The Campbell River RCMP is preaching patience, with more people out and about in the city.

RCMP Const. Maury Tyre says with restrictions easing, police are noticing that people seem to be a little bit on edge, which can lead to negative interactions with others in the community. 

“It’s important for everyone to remember to treat everyone with some extra respect and patience in these times to help prevent unnecessary conflict,” Tyre added. 

“For those who are just starting to venture out, please have patience with the folks that have been essential workers throughout these trying times. For many, they’ve been under a lot of extra stress for the last two-and-a-half months.”

Meanwhile, as of June 1st, 2020 the Campbell River RCMP has responded to 6,442 calls for service so far. 

This remains a slight increase for the same date in 2019,  at a modest increase of 30 files. 

When compared to the same week from May 25 to June 1st in 2019, on average the detachment dealt with three fewer calls for service per day.

With slightly fewer calls for service, the local police have been able to put extra efforts into downtown foot patrols, neighbourhood patrols and traffic enforcement. 

Tyer said these extra efforts also succeed in crime prevention “and the ability to apprehend prolific offenders in the act.”