Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

#VicPDHelps Returns for Canada Day 2013

Victoria BC – VicPD is happy to announce that for the second Canada Day in a row non-emergency calls for service can be made on Twitter with the hash tag #VicPDHelps.

After last year’s successful introduction of this tool, including the location of a missing 90-year-old man with crowd sourced information, officers are excited to again be using Twitter to engage the public throughout the Canada Day events.

Information and pictures were successful in dealing with numerous calls for service including a man brandishing a knife, disturbances, open drinking and drinking on busses, and the hope is for another successful year.

Officers are asking the public to tag tweets for officer’s information and action with the #VicPDHelps hash tag. This will allow officers to act on information in a timely manner. Other questions on Canada Day activities can be directed to @YYJCanadaDay or @VicPDCanada.

“Having this tool available for the Canada Day celebrations is just another example of our commitment to ensuring these celebrations continue to be a fun filled family time,” said S/Sgt. Darren Laur.

#VicPDHelps will be up and monitored on Canada Day only from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m.  Officers also want to remind the public to dial ‘911’ for any emergencies.

As always, VicPD will have a full contingent of officers and reserves throughout downtown and are encouraging everyone to come enjoy the festivities responsibly.

“On every Canada Day we welcome thousands of people from all over the island to downtown Victoria,” said VicPD Chief Jamie Graham. “We are here to ensure everyone can enjoy this great celebration.”


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