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Regional district reacts to sexual attack

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is re-assuring residents and visitors about their safety in the Regional Park system.

“We’re stepping up our staff presence in our regional parks in light of the sexual assault reported to Kelowna RCMP on Monday evening on a more remote trail in Mission Creek Regional Park, says communications officer Bruce Smith.

Anyone that has information about this incident should contact Kelowna RCMP constable McBride (250-762-3300) or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), www.crimestoppers.net or text CRIMES (274637) ktown.

Smith adds, “We encourage anyone using the Mission Creek Greenway or walking trails in our regional parks to be aware of their surroundings and if possible walk with at least one other person.  Carrying a cell phone will help should anyone need assistance.

"Our parks services bylaw enforcement and other staff will be stepping up their presence along the Greenway and in our other regional parks as a result of the incident," he said.

“We also work with contracted park resident security and the Commissionaires who provide after hours security in many Regional Parks," Smith added.  "In addition, we have an ongoing liaison with the RCMP and its auxiliary volunteer members and Crime Prevention Citizens Patrol volunteers when it comes to patrols, especially along the Mission Creek Greenway."

“The Regional District works to ensure everyone has a safe and pleasant experience in our parks," Smith said.  "You may see our staff on foot or patrolling the trails on bicycle or on a small ATV in an effort to ensure our parks are safe places for everyone to enjoy.”

The Regional District operates and maintains 29 regional parks throughout the Central Okanagan.

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