Police take precautions

Heightened security has become a new trend at Remembrance Day ceremonies, locally and Canada-wide.

Heightened security has become a new trend at Remembrance Day ceremonies, locally and Canada-wide.

Those attending ceremonies throughout the North Okanagan may have noticed the presence of an armed RCMP officer.

“We try and make sure there’s at least one armed officer at every ceremony that we have now,” said Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy, of ‘carbine officers’ armed with rifles.

“It became the norm after the Ottawa incidents,” she said of the October 2014 shootings.

With RCMP, paramedics, firefighters, veterans, military personnel, government officials and civilians all in one area for Remembrance Day ceremonies, it’s a vulnerable situation.

“It’s a high risk target when it comes to an incident,” said Noseworthy.

“We made the decision that there should be someone protecting everyone.”

It’s fairly standard practice across the country, and actually started last year in Vernon. But it was the first year for some smaller communities such as Lumby, which saw an armed officer perched atop a hill with a wide view of the area.

“Unfortunately like France showed us last week, it can happen anywhere,” said Noseworthy, adding that there are no direct threats to the region.

The RCMP have also been vigilant for years in scouring the area surrounding ceremonies, checking under cars and around public areas for anything suspicious.

“Usually we try and do it before anyone else get

 

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