On Nov. 3, 2020 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP received a report of an armed adult male allegedly walking along Birch Road heading towards Highway 63, in the downtown area of Fort McMurray. The RCMP's School Action For Emergencies (SAFE) Plan was put into effect and as a result all nearby school establishments were attended to by police officers, including Fort McMurray Composite High School, Keyano College, Dr. K.A. Clark School and Father J.A. Turcotte O.M.I. School, for hold and secure protocols. This is used by police when it is desirable to secure nearby school establishments due to an emergency situation occurring outside and not related directly to a school.
Wood Buffalo RCMP secured and searched the areas within Highway 63, Hospital Street, Franklin Avenue, King Street and Tolen Drive. Wood Buffalo police officers from General Duty, Crime Reduction Unit, Criminal Intelligence, Police Dog Services and Integrated Traffic Unit attended to assist with searching the reported areas. There were no further reports and the police did not locate anyone matching the description for an armed adult male. This downtown area was reopened shortly before 9:30 a.m. and the affected schools were updated accordingly.
The RCMP is mandated to enhance public safety, which includes responding to reports such as these seriously, ensuring citizens feel safe in their community. If anyone witnesses any crime or sees anything suspicious, they are asked to contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040, or their local police.
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