Delta police Chief Neil Dubord has taken to social media Sunday afternoon imploring residents to take warnings around social distancing seriously.
“The Delta Police are working to respond to calls for service and maintain staffing at a level so that all our priority police complaints are responded to in a timely manner,” said Dubord. “Whenever possible our officers are spending what little free time they have speaking to groups of people that are not social distancing.
We need your help. Please help us spread the message and guide those that are not regarding Dr. Bonnie Henry's direction.”
In a second post on social media later in the afternoon, Dubord posted photos of an officer interacting with a group of youth at the North Delta Skate Park who were in disregard of the warnings - this despite the park closure.
“Everyone must be paying attention to the current Public Health Order in BC. During a very busy afternoon for calls for service,” he said. “Officers had to stop at the North Delta Skate Park and speak to some youth who had disregarded the park closure.”
On SundayOptimisteditor Ted Murphy drove by the skate park in Tsawwassen next to the rec centre where there were a handful of teens riding their skateboards.
“They all saluted me with middle fingers after I took photo from a distance,” he said.
Another Optimist reporter observed a group of teens (10 to 12) on Saturday playing basketball behind Burnsview Secondary in North Delta.
Delta bylaws were notified who said they would stop by and speak with the teens, adding that on multiple occasions the past few days with interacting with youth, he had been sworn at and told to mind his own business.