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Summertime means more cops

‘Tis the season for heightened policing, the Coquitlam RCMP warn. - TRI-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO
‘Tis the season for heightened policing, the Coquitlam RCMP warn.
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‘Tis the season for heightened policing, the Coquitlam RCMP warn.

The local Mounties said Thursday that officers would be stepping up patrols of summer hotspots like Anmore, Belcarra and Buntzen Lake, enforcing open liquor and fishing license laws while educating people about safety and crime prevention.

The Mounties also warned they would be out on their police boat patrolling Indian Arm and Pitt Lake, ensuring that boaters have proper safety equipment, obey speed limits and right-of-ways and are not consuming alcohol while operating vessels.

Coquitlam RCMP spokesperson Const. Kristina Biro said in a release Thursday that Coquitlam Mounties would also be pulling out their bikes again to patrol area trails, parks and popular recreation spots.

Biro said that the Mounties’ “positive pass” program would also return this year. It’s a partnership between the police and the cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam that started in 2008 as the cornerstone of the RCMP’s youth strategy. Intended to foster positive interactions between RCMP and youth, the program sees local police distributing coupons for free swims and gym drop-ins at local recreation centres.

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