The mayor of Whistler says this year’s decrease in emergency incidents over the long weekend is thanks to the extra RCMP officers brought in from out of town.
The May long weekend is when thousands of people make the trip up to Whistler to relax, party and for some, to cause trouble.
According to Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden this year saw two 17-year-olds get in trouble but the incident didn’t have as grave consequences as an incident last year when 19-year-old Luka Gordic died.
“Friday night there were a couple 17-year-olds from Surrey who were arrested. One had a knife and another had bear spray. There were thrown in jail and then their mothers were called to come and retrieve them,” Wilhelm-Morden says.
Wilhelm-Morden says she’s been in contact with police, and that incident was the worst she’s heard.
“The incident with the knife and the bear spray as far as I know were the most serious.”
She can’t disclose how many extra officers were brought in from Squamish and Metro Vancouver but says it’s a “significant amount.”
Last year, two stabbing incidents took place at the resort, one of which ended with the death of Luka Gordic.
“It was the significant police presence (that made this year different), in addition we had private security. They were definitely noticeable,” Wilhelm-Morden says.
She also says once the official stats are in a committee will look at whether to increase police presence more often.
Less calls for service and fewer arrests in 2016
RCMP say there were 21 arrests over the course of the long-weekend for a variety of reasons ranging from drinking in public, domestic disputes, and possession of weapons.
Whistler RCMP Sergeant Steve Leclair says calls this year were cut by more than half.
“74 calls from Friday afternoon until Monday morning. That’s down considerably from previous years, in 2015 we responded to 169 calls.”
But CKNW has learned of an alleged assault.
“He advised that he had been assaulted in a night club, the officers attended and reviewed the video footage.”
LeClaire says that incident is under investigation.
BC Ambulance says it attended 14 calls this year, down from 25 last year.