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By-law officers in action

Gord Molendyk
March 18, 2013 - 11:31 AM

Last week Vernon's by-law officers were in the right place at the right time on two occasions.

Last Tuesday, March 12, two officers were patrolling in the downtown core around 5 p.m.

"They were in the area of 30th Avenue when they witnessed an assault taking place between a 19-year-old pregnant woman and her boyfriend," spokesperson for the RCMP Gord Molendyk said.

"It appeared the disturbance was starting to escalate so they felt they needed to become involved so she didn’t get hurt."

The by-law officers parked their vehicle and called the police.

"They were able to stop any further assault and kept the two apart until the RCMP arrived and arrested the male suspect in his mid 20’s," Molendyk said.

Molendyk said the male suspect is known to police.  He was released on conditions to stay away from the woman.

Later on in the week, on Thursday, March 14, around 2 p.m. while conducting parking duties, another officer noticed an assault taking place between an intoxicated male and a second elderly gentleman. 

"The by-law officer got involved, and was able to flag down an RCMP officer and assisted in the arrest of the intoxicated male," Molendyk said. "The suspect went to police cells and the elderly gentleman went on his way."

 "As many people are aware," Molendyk said, "The by-law officers are ambassadors for public safety for the City of Vernon while doing their duties related to by-law enforcement."

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call (250)309-5230.

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