Lila Wittaker and Orla Vaile set up shop with a lemonade stand on the last day of summer. Cst. Diddams and Cst. Fraser stopped by for a refreshing drink, as fall weather begins to emerge over the next few weeks. (Louise Vaile photo)

Lila Wittaker and Orla Vaile set up shop with a lemonade stand on the last day of summer. Cst. Diddams and Cst. Fraser stopped by for a refreshing drink, as fall weather begins to emerge over the next few weeks. (Louise Vaile photo)

Golden/Field RCMP detachment looks back on 2020

The department kept busy throughout the year, despite COVID-19.

The Golden/Field detachment of the RCMP is wrapping up a busy 2020, responding to 3,422 calls for service throughout the last year.

Of those calls, 132 were persons offences, such as assault and threats.

A further 238 were property offences, 714 were traffic related and 171 collisions.

There were 32 impaired driving investigations as well and 25 Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP), which suspends the right to drive for 90 days and has the individuals car impounded 30 days at their expense.

IRPs are given if police think you blew a “fail” on a breathalyzer test or on refusal to blow. You can be made to take a responsible driver program, which can cost an additional $930.

“Overall impaired driving remains static over the past year,” said detachment commander Sgt. Betty Watson.

”While enforcement is ongoing throughout year, we often work alongside of our Traffic Services partners to conduct enhanced road checks both inside and outside the community on Hwy 1.”

Five criminal code charges were laid as well.

Despite staying busy, the detachment continued to stay active in the community, according to Sgt. Watson.

Community outreach included a torch run for the Special Olympics, the cops for kids program, schools visit, bike and snowmobile patrols.

They also supported the community by shovelling sidewalks and supporting local entrepreneurs by frequenting a neighbourhood lemonade stand.

READ MORE: Restorative justice having an impact

“Getting out of cars and meeting with the public is so important, our commitment doesn’t end when we take off our uniform for the day, this is our community, we are your neighbours,” said Sgt. Watson.

“I always enjoy the Law Enforcement Torch run. It is inclusive of all within the community and you really don’t need to run, you can walk. The members that do the run in full gear continue to impressed me”

Despite the challenges of 2020, Sgt. Watson says that there was a limited impact on the operations of the detachment and how they do business.

While they enhanced their safety protocols to reflect the ongoing changes to the COVID-19 situation to protect their staff and the public, overall it was business as usual.

Sgt. Watson says that it’s a testiment to her team and their efforts throughout the year.

“I have a great team working here in Golden,” said Sgt. Watson.

“The police officers and office support staff alike have demonstrated their resilience this year in particular.

“I am honoured to work with them and I appreciate the response we have received from this community recognizing their hard work.”

RCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Details will be made available in the next few days. (File photo)
UPDATED: Community vaccine program to open in Golden

The clinic will be held from Saturday, May 8 until Sunday, May 16.

A medical worker prepares vials of the COVID-19 vaccines, Chinese Sinopharm, left, Sputnik V, center, and Pfizer at a vaccine centre, in the Usce shopping mall in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Serbian authorities are looking for incentives for people to boost vaccination that has slowed down in recent weeks amid widespread anti-vaccination and conspiracy theories in the Balkan nation. The government has also promised a payment of around 25 euros to everyone who gets vaccinated by the end of May. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
38 new COVID-19 cases, more than 335k vaccines administered in Interior Health

Interior Health also to start targeted vaccinations in high transmission neighbourhoods

FILE PHOTO
Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available, as AstraZeneca supply runs low: Interior Health

Province expecting large volumes of Pfizer BioNTech as age-based cohort immunization program ramps up

Greg Nesteroff and Eric Brighton, the historians behind popular Facebook page Lost Kootenays, are set to release a book of the same name and have just unveiled its cover showing the ghostly Hotel in Slocan City shortly before its 1953 demolition. Photo courtesy of Greg Nesteroff and Eric Brighton.
Popular historical Facebook page Lost Kootenays set to release book

128-page hard copy documenting history of East and West Kootenays coming this fall

Al Kowalko shows off the province's first electric school bus, running kids to three elementary and two secondary schools on the West Shore. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Okanagan schools shifting gears to electric buses

Vernon, Central Okanagan, Rocky Mountain and Okanagan-Skaha on board

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

City of Vernon Coun. Dalvir Nahal proposed two blocks of Main Street be closed to bolster recovery for downtown businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Vernon’s ‘support local’ Main Street closure would cost city $24K, staff say

Bylaw costs, loss of parking revenue and equipment logistics behind price tag

Five properties have been added to the Lake Country fire protection zone, after council moved to expand the local service area Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Google Maps)
Lake Country expands fire protection zone, covering 5 exposed properties

The properties petitioned to join the local service area after being left out ‘for reasons unknown’

VSAR’s Air Rescue One unit assisted in a rescue in West Kelowna May 3, 2021. (VSAR screenshot)
VIDEO: VSAR’s Air Rescue One team assists in West Kelowna Rescue

The Vernon Search and Rescue helicopter team pulled off a successful rescue Monday

Peachland resident and cleanup volunteer Lloyd Stinson Sotas holds up a discarded TV riddled with bullet holes. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
PHOTOS: Peachland residents clean up community watershed

More than 70 people gave back to Mother Earth by assisting with the cleanup

Officials are surveying the streets of Vernon to get a better sense of the issue of homelessness in the city, as part of the province’s point-in-time homeless count for 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Province conducts homeless count in Vernon

It’s the first time Vernon has been included in the provincial homeless count

A map showing where the most number of cases were recorded from April 23 to 29. This map, revealing a breakdown of infections by neighborhood, was pulled from a data package leaked to the Vancouver Sun last week (and independently verified).
36 Abbotsford schools flagged for COVID-19 exposures in the last 2 weeks, shattering record

Clearbrook Elementary recorded an ‘exposure’ on all 11 school days

A proposed development would see two four-storey affordable housing complexes erected on Adair Street in Armstrong, next to the Nor-Val Arena. (Google Maps)
Local tenants to be prioritized for Armstrong affordable housing project

Staff have drafted an expression of interest to find a developer to move forward with on the project

Most Read