RCMP launches new crime team for Northwestern Alberta

By Justine Kelsie
February 13, 2018 - 1:19pm

The RCMP has launched a new team to combat crime. 

Operations began for the Western Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit last week.

Cpl. Chris Warren explains that the new group is committed to increasing communication between detachments and other agencies. 

"The objective is to identify those criminals that have the biggest impact on our communities and work towards the disruption of their ongoing criminal activity."

He says their area of focus goes from Drayton Valley to the British Columbia border to High Level and includes most of Northwestern Alberta.

"It is a team formed to assist detachments in the region and just to have greater resources at their disposal to reduce crime in their respective areas," said Warren. 

Since launching this month, the team has been a part of the recovery of a stolen vehicle in Grande Prairie. RCMP from the team located a vehicle in an alleyway near 105 street and 104 Avenue around 3 p.m. on February 12. After further investigation, they found that the vehicle was stolen and arrested the 36-year-old driver. 

Andrew James Forseth of Grande Prairie is facing numerous charges including three counts of breach of recognizance and possession of property obtained by crime over $5000. 

His court date is set for February 14, 2018. 

All rural buses cancelled Tuesday morning due to drifting snow

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