Public Safety and Community Wellness

As your next Mayor, Stephen will collaborate with council to improve public safety and community wellness in Victoria where people of all ages and abilities feel welcomed and connected through:

  • Leadership at the Council table
    • Respect, support, and resource our first responders
    • Establish a firm message, criminals to be held accountable for their actions – especially shoplifting (theft), vandalism, assault, and harassment

 

  • A Mayor’s Task Force to Improve Public Safety and Community Wellness – with a diverse range of representatives from the city to focus efforts and provide recommendations to reduce:
    • Crime Severity Index
    • Perception of Crime
    • Number of overdose calls
    • Number of calls to bylaw
    • Time loss by police, bylaw officers, and firefighters due to stress
    • Criminal exploitation of our vulnerable community members
    • Graffiti
    • Other community safety and wellness priorities.

 

  • Safe Parks and Plays Areas – Provide solutions for safety in and around parks with priorities such as:
    • Dedication of sufficient resources to ensure parks are free of drug paraphernalia
    • City facilities are universally accessible
    • Facilities are clean for public use at all times
    • Parks are free from illegal activities
    • Introduction of universal lower driver speeds, crosswalk and play/park awareness signage

 

  • Advocate to the province for a regional policing and community wellness model – together with evidence from the Mayor’s Task Force to Improve Public Safety and Community Wellness seek incentives to:
    • Establish a scattered regional model for social service delivery.
    • Present policy to the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board to encourage greater use of integrated regional units to share common resources
    • Expand collaboration with the community, local, provincial, and federal partners to effectively regionalize solutions to social challenges
    • Establish a Community Safety Unit for all supported housing in the Capital Region