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RCMP partners with Maple Ridge group to increase downtown presence

Frequent foot patrols will be led by the RCMP's Mental Health Unit

Anyone walking in downtown Maple Ridge in the past couple of months may have noticed an increased police presence, and the Ridge Meadows RCMP has announced that this improved visibility isn't going away anytime soon.

In partnership with the City of Maple Ridge and Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association (DMRBIA), the RCMP recently announced that increased foot patrols would continue in the downtown core for the foreseeable future.

This effort was first introduced as Project Sentinel back in February of this year, with the initial project lasting two months.

Ridge Meadows RCMP will now continue these increased foot patrols, which are led by the Mental Health Unit and prioritize engaging with businesses in the downtown core.

Community Safety Officers and members of the Crime Reduction Unit and Road Safety Target Team will also assist in these regular patrols.

Insp. Martin Guay of the Ridge Meadows RCMP explained that this program brings a lot of value to the city's downtown core.

"Downtown is vital to our city and our downtown foot patrols bring a visible and approachable police presence to the town centre, ensuring the safety of businesses and residents," said Insp. Guay.

It will also help improve the connection between the city's residents and its officers, added Sgt. Joe Whalley of the RCMP's Specialized Response Team.

"We want the public to feel confident approaching patrolling members knowing that their question or concern will be heard," said Sgt. Whalley.

Brandon Tucker

About the Author: Brandon Tucker

I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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