Iqaluit RCMP hope new unit will reduce crime
Unit will target drug dealing and repeat offenders
The Iqaluit RCMP detachment has created a new two-person unit aimed at reducing crime in Iqaluit, including low or mid-level drug dealers and repeat offenders.
The RCMP launched its new Crime Reduction Unit, or “CRU” out of its Iqaluit detachment Jan. 3, the RCMP said in a Jan. 15 news release.
The new unit comprises two uniformed officers.
Police said the CRU will primarily target low and mid-level drug dealers, crimes against persons, high crime “hot spot” areas and what police call “prolific offenders.”
Prolific offenders are those with a high rate of repeat offending. Crime data suggests that a small group of “active offenders” are responsible for a disproportionately high amount of crime in Iqaluit, the RCMP said.
“Through intelligence gathering, prolific offenders would be identified and monitored with the explicit aim of reducing their repetitive criminal behaviour,” police said.
The RCMP said the CRU will attempt to ensure that active criminals in the territory do not become repeat offenders.
“The goal of the CRU is to ensure that the prolific offender is presented with a simple choice: reform or face a very swift return to the courts,” RCMP said in the release.