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Go to jail for a good cause

Cops for Kids will host the fourth annual North Okanagan Jail and Bail Wednesday.
photo submitted Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund is among the many North Okanagan residents snitched on by their friends and arrested by Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP to help raise funds for Cops For Kids in the annual Jail and Bail

When mounties make business calls Wednesday, they won’t be looking for hardened criminals.

Instead, they’ll be looking for local law-abiding citizens who’ve been snitched on by their friends or co-workers.

Cops for Kids has partnered with the Armstrong Kin Club and Boston Pizza Vernon to host the fourth annual North Okanagan Jail and Bail Wednesday.

Off-duty RCMP members will be arresting local perpetrators before they face judge Mike Caira in a kangaroo court, and then they’ll be thrown in the slammer to raise bail in the form of donations for Cops for Kids.

Money raised from this event will help Cops for Kids fund much needed medical equipment, specialized therapies, learning tools and mobility aids for children within southeastern B.C.

“It’s a great way to help local kids,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Const. Nick Reimann.

“We get to arrest people for fun, and they get to have some fun while helping us raise money to help children facing illness, disability or traumatic crisis.”

The group is hoping to add to the event’s three-year, $50,000 raised in the North Okanagan with even more this year.

For Boston Pizza and the Armstrong Kin Club, it’s about giving back to the RCMP and to local children.

Cops for Kids assists families when there’s nowhere else to turn,” said Vernon Boston Pizza owner Sean Matile.

“The items they fund aren’t covered by extended health care benefits, government programs or event other larger charities. So if we can be the heroes behind the heroes, then we’re doing our part for the community.”

Cops for Kids fundraises throughout the year to support ongoing requests from families in medical, physical or traumatic crisis.

If you or someone you know might be deserving of a “summons” to be a part of the Jail and Bail, e-mail or call (250) 801-4438  to arrange their arrest.


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