Penticton to Review Community Safety – Keremeos Review


City of Penticton staff will ask council to approve $ 75,000 to fund a community safety review.

Acting on the council’s directive to make community safety the top priority of the 2022-2026 financial plan, city staff will be present at the December 7 council meeting to ask to hire consultants to conduct the police review, regulations and fire departments.

According to city staff, the review will be completed by mid-2022.

It will examine police operations, city bylaws and firefighters, how each allocates resources to meet demands for services and whether there are alternative strategies to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of these services, according to one. city ​​staff report.

The city will hire an independent project team led by Dr. Curt T. Griffiths, Professor and Policing Studies Program Coordinator, Simon Fraser University School of Criminology, and Dr. Eli Sopow, University Business Administration Program. ‘Canada West University, Vancouver.

Dr Griffiths and Dr Sopow both have extensive experience in conducting studies of police operations, strategies and use of resources across the province, said town director general of community services Anthony. Haddad.

“The process of completing the review will include a community survey, interviews with city departments and focus group meetings with community stakeholders to collect the appropriate data for possible long-term recommendations,” Haddad said.

Staff worked with the RCMP, bylaws and firefighters to define the scope of the review.

Penticton RCMP officers have the highest caseload in British Columbia. The city hired three more agents in its 2022 budget, bringing the total number of new agents expected to arrive here to seven.

The Rules Department also receives five other officers and two other community safety officers to respond to requests for this department as well.

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