Battlefords RCMP announced Wednesday they have been successful in making a number of arrests and have laid a laundry list of charges against numerous suspects in their crackdown on crime and gun violence in the region.
In responding to a recent crime spree in the Battlefords detachment area, over the past few weeks police said in a release they have conducted a number of targeted enforcement initiatives.
They have also brought in additional RCMP resources for their work, including the police dog services units, traffic services support, an emergency response team and specialized drug and gang enforcement teams. RCMP have also deployed local specialized policing units.
"The Battlefords detachment of the RCMP continues to support the communities which it serves, drawing from additional outside RCMP resources as required, and will continue to provide the Battlefords with efficient and effective policing services," said Battlefords RCMP Cpl. James Fenrich.
Police said they have executed several arrest warrants and laid dozens of charges, adding in many cases, the suspects involved have been known, repeat offenders.
RCMP said they have been working on 75 files, resulting in charges, including, but not limited to, the following cases.
As a result of their efforts, the RCMP said they have charged a number of individuals.
A 15-year-old male youth from North Battleford is facing charges including two counts of break and enter to a residence; being disguised with an intent to commit an offence, being in possession of a weapon, careless use of a firearm, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, two counts of vehicle theft, two counts of being in possession of property obtained by crime, and three counts of mischief under $5,000.
A 17-year-old male youth from North Battleford has been charged with two counts of break and enter to a residence, being disguised with an intent to commit an offence, being in possession of a weapon, careless use of a firearm, being in possession of a firearm contrary to a court order, being in possession of a firearm while knowingly prohibited, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, resist / obstruct peace officer, two counts of theft of a vehicle, and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime.
Another 15-year-old male youth from North Battleford is facing charges of being in possession of a weapon.
A 13-year-old male youth from North Battleford has been charged with break and enter to a residence, and being in possession of a weapon.
An 18-year-old male from North Battleford has been charged with break and enter to a residence, two counts of vehicle theft, two counts of being in possession of property obtained by crime, and three counts of mischief under $5,000.
An 18-year-old woman from North Battleford is facing charges of resist/obstruct a peace officer and theft under $5,000.
RCMP also have additional targeted enforcement initiatives they are conducting over the next few weeks.
"The public can continue to assist police by: securing their property and keeping an eye out for suspicious vehicles or activities, and immediately reporting these to police. Ensure your own safety first, call police, then observe and note all the details you can."
Fenrich said the RCMP also continue to work closely with their partners in community safety planning in an effort to prevent or reduce crime before it happens.
"Our number one priority is the safety and security of Battlefords-area residents and we are working hard to deliver on that commitment," he said.
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