(A complete article published originally in the WFP, July '86)
Manitoba's provincial park patrols are giving visitors fewer warnings and more evictions as part of this summer's strict approach to rowdyism, a parks official said yesterday.
"Instead of giving three or four warnings, we are giving one warning before proceeding with eviction, laying charges or both," Dave Purvis, chief of enforcement development said.
"We're nipping problems in the bud before they get a chance to happen," he said.
As well, Purvis said the patrols are working more closely with local RCMP and deploying additional staff for traditional trouble spots during the May and September long weekends.
"There is more communication and organization with the RCMP," he said. "This leads to better efficiency."
Violence and disturbances in previous years spurred the clampdown, he said.
Purvis said the hardline policy has led to more charges under the Liquor Control Act, the Highway Traffic Act and the Provincial Parks Act.
The number of charges laid at Grand Beach this summer is well above last year's record, park superintendent Bob Brudy said.
Brudy said Grand Beach park officials have laid more than 250 charges so far this summer, while last summer's total was 300.
Now in his eighth year at the park, Brudy said there has been a noticeable trend toward increasingly violent confrontations.
Local RCMP officer Larry Sharbell said more cruisers are sent through the park than before in an attempt to keep raucous activities under control.
He also said RCMP have been called to the park several times this year for impaired driving and theft offences.
"On one occasion, an entire site was cleaned out," he said.
Park officials at Falcon Lake no longer bother with warnings, ranger Gary Kress said.
"It's not required by law, and the (500-site) resort is too large to waste time handing out warnings."