December 20, 2011

By-Laws Patrol at Transit Exchange Results in Arrest

Kamloops, B.C. – At approximately 4:10 pm on December 19, 2011, a physical assault occurred near the Lansdowne Transit Exchange.

An on-duty City of Kamloops By-Law Officer assigned to the transit exchange witnessed the assault and took immediate steps to call the Kamloops RCMP and tend to the victim until Kamloops Fire Rescue and the BC Ambulance Service arrived. The Officer was also instrumental in alerting other By-Law Officers in the area to assist, observing the individual responsible for the assault nearby, and identifying them for the RCMP who were able to affect an arrest. The two men involved in the incident are apparently known to each other.

Since September 2010, the City of Kamloops has provided By-Law Officers at the transit exchanges as part of ongoing support for public safety and awareness at the transit facilities. This recent event is an example of the effectiveness of this program and demonstrates the benefits being seen from the partnership and communication between By-Law Enforcement officers, the RCMP and other city agencies as part of the City's ongoing community safety strategies.

The City of Kamloops will be seeking charges against the individual for offences against the City’s by-laws and will seek orders from the Courts to prevent this individual from being at or near the transit exchange as part of a successful prosecution strategy.

The City of Kamloops is extremely pleased with the quick and appropriate action taken by the By-Law Officer to ensure this incident was successfully reported and the assistance provided by partner agencies including Kamloops RCMP, Kamloops Fire Rescue and the BC Ambulance Service.

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Media Contacts:
Jon Wilson
Community Safety & Enforcement Manager
250 828-3309
jwilson@kamloops.ca