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Proactive police enforcement downtown showing positive results: Prince George RCMP

Close to 200 violation tickets issued in a 10-day span
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Prince George RCMP vehicle driving along First Avenue. (via Submitted)

More enhanced enforcement of police resources in downtown Prince George are yielding results, local Mounties say. 

Cpl. Craig Douglass says over the past two weeks, officers working in the Downtown and Gateway commercial areas, and its corridors in between, have been resulting in more arrests and tickets. 

Douglass says from May 15 to 25, the following violations were issued: 

  • Violation tickets
    • Roughly 125 violation tickets were handed out under provincial legislation, including Motor Vehicle Act and Liquor Control and Licencing Act
    • Bicycle related offences and open liquor offences were the main violations found
  • Wanted persons
    • 12 people with warrants were arrested in the mentioned areas
  • Self-generated files
    • Police entered into 40 Criminal Code or Controlled Drugs and Substances Act investigations, which saw 10 of them result in reports to the Federal Prosecution Service of Canada or the B.C. Prosecution Service
  • Drunk in public
    • 10 people were arrested for public intoxication and unable to care for themselves
    • These were in addition to reports that police received from the public

"These actions have already resulted in a noticeable reduction of open drug use, drug trafficking and mischief related incidents in these areas of our community," Douglass said in a release. 

"Our officers are also seeing a reduction of violations of the Motor Vehicle Act as it relates to riding bicycles. These trends are expected to continue.

"The Prince George RCMP will continue to work with community partners such as the City of Prince George's Bylaw Services Department to enhance the experience for all residents and visitors of Prince George throughout the summer months."