Policing draws scrutiny from Enderby

A perceived lack of policing continues to raise concerns among Enderby residents and officials.

City council decided Tuesday that it needs a meeting with senior RCMP officials.

“We want to talk about how the regional policing model operates because we continue to hear concerns about a lack of visibility,” said Mayor Howie Cyr.

Among the issues that has come to Cyr’s attention is reoccurring thefts at the local campground and the perception of long response times for complaints.

“People in the community have an expectation of actually seeing officers on the street,” said Cyr, a retired RCMP officer.

“But we also know there are manpower issues.”

Council also recently expressed concerns about speeding motorists in the community and enforcement.

“On the first day of school, were there officers actually in our school zones?” said Cyr.

The North Okanagan RCMP detachment says it has not received any complaints from the public about its response times.

“Every indication we have is the integrated (regional) model is working and we have increased our capacity,” said Supt. Reg Burgess, the officer-in-charge.

“We will be happy to speak to council about how we’ve been able to improve service under the model.”


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