Slave Lake RCMP assist in Athabasca/Calling Lake crackdown

Leader staff

Athabasca RCMP are reporting a successful ‘crime suppression initiative’ in Calling Lake and Athabasca. It took place in January over a period of 13 days, and ended up involving the Slave Lake RCMP.

According to a Feb. 19 news release, an enhanced team of officers went to work on a variety of files, relating to “domestic violence, assaults, missing persons, wanted persons, COVID related complaints, traffic issues, arson and bylaw/curfew related complaints.” It resulted in 13 arrests of people on outstanding warrants, “and subjects who had been identified as problem individuals as part of existing crime reduction strategies.”

One of those arrested led to an investigation by Slave Lake RCMP General Investigation Section. An authorized search on a property in the Lawrence Lake area resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and heroin, as well as the recovery of a stolen truck, sled, quad and trailer. A 46-year-old male from Calling Lake is facing charges related to possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and failing to comply with conditions.

“This initiative provided an opportunity for members of the community to have an enhanced police presence that contributed to crime reduction,” says S/Sgt. Paul Gilligan, Athabasca Detachment Commander. “We value that this initiative has strengthened our working relationship with our communities and appreciate the support that the community members showed our officers.”

Community members are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Athabasca RCMP at 780-675-5122 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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