housing and support which includes City staff wages and building expenses.

We continually strive to reduce costs and improve service. Our approach to using our resources efficiently include:

  • Use of crime analysis, intelligence-led and evidence-based policing to make sure our resources are in "hot spots" relative to where crime is occurring
  • Focus on prolific offender management keeping the attention on those individuals responsible for most of the criminal activity in our communities
  • Convert traditional police roles to specialized support staff roles (City staff) whenever it makes sense
  • Use technology wherever possible
  • Use of crime reduction strategies
  • Cities’ use of security companies when appropriate

Bar graph: 2011 to 2015 policing cost for Maple Ridge - RCMP contract cost increased from $12,500,000 in 2013 to $15,000,000 in 2015.  Housing and support costs remained at around $3,000,00

Bar graph: 2011 to 2015 policing cost for Pitt Meadows - RCMP contract costs remained at around $3,000,000. Housing and support costs remained at around $1,000,000.

Working smarter everyday to minimize policing costs for our citizens.

Going Forward

In 2016, we are working on 3 focus areas: Community Safety, Effectiveness & Efficiency and Continuous Improvement. We will continue to work with our partnerships, communities and citizens to achieve even higher performance.

Community Safety

Police are integral to safe communities and we provide a multi-faceted approach to our service delivery, including emerency response, community policing and crime prevention/reduction. We will focus on offenders that put our communities at most risk, as well as increasing our visibility and presence to increase the perception of public safety.

2016 Action Highlights
  1. Implement a multi-agency treatment team for individuals we frequently deal with due to mental health issues.
  2. Enforcement of the top 10 high crash intersections/locations.
  3. Work with local governments on marihuana dispensaries due to changing legislation and potential legalization.

Effectiveness & Efficiency

It is our responsibility to emphasize getting the most from our resources, processes and policies. We will continue to refine and seek business improvements and best practices to continue to improve on our return on investment. We commit to continuous revitalization of our internal processes, as well as benchmarking our performance.

2016 Action Highlights
  1. Schedule resources to match peak period policing pressures.
  2. Modernize our Victim Services program by recruiting new volunteers and utilization of technology.
  3. Revitalize the Auxiliary Constable program to meet future community needs.

Continuous Improvement

We commit to continuously develop and deliver on increased service levels both internally and externally. We have created a culture of change, along with engagement and resilience of our employees. We will continue to leverage technologies to work smarter, as well as synergize with our partners.

2016 Action Highlights
  1. Implement a bike registry smart phone application for public use.
  2. Improve assistance to police officers and their families relating to mental wellness.
  3. Acknowledge exceptional performance of staff, volunteers and citizens in a formal process.

Thank You

Ridge Meadows RCMP would like to thank you. Keeping our communities safe takes a collaborative approach and each of us has a role to play in achieving public safety. There is nothing greater than the synergy of partnerships and we thank you for your contribution towards our successes in 2015.

4 Speed Watch volunteers tackling distracted driving with a speed detection board and a sign saying "leave the phone alone" Road safety - 6 volunteers and a RCMP officer from the 2 Strike Program

Cops for Cancer Fundraising - volunteer riders greeted by a high ranking officer when they arrived at Ridge Meadows RCMP.

Connecting with senior citizens - RCMP staff and volunteers carolled for seniors A female RCMP officer in her red serge at the Remembrance Day ceremony to remember our Fallens.

6 volunteers and participants joined two police officers at a Pedestrian Safety Program event that encouraged pedestrians to "get a free pedestrian reflector".

Three auxiliary constables working at a community event Two RCMP volunteers working the Canada Day event

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Ridge Meadows RCMP
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