Ridge Meadows RCMP help de-escalate crisis

Police also launch street safety campaign.

  • Oct. 23, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Ridge Meadows RCMP helped talk a disturbed young man down from atop a bridge on Monday.

Police were called to assist Ridge Meadows Hospital on Monday in finding the “suicidal” man.

Using cell phone data and witness information, investigators were able to coordinate with Coquitlam RCMP to locate the man at the train overpass in Pitt Meadows, where he was perched a top the metal train bridge.

“Our first responders need to be prepared to respond to dynamic and potentially dangerous situations,” said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.

Through crisis de-escalation techniques, officers were able to convince the man to move carefully to a position of safety.

“I have no doubt that the quick actions of all involved on Monday night averted a tragedy in Pitt Meadows”, Dunlop said.

“The officers involved should be very proud of their response in this situation. They responded in a compassionate and effective manner.”


Look, listen, be seen

The City of Pitt Meadows, Ridge Meadows RCMP, ICBC, and Pitt Meadows Fire Department will be taking to the streets to increase pedestrian safety.

The safety information group was at the West Coast Express station in Pitt Meadows on Thursday, and will be at  Meadow Town Shopping Mall on Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Citizens can receive a reflector and safety information pamphlet, which reminds pedestrians that fall and winter months mean darker and wetter weather conditions.  Such conditions reduce visibility and increase pedestrian vulnerability.

The same is true for drivers.

“Safety, whether walking or driving, needs to be top of mind for all of us and programs like this just remind us to think and focus on what is really important,” Pitt Meadows Mayor Deb Walters said.

“We’re asking drivers to do their part to share our roads safely and watch out for pedestrians, especially when turning in intersections,” said Kate Woochuk, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows ICBC road safety coordinator.

“It’s important that pedestrians make eye contact with drivers and wear reflective clothing or gear to make it easier for drivers to see you in fall and winter.”


‘Non-criminal event’

Ridge Meadows RCMP have now identified and spoken to the driver of an SUV accused of shouting out to a young female student near Maple Ridge secondary last week.

“Ridge Meadows RCMP want to thank all citizens who helped out,” Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said.

“The driver came into the police office and has spoken with investigators. Although it was very disconcerting to the victim at the time, police can reassure all citizens this was a non-criminal event.”