RCMP are preparing for the Centre of Gravity by ramping up their gang surveillance.
Due to the expectation of an influx of visitors to the Okanagan, Kelowna RCMP will be enhancing its policing resources and partnering with agencies such as Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) of British Columbia and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) to ensure the public will enjoy the event safely.
“This year, as in previous years, Uniform Gang Enforcement Team members from the CFSEU-BC will be in the Okanagan to support the Kelowna RCMP and to make sure that their presence is felt by those who would want to risk the public’s safety,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.
“CFSEU-BC and ALERT-AB officers will be working closely with our local officers to ensure the safety and security of the community and visitors to the Okanagan Valley. Also, just as they’ve done in past years, CFSEU-BC officers will be monitoring Okanagan Lake with local RCMP officers who will be ensuring boaters are abiding by the rules of the water.”
The Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section, RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services and RCMP Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) will also be increasing their presence and conducting enforcement along area highways as well as in Kelowna’s downtown core, said O’Donaghey
“Traffic officers will be searching for dangerous drivers, impaired drivers and individuals in possession of illegal substances,” adds O’Donaghey.
There will be zero tolerance for open liquor, drug use, public intoxication and other disturbing behaviours. Fines for offences committed under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act range from $115 to $230. Possession of drugs or other criminal offences committed, may be referred to Crown for prosecution.
As in years past, the RCMP will also be working closely with Centre of Gravity organizers and contracted private security companies to ensure the event runs smoothly and safely.