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RCMP to deploy foot patrols in downtown Courtenay beginning May long weekend

Initiative put in place to improve safety, prevent crime
The Comox Valley RCMP will begin foot patrols in downtown Courtenay, in an effort to increase safety and curb crime. Comox Valley Record file photo

The Comox Valley RCMP is launching an initiative that will enhance police presence in the downtown Courtenay area. Starting the May long weekend and continuing until Labour Day in September, dedicated foot patrols will be deployed to support community safety and increase engagement with residents, businesses, and visitors.

“The downtown foot patrols will enable our officers to actively connect with the community on a personal level,” said Insp. Mike Kurvers, officer in charge at the Comox Valley RCMP Detachment. “We are committed to working alongside the community to ensure a safe and secure environment for all.”

The Comox Valley RCMP recognizes the importance of fostering a secure and welcoming environment for everyone who lives in or visits the community.

With the advent of the summer season, downtown areas tend to experience increased activity. The new foot patrols will focus on building positive relationships with community members, public safety, and crime prevention.

City of Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells extended his appreciation to the Comox Valley RCMP for the new program.

“We’re excited to see the launch of this initiative, and grateful to the RCMP for all the great work they do in our community,” said Wells. “Downtown Courtenay is one of Vancouver Island’s most vibrant and attractive shopping districts, with lots of people walking around and checking out all of the wonderful shops, restaurants and cultural facilities. It makes sense to have officers on foot as well. I look forward to seeing them out and about as we approach the busy summer season.”

The introduction of foot patrols aligns with the Comox Valley RCMP’s community-oriented policing approach, allowing officers to engage directly with individuals, business owners, and patrons.

By regularly patrolling the downtown core, officers will have a greater opportunity to address concerns, offer crime prevention tips, and establish a visible presence that promotes a sense of security.

• During the foot patrols, RCMP officers will focus on various aspects of community safety, including:

• Conducting regular patrols of high-traffic areas, parks, and public spaces.

• Engaging with business owners to address security concerns and offer crime prevention strategies.

• Providing safety tips and information to residents and visitors.

• Responding to public inquiries and providing assistance where needed.

Kurvers said the hours of operation will vary.

“There will be random shifts and various hours of operation to provide an enhanced police presence in the downtown core and surrounding areas,” he said. “This is not (an) around-the-clock operation as we have other policing responsibilities in the Comox Valley.