Richmond RCMP is planning to focus on four priority areas for the coming year’s annual performance plan: property crime, organized crime, road safety, and vulnerable persons.
In a report submitted recently to the city’s community safety committee, staff say many initiatives included in last year’s plan were not fully realized due to challenges associated with the pandemic.
“This included restrictions on training opportunities for police officers and volunteers, in addition to crime prevention program limitations,” the report says.
Superintendent Julie Drotar, acting officer in charge of Richmond RCMP, recommends in the report that council align this year’s priorities with those continuing from last year.
Councillors were in favour of the recommendation at this month’s community safety committee meeting. If the recommendation is passed by council, those four priorities will be included in the 2022-2023 Annual Performance Plan, which covers the period from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.
“I think that the four items that you’ve come up with—property crime, organized crime, road safety, and vulnerable persons—really reflect what we hear from the community, and what some of the statistics show us,” said Coun. Linda McPhail, chair of the community safety committee, at the committee meeting.
Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel