Kelowna hasn’t lived up to its party-town reputation during recent festivals, but police are ramping up their patrols in preparation for the upcoming Centre of Gravity event nonetheless.
The event that marries sport and music takes place over the long weekend and Const. Kris Clark said Monday that precedent shows that things can get out of hand.
“There’s always alcohol and drugs,” he said, noting that there have been a number of arrests around the time of the festival, in years past.
“There will be zero tolerance for open alcohol and drug consumption as well as public drunkenness or other disturbing behaviours,” he said.
Fines for liquor-related offences range from $115 to $230. Possession of drugs, or other criminal offences, may be referred to Crown Counsel for prosecution.
That said, Kelowna RCMP aren’t killjoys and still wish “everyone to have a fun and safe holiday weekend.”