As we reflect on a year of challenge and change, Campbell River RCMP is happy to leave 2020 behind.

It was a year like no other for many, including the local police force, who saw a jump in cases over the 12-month period.

While hit with a total of 16,849 calls last year, a nearly two per cent increase over 2019, Constable Maury Tyre says the detachment faced its highest case count in over a decade. 

When thinking back, Tyre doesn’t recall an annual case count this high since the detachment transferred to a new records management system in 2008.

“It’s with great joy that we wave goodbye to 2020 and hopefully say hello to it’s much better behaved cousin 2021,” he says.

As Tyre highlights year-end statistics, he says there were 155 “actual violent events” around town last year. That’s three less than there were in 2019.

However, he adds that non-violent domestic disputes were up last year, with 19 more cases in 2020 than in 2019.