The Williams Lake RCMP submitted 1,127 reports to Crown Counsel in 2015, Insp. Milo MacDonald told city council during its regular meeting Tuesday, March 8. “That’s about four a day,” MacDonald said.
Of that total, 264 were not approved, 305 were stayed, 247 resulted in convictions and 383 were pending.
There are a number of reports to Crown Counsel the RCMP forward, knowing in advance the charges won’t be approved, MacDonald said.
“We have a policy obligation to ensure that investigations are filed with Crown Counsel. I don’t want those statistics to be interpreted as a criticism of Crown Counsel. We actually get great support from Crown Counsel.”
A lot of investigations are driven by the evidence that’s collected, and if there isn’t enough evidence there won’t be a conviction, he added.
“Out of this number I find we do not have many arguments about files that we think should go forward. We’re on the same page as far as determining what’s a viable prosecution.”