The Comox Valley RCMP is reporting that Canada Day was one of the busiest in recent memory.

One officer was assaulted after attending a local business on an unrelated matter, when an employee identified someone who allegedly just shoplifted. 

The member went outside to take the shoplifter into custody and without warning, was punched and hit in the head with a piece of wood. 

The officer suffered cuts, bruises, and a possible concussion.

Some of the other calls included suspected impaired drivers, noise complaints, thefts from vehicles, possession of a handgun (which turned out to be an airsoft pistol), and a missing person who was quickly located.

RCMP spokesperson, Const. Monika Terragni said a day like this has all of their frontline members going from call to call, often without breaks or much of any down time.

There were over 75 calls for service received by the Comox Valley RCMP on July 1st

Comox Valley RCMP Frontline members responded to the following calls:

  • abandoned vehicle (1)
  • alarms, one hold up alarm (2)
  • annoying circumstance (1)
  • assaults (3)
  • assist the general public (6)
  • assist other agency (5)
  • break and enter (1)
  • bylaw complaints (6)
  • check well being (5)
  • disturbance (5)
  • drug activity (2)
  • harassment (3)
  • traffic complaints (11)
  • mischief (4)
  • missing person (1)
  • vehicle collisions (1)
  • lost/found property (3)
  • shots fired (2)
  • suspicious person/vehicle /occurrence (7)
  • theft (6)
  • weapon possession (2)
  • fraud (1)