Policing authorities look for public’s assistance
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.