RCMP Roundup

Whatever you do, don’t cancel that call

Stay on the line

Whatever you do – don’t hang up when you phone 911, even if you realize you phoned them by mistake.

“Sometimes people are too scared to talk to us, or they’ve become frustrated,” said Kitimat RCMP’s Cpl. Scott Kirychuk. “Sometimes when a call has been dropped there has been an assault and the victim isn’t able to talk to the dispatcher.”

Kirychuk said even though callers put the phone down without saying anything to the dispatchers, the RCMP are procedurally bound to follow through on that call.

Last week Kitimat RCMP fielded nine abandoned 911 calls, which were all investigated.

“It can sometimes take up to half a day to find those people, but we find them. We will track the number down to a house, and go into that house, even if it is locked,” said Kirychuk.

He said some of the abandoned calls are made by “pocket dialers”, people who don’t lock the screens on their smartphones before putting them into their pockets.

Other people are embarrassed when they realize they have accidentally dialed 911 and cancel the call.

He said residents also phone the non-emergency 250-632-7111 number because they don’t feel they have a real emergency.

“People must rather phone 911 and let us decide whether it’s an emergency or not,” said Kirychuk.

Dog-gone

“Even if your dog is friendly, it doesn’t mean the other dog who is on a leash is friendly,” said RCMP Media Relations Officer Constable Rebekah Draht.

Kitimat RCMP has received a number of complaints relating to dogs off their leashes where they should be on a leash, especially with the weather having warmed up.

“Dog owners must also remember that some people are scared of dogs, and that not everybody likes dogs,” added Draht.

She said the RCMP last week had to investigate a person being bitten by an off-leash dog.

Bear with us

Draht said the detachment has received a number of calls about bears in town.

“It is best to call the Conservation Office on 1-800-663-9453 to report bears. However, if the bear has become aggressive and looks likely to attack someone, residents must call 911,” said Draht.

She stressed the importance of residents leaving the bears alone, and urged motorists not to stop to take photos of the bears. She also urged residents to store their garbage securely to prevent bears gaining access to it.

Just Posted

Greyhound cleared to end routes in northern B.C., Vancouver Island

Company says nine routes have dropped 30% in ridership in last five years

How the provincial budget will play out in northwestern B.C.

Price of gasoline to rise and expect MSP premiums to disppear

Snow bikers have a lucky escape on Claque Mountain

Their experience highlights the importance of being properly prepared in the backcountry

Access to naloxone kits made easier

They’re now available from pharmacies

Airport registers modest passenger increase

Manager anticipates further growth in 2018 as expansion project nears completion

President praises nearly 1,800 volunteers at B.C. Games

Ashley Wadhwani sits down with the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games President Niki Remesz

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Police watchdog probes B.C. man’s taser death in alleged parental child abduction

Independent Investigations Office called in after one male dies

PHOTOS: Harnessing diverse abilities on the court at the B.C. Games

Basketball is one of two Special Olympics events at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

B.C. VIEWS: Our not-so-New Democrats don’t rock the boat

Finance Minister Carole James takes the wheel, steers similar course

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Canadians all smiles after record medal haul

Team Canada is taking home a record 29 medals from Pyeongchang – 11 gold, eight silver, 10 bronze

‘All of us should be ashamed’: Calls for change after jury finds Raymond Cormier not guilty

Jury acquitted Raymond Cormier in the death of Tina Fontaine after 11-hour deliberation

B.C. girl hopes DNA drive will help her find birth parents in China

Isabelle Smit, 10, is one of 20 international adoptees from Chongqing looking for DNA samples

That’s a wrap: Day 2 of B.C. Games ends with multiple ties in gold, bronze

Vancouver-Coastal Zone 5 continues to lead, so far earning 25 gold, 32 silver and 25 bronze

Most Read