LETTER: Unimpressed by excuses

Man says he was embarrassed to read Mission RCMP letter

I have lived on the same property in Mission for 40 years and consider myself to be a neighbourhood watch, albeit self-appointed.

I have had several encounters with the RCMP with very poor response from them and when I did get some satisfaction it was only through my perseverance and demand for accountability.

However, I was totally embarrassed to watch on the TV news about a non-response to a 911 call from a local business with a fraudulent offence taking place which could have escalated into physical violence.

I was even more embarrassed to read the letter in the paper by the Mission RCMP inspector which was rife with lame excuses – the so-called “perfect storm.”

What would we expect if a real catastrophe happened? It seems it will be everyone left to their own devices.

Does the Mission detachment have a backup plan in cases like this? Obviously not. Is it not possible to have an agreement with Abbotsford or Maple Ridge police to respond in an emergency?

Are there not off-duty officers who could respond in a case such as the one displayed in full colour in several TV newscasts?

Warning! If you have an urgent issue (as I did on Saturday at 2 p.m.), don’t bother driving to the police detachment as they only have someone there on Monday to Friday during business hours.

You will be met by a phone attached to the building which connects to Surrey dispatch centre. Trying to explain your Mission situation to a civilian in Surrey is frustrating.

There are usually some officers in the building but you can’t access unless you catch them coming out of the back door. Good luck with that.

Incompetence, complacency or precursor to again asking the district to fund more members? This will, of course, have monetary consequences to the taxpayer.

What about a reorganization of the police detachment. In other words, “do more with less.” Council, please stop sitting on your hands. The taxpayers of Mission deserve better.

Terry Mortimer

Mission

Just Posted

Mission being challenged by growing opioid crisis

Community Opioid Dialogue will be held in Mission on Thursday, Jan. 31

Man, 24, charged with nine sexual offences in Abbotsford and Mission

Alleged victim, who he met online, is under the age of 16

Mission filmmaker tackles topic of youth and the social media epidemic

Kim Laureen teams up with her daughter to create documentary film Selfless

Mission to take a closer look at clothing donation bins

Recent deaths around the country have caused some communities to ban the bins for safety concerns

Live demos and stunt shows part of Vancouver Motorcycle Show

Annual event returns to Tradex in Abbotsford from Jan. 18 to 20

REPLAY: B.C’s best videos this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 in OT

New England will meet L.A. Rams in NFL title game

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Crash closes Coquihalla southbound lane south of Merritt

Accident occurred approximately 26 kilometres south of Merritt

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found on Vancouver Island

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

Most Read