Police prepared to call in reinforcements to Burnaby Mountain

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Burnaby RCMP are prepared for a long siege at Burnaby Mountain.

And that could mean calling in reinforcements from other Lower Mainland detachments, said Staff Sgt. John Buis on Saturday.

Buis said Burnaby officers at the scene are being bolstered by members of the integrated tactical unit, emergency response team, negotiation team as well as aboriginal pollcing services.

But as the standoff between protestors and police enforcing a court injunction to allow survey crews from Kinder Morgan to carry out their geotechnical studies on Burnaby Mountain without interference drags on, Buis admitted those officers will need “a day of rest.”

While Buis couldn’t give a specific number of officers deployed to Burnaby Mountain, he did say the force has “staffed accordingly,” and there will be no effect on day-to-day policing.

“We’ll still be able to respond to emergency calls,” said Buis.

As of Saturday afternoon police had arrested 53 protestors in the three days since the RCMP moved in to enforce the court injunction Kinder Morgan had been granted by B.C. Supreme Court last Friday. That injunction came into effect on Monday at 4 p.m.