The acting officer in charge of the North Okanagan says his officers spend a lot of time dealing with what often turn out to be false alarms.
Inspector Gord Stewart says they had 1,244 of those calls last year — with his rough estimate of 90 percent turning out to be false.
“And those are commercial, residential, you name it. I find it odd that an alarm company can use us as their runners, but they do that, and we respond,” Stewart told council.
Pictured: Inspector Gord Stewart, officer in charge Vernon North Okanagan RCMP
Traffic complaints are the number one issue North Okanagan police deal with.
The acting officer in charge, Inspector Gord Stewart, told Vernon council, they had over 27-hundred of those calls last year.
“That can range everything from a very specific complaint about a specific vehicle with a plate, driving in a dangerous manner, to ‘I saw a grey car pass me dangerously a week ago.’ It does occupy quite a bit of our time,” says Stewart.
Second on the list was about two-thousand abandoned 911 calls.
Stewart says they’re required to follow up on each and every one of those, to make sure no one is at risk.