Cultus Lake – It was a dreary Friday but officials of the Cultus Lake Park Board, local residents and RCMP were all smiles. The Cultus Lake Park Community Policing Office officially opened.
Dedicated RCMP officers will be stationed at the Park from the May long weekend to the end of the September long weekend, providing law enforcement coverage during the Park’s busiest season. This is in addition to the current RCMP boat patrols. In the off-season, normal RCMP coverage will continue.
This was a long time in the making which started with an MOU Memo of Understanding with the previous Chilliwack Council led my former Mayor Sharon Gaetz, and finalized by current Mayor Ken Popove and council.
Cultus Lake Park Board Chair Joe Lamb, Mayor Popove, RCMP Superintendent Bryon Massie along with Cultus Lake Park Chief Administrative Officer Bonny Bryant, cut a ceremonial ribbon to formally open the facility and welcome the RCMP to Cultus Lake Park.
Dedicated officers will be in the park from May to the Labour Day long weekend.
Popove and Lamb really could not pin down the origins of the recent wave of crime in the park but both told FVN, this was the elephant in the room that could no long be ignored. Here is the FVN/chillTV interview:
Cultus Lake Park Chief Administrative Officer Bonny Bryant opening statement followed by Board Chair Joe Lamb and Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove: