RCMP lodge 105 in cells on weekend

The Williams Lake RCMP had 220 calls for service over the Stampede weekend.

  • Jul. 5, 2011 7:00 p.m.

The Williams Lake RCMP had 220 calls for service over the Stampede weekend.

That’s down slightly from previous years.

The RCMP reported no “significant” incidents and most calls were the result of disturbances, public intoxication and liquor-related offences; in total 105 prisoners were lodged.

Staff Sgt. Warren Brown, RCMP detachment commander,  said the department had a “significant plan” in place to keep visitors and community members safe.

“It’s our busiest weekend of the year so every person from the detachment is working,” Brown said, noting members were in place at  “strategic” locations and performing car checks and people checks, as well as being present in the parks and around the Stampede Grounds.

“The purpose was to have high police visibility and zero tolerance for unruly behaviour and we hope in doing that it will deter behaviour and (people will) act more responsibly,” he said.

“What we’ve been doing is taking away any threats that exist and the threats are usually alcohol-related behaviour.”

For Stampede weekend each year the detachment employs a crime-prevention plan based on lessons learned from previous years.