The city’s top cop is pleased to see the local RCMP detachment fully staffed, but he’s always looking for more resources.
Syd Lecky said the Kamloops detachment’s staffing was constantly at or near 100 per cent — sometimes even over it — in 2018.
The detachment is budgeted for 136 members and has consistently been above 130, with the number fluctuating based on leave and other factors.
“I will never not look for additional resources because you can always do more,” Lecky said.
“We’re pretty close to full capacity. We’ve maintained really good numbers.”
And all those police officers now have more time on their hands thanks to the legalization of cannabis, according to RCMP data.
Lecky said a 21 per cent drop in drug offences is due largely to legalization.
“The most significant is the change in legalization of marijuana,” he said.
“No longer is that an offence.”
According to Lecky, about 70 per cent of drug calls received by police used to be marijuana-related — ranging from teens smoking in an alley to major busts.
Another factor, Lecky said, was the detachment’s decision in 2018 to focus drug investigations on players higher up the food chain, rather than on street-level dealers and users.
“This past year, we were focused on a higher level,” he said. “That’s the reason for the changes.”
Lecky also said police have recently seen drops in weapons offences and reported home break-and-enters, vehicle thefts and bike thefts.