The RCMP auxiliary bike patrol was recently given wheels for their job by donations from Ruth Hoyte (third from left) of the Downtown Vernon Association

The RCMP auxiliary bike patrol was recently given wheels for their job by donations from Ruth Hoyte (third from left) of the Downtown Vernon Association

Auxiliaries roll out new wheels

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP’s summer bike patrol will have some extra legs.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP’s summer bike patrol will have some extra legs.

Auxiliary members have joined to assist regular officers on their patrols.

“More than one-third of the auxiliaries are trained for the bike patrol program now,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “They are geared up and ready to show their presence for the July long weekend in and around Vernon.”

The dedicated group of 18 auxiliaries that work with the detachment put in countless hours of volunteer time in the North Okanagan communities all year long.

They assist with scheduled events like Winter Carnival, Funtastic, as well as other community events throughout our detachment area. They are also out patrolling evenings and weekends.

The Downtown Vernon Association, in cooperation with individual merchants A.E. Berry Insurance and KT’s Family Restaurant saw the value of the bike program and have contributed more than $1,000 to purchase two of the four bicycles that will be used by the seven-member RCMP auxiliary patrol team.

“The members of the association are very pleased that the bikes they have provided will continue to allow the RCMP and the auxiliaries to be very visible in the downtown core,” said DVA present Ruth Hoyte.

“The DVA believes this will have a strong deterrent to crime and will help everyone feel safe and secure while enjoying downtown Vernon.”

The other two bikes were supplied by the City of Vernon so the auxiliaries could continue to do the work they do including assisting members of the Downtown Enforcement Unit for the summer.