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February 8, 2012

Sharp Award

Trevor Schneider (centre, left) shows off his dubious win of this year’s broken axe award at the Provost & District Fish and Game Association social and trophy night while Dave Schmidt comments. Right is Oscar Long while left are Kathy Bogen and Brian Rehman at the February 4 annual event. ©Provost News Photo.
Photo in February 8 edition of The Provost News.

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Assaults Down; Criminal Harassment Cases Up—RCMP
There were fewer assaults reported to Provost RCMP in 2011 than in 2010 but criminal harassment complaints continued on an upward trend in the area.

According to new information provided by Provost RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Tom VanderZwan assaults fell 61 percent—from 54 reports in 2010 to 21 in 2011.

Criminal harassment jumped from nine reports in 2010 to 17 in 2011—an increase of almost 89 percent. Records show that there were two criminal harassment reports made during 2009.

The public data was contained in VanderZwan’s 2011 year-end report.

It should be noted that some of the 2010 figures in the chart (not shown here) have been modified from a year ago (see PN Feb. 16, 2011) because throughout the year some complaints may have come in days or even months after the fact. Another adjustment could be caused if an incident report changes as the investigation continues throughout the year—for example from a break and enter incident to perhaps a trespass by night, or vise versa.

The chart printed in the Provost News dated Feb. 8 compares the change in percent from 2010 to 2011.

According to the Criminal Code, Criminal Harassment is interpreted as: ‘section 264. (1) no person shall, without lawful authority and knowing that another person is harassed or recklessly as to whether the other person is harassed, engage in conduct referred to in subsection; (2) that causes that other person reasonably, in all the circumstances, to fear for their safety or the safety of anyone known to them. Prohibited conduct: (2) The conduct mentioned in subsection (1) consists of (a) repeatedly following from place to place the other person or anyone known to them; (b) repeatedly communicating with, either directly or indirectly, the other person or anyone known to them; (c) besetting or watching the dwelling-house, or place where the other person, or anyone known to them, resides, works, carries on business or happens to be; or (d) engaging in threatening conduct directed at the other person or any member of their family.’ Basically, if someone does something (like watching or following) that causes another person to fear for themselves or their family, and the one watching or following should have known that their actions would have caused them fear then there is criminal harassment. The other part of this is when someone continually contacts another person, no threats made, just constant contact. And finally where someone conducts an action that could be perceived as threatening.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Provost have seven people on staff: one sergeant, four constables, and two public servants.

Rest of story in February 8 edition of The Provost News.
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Getting A New Hat

From The Provost Star
February 2, 1912:
Village council authorized that the policeman be instructed to meet the train from the east every night provided it be no later than midnight.

Also authorized was the purchase of a fur cap for the policeman and the council to select it.

. . . and from February 9, 1912:
At the village council meeting on February 2, the constable reported that a fur cap had been purchased for him.

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