City of Kelowna & RCMP 'patrolling by boat, bike and boot'

City patrols beefed up

The City of Kelowna has beefed up its patrols in an effort to keep locals and visitors safe this summer.

Safety Education Ambassadors have been visiting popular outdoor areas in Kelowna including beaches, parks, sports fields and waterfront areas to ensure residents and visitors are practicing safe physical distancing while enjoying public spaces. 

"Kelowna’s growing resident population and an influx of visitors mean more people are enjoying all that Kelowna has to offer. The city also understands that more people means more resources are needed to enhance community well-being, including a sense of safety," a city news release says.

In an effort to cut down on crime, four joint RCMP/Bylaw bike teams have been patrolling the downtown and surrounding areas since July with those patrols are set to continue into September seven days a week.

The joint patrols are in addition to City of Kelowna Safety Education Ambassadors and Downtown Kelowna Association Ambassadors who provide a visible presence and resource if people need help.

“We are committed to reducing crime and recognize that to succeed in keeping Kelowna safe, we need to continue to work with community partners to develop ongoing strategies in prevention, education and treatment,” said Insp. Dale Somerville of the Kelowna RCMP.

"Ultimately, we hope that our increased presence by boot, bike and boat will reduce the calls for service and prevent crimes within our community. Additionally, our officers are using our RCMP 'gator' utility vehicle to respond and patrol areas accessible only by foot and bicycle."

On the water, Kelowna RCMP have two boats on Okanagan Lake encouraging safe boating and watching for illegal activity. The RCMP boats also assisted the Uniform Gang Enforcement Team during the B.C. Day long weekend in order to conduct a number of vessel checks on the lake and at marinas.

To report suspicious activity, please contact the RCMP non-emergency line at 250-762-3300, or call 911 if it’s an emergency.

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