Departing cop proves city safer in 2018

By Geoff Lee

May 17, 2018 8:27 AM

Lloydminster RCMP held a news briefing at the detachment on Tuesday to show off more than $200,000 of recovered stolen property following a search warrant in the 5900 block of 20 St. on May 9 with three residents charged with multiple offenses. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

The Lloydminster RCMP Detachment put more than $200,000 of recently recovered stolen property, cash, drugs and weapons on display as evidence of crime reduction strategies working.
That was one of the messages of a news briefing Tuesday that included recovered stolen property, weapons, drugs and cash from several search warrants this year.
“Since the beginning of 2018 the Lloydminster RCMP has executed over 10 large-scale search warrants recovering about $300,000 worth of drugs cash and recovered stolen property,” said Const. Grant Kirzinger.
“This is a result of the hard work of the members of the Lloydminster detachment and the crime reduction section.”
Insp. Neill Pearson took the opportunity to thank residents, the City of Lloydminster, and his staff for their support the day before his transfer to K-Division headquarters in Edmonton took effect.
“As you can tell by today, my members do a lot of great work here and make the community safe,” said Pearson, who headed the detachment’s crime fighting strategy for 18 months.
“We work towards reducing our crime in the city and the area.”
The latest seizure of stolen goods included a truck, hot tub and trailer, after Lloydminster GIS executed a search warrant at a city residence on May 9.
Several different drugs were located in the home including approximately two pounds of cocaine, half a pound of methamphetamine, four ounces of heroin, and two ounces of amphetamine.
Along with the drugs two guns were recovered; a stolen handgun and a stolen rifle, and more than $11,000 in Canadian currency.
RCMP have charged three Lloydminster residents Richard Godin, 42, Jorden Dewing,  21 and Tracey Waskewitch, 29 with multiple trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime and weapons and firearms charges.
All three were due to appear in Alberta Provincial Court on May 15.
The detachment notes that a search warrant is a great example of their intelligence-focused officers utilizing the resources provided to them in Lloydminster.
“Crime reduction strategies are extremely important to the detachment in Lloydminster as well for K-Divsion in Alberta,” said Kirzinger.
Kirzinger noted crime reduction strategies consist of a wide range of investigative tools from intelligence-led policing and hot spot crime mapping to data analysis in order to engage the right resources to apprehend repeat offenders.
He said crime reduction strategies in Lloydminster also means sharing information with other police forces in Edmonton and Saskatoon along the Highway 16 corridor, noting crime has no borders.
“It is something that as a rural community we definitely see people coming and going into our community—being along that major highway is something that we definitely take into consideration when we do our intelligence-led policing,” said Kirzinger.
“Being able to share information is extremely important inside of crime reduction, making sure that everybody that’s involved in crime reduction strategy is aware whether that be internal or external resources, communications is key.”
Pearson will be part of the intelligence-led focus at his new job in Edmonton, while the search goes on for his replacement in Lloydminster.
“In regard to the replacement for me, the process has started, and in the next couple of months we should have an idea of who’s coming here,” said Pearson.
“Like anything, it takes some time.”
Pearson has had two tours of duty in Lloydminster including about a year as a constable back in the 90s, and he noted he really enjoyed his time in the city.
“The mobility is part of the mounted police, you get to see a lot of the country, meet a lot of great people, and great communities,” he said.
He said his wife once bought a memento that says bloom where you’re planted.
“I use that as my philosophy, so wherever I go I put 100 per cent into the communities I’m in and it was no different here,” said Pearson.

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