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Criminal activity continues throughout evacuations

Criminal activity continues throughout evacuations

RCMP are deploying 300 additional officers from special units such as tactical troops and traffic services.

Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr stated in a press conference today in Surrey that RCMP officers are working hard to police the neighbourhoods affected and that more support is on the way.

24 hour patrolling is taking place in affected communities, but that isn’t stopping all criminal activity.

10 arrests have been made in the duration of the wildfire evacuations for break and enters, breaches and mischief, most of whom are locals that are known to the police.

Butterworth-Carr says the RCMP are working to isolate these incidents and continue to follow strict protocol.

RCMP officers are on the front lines in their own communities and similarly impacted by these ongoing evacuation orders. Some have lost their homes to the wildfires as well.

Butterworth-Carr did commend local business and residents who have been aiding front line workers.

RCMP noted that there have been no reported injuries of their workers or of residents evacuating the communities and they have arranged to have people mass evacuated by aircraft if required due to road closures.

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