The jail cells at the Whistler RCMP detachment have been under construction for several weeks toward the end of 2012, but Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said they will be ready to hold anybody who causes trouble during New Year’s Eve celebrations in the resort.
“The cells will be complete by New Year’s Eve,” LeClair said on Friday (Dec. 21). “As always we have a comprehensive operational plan in place and there are additional members coming up from the Lower Mainland.
“Suffice it to say we will have a substantial number of officers in the Village and doing roadchecks.”
The cells were upgraded to enhance prisoner, guard and police officer safety, and LeClair said they can each hold up to 10 people comfortably.
He advised the public not to drink and drive and to ensure they have a plan in place for getting home safely. As the municipal festivities are a family-frienbdly and alcohol free event, he added the consumption or possession of liquor will not be tolerated and those caught can expect fines from $100 to $230.
“We want everybody to enjoy the festivities in a fund and safe manner,” he said. “It is a very busy evening as far as the number of people we have in the Village.
“The vibe we have seen has been festive and for the most part a fund event — we strive to maintain that and keep it family friendly.”