Project Core Update
2021-03-31 13:19 PDT
File # Public Advisory
Maple Ridge, B.C- Ridge Meadows RCMP has one month left in their three-month
Project C.O.R.E. pilot initiative, which is exceeding expectations.
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In February, Ridge Meadows RCMP launched their Project C.O.R.E. initiative with the goal of using intelligence gathered information which would be shared with the City of Maple Ridge’s Community Social Safety Initiative (CSSI’s) to increase connections with community partner resources and enhance safety in the downtown Maple Ridge area.
The results and subsequent response from local business and citizens has exceeded expectations.
Since the project start in February, 69 patrols were completed resulting in 118 visits with local businesses and 212 interactions with clients, residents and pedestrians. In the course of these duties officers investigated 71 offences, issued 64 violation tickets and 6 referrals to local social services were successfully accepted.
Constable Harpreet Kombo of the Uniformed Community Response Unit describes a recent encounter.
We were making a routine Bike Patrol check-in with a local loss prevention officer when a citizen alerted us to a parked running vehicle with a man slumped over the steering wheel. Ultimately this resulted in an impaired investigation. Our presence within the community helped remove a dangerous impaired driver from our roads.
Dave Sheppard, a local business owner of a downtown Maple Ridge staple for 50-plus years (Haney Appliance and Sound) states,
I contacted the Ridge Meadows RCMP regarding an attempted fraud. My expectation was they would have little interest since I hadn’t yet experienced any type of loss (other than my time). I was pleasantly surprised by the interest and enthusiasm from the officer. People may think it’s a waste of time calling in for small crimes but I would encourage other merchants and citizens to report any criminal or disruptive actions because if it’s not reported then it doesn’t get managed…let the RCMP know it happened!
This initiative, championed by OIC Mehat and members of the Ridge Meadows RCMP, clearly demonstrates the efficacy of a responsive, engaged, public safety partner, states Maple Ridge Mayor, Mike Morden.
These early results are very encouraging and we look forward to continue working together to deliver on the objectives of Council’s Community Social Safety Initiative.
We get it….our citizens want to see boots on the ground and, when resources allow, we can direct those resources to special initiatives like Project C.O.R.E. states Inspector Wendy Mehat.
We are thrilled with this community feedback and are curious to review the final project results in another 30 days.
Project C.O.R.E. will continue through the month of April.
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Ridge Meadows RCMP
Project Core - Results
Feb to Mar 2021
- 118 visits to local businesses, checking in and sharing information
- 212 interactions with community residents and pedestrians
- 71 offences investigated by officers, including under the Criminal Code and the Motor Vehicle Act.
- 64 violation tickets issued for various offences
- 6 referrals to local social services, offered by officers and accepted by vulnerable clients
- 69 patrols conducted over the course of the project including by foot and by bicycle
Cst. Julie Klaussner
Media Relations Officer
Ridge Meadows RCMP
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