March 23 Police Update

Attempted bridge jump, call for support to reduce downtown mischief, reminder on Kenney Dam Road load restrictions, commander tours north

A load limit of 7

A load limit of 7

The Vanderhoof RCMP lodged 71 files in the past week, including traffic incidents, assaults, as well as complaints on mischief and excessive speed.


Almost-jump from bridge

On March 13, a female called 9-1-1 at 6:45 p.m., stating that she was about to jump off Burrard Bridge.

As the police arrived on scene, a woman, sitting on the railing, was pulled into safety by a male bystander.

She has been taken into the hospital for observation.


Call for public support to reduce downtown mischief

Though calls and reports notify the police to apprehend offenders, public statements and witnesses would allow the RCMP to charge individuals and control their behaviour — with potentially stronger conditions such as court orders of detoxification, said Sgt. Svend Nielsen.

Reports on public disturbance in the downtown core increased as warmer weather arrives in Vanderhoof.


Reminder on Kenney Dam Road load restrictions

Over 15 complaints of overweight vehicles travelling on Kenney Dam Road were reported since January by both First Nation and non-aboriginal residents in the area.

A load limit of 7,200 kilograms is in place during all seasons for vehicles travelling on Kenney Dam Road — except for select authorized vehicles (left).

According to the Ministry of Transportation, the road limitations are the result of a B.C. Supreme Court injunction applied for and granted to the Saik’uz First Nation (Stoney Creek) in 2008 due to local concerns with industrial traffic passing through the First Nation area (IR1 and IR3), and the safety of the communities.

With pedestrians travelling along the road during all hours of the day, heavy vehicle traffic is a public safety concern in the area, Nielsen said.

The police is working with the Saik’uz First Nation to identify the offenders, and to establish a waiver for authorized drivers to keep on hand, in the event that they are stopped by the RCMP for heavy loads.


Commander tours north

Sgt. Svend Nielsen of the local RCMP detachment will be Vanderhoof’s RCMP representative in Cops For Cancer Tour De North this September.

Over seven days each September, the annual event features a team of northern B.C. emergency service members cycling from Prince George to Prince Rupert to raise funds towards cancer research for children.

Training has already begun, and the first fundraiser in Vanderhoof will take place in May.


– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP