…it’s all in the details

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One of my favorite quotes, at least part of it. Try and figure out the rest of it and let me know what you come up with. Details can be crucial in my line of work. They can distinguish guilt or innocence. That’s why we ask so many questions, we need them all.

This past year has proven to be a bit busier with an approximate 35% increase in reports of suspicious persons/vehicles and events in the Three Hills detachment area. With that, I would like to point out a few things that would help us deal with these calls.

Details, details, details

The more details we have the better. Make note of vehicle/person(s) descriptions, licence plate numbers and distinguishing marks to name a few. The more details the better for us. Details are crucial to help the Police find the right person or vehicle.

Call the correct number

I can’t tell you how many times I have come on shift in the morning to find a voice mail on our phone reporting a suspicious vehicle or person during the night that is now hours old. If you are witnessing something that requires Police attendance, call (403) 443-5538. We refer to this as our Complaint line which has someone waiting anxiously for a call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you call (403) 443-5539, this is our Admin line at the Detachment which has people anxiously waiting for your call between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. On occasion, when a Police Officer on duty is in the office, they will answer this line as well after hours. Don’t take the chance that someone will not be there, call the Complaint line.

Provide your details

We will likely need to call you back to ask a few questions. Please provide a number where you can be reached so that the Police Officer taking the call can get a hold of you in case they have some questions. It goes along with that whole “details” thing that I mentioned before.

With the instructions now out of the way, here are some calls we received this past week.

On February 5, 2018 at approximately 0100 hours, unknown subjects entered an oil lease site twomiles east of Delburne, AB. While on the property, the subject(s) stole three batteries from the site. The theft was noticed the next morning when a worker arrived on site.

On February 2, 2018 at approximately 8:30 pm, a suspicious semi was reported on Highway 27. The vehicle was noted to be swerving in its lane of travel. The vehicle was described only as a dirty semi, no make or model noted.

On February 2, 2018 at approximately 10:30 pm, a suspicious vehicle was reported in the Linden, AB area. The vehicle was noticed by a local citizen and then followed while Police were contacted. The suspicious vehicle was followed until Police dispatch advised them to discontinue and a Police Officer was dispatched. The vehicle was described as a white truck and a white enclosed trailer. The vehicle was not located by the Police.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who call in these complaints. These tips don’t always amount to much at the time, but from time to time they provide the Police with details that help put together the bigger picture of a crime. We welcome the calls and don’t feel discouraged if we are not able to locate the vehicle or person(s) at the time. On occasion, the details you provide us can help so don’t stop calling.