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.
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.