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Police field nearly 350 calls over long weekend

Total down nearly 25 per cent from last year but Prince George RCMP kept busy nonetheless
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Prince George RCMP enjoyed a significantly-quieter Victoria Day long weekend but were busy nonetheless.

Although the total was down 23 per cent from the same period last year, they responded to 349 calls between Friday afternoon and Monday night.

In the process, they dealt with 31 traffic complaints and nine motor vehicle incidents, 21 reports of theft, 26 reports of suspicious people, vehicles or occurrences, 23 disturbances, six allegations of assault, six drug-related matters, three weapons complaints and 15 instances of mischief.

And that's not all. 

To mark National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day, police were out at two different roadside stops on Saturday, and checked a total 250 vehicles. The effort netted four provincial roadside suspensions for alcohol and three 90-day immediate roadside prohibitions.

Saturday also marked the start of Safe Boating Awareness Week, and prompted the detachment's municipal traffic unit to note that the same rules when on the road apply when out on the water.

"Impaired operation of a motor vehicle or vessel is an arrestable offence," Sgt. Kyle Ushock said. "If arrested, you may find yourself in jail until you can be safely released to a responsible person, or held over for your first court appearance.

"We encourage those who are planning to drink alcohol or consume drugs of any kind to plan alternative transportation in advance."

- There is still time to participate in a online survey about policing in the city. The survey is being hosted by the City of Prince George and Prince George RCMP and the deadline is June 1.

To participate go to Prince George Community Safety Survey 2022 (