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Street-crime unit a success with citizens

North Cowichan/Duncan Mounties are proud of their summer crime-reduction unit
North Cowichan/Duncan Mounties are proud of their summer crime-reduction unit's success in various street duties.
— image credit: Courtesy RCMP

Summer street patrols have helped police collar crime where it happens, RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart explains.

"Since June 2014, the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP has been utilizing a new unit.

"For the summer, a temporary nine-member Crime Reduction Unit has been hitting the streets. These officers have been temporarily taken from their regular duties to assist the front-line policing efforts to reduce crime." his release reads.

The officers came from the Community policing, Street Crew, First Nations Policing, Municipal Traffic, and General Investigation sections.

"Although temporarily re-assigned to this unit, they will return to their regular duties in the fall," says Stuart.

Crime-reduction unit duties include bike and foot patrols in problem areas, finding (wanted) people with outstanding warrants, curfew checks, licensed-premises checks, surveillance and targeted enforcement on people or properties of interest, and increasing visibility of police in our community, he says, noting citizen satisfaction with the unit.

"Members have been highly involved in community events and special events, such as Sunfest and Rock of the Woods.

"Members of the unit have been approached by numerous members of the public stating their appreciation for the increased enforcement," Stuart said.

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