Manitoba RCMP are touting a new crime reduction strategy they say has helped cut crime in the community of Norway House by 50 per cent.

The "D" Division Action Response Team (DART) uses RCMP resources to address specific public safety concerns.

The team, made up of 15 officers, was sent to Norway House between January 31 and February 2 in response to concerns about increasing calls for police service.

Many of the calls involve impaired driving and unlawful transportation of alcohol, which often end in violence in the dry community.

During the three-day blitz, DART members set up check stops and checked 302 vehicles.      

There were 52 people charged under the Liquor Control Act, and 42 under the Highway Traffic Act.

In all, 1,464 bottles of beer and 32 bottles of liquor were seized.