RCMP see fewer pre-grad party problems this year

PRE-GRAD parties caused far fewer problems for the RCMP this year, something the force chalks up to better communication.

RCMP handed out only 11 violation tickets for underage drinking and noise complaints this year, with no criminal offences reported that were linked to grad celebrations.

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Last year, RCMP responded to several fights, out-of-control bonfires and assaults, including a sexual assault and one young teen who was attacked with a burning log. Paramedics had to rush one student to hospital who was unconscious from heavy drinking and couldn't be roused.

"We're pleased to say that with our communication plan and our operations plan, we have a different outcome this year, which we're quite thankful for," said Cpl. Richard De Jong with the North Vancouver RCMP, crediting cooperation with the school district.

"Youth were out there, it's not like they all stayed home. There was some noise and some underage drinking. A number of violation tickets were issued," he added.

He said the RCMP would continue with the same plan next year, which included school emails to parents, increased patrols and use of undercover police at liquor stores to prevent bootlegging.

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