Monday, June 3, 2013


Safe Grad

RCMP outreach looks to ensure kids party responsibly

Released by Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen, Chilliwack RCMP


une is a very special time of year for many young adults and youth as they graduate from high school and venture into the larger world.


This is a time where families celebrate the personal achievements of their sons and daughters, nephews and nieces, grand sons and grand daughters. It's also a time of year when RCMP deal with an upsurge in bush parties of youths


"We, the Police, wish to share in this very special achievement and ensure that high school graduates celebrate safely. This is very concerning for us," said Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen in a release Monday.


The exuberance of celebration coupled with alcohol consumption causes youths to engage in high risk behaviour that could cause harm or loss of life.


"We always worry about impaired driving. Unfortunately, we seem to experience the loss of a young life this time of year as a result of this high risk behaviour. This diminishes and destroys what should be a joyous time for our community and we ask for the help of family, friends and community to ensure our graduates celebrate safely."

"The other issue we deal with at this time of year is the vandalism and graffiti tagging of high schools. This does not reflect school spirit and only hurts the students. The money and resources it takes to repair and clean up the vandalism and graffiti could be better spent in other areas such as graduation.Vandalism and graffiti are criminal offenses and will be treated as such," said Cpl. vanNieuwenhuizen.

The RCMP Summer Policing Unit and Youth/School Liaison Section will be patrolling and engaging youths for the next month to ensure that they celebrate in a safe manner.

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