Not the real McCoy: Cut-out constable to be used to stop speeders in North Van
A cardboard cut-out of former North Vancouver RCMP Const. Matt McCoy is seen in the foreground. (RCMP photo)
In this case, he's not the real McCoy.
A North Vancouver RCMP constable is moving out of B.C., but he's leaving his colleagues with a strange companion: a wooden cut-out of himself.
Matt McCoy has been with the detachment for eight years, and spent time on the local traffic enforcement unit.
He's transferring to Alberta, and his final shift was Thursday.
But it won't be the last drivers see of McCoy.
The wooden doppelganger – a life-sized photo of McCoy holding up a radar gun, pasted on a wooden backing so it stands upright – will be used in traffic enforcement on the North Shore.
The hope is a glimpse of the "constable" will be enough to spook drivers into slowing down.
"The fake McCoy worked his first shift on Delbrook Avenue, where police and neighbours noticed an immediate reduction in speeding infractions," Sgt. Doug Trousdell said in a statement Friday.
A similar tactic was used in Coquitlam late last year with help from "Constable Scarecrow," a metal cut-out of the same design.
The RCMP in that city said even after leaving the "constable" in the same spot for two weeks, drivers were still slowing down in its presence.
During its first week, the RCMP noted the number of drivers doing more than 10 km/h over the limit was cut in half when compared to the week before. When it came to speeders going more than 30 km/h over the limit, that number dropped from 18 to four.
The North Vancouver RCMP plans to set the cut-out McCoy up in various parts of the city and district of North Vancouver where speeding has been an issue.
"And if drivers don't heed the warning of the wooden police officer, his flesh-and-blood partners will be in the area to issue a ticket," Trousdell said.