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Kelowna gets downtown RCMP foot patrol

Const. Mike Gauthier and Const. Sam Boutin will join the team as they take to the streets of Kelowna to ensure the downtown businesses and residents are connected and have frontline officers to liaise with.
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November 06, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The Kelowna RCMP Community Safety Unit has two new frontline officers who will patrol the downtown core in an effort to demonstrate to downtown businesses and community residents they have dedicated members who are looking out for them.

Const. Mike Gauthier and Const. Sam Boutin will take to the streets of downtown Kelowna to ensure businesses and residents are connected and have frontline officers to liaise with.

The downtown foot patrol unit is a newly developed program and will assist with enforcement, problem-solving and community safety through crime prevention.

“I am a huge proponent of crime prevention through education and strong Community Policing,” Const. Mike Gauthier said in a press release.

“I too live in this community and want to see people living and working in a happy and safe environment. My personal goal is to further bridge the communication between police and our local businesses to strengthen our working relationship and reduce crime. Only together can we achieve this common goal, so please don't hesitate to say hi and chat.”

Const. Boutin said he was interested in having that face to face interaction with the public.

“Not only are we able to engage with the downtown business owners, but we can assist other clients in need by connecting them to support services and other intervention programs," said Boutin. "Ultimately we hope our presence will reduce the calls for service and prevent crime in our downtown community.”


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