Kamloops relaunches its Inadmissible Patrons Policy this Friday

Kamloops City

2023-12-20 12:54 PST

Local pub and restaurant goers might notice a new sign at their favourite establishment this weekend intended to send a strong message to criminals – not welcome.

On Dec. 22, 2023, a number of Kamloops businesses will have signs placed near their entrances to announce that they have adopted an Inadmissible Patrons Policy (IPP). The policy provides police officers with the authorization to remove or deny entry to those who are inadmissible, as defined in the signage’s wording.

A uniformed police officer holds up an Admissible Patrons Policy in front of a window.

View larger image: a uniformed police officer holds up an Admissible Patrons Policy in front of a window.

This policy is intended to send a strong message to criminals in Kamloops – you’re not welcome here and if we recognize that you are in one of our partner establishments, you will be told to leave, said Superintendent Jeff Pelley, Kamloops RCMP Detachment’s Officer in Charge.

Plans for the program’s reintroduction began earlier last month, when the Kamloops Crime Prevention and Reduction Units partnered with the city’s business associations and began contacting local establishments to see if there was interest in bringing it back.

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) is pleased to announce our endorsement of the RCMP's Inadmissible Patrons Policy Program in downtown Kamloops, said Howie Reimer, KCBIA Executive Director. This initiative ensures a safer and more welcoming environment throughout our neighbourhood.

Under the IPP, police will be able to act on the participating establishment’s behalf by denying entry or removing those who fit the definition of inadmissible listed on the sign.

An inadmissible patron is someone wearing gang colours or insignia, or is known to be involved in organized crime or other criminality including firearms offences, sexual and violent assaults, said Supt. Pelley. Individuals who participate in a lifestyle that places themselves and others at risk – directly or indirectly – jeopardize public safety in a manner that is inexcusable and unwelcomed in Kamloops.

The IPP program was present in Kamloops previously, but was put on hold during COVID due to social distance restrictions and a variety of other challenges that came with the pandemic. With businesses returning to normal now, the Kamloops RCMP Detachment reached out to its partners, including the business associations, liquor inspection agencies, and the City of Kamloops regarding its reinstatement.

"Community safety is a shared priority for Council and City staff, and we look forward to working alongside our partners at the RCMP to further this important initiative and help residents, visitors, and staff feel safer in these establishments, said Ken Uzeloc, the City’s Director of Protective Services Department.

The IPP Program will compliment other policies and regulations already present in the City, such as the Good Neighbour Agreement.

The program is intended to increase safety to patrons, staff, and the public by reducing the threat of collateral violence caused by individuals who meet the parameters of being designated inadmissible. It also helps eliminate the awkward interaction between the patron and the establishment’s staff, for fear of associated intimidation, violence, and harassment.

This is an example of how the RCMP and businesses collaborate to create actions which result in safer communities for all, said Jeremy Heighton, Executive Director of the North Shore Business Improvement Association. We are proud to stand alongside our response organization and support their efforts on our behalf.

Mr. Reimer encouraged patrons to look for IPP signage at local establishments and recognize the benefits to our community safety.

The IPP, with its focus on deterring criminal activity and promoting public safety, aligns with our mission to foster a vibrant and secure downtown core, Mr. Reimer added. We believe that this program will not only help protect our patrons but also enhance the overall business climate, encouraging more people to visit and enjoy what downtown has to offer…. We hope this finds you safer during the holiday season and in 2024.

Businesses interested in adopting the IPP can contact the Crime Reduction Unit at 250-828-3000 to discuss further.

Released by

Cpl. Crystal Evelyn

Media Relations Officer
Kamloops RCMP
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3193
Fax: 250-828-3034

Email: crystal.evelyn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: kamloops.rcmp.ca

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