Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy
West Vancouver - If you’re planning on enjoying some of West Vancouver’s scenic parks and beaches this Summer, you may notice an increase in uniformed police officers.
In anticipation of larger than normal crowds due to COVID-19 and the encouragement of BC tourism officials to stay close to home this Summer, West Vancouver Police will be deploying teams of officers to help ensure that visitors are enjoying the outdoor spaces, safely.
“We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, and we want people to enjoy our parks,” says Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy. “With an increase in foot patrols, officers may be better positioned to deal with problems or to assist the public when needed.”
While the officers’ main objective will be to ensure the lawful enjoyment of outdoor spaces, this may include enforcing the Liquor Control and Licensing Act, Cannabis Control and Licensing Act, various municipal by-laws, Motor Vehicle Act, etc.
“What we really want is for people to know that we are here if they need us, and that we may actually be closer than they think,” says Goodmurphy.
The West Vancouver Police Department encourages anyone who witnesses unlawful behaviour in parks and beaches to report it through the non-emergency reporting line 604-925-7300, or in the case of an emergency, to call 9-1-1.