Security beefed up in Polson Park

Vernon council agreed Tuesday to spend up to $13,000 for an increased bylaw officer presence in the park until Nov. 3

More money is being directed into security at Vernon’s Polson Park.

City council agreed Tuesday to spend up to $13,000 for an increased bylaw officer presence in the park until Nov. 3.

“We need to do what we can do. We need to address the issue,” said Coun. Scott Anderson.

Some residents have expressed concerns about not feeling safe in Polson Park because of drug activity or homelessness.

“The presence of uniforms tends to keep lawlessness at a minimum,” said Anderson.

Bylaw compliance currently has two seasonal programs that are focused on the downtown core, parks

and homeless concerns. Two temporary, full-time bylaw officers are operational from June until Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and two additional, temporary part-time officers are patrol downtown between 7 and 11 a.m. weekdays, but that will also end in October.

“Extending the hours of this downtown patrol from the four-hour shift to a seven-hour shift, with a focus on Polson Park during those extended hours, is a recommended step to immediately increase the presence of bylaw officers in the park,” states a staff report. The costs associated with increasing the current

Coun. Catherine Lord says enhance security has been effective in the park but she has concerns about the cost.

“I’d like to get a handle on how much money we’ve spent on bylaw enforcement since 2015,” she said.

“It’s come in piece-meal. There’s been extra here and extra there now we’re adding more.”

Just Posted

Vernon one of Canada’s most dangerous places

Penticton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Lake Country and Salmon Arm also make Maclean’s list

Traci Genereaux: Gone, but not forgotten

COLUMN: Family, friends want justice for Vernon teen

Traffic delays between Vernon and Coldstream

Work on Kalamalka Lake Road may slow motorists down

Woman faces second impaired driving charge

Vernon woman came in to deal with first charge from May when a strong odour of liquor was detected

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

Okanagan ski hills open for the season

Both Big White and Silverstar Resort open for the 2017-18 season Thursday

Four years for discharging shotgun in home, school break-in

Yvon Martel also threatened his wife and broke into an elementary school

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Up close and personal roots performance on Vernon stage

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society presents William Prince Nov. 29-30

B.C. co-ops relieved with Ottawa’s housing strategy

Federal government to have a new co-operative housing funding model in place by 2020

Letter to the editor: Missing woman’s parents appreciate search effort

To take part in the banner drop, poster distribution and the drone… Continue reading

B.C. NDP referendum plan sparks legislature battle

David Eby says public will decide on proportional referendum

Hammy has been freed of his threads, a purple antler remains

The iconic Prince Rupert buck with a piece of hammock attached to his antlers was caught by COs

Inmate suing Okanagan Correctional over alleged assault

Inmate claims an officer grabbed him by the throat and threw him onto the bed

Most Read