Mounties tackle downtown “hot spots”
The Comox Valley has been responding to an increasing number of complaints in the downtown core of Courtenay this year.
Inspector Tim Walton the officer commanding the Comox Valley detachment says, “We have increased our presence in the downtown core by having a member dedicated to patrolling and liaising with the downtown businesses and residents in order to find and concentrate on the hot spots where most of the problems are being encountered”.
Cpl. Andrew Waddell , a 29 year member with the RCMP is doing bicycle patrols and foot patrols in the downtown area to assist and liaise with business owners, learn where the problem areas are, and to foster a stronger bond with the citizens of the Comox Valley. Cpl. Waddell says, “It’s good to get out in the community and meet people so you get an idea of what is happening and to give any assistance you can to those that need it”.
On one of his patrols, Cpl. Waddell was approached by a senior citizen who has just relocated to the Comox Valley from England and she said she is happy to see the police presence in the area.
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If you have information that will assist police, call the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321, or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).