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High-risk police response blamed on 2 false alarms, say Sidney/North Saanich RCMP

Individual in distress, false panic alarm to blame
Several Sidney/North Saanich RCMP vehicles and officers at Beacon Avenue and Highway 17 on Oct. 13 around 4:30 p.m. for what turned out to be a false alarm. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

A trio of high-risk calls saw police officers swarm Sidney streets two consecutive days last week.

A false alarm prompted heavy police presence in downtown midday on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Sidney North Saanich RCMP confirmed officers were called for a hold up alarm at a Sidney bank and responded accordingly. Once on site, officers confirmed the call was false.

In a second call to the area that day, RCMP were called for a report of a male actively robbing a business in the 2200-block of Beacon Avenue with a weapon. Following the high-risk response, police confirmed the individual appeared to be in medical distress. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, RCMP said.

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The next day, Oct. 13, police were spotted near Beacon Avenue and Highway 17 with weapons drawn.

In that case, officers were responding to a report of a male individual in the area with a weapon. Police were not able to substantiate the call.

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