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Ridge Meadows RCMP announces new project to make downtown Maple Ridge safer

Project Sentinel will increase foot patrols in the downtown core for 2 months

Ridge Meadows RCMP are stepping up their efforts to make downtown Maple Ridge a safer place for everyone with the introduction of Project Sentinel.

This new police program is a two-month initiative in partnership with the City of Maple Ridge.

Project Sentinel will strive to create a more visible and approachable police presence in the downtown core of Maple Ridge through increased foot patrols to help reduce calls for service as well as enhance public engagement, explained Supt. Wendy Mehat.

“With incredible support from our city partners, visible foot patrols will cultivate positive relationships and help address public safety concerns of the business community,” said Mehat.

This announcement comes less than a month after multiple Maple Ridge businesses in the downtown core were robbed within 48 hours.

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The new initiative will be led by the Ridge Meadows RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, but will include many different branches of the Ridge Meadows RCMP and its volunteers.

Michelle Adams, director of bylaw, licensing and community safety, explained that safety in the downtown core is vital for both local businesses and residents.

“We want to ensure our town centre is an inviting, fun, and welcoming space for everyone who lives, works, and visits our city,” said Adams.

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Brandon Tucker

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