New Westminster – Throughout the month of September and October, New Westminster Police Department specialty units worked on a project exclusive to the Downtown neighbourhood. This focused enforcement resulted in several arrests, numerous recommended charges, weapons and drug seizures, and referrals to social service agencies. This project was funded in large part by the Special Investigations and Targeted Enforcement Program, with funding from the provincial government under the Safer Communities Action Plan.
The additional funding paid for the NWPD Street Crime Unit, Gang Suppression Unit, and Crime Reduction Unit, to deter and disrupt ongoing violent crime Downtown in a variety of different ways. Uniformed foot patrols walked the streets and alleyways and surveillance and intelligence units provided ongoing support. As a result of this work, the NWPD recommended more than 50 charges to Crown Counsel, made 34 arrests, and seized several weapons including brass knuckles, batons, stun gun, and an imitation firearm. The charges recommended include but are not limited to: drug trafficking, shoplifting, possession of stolen property, assault, mischief, and breaching conditions.
“The results of this recent project underscore our commitment to keeping the Downtown neighbourhood safe,” stated Sergeant Andrew Leaver. “In addition to the charges recommended to Crown Counsel and dangerous weapons taken off our streets, many of those who were arrested now have court ordered conditions to stay out of the Downtown neighbourhood.”
“There’s a desire to do this kind of enforcement throughout the city,” stated Constable Brenden Vogt. “That’s why we’re appreciative of the Special Investigations and Targeted Enforcement Program who funded this project.”
In addition to the focus on violent offenders, the specialty units provided medical aid to nine people experiencing an overdose. The New Westminster Police Department would like to extend our appreciation to the numerous Downtown area businesses who supported our units in conducting this work.
CONTACT PERSON: Hailey Finnigan