Police taking a zero tolerance approach to Canada Day trouble

Police won't tolerate bad behaviour during Parksville's Canada Day celebrations

RCMP Sergeant Darrell Robertson says police aren't taking any chances at Canada Day celebrations in Parksville.

RCMP Sergeant Darrell Robertson says police aren't taking any chances at Canada Day celebrations in Parksville.

Oceanside RCMP are taking a tough approach to troublemakers at Canada Day celebrations in Parksville, in an attempt to keep it a family-friendly event.

Sergeant Darrell Robertson said Thursday police will have bike patrols and extra staff on hand in Parksville on Friday and they don’t plan to put up with much in the way of bad behaviour.

“We will have zero tolerance,” he said. “We are telling our members that if there is liquor, you will be charged. If people are causing problems, they will be arrested.”

Robertson said Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot has many people on edge, and he’s determined to make sure nothing of the sort happens in Parksville.

“If you’ve got 20,000 people, you just need a few jerks to cause problems,” he said, “but we are not going to have that.” 

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