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Not a lot of interest in Kamloops RCMP public forum

Kamloops RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller speaks to the four members of the public who showed up for a community forum, Thursday, April 21, 2016.
April 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - The second community police forum held last night in Kamloops drew just four members of the public.

Supt. Brad Mueller says the poor turnout for the public meeting held at Hal Rogers Centre in Sahali last night, April 21, is both good and bad.

The low turnout indicates satisfaction with the police force, Mueller says, adding the feedback he has received has been "fairly positive."

“I was hoping there would be a little more turn out tonight to have some more discussions,” he says. “I was hoping to hear a little bit more about the South Shore.”

The forums are a means to discuss the police priorities over the next couple years, Mueller says, with the RCMP identifying six broad areas: crime reduction, traffic safety, crime reductions, First Nations policing, property crime and vulnerable persons including domestic violence, mental health and missing persons.

Traffic enforcement was brought up at the meeting as a concern. Mueller says it was an issue the police heard about at the previous meeting and were looking into it.

Crimes related to drugs was an issue those at the meeting asked about, specifically the drug fentanyl and organized crime in the city. Mueller says organized crime hasn’t got much of a foothold in Kamloops, but any suspicious activity should be reported to the police.

“I would encourage people to report, if things don’t seem right,” he said. “It might not result in immediate police action but it might be a piece that helps solve something later on."

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