Downtown Vernon enforcement initiative results in numerous arrests

Police target downtown

Vernon RCMP have taken a bite out of crime in the downtown core with several recent arrests.

A six-member team, comprised of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit and general duty officers, conducted targeted enforcement to address issues in the downtown core and high-crime areas of the city.

Const. Chris Terleski says the Enhanced Downtown Enforcement Initiative was developed through consultation and in partnership with the Downtown Vernon Association and other stakeholders.

“The proactive crime-reduction initiative focused on addressing criminal activity impacting the downtown community of Vernon,” Terleski said.

Over nine days in April and May, police managed and self-generated 162 investigations, executed 33 arrest warrants and recovered a quantity of stolen property.

Terleski said open drug use and incidents related to it, such as loitering, trespassing and property offences, were the predominant issues encountered by officers.

“The EDEI allows us to use a window of targeted enforcement to mitigate and decrease criminal activity in the downtown area as we head into the busy summer months,” said Terleski.

“While we continue to address these issued through a consistent policing approach throughout the year, this targeted effort allows us to reduce crime and ensure downtown Vernon remains a safe and enjoyable place for everyone."

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