Constable Scarecrow’s contract extended due to good results


2018-11-27 11:21 PST

Two RCMP officers look for speeders behind Constable Scarecrow. 

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The Coquitlam RCMP is rewarding Constable Scarecrow with an extended contract for a job well-done. The pilot project for the life-sized, metal poster-board of a Traffic Enforcement Officer has exceeded expectations and has slowed down speeding drivers more effectively than originally anticipated.

Constable Scarecrow has been in place since September 18, 2018. During that time, RCMP officers have been monitoring his impact using the BlackCat speed-monitoring system.

Perhaps the biggest surprise so far is that even after two weeks in one spot, people were still slowing down in the presence of Constable Scarecrow, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. The number of drivers going more than 10 km/h over the speed limit was half compared to before Constable Scarecrow was installed.

Constable Scarecrow’s original test area was on Pinetree Way near Burlington Drive, Coquitlam:



Now that Constable Scarecrow is proving his mettle, the project has been extended for a year. Early indications are that Constable Scarecrow will accept his contract extension; part of his perks include upgraded, heavier-gauge steel and more realistic, safer features such as reflective tape that matches the tape on his police uniform.

We’re glad to see Constable Scarecrow get so much respect, but we understand that not everyone is on his side, says Corporal McLaughlin. We’re assigning more enforcement teams to support Constable Scarecrow. He’s a man of few words, and his more action-oriented colleagues are far more likely to write tickets for people who still choose to speed.

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Cpl. Michael McLaughlin

Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580


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