Port Coquitlam Mountie leads Port Coquitlam-focused police team

 (From left to right) : Cst. Blakeman, Cst. Wong, Cpl. Luca and Cst. Kagimu-Lule 
 (From left to right) : Cst. Blakeman, Cst. Wong, Cpl. Luca and Cst. Kagimu-Lule 
(From left to right) : Cst. Blakeman, Cst. Wong, Cpl. Luca and Cst. Kagimu-Lule

The Coquitlam RCMP’s crime reduction strategy is getting a boost in Port Coquitlam from the newly-launched four-member Uniformed Crime Reduction Unit (UCRU).

The UCRU team will follow in the footsteps of their predecessors in Coquitlam—increasing police visibility in the City’s downtown core and throughout parks and trails while providing an enhanced focus on crime hotspots and backing up general duty resources in Port Coquitlam during peak call times for the Coquitlam RCMP.

Port Coquitlam UCRU team leader Corporal Michelle Luca is eager to make a difference in her hometown. I was born and raised here, my family and friends are here, and I’m raising my kids here. You could say I have a vested interest in Port Coquitlam, said Luca.  This is a tight knit community filled with people who love their city and want to keep it safe. I’m really excited to be leading this team that is going to be part of that effort.

It didn’t take long for Cpl. Luca and UCRU to make an impact. Just days after coming together as a team, they assisted with shutting down a problem residence along the 1500 block of Grant Avenue, including working with the City of Port Coquitlam to issue do not occupy order on the residence.

Grant Avenue is a great example of what Port Coquitlam residents can expect from UCRU, said Luca. We are listening to the community, focusing on problems and following through with solutions.

Port Coquitlam’s UCRU is modelled after Coquitlam’s UCRU, which was formed in September 2015 as a six-person team and has now expanded to 12.

High visibility policing is a key tool for crime reduction and that’s what the UCRU model is all about, said Superintendent Sean Maloney, Officer in Charge of the Coquitlam RCMP.  Getting boots on the ground and building strong relationships with law-abiding residents and business owners is a big part of how we do business and I’m thrilled that we now have a dedicated team that will continue to provide this service to the city of Port Coquitlam.