Port Moody police planning holiday blitz of a different kind

Port Moody residents don’t have a Christmas parade to call their own so the city’s police department is bringing a Christmas parade to them.

Beginning Dec. 2, and every Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. for the three weeks leading up to Christmas week, a small convoy of cruisers blaring seasonal music, including one pulling a trailer with Santa’s sled, will blitz various neighbourhoods around the city.

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Const. Jason Maschke, PMPD’s community relations officer, said it’s a unique way to spread a little Christmas cheer during the holiday season. Officers and volunteers dressed as elves will also collect food items and unwrapped toys that will be delivered to Share and the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.

Maschke said on designated Santa blitz evenings, the elves will run ahead of the convoy, raising a ruckus and knocking on doors to alert residents of the imminent arrival of St. Nick and Mrs. Claus — although the visit won't be a total surprise as the schedule of neighbourhood visits will be posted to PMPD’s website and social media channels using the hashtag #HereComesSanta.

“The goal is an absolute 30-second invasion of the senses for the munchkins as they watch from the comfort of their own homes,” Maschke said.

PMPD’s website is portmoodypolice.ca. The department also on Twitter at twitter.com/PortMoodyPD and Facebook at facebook.com/PortMoodyPD.

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