With the 2019 Canada Day long weekend behind us, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is thanking the community for celebrating in what it called true Canadian fashion.
The police force said it was happy the long weekend went off no major issues to report. As community events took place around the North Okanagan, the RCMP said it responded to approximately 240 calls for service over the three days.
One of the biggest events in Vernon and the surrounding area was the annual Funtastic softball tournament which attracted 200 teams, more than 3,000 players and many more family members and supporters.
“Vernon North Okanagan RCMP deployed extra police resources for the event during the evening hours to ensure a safe and friendly environment. Officers were on site both in Vernon and Enderby conducting patrols and interacting with players and spectators,” said RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett.
During the the weekend, officers responded to 12 calls for service at the tournament’s main ball diamonds at the DND grounds.
Twelve violation tickets were issued for consuming alcohol in public and public intoxication. Seven arrests were made for causing a disturbance, public intoxication and assault. An additional 63 tickets and 17 warnings were handed out by police for traffic specific offences, ranging from disobeying traffic control devices to speeding.
“The event is a great draw for the community and the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is happy to report no major issues came out of the event this year,” said Vernon North Okanagan RCMP operations officer Insp. Gord Stewart. “Any incident that arose was handled quickly and efficiently by police and event staff as ensured public safety of all attendees was the top priority.”
The RCMP is also reminding the public to celebrate responsibly over the summer, plan ahead and to not drink and drive.