Community Policing Office
2026 Granite Avenue
Crime Prevention - What We Do
The Community Policing Office is a crime prevention office located in downtown Merritt at 2026 Granite Ave (Spirit Square). The CPO works with community partners to identify the root causes of crime and through education and awareness, strives to prevent and reduce crime in the community.
The Community Policing Office is a joint effort between the City of Merritt and the RCMP but it is not another RCMP detachment office. Rather the purpose of community policing is to encourage the community to become involved in crime prevention and crime reduction programs. If you are interested in volunteering for any of our programs, including working at the Community Policing Office, applications can be picked up at the CPO. Unless it is a youth focused program, volunteers must be 19 years of age, a resident of BC, and consent to an RCMP criminal records check.
The office is run by Community Policing Coordinator Marlene Jones in conjunction with RCMP Constable Tracy Dunsmore. They work with the community to formulate effective programs that make our community safer!
As the time passes and we continue with our efforts to "flatten the curve" you may notice that others are still looking for opportunities to scam.
It is more important than ever to get your information from a trusted source
Some examples of current scams include:
offering duct cleaning services to control Covid-19
texts notifying you of available funds from the government
posing as a utility company that will be cutting you off, for non-payment
posing as someone in the know (including health authority) and offering the names of those infected if you pay
offers to sell covid-19 tests, vaccines, or treatments
You should not be asked to pay for medical supplies, tests or information. Please use the links above to access reliable information for your family. If you need supplies we recommend reaching out by phone or in person, using current social distancing recommendations, to a trusted local supplier and not someone who approaches you online.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Bulletin
March is Fraud Prevention Month
Many of us are faced with attempted fraud throughout our day. Whether it's an email at work, a phone call at home, or a text from what looks like a good friend, these attempts can have a real negative consequence and we need to remain aware.
The Better Business Bureau publishes a yearly list of scams that can help you to stay informed.
In 2019 the top frauds were: Employment, Cryptocurrency, Online Puchases, Fake Checks/Money Orders, Advance Fee Loans, Romance, Home Improvement, Investment, Tech Support and Travel including Timeshares.
We encourage you to educate yourself on what the current trends are in our area and know how you can avoid getting caught.
If you suffer a financial loss as a result of any scam please call our local police detachment to make a report.
Further information is available through our Community Policing Office located in Spirit Square (2026 Granite Ave)
Programs We Offer
There are also a variety of Crime Prevention and Community organizations that you may wish to learn more about:
Crime Stoppers Merritt & Nicola Valley
The Community Policing Office DOES NOT take Crime Stoppers tips and DOES NOT have any direct involvement in reported tips. If you would like to report a crime or follow up on a crime that you previously reported, please call 1-800-222-8477 or submit a web tip by clicking this link. We acknowledge and thank Kamloops Crime Stoppers for the support they provide our society which allows for tip followup and webtip abilities.