Trent Ernst, Editor
This weekend is May long, the ‘un-official’ start of the 2015 camping season.
No matter what the weather, the local parks and recreation sites are typically packed as people head out what is often their first camping trip of the season.
Most people are looking to head out to relax and enjoy themselves, but some people are heading out to party.
The local RCMP would like to remind the public that police will be out in full force during the upcoming May Long Weekend.
According to Tumbler Ridge Detachment Commander, Sergeant Craig Learning, the public can expect to see enhanced and proactive patrols along our highways, as well as at provincial park and recreation sites.
As was the case last year, says Learning, RCMP has teamed up with Natural Resource Officers and will be conducting joint patrols.
This partnership that has evolved over the last couple of years has proved instrumental in reducing issues at recreation sites. “We absolutely want to see people enjoy themselves during the long weekend,” says Sergeant Learning, “but we want them to do so in a safe and responsible manner that is within the confines of the law.”
In the past, there have been fights and accidents that have happened at the recreation sites. This year, says Learning, he hopes the RCMP’s presence will act as a calming factor for campers.