Recent calls received by Delta Police include neighbourly spats surrounding COVID-19 and Diwali festivities.
At a virtual town hall hosted on Tuesday, Nov. 17, Delta Police chief Neil Dubord spoke to the number and types of calls received by the detachment last week. Dubord said that for the most part anyone reported to be in violation of COVID-19 protocols just needed to be informed about the protocols.
"Really it becomes about education,” Dubord said. “About 95 or 96 per cent of the time it's been very good cooperation from the people involved and through education and showing respect we were able to convince them that there is a safer way to do this."
Dubord said 19 calls were made in connection to Dr. Bonnie Henry’s COVID-19 prevention regional measures order which went into effect Saturday, Nov. 7. Dubord also mentioned his officer’s involvement with inspections carried out in tandem with the city’s bylaw officers who visited a number of businesses in north and south Delta to ensure that they were abiding by the new regulations.
Dubord also took a moment to address calls made during the Diwali celebrations on Saturday, Nov. 14.
"With that celebration we ended up with about 91 calls for service that the Delta police went to that evening," he said. "About 40 of those were related to disturbances, fireworks, loud noises and a few of them in relation to COVID calls but overall the celebration was very friendly, very happy and it was a great celebration for our community."
If you see someone who you believe may not be acting according to COVID-19 protocols, you can contact the Delta Police Department on their non-emergency line at 604-946-4411.