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.

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“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.”

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