Local RCMP say 40th Ukee Days smoothest policing ever

With little work to do over the Ukee Days weekend, Ucluelet’s expanded police force spent most of their time chilling on the festival’s positive vibrations. “It was by far the best Ukee Days this town, I think, has ever hosted,” said Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP.

In preparation for the event, the Ucluelet RCMP called in reinforcements from other Island detachments but these officers were more part of the crowd than controlling it, according to Swann. “We were spectators; we had no work to do, we honestly didn’t, it was such a well-behaved crowd,” he said.

He touted the event’s organization as a key reason for its success and thanked Ucluelet’s director of Parks and Recreation Abby Fortune and her army of volunteers. “They just did such a wonderful job,” he said.

This year’s festival saw a change from a crowd control perspective as new liquor laws meant alcohol was not confined to the beer garden area.

“That changed the dynamics for us in a positive way…You see more

moms and dads enjoying a nice cold drink and not everybody jammed into the beer garden,” Swann said. “You can walk around, you can have a hamburger with a cold beer and sit down and enjoy it in a respectful, polite, fashion and that’s what we experienced.”

He said no major incidents were reported over the weekend and he harkened back to 2013’s first annual Otalith Music Festival as another example of Ucluelet’s knack for hosting fun events that don’t bring problems.

“Just like the Otalith music festival, you get this many people in for a music festival and liquor sanctioned event and you sort of expect trouble and it’s not there,” he said.

One of the police officers brought

in from out of town was Const.

Stephen Miles of the Nanaimo RCMP who was a member of the Ucluelet RCMP from 2005-2009.

“I’m familiar with the community

and it was always a great place for me and my family so when Jeff asked me if I would be willing to come back and police on the weekend I absolutely jumped at the

opportunity,” he said.

Miles has policed through Ukee Days in the past and was delighted to see this year’s absence of trouble.

“Last year I came out and there were quite a few incidents that were problematic but this year it was absolutely smooth sailing,” he said. “I almost felt guilty for getting paid for working out here, it was the easiest weekend I think I’ve ever worked; it was fantastic.”

Swann said Miles was not alone in this feeling.

“That’s how we all felt, it was a fun experience and just super well organized.”

reporter@westerlynews.ca Left, local RCMP members take part in the Ukee Days parade.

Just Posted

Tofino approves 48% tax increase over next five years

Tofino’s municipal council officially adopted its new five-year financial plan last week.

Hundreds call for a clean energy future at Hands Across the Sand event in Tofino

Surfrider Pacific Rim and Friends of Clayoquot Sound team up to host the peaceful gathering

Ucluelet police promote Crime Stoppers

“Ucluelet is a young family town and we’d like to keep it that way.”

Water restrictions hit Tofino

“The more that we can do to conserve water, the more risk is reduced.”

Tofino athletes Devries, Olin selected for Surf Canada Olympic pathway team

“We’ve got a lot of work to do before any of us qualify for the Olympics.”

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

B.C. woman left ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the southern Interior

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

Unbe-leaf-able: Agassiz man finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers in a month

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Most Read