CHIEF CONSTABLE JIM CHU
I am joined today by Transit Police Chief Constable Neil Dubord, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Chief John McKearney, Inspector Davis Wendell of the RCMP and Carlisa Smith and Jamie Grant with the B.C. Ambulance Service.
We are all here to speak about policing and public safety plans for the upcoming Celebration of Light fireworks that begin tomorrow night.
The event attracts people to the beaches around English Bay from not just the Lower Mainland, but across the province, Canada and internationally.
We are not anticipating any major public order disruptions, but with several hundred thousand people expected each night, we have plans in place to ensure people get to and from Vancouver and feel safe while at the event.
Hundreds of police officers on foot, bicycle and horseback will be working along the beaches around English Bay and in the Entertainment District each night. The visible presence of officers helps deter alcohol-fuelled fights and disturbances and any incidents will be dealt with swiftly.
Air-One will also be monitoring the crowds and the Marine Unit will be helping people stay safe on the water.
Vancouver Police depend on the public as extra “eyes and ears,” so we want to encourage people to report anything that appears suspicious.
By reporting suspicious activity, you can help police deter and reduce crime and keep everyone as safe as possible.
The public should remain vigilant and report abandoned objects and people that are acting strangely, inappropriately, who are nervous or who appear out of place
The police can be more effective when they receive information quickly. With the support of the public, we can assess public safety concerns immediately.
Vancouver Police will work closely with the RCMP, other municipal police agencies and Transit Police, vigorously enforcing liquor laws such as drinking in public and under-age consumption of liquor before, during, and after the event
It is illegal to drink liquor in public.This includes on public transportation, in parks, on beaches, and on the street. A ticket for consuming liquor in public will cost you $230. Youths found consuming or possessing liquor should not only expect a ticket, but we’ll once again be making a call to their parents.
The VPD will be using Twitter, to communicate directly with the public during the event. The immediate messages (tweets) directly from the VPD will help people receive accurate and timely information.
During events such as the Celebration of Light, social media gives the VPD the ability to convey:
- safety messages
- traffic closures
- route information
- transit information
- re-tweeted information from other agencies
I encourage anyone who is looking for timely and accurate information to follow us on Twitter @VancouverPD.