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Public safety committee approves 2021/22 activity report

Public safety committee approves 2021/22 activity report

25 October 2022 à 12:00 am

At the MRC Pontiac council of mayors meeting in September, Bryson Mayor Alain Gagnon, who also serves as the President of the public safety committee, presented the annual CSP Activity Report, which compiles the statistics from the local Sûreté du Québec detachment from the previous fiscal year (in this case, April 1 2021 to March 31 2022).

Gagnon, who is a former SQ officer, explained that two things that jumped out from the report for him were that arsons as well as assaults and sexual assaults were on the rise this year. He suggested that the statistical rise might be due to increased reporting of incidents and also said that some of the increase that he’d mentioned took place later this year, meaning it wouldn’t show up in the statistics until next year’s report.

Crimes against people
Crime designation 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Offenses resulting in death 1 0 0 3 0
Sexual Assault 18 17 14 10 20
Assault 105 90 112 103 119
Robbery 2 0 4 2 0
Other crimes against people (ex. extortion, threats etc.) 58 46 71 67 64
Total 184 153 201 185 203
Property crimes
Type of crime 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Arson 7 9 6 5 11
Break and Enter 78 68 39 38 43
Theft 43 30 50 27 58
Auto theft 20 22 25 22 12
Selling stolen property 5 2 3 4 2
Fraud 25 36 22 22 37
Mischief 43 51 45 44 40
Total 221 218 190 162 203

(Data from pg. 13 of report)

Gagnon also said that there’d been an increase in impaired driving in recent months, that wasn’t necessarily reflected in the report. The CSP meets roughly once every two months and receives updates from the police on crime trends.

In addition, the report notes that drug arrests are down significantly for the area (less than half the number from the 2017/18 report), something that Gagnon attributed to the legalization of recreational cannabis in 2018. The report does add that the SQ still targets outdoor cannabis grow-ops with their helicopter, though they only managed to destroy 38 plants and make one arrest in the Pontiac region this year. For comparison, the 2020/21 report recorded that they destroyed 494 plants in the Pontiac.

The report also notes the number of measures that the police have taken to enforce public health restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, though the statistics are extremely vague. They recorded 49 calls that they responded to regarding the COVID restrictions, but offer no further details. For comparison, the 2020/21 report records 110 calls directly related to COVID rules. They provide no data on the number of fines given or actual infractions, just the number of calls.

The full text of the 2021/22 CSP report (French only) is available below:
rapport_annuel_dactivites_poste_mrc_pontiac_2021-2022_v.f._compressed_1_.pdf

The CSP reports from previous years (again, French only) are available on the SQ’s website.