Police forwarded 1,127 files to Crown in 2015

The Williams Lake RCMP submitted 1,127 reports to Crown Counsel in 2015, Insp. Milo MacDonald told city council.

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.”