In the past three weeks, Elk Valley RCMP have responded to 242 calls for service in the Elk Valley.
Calls for service have included: one theft from a vehicle, 19 other thefts (which include the multiple thefts from the ski hill), one assault, two break and enter calls, three mischief’s, six motor vehicle collisions, one fraud call, two missing persons and two calls about individuals uttering threats.
Since January 1, local RCMP have issued 39 vehicle tickets and have taken four impaired drivers off the road.
According to Cst. Debra Katerenchuk, Elk Valley RCMP will continue to conduct curfew checks on those individuals on conditions, as well as licensed premise checks. A zero tolerance policy will continue in regards to open liquor in public.
RCMP Presence in School:
Elk Valley RCMP Officers will often meet with students which lead to positive exchanges of information sharing and trust. It is an experience of relationship-building and education not only with the students, but also has benefits with the communities. This Crime Prevention approach generates school talks such as bike rodeos, drug abuse, and basic traffic laws, just to name a few.
On January 21 an Elk Valley RCMP Officer, along with a guest speaker attended to the Sparwood Secondary Elementary School for a presentation on drugs, including abuse and addictions. Information that was shared focused on types of drugs, risk factors with substance abuse, what is addiction, its consequences and its behaviours.
Fernie Speed Watch Program:
This program is a joint effort between volunteer members (up to 12) from the Fernie community, the City of Fernie, ICBC, and Cst. Annie Larose, of the Elk Valley RCMP. The main objective of the program is to ensure communities are the safest they can be and one way to invest in road safety is Speed Watch.
Fernie Speed Watch anticipates starting up again in the near future.
Reminder to the Public:
Elk Valley RCMP will continue to be active and visible in and around the surrounding areas, conducting traffic enforcement. RCMP want to ensure that everyone is following the rules of the road, such as wearing their seat belts, being careful driving through school zones, watching their speed in town and on the highway, not texting while driving and making sure your vehicle is locked at all times when not in use.