Wetaskiwin RCMP check over 2,000 cars this summer

Wetaskiwin RCMP check over 2,000 cars this summer

Wetaskiwin RCMP effect numerous arrests and seizures during Enhanced Enforcement shifts

A multi-department police blitz in the Wetaskiwin region saw over 2,000 cars checked so far this summer and a number of arrests made.

According to a press release from Wetaskiwin RCMP spokesperson Cst. Christine Hepburn, “Since July 19, 2018 Wetaskiwin RCMP has conducted three enhanced enforcement shifts in conjunction with numerous support units including: Wetaskiwin General Investigation Section, Maskwacis Community Response Unit, RCMP Rural Crime Reduction Project, Integrated Traffic Units, Stony Plain and Bashaw RCMP members, Wetaskiwin City/County peace officers and RCMP Air Services.

“This is an ongoing effort to reduce property related offences and high risk driving behaviours.

“As a result of these enforcement effort the following statistics were recorded: 2,037 vehicle checks, 163 provincial violation tickets issued, numerous individuals arrested for various offences, 53 compliance checks completed, over 20 Criminal Code charges laid and several other offences/drug related charges.”

Hepburn said cooperation makes such projects possible. “Wetaskiwin RCMP commends the support received on this initiative from the numerous units committed to reducing crime in the City and County of Wetaskiwin and Town of Millet,” stated Hepburn. “These enhanced enforcement shifts are in alignment with K Division’s Crime Reduction Strategy with collaborative partnerships targeting enforcement and patrols aimed at disrupting criminal and/or illegal activities.”

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