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Abbotsford railway patrols lead to arrests

Abbotsford Police arrested 6 people on outstanding warrants in addition to 3 new charges for others
An initiative to patrol Abbotsford railways last month led to six arrests on outstanding warrants and three new charges for others. (Abbotsford Police Department photo)

An Abbotsford Police Department initiative to patrol railways with CP Rail Police led to six arrests on outstanding warrants last month and new charges for three people.

Police seized three weapons in connection to the new charges.

According to an APD news release on Thursday (Nov. 9), the department partnered with CP Rail for “Project Off the Rails” as part of a larger initiative to target violent repeat offenders in the area.

APD and CP Rail Police patrolled the rail lines, including several homeless encampments near the tracks.

“The project’s focus was on identifying and addressing violent offenders who not only pose a significant threat to public safety but also frequently target the vulnerable population residing in homeless encampments,” the news release reads.

Police say resources were also provided for people struggling with substance use, living unsheltered and facing barriers to employment, as well as for victims of crime.

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