There’s a new sheriff in town and he’s on the trail of fugitives — Jail and Bail fugitives that is.
For the past two years, the United Way and Kamloops RCMP have partnered to raise money for community initiatives through the fun capture, imprisonment and bailing of high profile residents.
But a few of them have eluded capture so the new head of the Kamloops RCMP detachment, Insp. Brad Mueller, is bringing the event back for its third year on Nov. 27.
“There a number of outstanding warrants that still need to be executed,” said Mueller. “I challenge the City of Kamloops to join me in one last roundup.”
Those jailed can volunteer in advance to be “arrested.” They then spend anywhere from a few minutes to several hours in a jail erected in the Tournament Capital Centre trying to collect enough pledges for donations to bail them out.
“We’re asking everybody — if you know someone who would like to play this game with us, we’re asking you to put that word out,” said Brenda Aynsley, executive director of the Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way.
The first year, Kamloops Jail and Bail collected $42,000. That evolved the following year both in funding, with $97,000 raised, and in enthusiasm.
“We saw that people had more fun with it the second year than they did the first,” said Aynsley. “People dressed up. We had lots of different antics going on.”
This year’s goal is $40,000.
Although organizers call this year’s Jail and Bail the final one, Mueller said there’s a possibility it might return in 2014 depending on local appetite.
“Never say never,” he said.
The United Way of Thompson Nicola Cariboo provides funding for dozens of community initiatives from providing breakfast and school transportation for underprivileged children to establishing neighbourhood associations.
To sign up for imprisonment, donate or sponsor a participant, go to jailandbailkamloops.com or the United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo Facebook page.