EDITORIAL – ‘Inadmissible patrons policy’ raises plenty of questions

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

KAMLOOPS WILL GET a new policing program at the end of the week aimed at making bars, restaurants and other businesses safer places to be.

Called the Inadmissible Patrons Policy, it can result in certain patrons being removed or denied entry if he or she is deemed to be “an inadmissible patron.”

That’s defined as “an individual who is wearing or displaying gang colours or insignia, and/or an individual whose lifestyle, associations and activities, directly or indirectly, pose a risk to public safety.”

That might be someone involved in organized crime, in the drug trade, or someone with a history of firearms offences or other criminal activity.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – ‘Inadmissible patrons policy’ raises plenty of questions

  1. For example, respectable members of society are not nearly as problematic when they become intoxicated.

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