Yellowknife RCMP sees high number of service calls in March
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The Yellowknife RCMP detachment was a busy bunch in the month of March.
In total, the detachment received 1,177 calls for service ranging from robbery, assaults and violations under the Liquor Act.
The number of assaults was up substantially from the month of February as a total of 91 complaints were called in, 32 of them unfounded.
Still, detachment commander Inspector Dave Elliott said 59 investigations is a rather high number to deal with.
“About 50 per cent of the time, we’re receiving those complaints from a third party,” he said. “They’re saying they hear someone yelling and screaming and that must mean someone’s getting assaulted. We receive about half of those calls that way.”
Elliott said the other half come in from people involved in the assault themselves.
As to why there have been so many assault complaints, Elliott says the usual suspect - alcohol - is the main culprit.
“People do get drinking sometimes and the aggression comes out and that can be a factor in a fair number of assault investigations,” he said.
Impaired driving reports were also up in March, as were break and enters.
Elliott also said as the days get longer and the temperatures become higher, things will begin to pick up for his staff.
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