Police incident details revealing

Crime sprees far too abundant and the culprits are often repeat offenders

Police have obviously been doing their homework and the assignments are never easy.

A flurry of activity in recent weeks by North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, including a considerable amount around Chemainus and Crofton, is an indication of how much legwork must be done before taking action.

We don’t always hear about what police are doing for fear of compromising any of their investigations. At the same time, there’s an obligation on the part of police and the media to keep the public informed, especially if there are any safety concerns.

On behalf of The Courier and Cowichan Valley Citizen, group publisher Warren Goulding recently addressed the lack of details being made available about police incidents in a meeting with Insp. Chris Bear. We’re pleased to say the message has been heard loud and clear and, despite ongoing issues with staffing, the police have been more forthcoming with press releases just in the last two weeks so our newspapers can better make people aware of what’s been happening when they hear the sirens.

These aren’t the quiet little communities anymore we’ve come to know and love. The amount of criminal activity going on is alarming and ignoring it doesn’t make it go away.

Making sure the police understand that and how the public can also be of assistance is paramount in fighting crime.

Just to summarize recent developments, there was a takedown of a known prolific offender from the Lower Mainland in Crofton; a raid on a Chemainus pot shop operating without a license; a bust on a Westholme house for continued counterfeit activity; and a search and seizure of a known drug house on Chemainus Road.

Once the police have done their work, the problem now rests with the court system to make sure these offenders are properly prosecuted.

Right now, that’s not happening to curtail the criminal activity. The sentences are far too light and the book needs to be thrown at those found guilty of repeat offences, which means the public might have to push the powers that be to overhaul the Criminal Code or we might never make progress at cleaning up the illegal mess.

Just Posted

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Support for strikers keeping the faith

Donations making a difference as labour dispute drags on

One month later, Cowichan fisherman still missing

Colin Court has been missing since Nov. 15 after disappearing while fishing near Youbou’s Shaw Creek

Warm and intimate afternoon assured with Daniell and Avenant

The dynamic duo graces St. Michael’s Church for a Chemainus Classical Concerts performance

Clement’s Drug Store

Stuart Clement came to Chemainus in 1928

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Transportation Safety Board finishes work at B.C. plane crash site, investigation continues

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Trudeau sets 2025 deadline to remove B.C. fish farms

Foes heartened by plan to transition aquaculture found in Fisheries minister mandate letter

Wagon wheels can now be any size! B.C. community scraps 52 obsolete bylaws

They include an old bylaw regulating public morals

Indigenous mother wins $20,000 racial discrimination case against Vancouver police

Vancouver Police Board ordered to pay $20,000 and create Indigenous-sensitivity training

Sentencing for B.C. father who murdered two young daughters starts Monday

The bodies of Aubrey, 4, and Chloe, 6, were found in Oak Bay father’s apartment Dec. 25, 2017

B.C. vet talks tips for winter travel with pets

Going to see the vet the day before a trip is never a good idea

Most Read