Criminal activity declines

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP reports a decrease in criminal activity for 2011

The head of the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP detachment is sending out Christmas thanks to all citizens.

Supt. Reg Burgess expressed his thanks to everyone in the North Okanagan for their ongoing support of his detachment’s efforts to keep communities safe.

“Your support and cooperation has helped lead us to a successful year of policing for our area,” said Burgess.

“Unfortunately there will always be a need for police in our society, as crime is still happening.”

Burgess said there have been 16,285 calls for service to his detachment from Jan. 1 to Dec. 13 this year. That’s down from 18,386 over the same time period in 2010.

Burgess praised the support of our elected officials in providing resources, to the public who are willing to report crime, to be a witness or to call in tips and to all who just show positive good will towards officers, staff and volunteers.

“These public actions have all been a key to continued success and improved policing services,” he said. “Our police officers, staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing fair and professional service, and we thank you for your ongoing support of our goal to keep the communities of the North Okanagan safe.

“There is still a lot of work for us to do in our communities and public support is key.”

Burgess extended Christmas greetings to all residents, and stated he hopes everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas.

“Members of the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment along with North Okanagan Traffic Services, our auxiliary constables and our citizen volunteers will be out working many extra shifts to see everyone has a safe Christmas season,” said Burgess.

“If you encounter our officers or volunteers out there a happy holiday greeting is always appreciated.”