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Public Safety

I will work to ensure we have a safe and inclusive Victoria where all parts of the city are welcoming. Families, seniors, tourists, and all who live here deserve to experience a community where there is no place to avoid because people do not feel safe.  

An increase to our police force, so it is properly resourced, is a first step to a safer city.  But, we must also look at prevention to assist the city's vulnerable community that are consumed by substance abuse.

I believe certain members of council ignore this important issue and Victorians want action.


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  • Fran M
    commented 2021-07-14 13:12:39 -0700
    I couldn’t ask for more. Safety is so important. Victoria is already a fairly safe place but not with the current homeless crisis. I’ve been working and living in Victoria BC all my life and never have I seen it like this. I’m sure you’re already busy working on that though.

    Much respect,
    Francis from Victoria Moss Removal
    https://www.victoriamossremoval.com/
  • Lauren Semrau
    commented 2020-12-23 01:40:11 -0800
  • Test Person
    commented 2020-11-25 00:13:34 -0800
    Rick Woodland – sorry for the late response.

    I support a fully funded police service. The increase should be determined through a review of services – ideally when this is a challenge for local police services, the Director of Police Services can assist with the review.

    Victoria is a municipal police department that finds itself police for a region. Our population swells with recreation and tourism. It’s important to remember that policing is a core service of a municipality and is designated legislation.

    The increase in funds has to be determined. But, it needs to meet needs. As we see call volumes increase and crime stats rise, we need to provide appropriate resources.

    Now, before I respond to the part or your question, I want to caution that I do not believe policing and caring for the vulnerable are to be held in tandem.

    Services and resources from the province and the federal government have been vastly reduced, and downloaded onto lower levels of government, such as Victoria.

    We must work to insist on more support from other levels of government to secure meaningful resources.

    I would say “help” is an understatement.

    Thank you

    Stephen
  • Jeff Martin
    commented 2020-11-20 04:58:47 -0800
    Good sound policy idea for restoring public safety in Victoria! Under current Mayor & council during this current term public safety has taken a big hit; which started with poor police funding policies ,and poor respect for the good work our local police deprtment under Chief Del Manyk has done but also recognizing that the mayor and majority on council has put in necessary pressure on the police department that in turn has made their jobs harder to perform & has led to more PTSD & work place stress for officers and has decreased the avalability of officers to deal with crime and public safety matters in a timely manner due to lack of enough police officers for the municipality! Also allowing 24 hour camping has allowed some homeless people with mental illness related issues to roam in public parks & downtown without proper shelter & proper mental health & addiction support leading to more criminal activities & attacks towards members of the public like an increase in knife stabings around downtown & in city parks. Also council failed with public safety when poor policy gave more opportunities for criminals to opperate in Victoria. Some members of counil have a very naive attitude towards some public spaces like Centennial Square of which City Hall is on the grounds of; allowing camping and a not realizing criminals were operating an illegal drug selling operation right under their noses & crime in square was increasing! I want to see Centennial Square get back to the days went it was safe to hang out in the square, walk through it ,and we could hold popular public events like Jazz Fest, Folk Fest, and noon hour summer concerts in the park again, in a non-Covid Pandemic time! This is a must restoring public safety in Centennial Square because it not a camp ground, nor is zoned for camping, and it is a place that should be a place all members of the public can safely go with out fear of being assulted, shot, stabbed or threatned by criminals like illegal drug sellers! Mr. Andrew will work hard to see that public safety is improved in Victoria, parks and in Centennial Square next to City Hall which is close to many local businesses!
  • Rick Woodland
    commented 2020-11-09 12:44:07 -0800
    Exactly how will you focus on these issues? What does “an increase to our police force” mean? An increase in funding of 5%, 10%? Where will that money come from?

    How will you assist the vulnerable community? Just saying you will assist strikes me as a rather nebulous claim.
    More details please.
  • Rick Woodland
    commented 2020-11-09 12:38:02 -0800
    Exactly how will you focus on these issues? What does “an increase to our police force” mean? An increase in funding of 5%, 10%? Where will that money come from?

    How will you assist the vulnerable community? Just saying you will assist strikes me as a rather nebulous claim.
    More details please.
  • Paul Dwyer
    commented 2020-11-06 07:24:59 -0800
    What do you mean by “prevention” when you say “we must also look at prevention to assist the city’s vulnerable community?”