Calls to Yellowknife RCMP are down approximately 18 per cent through the first two months of 2017 compared to last year. 

That’s according to monthly statistics released by the local RCMP detachment this week.

Altogether, the Yellowknife detachment received 1,791 calls for service in January and February combined. Police received 2,165 calls during the same period last year.

RCMP say figures were down across the board in January and February of this year, with the lone exception being the number of drug trafficking incidents reported.

Through two months, police received 10 calls for service regarding drug trafficking compared to only four during the same period in 2016.

RCMP received approximately the same amount of calls for assaults, but calls for motor vehicle thefts, thefts under $5,000, liquor act violations and other complaints are down significantly.

Police participated in a number of notable investigations last month, including a search and rescue operation for an overdue hunter north of Yellowknife and an apparent stabbing in Ndilo.

In the first two months of 2017, Yellowknife bylaw officers assisted police on 13 occasions. Moving forward, municipal enforcement officers will keep track of how often they report incidents to RCMP officers.

Below is a full breakdown of calls for service recorded in January and February over the last two years: