Vic News: Community Groups Back Amalgamation

July 17, 2008 at 12:27 am 2 comments

The Victoria News’ Keith Vass on the Community Association’s letter to Solicitor General Van Dongen. It’s good to see this issue getting the front page treatment:

Community groups back police amalgamation

John Weaver, a member of the Rockland Neighbourhood Association, volunteered to write a first draft, which was amended after being circulated once among the associations. A revised version should be sent to Van Dongen’s office this week after the final two signatures are received.

“We are paying police for a region of 350,000 where most of the crime is committed in the downtown area,” said Weaver.
“And as a result we pay more taxes and yet we don’t get the community policing as somewhere like Oak Bay gets, where they can rescue your cat from a tree and deal with a beach party.”

What a great quote. That ought to get the houndstooth crowd’s knickers in a knot.

Downtown Residents’ Association chairman Robert Randall said the issue goes beyond making more officers available for downtown duty.

“I think the cheap solution is just more cops on the beat,” he said.

“I think if we really want to get a hold of some of these issues that are troubling us it’s more sophisticated than that, looking at things like undercover cops. I’m hearing they’re so much more efficient at getting criminals off the street than a beat cop is.”

It stands to reason that an undercover operation works better when you draw your cops from a wider pool of talent. Of course, any police operation, no matter how successful in generating arrests, can truly be considered a success if the Crown refuses to lay charges on non-violent crimes. That’s why the Community Court program is so badly needed here.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. NorthOfEdward  |  July 24, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Undercover beat cops are a great idea, but won’t the criminals eventually get wise? There would need to be a large rotation of officers.

  • 2. robertrandall  |  July 26, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Yes, I am under the impression undercover cops are also brought in from other cities. As well, you must realize cops can be crafty at changing their appearance and the well-known fact that a lot of criminals are quite dense.


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