Kamloops Mounties reflect on exceptionally busy 2019

Full statistics for 2019 crime are expected to be presented to Kamloops city council in March

Kamloops’ top cop says the city’s police were kept extra busy in 2019.

Speaking to reporters as the year draws to a close, RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky said a number of units within the Kamloops detachment worked at or over capacity over the course of the year.

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The detachment’s serious crime unit worked on three homicide investigations — all believed to be gang- and/or drug-related— as well as to a number of additional high-profile incidents. Overall, the detachment’s officers responded to more than 42,000 calls for service in 2019.

“Daily, officers in our detachment deal with an ever-increasing number of calls for service that include mental-health issues, illicit drugs and, oftentimes, weapons,” Lecky said.

Full statistics for 2019 crime are expected to be presented to Kamloops city council in March.

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