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Investigation continues into taxi-loop assault

Police Briefs: Illegal weed delivery service busted; Police launch SAFE Place
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Police continue to look into an assault at the Whistler taxi loop, near the Gateway Loop, pictured.

Police continue to investigate a violent incident at the Whistler taxi loop last month, RCMP said in a release

At about 10:45 p.m. on Jan. 22, police responded to an assault involving a group of four or five men who allegedly punched and dragged another man out of a taxi. The suspects continued the assault “by punching and kicking him when he was lying on the ground,” police said. Two women who are friends of the victim attempted to intervene and were also assaulted, police noted.

Anyone who witnessed the assault is asked to contact the RCMP at 604-932-3044, or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-8477 to remain anonymous.

Whistler police bust online weed delivery service

Whistler police seized a “substantial amount of cannabis items” from an unlicensed online weed delivery service last month, according to a release.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 2200 block of Brandywine Way. Investigators had been looking into the illegal cannabis delivery service, which led to the seizure.

A source in the neighbourhood told Pique up to five police cruisers arrived on scene to execute the warrant.

“The RCMP would like to remind the public that there are extensive regulations about the legal sale of Cannabis as outlined by the federal, provincial and local governments,” police said in the release. “Whistler RCMP will continue to work alongside the Community Safety Unit to identify those unlicensed Cannabis retailers.”

RCMP launches SAFE Place initiative for LGBTQ2S+ community

The Whistler RCMP has officially launched a new initiative aimed at protecting LGBTQ2S+ members of the community from crime.

As previously reported in Pique, the SAFE Place program enlists participating local businesses, organizations and schools to display a special decal on their front window, indicating the establishment is a designated “safe haven for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community if they are a victim of crime, are feeling unsafe, or are in distress,” police said in a release. “That individual will be welcomed in and assisted.”

Staff at participating establishments can also call police if required and they are permitted to remain on scene until officers arrive.

The SAFE Place program started in Seattle and has since spread to communities across B.C.

Anyone interested in participating or learning more about the program can contact Cpl, Nate Miller at 604-932-3044.