Creighton RCMP ramp up curfew checks

RCMP in Creighton anticipate a rise in curfew checks over the next month as several people known to police have moved back to Creighton.

“We have an influx of guys back from wherever else they were – they’ve been ordered to live here now,” said Sgt. Sean McPhee from the Creighton RCMP at the Sept. 12 Creighton town council meeting. McPhee said the names, identities and locations of the returnees are already known to police.

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“The [curfew check] numbers are going to rise throughout September, but as they come back out, we’re putting them back in.”

The detachment has relied on curfew checks and priority remands as tools to keep tabs on a small number of habitual offenders. In recent months, the number of checks and remands has decreased due to fewer habitual offenders living in the Creighton area.

In total, 60 curfew checks were carried out in August by the detachment.

“That’s the goal – we identify and remove problems. If they stay out of trouble, they’re good to go – welcome back. You can always change, but if you don’t, you’re going back where you came – jail,” said McPhee.

“These numbers should be dropping. We don’t want to see an increase because that means things are going off the rails. If we keep these numbers low, it’s beneficial to us.”

One Creighton RCMP officer has received a transfer. McPhee said that officer Cst. Genna Kristiansen will leave town later this year.

“We have her replacement already named,” said McPhee. “He’s a recruit coming and (Cst.) Carmen (Taylor) is going to train him up,” said McPhee.

The new officer, who has not been named by the detachment, will come to Creighton from RCMP Depot in Regina.

More information was released about some of the 48 calls received by RCMP in Creighton last month, including a fight between two people at a business that ended in charges.

“It was actually an assault with a weapon – to wit, a bag of Cheezies,” said McPhee.

One of the combatants picked a bag of snacks and struck the other with it. When asked if a bag of Cheezies would count as a weapon, McPhee confirmed that in this case, it would.

“You’re darn tootin’ – imagine if you get that powder in your eyes.”

Another call involved a firearm possession case on the outskirts of Creighton.

“Somebody who wasn’t supposed to have a gun had a gun in the house,” said McPhee.

“The report we had was that the person was not authorized to have a gun, through the courts. If he has one and we find it, we’re going to have to charge him.”

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