Grande Prairie RCMP have arrested and charged 37 people following an enforcement initiative, targeting criminal activities in the Grande Prairie area.
The Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation Section, Crime Reduction Unit, Community Policing Unit and General Duty members conducted a three-day enforcement operation earlier this month. The goal of the operation was to address community concerns pertaining to sex trade activities in both the city and county of Grande Prairie.
Thirty-seven men, ranging in age from 19 to 57-years-old, were charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration.
"These operations are intended to reduce the harm in our community, that is directed at some of our most vulnerable persons," said Superintendent Sean Curry, Officer in Charge of Grande Prairie Detachment. "Police will continue to work with partners such as the PACE Sexual Assault Centre, that offers a first offence alternative measure program called Sex Trade Offender Program (STOP)."
Enforcement initiative such as this are in line with Grande Prairie Detachment's Crime Reduction Strategy. Members of the Grande Prairie RCMP are committed to identifying those who are causing the most harm in our community and to targeting their illegal activities.
Grande Prairie RCMP are requesting the public to report suspicious persons, vehicles, and activities in their neighbourhoods. If you have information regarding crime or suspicious activity, please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.