Crime rate down slightly here

Police have laid fewer charges so far this year than at this point in 2001, Fort Frances OPP S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis told council in his regular quarterly report at Monday night’s regular meeting.
But he noted the difference in numbers is “negligible.”
“You’re never going to get the same numbers year after year. I don’t think the drop can be attributed to anything in particular,” S/Sgt. Dennis remarked.
He cited, as an example, the fact that 159 charges had been under the Liquor Licence Act as of the end of August compared to 189 during the same time last year.
“But then, we’ve have 12 drug enforcement incidents as compared to five last year,” S/Sgt. Dennis noted.
“Drug enforcement investigations take a lot of time. So an officer doing an investigation is going to have less time to lay a charges under the Liquor Licence Act,” he explained.
As of the end of August, Fort Frances OPP had seen 20,400 hours of policing service, compared to 20,500 in 2001. They’ve worked 1,700 hours of overtime, but worked 2,700 in 2001.
This means a reduction in costs of $30,000 for the town.
Guard hours are the same as last year—2,000. And there had been 2,581 calls for service, compared to 2,633 by Aug. 30, 2001.
A total of 149 parking tickets have been handed out so far this year, compared to 179 in 2001.
Some $8,500 was collected from such sources as the police auction and criminal record checks, compared to $6,700 collected at this point last year.
A total of 196 Criminal Code charges were laid—25 less than at this time last year. And there were 418 offences under the Highway Traffic Act, compared to 444 in 2001.
S/Sgt. Dennis also noted the recent “Operation Safe Border,” a co-operative effort between numerous police, Customs, and Immigration services from both sides of the border, was “very successful” and came at no extra financial expense to the town.
He added it’s likely a similar operation will take place in the future here.
Also at last night’s meeting, council:
•heard an activities report from Telford Advent, chair of the Rainy River Future Development Corp.;
•received the resignation of Janis Lesko as chair of the “Re-Inventing Fort Frances” committee with appreciation of service (this was discussed in-camera);
•referred a request from the Canadian Hearing Society for support of its proposal regarding provision of a barrier-free slanting handi-ramp to be located at 507 Portage Ave. to the Planning and Development and Operations and Facilities executive committees for discussion;
•referred an invitation for expression of interest from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the tax-incentive zone pilot project to the Economic Development advisory committee;
•referred a request from the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau regarding waiving costs for installation of a new curb in front of the old CN station on Fourth Street West to the Operations and Facilities executive committee;
•referred a request for financial sponsorship from the Fort Frances Visserettes and Boys Club to the Administration and Finance executive committee for recommendation;
•agreed to give a letter of support to the Township of Emo in support of the proposed bio-mass waste disposal and recovery pilot project;
•heard a verbal report from Coun. Struchan Gilson on the Sept. 18 meeting of the Rainy River District Municipal Association;
•referred a request from the RRFDC to consider an offer from the Crozier Warehouse to purchase lots in the industrial park to the Administration and Finance executive committee for recommendation;
•referred an invitation from the Township of Chapple to participate in a committee which will look at waste oil and filters being deposited in district landfill to the Operations and Facilities executive committee; and
•referred a request from the Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists for a waiver of tipping fees at the landfill following their third-annual clean-up of the highway and Rainy Lake shoreline to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for a recommendation.