RCMP Report: Threats uttered through Facebook are a crime

RCMP were contacted when comments, made on Facebook, were considered a form of cyber bullying.

Golden/Field RCMP responded to 37 files in a one week period.

Mental Health Act

The RCMP in Golden dealt with four situations in Golden involving the Mental Health Act.

One individual had a Mental Health Act warrant issued out of the Okanagan region of British Columbia. The individual was arrested and detained in Golden and will likely be sent back to the Okanagan region or Cranbrook in the near future.

In a separate incident RCMP had a report of a suicidal male. Upon arriving on the scene the RCMP arrested the male under the act and took him to the Golden and District Hospital before it was determined he should be taken to a facility in Cranbrook.

On Dec. 10, 2012, the RCMP were called out to a person who was believed to be suicidal. The person was attended to under the Mental Health Act and taken to the Golden Hospital.

Four highway accidents

There were four single vehicle accidents on Highway 1. There were no serious injuries during these incidents and residents are reminded to take their time while driving in winter conditions.

No consent given

On Dec. 13 the RCMP in Golden had to deal with a “Take auto without consent” incident. A youth with a drivers licence took his/her parents’ car without getting permission from the parents. RCMP said this type of charge is in place to deal with a very specific type of incident. The car in this case has been recovered but there has been no decision made on whether charges will be laid.

Threats through Facebook

There was a report of someone uttering threats through Facebook.

RCMP were contacted when comments were made which were considered a form of cyber bullying.

RCMP said people need to realize that making a threat through Facebook, whether it is a joke or not, is not permitted. They added that people have also been charged in the past for uttering threats through texting or emails.

Safe Christmas journeys

RCMP would like to remind people who are planning on travelling in the Christmas season to take their time on their trips.

They suggest people should give themselves extra time to get to their destination and use Drive BC and see where the roads are closed.