The Fort St John RCMP Detachment, with an Inspector as the Officer in Charge, houses a combined total of 65 police officers from both municipally and provincially funded Units. The RCMP members are supported by 25 civilian staff, both municipal and federal employees, one Reserve Constable, one Auxiliary Constable and two staff in our Victim Services Unit. The Community Policing Officer is responsible for many Prevention and Awareness programs such as Crime Stoppers, D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness and Resistance Education), Block Watch and the newly implemented Safe Place program. Many of these initiatives rely on volunteers from the community and those willing to help out are always being sought.
RCMP officers respond to approximately 14,000 calls for service each year, within both the City limits and the geographic boundaries of the Fort St John Detachment response area, roughly 46,700 square kilometres. Members are responsible for the large area that, by road, goes north on the Alaska Highway as far as the Sikanni River Bridge, west to the Halfway River Bridge on Highway 29, east on the Cecil Lake Road past Clayhurst to the Alberta Border, southeast to the 230 Road near Tower Lake on Highway 97 and is largely bounded by the Peace River on the south. Investigations may involve any number of sections, from General Duty, Serious Crimes (General Investigation Section), Crime Reduction Unit, Drug Unit, First Nations Policing, Forensic Identification Section, Municipal Traffic, Peace Region Traffic, Integrated Road Safety Unit, Police Dog Services to out-of-town units such as Major Crimes Unit and Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. The Detachment also has a Bike Patrol Unit and a new Seasonal Policing program, utilizing quads, snowmobiles, boats and tried and true foot patrols.
The Province of British Columbia, along with the City of Fort St John, funds the Victim Services program at the RCMP Detachment. The goal is to provide support, assistance and information in order to lessen the impact of a traumatic incident. Referrals are made through police officers, or self-referral. Victim Services offers the following to victims of crime and/or tragedy:
- 24/7 Crisis intervention service
- Emotional Support
- Status of police investigation
- Referrals to appropriate agencies within the community
- Assistance with the Victim Impact Statements and Crime Victim Assistance program applications
- Court related information and accompaniment
For any information regarding what is offered by the local detachment, please do not hesitate to contact our administration line at 250-787-8140.