New Westminster – On June 17th 2021, staff at the New Westminster Police Department saw their Pride Flag was missing. When CCTV footage from the previous night was viewed a man could be seen scaling the flag pole and stealing the flag.
The New Westminster Police Department Street Crime Unit set out to identify the individual in the video and locate the Pride Flag. On September 16th 2021, with the assistance of the Crime Reduction Unit, a suspect was safely taken into custody. The suspect returned the Pride Flag to officers.
“I am incredibly pleased with the work done by our members on this file,” stated Deputy Chief Constable Paul Hyland, “While the dollar value of this theft was small, what it represented was not, so catching the person responsible so they can be held accountable was very important.”
The New Westminster Police Department flies the Pride Flag in solidarity with the LGBTQ2+ community and to honour New West Pride celebrations.
CONTACT PERSON: Sergeant Sanjay Kumar