Kelowna RCMP manage busy Canada Day weekend and investigate incident causing injuries to 9-year-old girl
2021-07-06 11:50 PDT
File # 2021-41079
Kelowna RCMP responded to twice the amount of calls for service on Canada Day, including a report of fireworks injuring a 9-year-old girl in City Park.
From 6 p.m. on July 1, 2021 through until 5 a.m. on July 2, 2021, the Kelowna RCMP responded to twice the number of calls for service in comparison to a usual Thursday night. Frontline officers dealt with large crowds gathered in parks in the downtown core.
During several arrests, officers were surrounded by groups of unknown individuals and while responding to several calls for service, officers had bottles thrown at them when entering the crowd. Preliminary numbers show approximately 120 police calls for service in Kelowna, with many related to public intoxication and disturbances.
Kelowna RCMP is also investigating a report of mischief which lead to injuries of a 9-year-old girl. At approximately 11:20 p.m. on July 1, 2021, frontline officers responded to a report of child being struck of a discharged firework in City Park. The girl, who was visiting the Kelowna area with her family suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries. She was treated at scene and transported to hospital for further medical assessment.
The fireworks were found to have been discharged from inside a large unruly crowd, many of whom were youth illegally consuming alcohol in the park, which created challenges for investigating officers on scene. The Kelowna RCMP is continuing to investigate the incident and any witnesses are encouraged to contact the Kelowna RCMP and provide file number 2021-41079.
The RCMP would like to emphasize that public safety is of the utmost importance throughout the summer months when we expect an increased influx of people in the City of Kelowna, states Supt. Kara Triance, Officer in Charge of the Kelowna Regional Detachment.
It is our priority to ensure the safety of area residents, visitors, as well as the police officers that serve our community. Lawlessness and criminal behaviour are not acceptable at any time and place, and will not be tolerated.
If you have any information related to the fireworks incident on Canada Day, you are encouraged to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppers.net or at 1-800-222-8477.
Cst. Solana ParéMedia Relations Officer
Kelowna Regional Detachment
1190 Richter St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K7
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