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.
Online Crime Reporting Tool
The Fort St. John RCMP has launched an online crime reporting tool that allows people to generate a report and file number for less serious, non-emergency crimes, including:
- Lost Property
- Theft of Bicycle Under $5000
- Theft Under $5000
- Theft Under $5000 from Vehicle
- Damage/Mischief Under $5000 to Property
- Damage/Mischief Under $5000 to Vehicle
- Driving Complaints
- Hit and Run to Unoccupied Vehicle or Property
This new, efficient way to report less serious crimes provides citizens with the file numbers they may need in circumstances of lost or stolen property and allows RCMP front-line staff to focus on higher-priority issues to ultimately improve response times, which will improve the safety of our community.
To report a crime through the online tool, residents need to provide an address, phone number, and valid email address. The process typically takes less than 15 minutes to complete.
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 or tragedy:
- 24/7 Crisis intervention service
- Emotional Support
- Status of the 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.