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West Shore RCMP said that they responded to 164 serious calls within a 48 hour period this past weekend.

According to the detachment, there was an increase in violent incidents, one of which involved two officers being assaulted though not injured. Other reports included assaults, mental health concerns, and domestic conflicts.

“These reports speak to the stress we are all under with the unique situation we find ourselves in,” said Corporal Chris Dovell.

Some of the incidents West Shore RCMP dealt with include:

  • Three separate, believed-to-be unrelated, assaults involving bear spray.
  • An undertaking for possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes.
  • Offences of assaulting a police officer and mischief.
  • A handgun located in the water at Esquimalt Lagoon by a member of the public.
  • Break and enter at the Colwood Municipal Hall, where a town truck was stolen and recovered nearby, abandoned.
  • Five domestic violence incidents reported and sixteen calls involving mental health concerns.

Despite the COVID restrictions in place, West Shore RCMP said the influx of calls received was alarming.

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