CRD and RCMP Join Forces to Keep Parks Safe and Enjoyable This Summer

May 16, 2013

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District and the RCMP are conducting joint patrols this summer to ensure our parks are safe and enjoyable for all to use.

“Regional parks and trails receive more than 5.7 million visits each year and the majority of people are respectful of others and the natural areas,” said Larisa Hutcheson, General Manager of CRD Parks and Environmental Services. “We work closely with RCMP to increase enforcement presence in the parks during peak times. This strategy has been effective in reducing the total number of reported bylaw violations and the presence of alcohol in regional parks. “

"Local RCMP detachments look forward to another summer of patrolling alongside CRD Bylaw Officers at popular regional parks. This partnership has proven very successful in creating a safe and pleasurable visit for users of the parks," comments Cpl. Kathy Rochlitz, West Shore RCMP. "Watch for us on trails, in parking lots and around the water."

Patrols will be deployed on hot, sunny days in order to create a presence at beaches and swimming areas in regional parks at Matheson Lake, Mount Work (Durrance Lake), Sooke Potholes, Thetis Lake and Witty’s Lagoon. CRD reminds the public that that alcohol and fires are prohibited in regional parks. From June 1 to September 15, dogs must be on leash when passing through designated beach and picnic areas and are not allowed to stay. As well, dogs must on the trail and under control at all times.

We appreciate the public’s assistance in keeping parks safe and clean. If you see a park violation, please report it to CRD Regional Parks at 250.478.3344. For serious incidents please dial 911.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332

Cpl. Kathy Rochlitz
West Shore RCMP
250.474.8753