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RCMP Speaks to Grand Forks Downtown Business Association

In early April 2017 the senior member of the local RCMP detachment, Sgt. Fenske, gave a talk to the Downtown Business Association regarding the homeless, opiod use and petty crime in the downtown area.

Sgt. Fenske addressed such questions as ‘Are the homeless from elsewhere’. He pointed out the reality of dealing with people who have mental health concerns in addition to being homeless. And what the community can expect police from the police.

It’s not a large detachment and round the clock policing everywhere for every little thing is not a realistic picture. Listen to his words on what the police can do and what they cannot and will not and under what conditions. And the advice on how your business can safely function within this context.

Opiods and Fentanyl

One of the items that he talked about was the rise of Fentanyl in the drugs being used. That impacts not only those abusing the drugs but those who might come into contact with them. Fentanyl is an extremely potent and toxic substance – so much so that even touching it can cause absorption and consequences. Which means if a non-drug user comes into casual physical contact with it, say as a powder spilled on clothing, they can be in danger.

This can happen during touch such as trying to assist someone who has collapsed on or near your premises. The advice in this case is to consider having the opioid antidote Naloxone (also called Narcan) available on premises in the off chance this happens. It’s not only the drug abuser who is at risk but also an employee or customer of your business.

Naloxone was removed from the prescription-only list of medicines last year as a response to the growing opiod crisis. It is not a drug that gives you a high – it is a life saving antidote to an overdose. Sgt. Fenske also pointed out that Naloxone is available in a spray form – he showed the container he and other officers carry as standard equipment now.

After the talk I visited the pharmacies in town and only the one at Overwaitea had any Naloxone available and then only the injectable version. This requires a small amount of training to use properly and does require touching the person who has overdosed to the kit comes with gloves. The spray version is much easier and safer to use – as long as they are breathing all you have to do is spray it into their nostrils.

Just yesterday (July 5) the spray version has become available in Canada.
Health Canada posted a notice regarding this on June 30th (http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2017/63784a-eng.php) and the CBC has an article regarding it here http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/naloxone-nasal-spray-1.3789643

An earlier (Feb) CBC piece (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/costly-naloxone-nasal-spray-1.3675243) pointed out that the cost for the nasal spray was between $60 and $120 – hopefully that will drop as the access frees up. But when you consider it in the context of saving a life then it doesn’t seem like that much. A business (or business community) considering having a portable defibrillator faces a much greater cost (in the thousands) but many don’t see that as an impediment.

RCMP Injured Apprehending Fleeing Driver


March 6, 2017, West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit

On March 6, 2017 34 year old Conan Lee TAYLOR will appear in Nelson Provincial Court in relation to several criminal charges stemming from an incident on March 4, 2017 in Nelson.
Members of the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit were conducting a project targeting drivers using their cell phones.

A police officer directed the driver of the vehicle to stop and upon asking him for his driver’s license the male fled in his vehicle. The police officer became entangled in the vehicle, was dragged a short distance before being thrown to the ground. That police officer sustained nonlife threatening injuries and was later treated at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

Police officers had obtained the license plate and attended the male’s residence where he fled from police in his vehicle again. Due to the risk to the public, the police did not continue to pursue, but observed the male driving dangerously through a residential area. The male was located a short time later parking his vehicle at a mall. Another police officer was able to successfully block his vehicle preventing him from continuing to drive.

When the police officer tried to arrest him, the male was combative, resisting attempts to take him into custody. After a brief struggle during which the second police officer was injured, the male was taken into custody. He was found to be over the criminal limit for blood alcohol and under a ten year driving prohibition related to an impaired driving fatality.

Anyone who witnessed this incident are encouraged to contact the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit at 250-354-5180.

Sgt Chad Badry
West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit
Gendarmérie Royale du Canada Services Routiere du Kootenay Ouest

Be Wary and Be Safe


The RCMP have asked, and it”s a good idea, that we remind you that during the holiday period some fraud schemes ramp up. Especially ones where you are asked to send money because it is urgent.

If a relative contacts you asking for emergency money and they are off in a place you didn’t expect them to be do not send them money before you check to see if this person really is who they say they are. Try getting in touch with them or their friends and family in the way you normally would and ask them to help you verify the request is real.

If you get an email or phone call from the ‘Canada Revenue Agency’ do not comply with the requests or click on the links. the CRA is not calling or emailing – if they have something important to notify you about they will send you real, registered, mail.  Instead look up the contact information for the CRA and get in touch with them yourself. The CRA has a section in its website called “Protect yourself against fraud” dedicated to this.

Other places you can learn more to protect yourself: