Polic­ing au­thor­i­ties look for pub­lic’s as­sis­tance

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

Have you ever no­ticed sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties like boats op­er­at­ing with­out proper lights and mark­ings around our coast­line?

Do you know who to call if you do?

The Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice (RCMP), Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary (RNC) and Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency (CBSA) are seek­ing the as­sis­tance of all New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans in ob­serv­ing and re­port­ing any and all sus­pi­cious or ir­reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties along our coasts and around our re­mote airstrips.

New­found­land and Labrador has more than 28,000 kilo­me­ters of coast­line and a num­ber of re­mote airstrips. Il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties by in­di­vid­u­als and/or or­ga­nized crime groups, such as the smug­gling of drugs, con­tra­band al­co­hol and to­bacco, weapons, hu­man traf­fick­ing, and ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties, can take place with lit­tle or no pub­lic at­ten­tion.

Sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties around our coast­line may in­clude: boats op­er­at­ing at odd times or with­out proper lights and mark­ings, boats of for­eign reg­istry in re­mote or se­cluded ar­eas or small ves­sels hov­er­ing around larger ves­sels.

Sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties around re­mote airstrips may in­clude: air­craft land­ing af­ter hours or with­out proper light­ing, and air­craft with cov­ered win­dows and/or not dis­play­ing proper mark­ings.

RCMP Coastal and Air­port Watch Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor, New­found­land and Labrador Sgt. John R. Cribb in Burin ad­vises “You, the pub­lic, can play a key role in keep­ing our prov­ince safe by re­port­ing any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to any one of our part­ner agen­cies, and to be ‘our eyes and ears’ in the com­mu­nity.

“The more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion you can pro­vide, the bet­ter – but re­mem­ber no in­for­ma­tion, how­ever triv­ial it may seem, is too small to re­port. Your in­for­ma­tion could be the miss­ing piece of the puz­zle.”

It is also im­por­tant to re­mem­ber if you have wit­nessed or are aware of an in­ci­dent, for your own pro­tec­tion, please do not get in­volved or try to gather ev­i­dence. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact the RCMP, the RNC and/or CBSA.

If you wish to re­main anony­mous con­tact Crime Stop­pers (cash re­wards are also of­fered) at 1800-222-TIPS (8477).

Lo­cal RCMP de­tach­ment can be con­tacted by call­ing 1-709-7725400, the RNC – 1-709-729-8000 and CBSA – 1-888-502-9060.

The Bor­der Watch (CBSA) Toll­Free phone line is avail­able 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in both of­fi­cial lan­guages.

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