Keremeos, BC Official Responds to Concerns After Police Involvement Shooting – Okanagan Pipa News


Keremeos, BC Official Responds to Concerns After Police Involvement Shooting – Okanagan

It’s been a week since police shot two people at an unrecorded campground near Keremeos, BC, killing a man and seriously injuring a woman.

Immediately after the incident, residents of adjacent trailer parks expressed various concerns about the area where the incident took place.

The area is a popular place for squatters.

“There are a lot of people who are concerned about their safety with temporary people here. I don’t want to call it bad; most of them are quite nice when we talk to them,” Keremeos resident Steve Bates told Global News on Sept. 14.

“It’s a little surprising that it goes to that level and it was a little disturbing.”

Another Keremeos resident, Dale Chadsey, expressed similar concerns.

“There has been a wave of crime in recent years and it feels like it is escalating. I don’t know why,” Chadsey said.

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Tim Roberts, the area director for Rural Keremeos, says unincorporated camps had been in the spotlight long before the incident.

“Those specific residents and in that particular area, we’ve already started a conversation and I promised I would try to reach out to the various ministries responsible for that particular area,” Roberts said.

‘We need to see if we can have some sort of forest service-type camp that has at least an outhouse and someone who can check regularly. Then we can also occasionally have people move.”

According to residents, the couple who were shot by police had lived in that area for almost two years. But according to Roberts, that’s plenty of time.

“With regard to the Department of Transportation, it’s usually every two weeks and then people are supposed to move on,” Roberts said.

The land, which lies along Highway 3A, is owned by the Crown and crosses several ministries, making enforcement less frequent.

“Who really has the jurisdictions, is the Ministry of Transport part of the country? Is forestry the other? And we’re also in the out-of-place area of ​​the Syilx people and we need to bring them into the discussion,” Roberts said.

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He went on to say that the community has noticed an increase in people living in these unincorporated areas in recent years.

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The problem, he added, is especially complicated because people live off the net for a variety of reasons.

“We have an extension of our… fentanyl crisis, drug dealing and the mental health aspect of people ending up in slums. We also see people who make a choice, they decide to live in these areas to be separated from society, whether it’s a political or personal choice,” Roberts said.

“And then with the ever-increasing amount of people we have that it’s an economic necessity.”

Roberts, who is also a paramedic, says he often encounters transient people who live off-grid and don’t have access to proper sanitation, water, or means of communication.

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“I roll over to people who are at the end of a forest road or the back of a farmland in a dilapidated trailer in some sort of health crisis,” Roberts said.

“They are isolated, alone. In the countryside, I think we can call it our invisible homeless. Here you are off the beaten track, and no one sees you, but you have value. Often it is a crisis that goes unnoticed.”

He says that in the future a joint approach between local officials and the provincial government is needed to find solutions.

“I think the most important thing is that we need to look at a governance tool regarding the mechanisms that provide support and funding in these multi-jurisdictional areas because it’s a challenge,” Roberts said.

Global News has contacted the Forestry Department, but they declined to comment.

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