New deputy comes to Point Roberts


By Meg Olson

In January, sheriff’s deputy Ian Johnson replaced Jason Loreen as one of the Point’s two resident deputies.

“I’ve been enjoying it so far,” said Johnson, who volunteered for the position. “I like small community policing.”

Johnson is originally from Whatcom County, and joined the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office in 2014, after six years with the Burlington Police Department.

Johnson and fellow deputy Tom McCarthy have been attending community meetings to connect with local concerns. “The biggest concerns seem to be speeding and traffic issues on Tyee Drive,” he said. “We’ve been discussing reaching out to [headquarters] patrol to have some increased emphasis up here,” especially on U.S. and Canadian holidays.

Johnson said he would continue recent efforts by deputies to enforce the county’s leash laws in public areas, but that he supports efforts to establish legal off-leash options on the Point. “I think a designated dog park would go a long way to alleviate complaints from all sides,” he said.

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