Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre finds Child Abuse Reporting on the Decline
Alberta Child Advocacy Centres’ urging community action
As COVID-19 isolation has swept across our province every community has been faced with making the necessary changes to ensure health and safety of all. Everyone copes with change and stress differently and as Child Advocacy Centres’ (CAC) we are committed to our role of keeping children and youth in our community safe.
Typically, in the summer when school is out and children and youth are at home all the time and not attending school or after school programs we see a decline in reporting. Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic we are seeing this occur earlier and will likely see this continue for a longer period of time.
The yearly caseload at the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre has been increasing year over year, this signifies a change within our community as people are recognizing their duty to report child abuse. In 2019, the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre supported 459 children and youth, which was a 29.3 per cent increase from 2018. The CACAC has seen an 18 per cent decline in files over mid-March to mid-April from 2019 to 2020.
We need our community to continue recognizing the moral and legal obligation to report child abuse as this is a time where the typical safeguards for children and youth who experience abuse are impacted.
Alberta is home to eight CAC’s across the province that are providing support to children and youth who have experienced abuse. Each of these centres’ are fully operational or in various stages of future development. The Child Advocacy Centres’ of Alberta are urging their communities to take action as we all have a responsibility to keep children and youth in our community safe. Each of us need to equip ourselves with the tools to recognize child abuse and speak up for our children. Each community and Alberta as a whole can work together to ensure every child is heard and believed and do our part in being their voice when they need us most. To learn more about how to recognize child abuse and how you can help those in your community visit albertacacs.ca.
CAC’s are a safe place where children and youth who have experienced abuse can go to tell their story and be supported throughout the entire disclosure, investigation, judicial and healing journey. By supporting children, youth and their non-offending caregivers we provide them with customized supports that best suit their needs and will allow them to heal at their own pace
Suspect in Innisfail armed robbery spree turns himself in
News Release from Innisfail RCMP
Innisfail RCMP respond to armed robberies – UPDATE 3 – suspect arrested
This past weekend, RCMP were kept busy responding to multiple complaints of armed robberies. On Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at approximately 11:30 p.m., RCMP received a report of an armed robbery at a business on 50 Street. A suspect entered the business, disguised with a balaclava and carrying a weapon. The suspect demanded cash from a customer and from the store employee. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and fled on foot. Despite a thorough, coordinated search of the area, the suspect was not located.
On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at 1:40 a.m., RCMP were dispatched to another report of a robbery from the same business. A suspect entered the business, disguised with a black face mask and carrying a weapon. The suspect demanded items from the same cashier. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and cigarettes. The suspect forced the cashier in to the back office, and the suspect attempted to destroy the video surveillance system. The suspect then fled on foot.
On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at 9:20 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to a third robbery complaint at an address on 46A Street. A suspect armed with a weapon attempted to steal a vehicle from a victim but was unsuccessful. At 9:24 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to a business on 42 Avenue for a similar complaint. The victim reported that a suspect who was carrying a weapon tried to steal the victim’s truck. When the suspect was unsuccessful, he fled the area on foot.
Police officers from Innisfail, Red Deer City, and Blackfalds RCMP detachments, as well as the RCMP Police Dog Services and the RCMP Emergency Response Team conducted an intensive search for the suspect.
On Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., the suspect turned himself in to Innisfail RCMP and was arrested without incident.
Cyrus Jason Boysis (26) of Innisfail, Alta. has been charged several offences including:
- Robbery with a firearm (x5)
- Forcible confinement
- Disguise with intent to commit an offence (x3)
- Pointing a firearm (x3)
- Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x5)
- Mischief under $5000
After a judicial interim release hearing, Boysis was released to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on September 27, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
Innsifail RCMP believe this suspect was responsible for all four incidents. There is no further concern for public safety at this time. Innisfail RCMP’s General Investigation Section is continuing with the investigation.
Shooting Update: Deceased had broken into home where shooting took place
News Release from Blackfalds RCMP
Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting – **UPDATE**
The RCMP Major Crime’s Unit is continuing with the investigation including examination of the scene with the RCMP Forensic Identification Services and interviewing witnesses. The initial investigation has indicated that the deceased broke into the residence and an altercation occurred with the homeowner. The homeowner was treated for injuries he sustained and has been released from the hospital.
The investigation is in the early stages. No charges have been laid at this time. Further updates will be provided when further details can be shared.
August 2, 2021
Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting
On August 2, 2021, at 3:11 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a complaint of a residential break and enter in progress off of C & E Trail in Red Deer County. Upon arrival, police discovered that the homeowner had sustained injuries and another male in the residence had sustained a gunshot wound. EMS attended and pronounced the male with the gunshot wound as deceased. The homeowner was transported to the hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
RCMP Major Crimes Unit has been called in and has taken over the investigation.
There is no ongoing danger to the public.
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